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In emphatic contrast to the baptismal-white stagewear of Rasta-reggae revivalist Anthony B., the witchy studio wizard Lee "Scratch" Perry wore black—accessorized with an iridescent vest in the colors of the rainbow serpent Damballah-Wedo. There's a reason Perry uses one of the devil's nicknames. With his trio of bass, keyboards, and drums weaving a dubby web of rhythm around him, he paced the stage like a human candle holding a lit flame over his head, incanting darkly prophetic non sequiturs like a black Merlin remembering the African Avalon. His entire performance was richly symbolic and intentionally cryptic—only the most devoted or blunted fans stayed to hear him finish his set. —Carol Cooper

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