Merton Dub Collective

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Many musical 50th anniversaries are currently evoking the spirit of the ‘60s – focusing either on the re-releasing of The Beatles’ back catalogue, or The Rolling Stones’ new tours, but Merton’s Arts Development Team are interested in an altogether different side of Merton’s history. Though The Beatles played at the old Wimbledon Palais exactly 50 years ago this year, we’re looking for people that remember the dub explosion, and how that impacted on the music scene from the ‘60s onwards.

To this end, we’re thrilled to be working alongside the critically acclaimed talents of local dub historian and musician, DJ Wrongtom.

Spanning over a decade, Tom’s career has covered a colourful patchwork of styles from Dancehall to Indie-pop.

Somewhere down the line he got tangled amidst the web of pop music and was touring the land with spiky soul boys Hard-Fi. Through Hard-Fi, Tom notched up production credits on a number 1 LP He’s worked on projects for Trojan Records, Pama International (featuring 2 Tone luminary Lynval Golding), UK rap legend Roots Manuva and most recently – MC Deemas J.

So whether it’s Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Punk, Ragga, Jungle, 2-Step, or Dubstep you remember connecting with – we want to hear from you. Perhaps you’re part of a present day dub collective; maybe your parents or grandparents used to be in reggae bands – or did they expose you to great reggae records? Are there still dub artists living in Merton? Get in touch.

We’ll be bringing Tom back to his South London roots to demonstrate how to create a classic dub track. We might even get him playing a classic live dub set for everyone to get involved with.

We want to hear, see and record how the sounds of South London have evolved over the past 50 years, and we can’t do it without you.
Contact us

Arts Development Merton
Leisure and Culture Development
13th Floor
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3399
Email: arts@merton.gov.uk

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