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The Vinyl Word

By Marcus Aurelius  /  Contributing reporter

Likkle Mai performs tonight at Pipe in Taipei.

Photo courtesy of Likkle Mai

The Useless Brotherhood celebrates its sixth anniversary by rolling up a fat one for a smoking party tonight at Pipe featuring three Japanese imports, Likkle Mai, R Tone and Direct Impact, as well as a host of local favorites.

Reggae music is extremely popular in Jamaica, New York City and London, England, but it also took root in Japan a long time ago. Mai has been one of the reggae and dub scenes’ most prominent divas since she started out in 1994 as the vocalist of the rocksteady group the Dreamlets.

In 1995, she joined Dry and Heavy, which went on to be one of the leading dub bands around the world. Dry and Heavy recorded four albums and opened for reggae superstars such as Lee Perry, Mad Professor and Horace Andy when they performed in Japan. After a decade in Dry and Heavy, Mai moved on with her career and released two solo albums in 2006 and 2007. In Taipei, Mai will be performing with a DJ and debut what she calls a “rub-a-dub” style of dub music.

The two sound systems, which are groups of DJs and MCs in reggae slang, accompanying Mai are R Tone and Direct Impact. They both hail from the northeastern Japan.

Likkle Mai, Taimaica Soundsystem, Skaraoke, R Tone, Otaku3, Direct Impact, High Tide, Skaraoke, and DJs Point, Zo and Shorty play tonight from 8pm to 4:20am at Pipe, 1 Siyuan St, Taipei City (台北市思源街1號) tel: (02) 2364-8198. Doors open at 8pm. Admission is NT$700, which includes two drinks.

The Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball won’t steamroll into Taipei until May 17, but the hottest club in town at the moment, Myst, is riding off that fame monster tonight with French DJ Snake, who produced Government Hooker and Bloody Mary off of Gaga’s latest album, Born This Way, as well as other tracks for notable artists like Pitbull, Akon, T-Pain and Sean Paul.

Myst is located at 9F, 12, Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路12號9F). Call (02) 7737-9997 for reservations. For English-language inquiries, send an e-mail to jh@club-myst.com. Admission is NT$700 before 11pm and NT$1,000 after. Two drink tickets are included with the entrance fee.

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