Flo and Colin - Abbashanti Dance - Tudor Rose - Early Ninties
Photo - Small Axe
Colin Moore 'The Fencebeater'
What are you doing here Colin; you should be telling me about some new DVD or CD someone has given you, why am I writing a tribute to you? I don't even like writing these things - too upsetting for me. You know that. Perhaps I should ask Steve or Dave or John Williams to do it. Or about a million other people who knew and respected you. It’s just too sad for words. One day I'm talking to you about the DJ guide and David Dubwise's interest in it, and you’re coming up with some ideas on the best price for him. I am telling you that Chuck Foster as sent the text for his rock-steady book - and you’re telling me you can't wait to see that. And then 48 hours later - Steve is telling me you have passed!!!!!
So here I am, it’s a cold bank holiday, Monday trying to work out what to say about you. A good friend, that don't really cover it, a really really good friend. Nah, that don't work either. Perhaps it might be good to start at the beginning. It was October 1978 when you first popped up wanting to buy some Small Axe's for your reggae club at Reading University. That was nice, but you also wanted to help - that was even better. The first thing you wanted to do was to put on a talk at the Reggae Club at Reading University. "That's sound good, let me know how its goes - I said." Well I want you to do the talk - replied Colin. What!!! No way. Anyways, Colin persisted and finally - I headed off to Reading to do the talk. A few days later Colin tells it was a great success. Was it? And here is the first clue to what Colin was all about - making things happen and encouraging people - it was a kind of kindness that is hard to find.
Not long after that the first sound system tapes arrived in the country I received a Gemini cassette from the US - from Bob in Seattle. I copied it for Colin. He loved it. Not long after that Colin came across a couple more - he brought them around Christmas Eve near to midnight. It was Kilamanjaro and another Gemini. It was the start of the Dancehall era. A very exciting time, every week there was a new singer or deejay. I would love to do some reviews of all this stuff he said. And he did. Not long after that we were talking about nick names. Well you love sound system tapes - and the dancehall - what do they do when they love a tune in Kingston: they beat the fence. You must be the Fencebeater, the name stuck. Then came the interviews. Bob Andy, I think was the first, Willie Williams, Leroy Smart, Junjo, Eek A Mouse, Peter King- and many many more.
Perhaps the strangest was the one with Judah Eskender Tafari. 11pm one Friday night 1993. You phone up, I thought something was wrong. "You are not going to believe this,” he says. Well, what it is - I reply. "I was just at the A Class Studio - Gussie P was cutting specials with Judah Eskender Tafari!!!" Judah had been a great favourite of ours from day one. We had to interview him, and thanks to Colin we did. So many great memories. And I sure man like Blacka Dread and so many others who Colin helped will be able to recount more. Colin made things happen, he made the world a better place.
My thoughts are with Flo his wife and Lauren his little girl, Rachel his big daughter, with his mum and dad, Richard his brother and Jane and Sarah his sisters. I want to wrap this up now Colin, what do you think, a spelling mistake - the grammar OK. What did you always say? Its reads well, it makes sense. I just wished the same could be said about your passing Colin. No sense in it all. Rest in peace.
3pm Monday 4th May - 2009.