Trojan horse records today released a brand new official music video for the reggae artist At Dandy Livingstone’s classic track “Rudy, a message for you”. The video can be viewed now on Trojan’s YouTube channel here.
To celebrate the track’s 55th anniversary, Trojan Records has teamed up with production studio WhyNow to create the first official video for the song directed by Annabelle Fraser and Sam Bradford and produced by Gabriel Jagger and Albertine Ray. The video features performances by Marlon Kameka, Winston Gayle, Alexandru Siantu and Morgan Archer.
As one of the most popular and influential reggae artists of all time, Dandy Livingstone made his mark on the UK music scene in the 1960s with a series of ska and rock 45s, including “Rudy, A Message To You”. , first released in July 1967 on R&B Records’ Ska Beat label. The track quickly became a best-seller, and its popularity grew steadily over the ensuing years. The recording was later acquired by Trojan Records and in the late 70s influenced British ska revivalists, the Specials, who enjoyed significant UK chart action in 1979 with their own version.
‘Rudy, A Message To You’ became a true reggae anthem with a strong message that still resonates today. The lyrics call on a “Rudy,” also known as the rude boy, to stop his rebellious and troublesome ways, and instead think about his future rather than potentially ending up in jail. A letter to rudeboy culture, the song calls for the advancement of the younger generation.
About Trojan Horse Records
Since its creation in 1968, Trojan horse records changed the UK musical and cultural landscape, bringing a new sound and philosophy to the world. Bringing the music of Jamaica to the UK and wider audiences, he brought the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Desmond Dekker, The Pioneers, Bob Marley, Prince Buster and Jimmy Cliff to mainstream audiences. Now part of the BMG family, the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Written by: Amarae Lobban