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Island Life - Shepherds Bush Empire

Grace Jones

Story by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GRACE Jones, Aswad (Brinsley Forde, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad), the i-Threes (featuring Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Erica Newell), VV Brown and Tinchy Stryder will be the featured singers with Sly & Robbie and The Compass Point All Stars on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Shepherds Bush Empire as part of the previously announced Island 50th birthday celebrations.

Each will perform a song or two (or even three) from Island’s illustrious back catalogue with one of the most famous Jamaican rhythm sections of all time.

Grace Jones signed to Island in 1977 and really hit her stride when Chris Blackwell suggested she work at the Island studios in Compass Point with Sly & Robbie; together they created many of her signature songs including Private Life, Pull Up To The Bumper, My Jamaican Guy and Nipple To The Bottle.

Aswad, the UK’s most successful reggae group, signed to Island in ’76 and this performance with Sly & Robbie will reunite original members Brinsley Forde, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad for the first time since 2000.

The i-Threes were Bob Marley and The Wailers’ legendary backing singers.

VV Brown, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer and fashion darling is a recent signing to Island and will release her debut album Travelling Like The Light next month.

Tinchy Stryder, another new millenium Island artist, has come from the underground grime scene to top the charts this week with his third single Number One taken from his debut album which is due out this summer.

As previously announced Island Life [supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)] – a week of live shows by Island artists past and present – will take place at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire the week commencing May 25, 2009. There are no headliners at these shows; every act appears with equal billing.

Confirmed line-up:

May 26 – Sly & Robbie and The Compas Point All Stars featuring Grace Jones, Aswad, the i-Threes, Tinchy Stryder, and VV Brown.

May 27 – The Fratellis, Steel Pulse and Bombay Bicycle Club.

May 28 – Cat Stevens/Yusuf and Baaba Maal.

May 29 – Paul Weller, Spooky Tooth and Ernest Ranglin.

May 30 – Keane Tom Tom Club and Ladyhawke.

May 31 – Amy Winehouse, Toots & The Maytals and I Blame Coco.

Tickets are available from the Official Website and other agents.