Reggae night finds its roots with founders' return
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Jessica Lam
Lan Kwai Fong's Club 97 will celebrate the sixth anniversary of its Sunday Reggae Night with the two founding DJs (Rikki) Black Malik and Mikey Dread returning to 'big it up'.
The two dub ragamuffins have since moved back to England - Malik to London, Dread to Manchester - but both are proud and honoured that their attempt to bring some roots vibe to Hong Kong's scene has paid off in one of the longest-lasting club nights.
'We initially started the Reggae Night in another now defunct club actually,' Malik (below left) recalled. 'Originally nobody showed up. The local people didn't know how to get into reggae's slower beat but Club 97 stuck with us, nurtured the event and eventually we had a lot of people get into it.'
Although both DJs moved away around 2003, they do miss Hong Kong. 'It's a great party town. I was here for seven years but I just wanted to spend more time with my family. I missed them. With Mikey (right), who was here for 12 years, I think his wife just gave him an ultimatum: 'come back or don't bother'.'
Drop by on Sunday and you may even get a copy of their Reggae Night CD. Admission is free.