Ahead of Oxjam Notting Hill’s grand finale on 19th October, they are hosting a film screening of Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Story at the pop up cinema on Portobello Road on 3rd October.
The film’s snoypsis:
In the 1960s Mr. Newton Dunbar arrived in the UK from Jamaica and founded one of the first Reggae-oriented music venues called ‘The Four Aces Club’, which for some 33 years was home to the most influential black music and musicians to date.
It showcased new music genres like Blue Beat, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Jazz and Soul performed at the time by artists like Alton Ellis, Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King Billy Ocean, Cimarons, Aswad, Black Slate, Matumbi and many others. This gave the club authenticity to attract artists like The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, The Slits, Bob Marley, Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan who were heavily influenced by the infectious pulsating rhythms!
The club’s success led to regular raids from the local Police, which gave it a bad reputation, and the press targeted the venue as ‘A Yardie Drug Club’. Despite the negativity that clouded the club it went on to pioneer the early indoor Rave scenes called ‘Labyrinth’ in the late 80s during the days of Acid House, Happy Hardcore, Drum & Bass and Jungle music. It hosted artists like The Prodigy, Ratpack, Ragga Twins, DJ Slipmat, Billy Bunter, Vinyl Matt and Kenny Ken. Eventually the venue was forced to close its doors in the late 90s due to a compulsory re-possession ordered by the local authorities.
Those attending the screening are asked for a donation of £5, with all money raised going towards the Oxjam Notting Hill total. The producer of the film, Winstan Whitter, will also be hosting a Q & A session after the film.
Tickets for the main Oxjam Notting Hill Takeover event are also now on sale. Taking place on Saturday 19th October, Oxjam Notting Hill will – almost literally – be taking over Notting Hill! Live music and DJs will be performing at a number of top venues on the night, with all sorts of musical genres and styles for you to enjoy – everything from reggae to rock, and much more in between. Buy your tickets now at www.wegottickets.com/event/239792.
Oxjam Notting Hill’s Screening of Legacy in the Dust: The Four Aces Story
7.30pm, Thursday 3rd October 2013
Portobello Pop-Up Cinema
3 Acklam Road