20 July @ 9:30 pm
We often ask the question how sane is The Mad Professor ? Judging by the contents of his character and by the results of his recordings, and the variety of the artists who has passed through Ariwa studios then he is certainly one of the sanest producers around.
Neil Fraser began his musical career as a service engineer for mixing desks and amplifiers. This skill and his good ear for «on key» music became his asset when he began building a 4 track studio at his home in Thornton Heath. At school Neil was christened by friends Mad Professor who were amazed by the experiments he was carrying out. By the turn of the Eighties, Mad Professor launched the Ariwa label & soon after launched the now legendary Dub Me Crazy witch became on top with the variations of sounds and effects. He never stop producing since and became more than recognized, true living legend.
The Professor has new acts waiting to break the surface under the banner ARIWA – the Yoruba word for communication, artistes such as Kofi, John Mclean, Vitality, Lorna G, Peter Hunningale, Danny Red, Lindy Layton, Tracy Spencer, The Boom, Massive Attack, Jah Shaka, Sade, Brilliant, Clementine and The Orb have benefited from the Mad Professor’s touch, the Ninetiesalso have brought the Prof, into the realms of the remix market Electronic genius.
Mad Professor, pioneer of the genre is one of the most influential producers in the field. He offers a highend (Sunshine Reggae Festival), show, where musical influences vary between African and digital acoustic keys (Rasta Dub, Warrior Dub ft Macka B).
In 2019, he pushes the boundaries of technology to invent even more special songs like on this latest album : «Queens of Ariwa» (Jah9, Hollie Cook, Caroll Thompson…) or in collaboration with Cedric Myton (The Congos), U-Roy or Lee Scratch Perry.