Leading up to his set at Cirque Du Soul tonight, we thought we’d take a closer look at the headliner…none other than UK Jungle legend Mr Congo Natty. Born as Michael Alex Anthony West in Islington, London also known as Rebel MC we’re stoked to have him grace our arches on what is guaranteed to be an amazing night of music.
In the early 1980s, he formed the group Double Trouble with the now deceased Michael Menson, Karl Brown (more commonly known as the UK garage DJ Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown) and Leigh Guest; releasing hit single “Just Keep Rockin.” The track gained UK chart success ending up in the top 20. West followed it up with “Street Tuff” gaining even more success in the UK charts, reaching the lofty heights of #3.
He went on to release a number of albums. His first was Rebel Music (1990) which featured the track “Better World.” His second album Black Meaning Good (1991) saw him experiment with different sounds and styles mixing his pop – rap influences with reggae, hip hop, dance and the emerging jungle styles bringing in the voices of artists like Barrington Levy, Tenor Fly and Dennis Brown to sing over the music.
He started up Congo Natty Recordings which confirmed his legacy in Jungle music history. He released “Code Red” in 1994 which quickly became a Jungle anthem, announcing the arrival of Jungle to the UK. Over the next seven years, the name Congo Natty became a legendary name for the original Jungle movement and resulting in the creation of hits such as the classics ‘Police in Helicopter’ and ‘Champion DJ’, released under the alias Blackstar.
Today Congo Natty tours the world playing festivals and nightclubs and tonight he joins us in the Fire Main Room along with the Cirque Du Soul crew for what is guaranteed to be a huge party. See you all on the dancefloor.
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