Saturday 9th June 2018
Rainbow Ark Productions presents:
WOMEN IN REGGAE
EMiLiYAH // EMPRESS LYAN S
+ special guest DJ Wobble from South Coast Rockers
LIVE REGGAE AT THE RIFLE CLUB
Goldsmith Avenue, Portsmouth, PO4 0AW
£7 early bird (for a short period)
£10 (after early bird deadline)
Susan was born ALLISON ANNE CADOGAN in Kingston, Jamaica to Belizean father the Rev. Claude Cadogan and Jamaican mother, Lola Cadogan (nee Dujon), a classical soprano. Coming from a musical and religious family, she began singing in the church as a teenager. Allison never had a thought of being a singer but in mid 1974, at the age of 22, she recorded her first single “Love my life” at The Black Ark studios in Kingston for producer, Jerry Lewis. She was then asked by studio owner Lee “Scratch” Perry to sing his reggae version of 'Hurt so good' and the rest is now reggae history.
In April of 1975 “Susan” (renamed by Lee Perry) shot to stardom when the single “Hurt so Good” raced up the BBC Charts in London peaking at #4. Arriving in London in April 1975, Susan made several appearances on the BBC Top of the Pops weekly television chart show. The follow-up single “Love me Baby” produced and written by Peter Waterman for Magnet Records peaked at #21 and then followed her now Collector's item LP “Susan Cadogan” produced by Perry and the LP “Doing it her way” produced by Waterman.
Susan was then produced by OB International (Owen Brown) in Jamaica and the hit singles “Piece of my heart” and “Tracks of my tears” saw her named Female Artiste of the year in 1981. Her duet with Jamaican singer Ruddy Thomas, “You know how to make me feel so good” produced by Hawkeye Records (London) was #1 for 8 weeks on the British Reggae Charts (named record of the year)and broke into the BBC charts on the Virgin label. She has recorded 9 CD's and numerous singles to date including many duets with Ruddy Thomas, Bunny “Rugs” Clarke, Glen Adams and Ken Boothe. Through the years Susan has worked with several international bands and producers some of whom are The Mad Professor (Ariwa Records UK), The Slackers Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Creole Records (Bruce White), Crabs Corporation of Argentina for Record Kicks (Italy), Glen Adams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and most recently Mitch Girio of King Kong Records in Canada. This latest EP “Take Me Back”, has been well received and named among the top releases of 2016 in Europe. Recently in London for The Skamouth Festival and the famed “2-Tone Village” Christmas Eve show among others, Susan was interviewed by former producer Pete Waterman (Coventry BBC WM), Herdle White (BBC Leicester), Robert Elms (BBC Radio London) and Lauren Laverne (BBC6) all of whom believe her latest release is brilliant and worthy of acclaim.
Many years have passed but Susan still has her expressive, fine soprano voice and a deep love of her art evident in her new music and on her recent shows where her professionalism, dynamic stage presence and natural aptitude are loved by all. She has been hailed by many as the “Queen of Lover's rock” but her recordings embody all facets of Jamaican music. Susan has appeared all over The UK, Europe, Argentina, Mexico, Hawaii, New York and many other U.S. states and in the Caribbean and continues through 42 eventful and successful years in the industry, to do what she loves and does best....recording and performing some of the greatest reggae music ever made.
EMPRESS LYAN S
Aged 5, Lyan. S started singing for the sheer pleasure in her local church. At secondary school, she was successful in all musical productions and while at the same time attending a dance school, she found her ability and love for performing on stage. In later years, she was to join a music course in ' world and popular music', working closely with vocal coach Sarah Love who also ran a female vocal choir of which Lyan. S was a member. Singing songs from all around the choir consisted of 30 women from different backgrounds and various parts of the world. The group was called 'Song lines'. Lyan. S began working closely with 'The Triangle Music Workshop', who were running classes for young people, teaching rudiments of live instruments; bass guitar, kit drum, keyboards, percussion and electric and acoustic guitar. Lyan. S joined one of the youth bands for a while, but the strength of her vocals insisted she go in another direction. Her band was formed and for the next five years she dedicated her time to studio recording, rehearsals, vocal training, composition sessions and live shows with her band known as 'Natural Instinct'. After a break of more than nearly ten years to raise her family, she is currently pursuing her interests as a singer/songwriter and is back in the studio, working with 'Contentio Music' as an artist on some exciting and lively new musical projects.