Flynn’s Cabaret & Steakhouse presents
MABRAK w/ EMMANUEL SELASSIE | July 27 Friday at 8:00
Mabrak – Roots Reggae Legends Live and Direct from Jamaica and Santa Cruz, Ca.
Advanced online ticket sales are $15
$15 at the door | Dance | 21+
Mabrak was the group founded by drummer Leroy Trevor Mabrak. Leroy Mabrak was originally also a member of the group Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari whith which he had visited the US in 1972. The group Mabrak was originally named Genesis. In 1974 the drumming section of Mabrak won two of four medals awarded for drumming in the Jamaica National Drum Music Finals. In 1975 they recorded a 45 rpm – at King Tubby‘s studio – entitled »Drum Talk« – the single being one of the very first, if not the first, records to feature the talking drum as a lead instrument. The song was chosen to be the theme song for the Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth Conference held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston in 1975.
In 1976 the group recorded an album – at Harry J’s Studio – also titled Drum Talk that was heavily focused on the talking drum and other polyrhytmic instruments. The album – today a very rare release – was released on the Jigsaw (in ’76) and the Different (in ’78) labels.
Leroy Mabrak and other members of the group have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Village Gate, and the Circle Star theaters with the Skatalites. In 1979 the group re-recorded the song »Oh Carolina« originally a hit for the Folkes Brothers. The group recorded the album Rootsman sometime in the late 90’s or early 00’s.