Papa Face

(Dub Vendor / Fashion)

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South London born Papa Face, had his own Brixton based sound system Mafia Black who played with and against all the top South London sounds in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Papa Face established a successful career as an artist with hits on Dub Vendor’s affiliated record label Fashion, some featuring Bionic Rhona. In 1984 Papa Face and a full live band performed for John Peel as part of the ‘Peel Sessions’ at Maida Vale. During this time he had several Top Ten tunes in the Reggae Charts including ‘Dance Pon The Corner’ and ‘To The Bump’.

John Dub Vendor introduced Papa Face to David Rodigan. From that day on Papa Face has worked alongside Rodigan, as a Dj, Mc and hosting clubs and conferences. Together they established one of London’s longest running Saturday night reggae clubs, at Gossips in the West End, later going on to help running the legendary Rodigan’s Reggae at Subterrania and then Mass in Brixton. He has played at numerous dances and worldwide international festivals events and can currently be found at The MauMau  Bar in Portobello Road. Papa Face is an avid champion of London’s vibrant community and coaches a U12s football team Furzedown United Football Club.