Source: Oxford Mail
Veteran Reggae Singer Goes To Oxford
Susan Cadogan, the veteran Jamaican singer, who made her name in the 70s, talks about how busy her life has become over the past few years. She sees her touring schedule rivaling that of her recording heyday. Splitting her time between Florida and her home in the Jamaican capital Kingston, she says she feels almost as at home in London. “Things are so busy,” says the singer, best known for hits Hurts so Good, Nice and Easy and the reggae version of Piece of My Heart. “It’s wonderful. I love being in London and I enjoy the cooler weather.”
Susan is in London for a tour which on Christmas Eve will see her return to Oxford. The city hosts a traditional feast of bass, ska, rocksteady and dancehall with a Reggae Xmas, at The Bullingdon in Cowley Road. She is joined by bassline masters Mighty Leap, local heroes DestaNation and the man in the hat, Count Skylarkin’. Count Skylarkin’ takes to the decks with partner in crime John Dash. Keeth Ulett keeps the temperature rising in the second room.
Susan dipped her toe into the world of reggae by singing the tune Love My Life for Jamaican DJ Jerry Lewis, but seriously took off after teaming up with the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. It was Perry who also ‘christened’ her Susan; she is actually called Alison, though her friends call her by her second name, Anne or Annie.