Doin’ It Brooklyn Style

Born Robert Stephens, Screechy Dan was performing for crowds as a child in Kingston, Jamaica before making his way to the U.S. and settling in Brooklyn. Red Fox was born Gareth Shelton and raised in St. Catherine, Jamaica perfecting his lyrical skills performing at concerts and parties held at his high school.  In 1986, prior to graduating, he migrated to Brooklyn where he started his professional recording career with Peter Mckensie, a veteran dancehall producer and owner of FM Force, an independent label. The rest, as they say, is history for both these artists.

 Screechy Dan and Red Fox are undeniably two of the most famous dancehall recording artists to come out of Brooklyn. In 1993, Screechy Dan and Red Fox stars aligned when they collaborated on “Pose Off (in ya pum-pum shorts).” The song instantly skyrocketed up the reggae charts and became a staple song in reggae music.

Poised to strike gold again, Screechy Dan and Red Fox have collaborated once again on “Fall in Love,” their new single.  This past week both hit the NYC club scene hard to promote it, making stops at Suzie Wong’s, Caribbean City, Negril Village Lounge, Manny’s, Happy Endings, Santos Party House and BB Kings.  Descending on the Big Apple like the tornado that hit over the weekend, Screechy Dan and Red Fox sat down with F.A.M.E NYC on Monday to discuss their latest collabo. 

F.A.M.E NYC:  How did the collaboration for “Fall in Love” happen?

Red Fox:  I did a tour in Germany and while I was in Germany I got a track by a German producer named Sebastian.  He has a label called SWS [Sound with Soul] and he presented me with the track and told me he wanted to do a collaboration with me and Screechy.  So I did my part in Germany and sent the track to New York and Screechy did his part.

F.A.M.E NYC:  What drew both of you individually to the song?

Red Fox: Well you know me and Screechy did “Pose Off (in ya pum-pum shorts)” and been trying to find that follow up collaboration.  We have very good chemistry and felt like that riddim was really us.

Screechy Dan:   When I heard the track and the concept of the song and the lyrics written by Red Fox, I said to myself, ‘there goes the chemistry.’

F.A.M.E NYC:  How do you think the listeners have received the single?

Red Fox:  It’s doing well in Germany, now we’re trying to get it [to] pop off in the States.  And so far the reception has been very great.  And I think people have been waiting for something like this for the longest time…true reggae fans, people who love to dance with your loved one in the party.  It gives the right blend of the old school and I think it will catch you.

Screechy Dan:  I’ve received the same feedback Fox have.  The song has a positive vibe and is a fusion of the old with the new.

F.A.M.E NYC:  Last week you two appeared at different venues throughout the city in promotion of the single.     How do you believe the performances went?

Red Fox:  They went great, very good I enjoyed every moment of it.  The chemistry [onstage] is still there. The crowds were very responsive.

F.A.M.E NYC:  Do you have any more performances coming up in the NYC area?

Red Fox:  Not in New York, but I have a show in Massachusetts and Screechy have a birthday party at Caribbean City August seventh.

To listen to a sample of “Fall in Love” click, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002E69GTE/ref=sr_1_album_1_rd?ie=UTF8&child=B002E66EEY&qid=1278969884&sr=1-1

Not Your School Lunch

When I think of the word cafeteria, the visuals that come to mind are women in hairnets, greasy aprons, food that looked and tasted unappetizing, rows of tables with trays resting on top of them and dozens of kids prattling away.  But a visit to Cafeteria, located on 119 7th Avenue, provided a fresh, scrumptious memory and gave new life to a faded term.

The Chelsea eatery resides on the corner and has an outdoor bistro for patrons who want to dine and soak up the atmosphere of the Village.  Inside the restaurant possesses a clean, modern aesthetic with comfortable brown benches, white chairs and a bar located towards the back.  Candles on the tables offer a dim, intimate look in the evening and the huge windows allow natural light to brighten the space during the day. 

The food is just as pleasing as the décor and vibe.  Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Cafeteria offers its customers a lip-smacking selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes at moderate price points.   Their silver dollar pancakes served with fresh berries and Chantilly cream is a delicious start to any day.  The petite flapjacks are cooked to a golden perfection as well as mouthwatering.  The tomato basil soup with grilled cheese croutons is a warm treat on a chilly or rainy afternoon.  For dinner, the grilled mahi mahi is an excellent choice; served with crushed avocado, spicy mango chutney, cilantro cream and a crisp tortilla salad this dish has the right amount of heat without being too hot.   The meatloaf, served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and roasted tomato relish, is a great choice for the hungry man or woman looking fill his or her belly with some comfort food.

The portions at Cafeteria are large enough to take a doggy bag with you, and besides serving delectable food, they also present an array of desserts and eclectic cocktails.  The lunch rooms that I spent my childhood eating in are a far cry from this chic restaurant.  FAMERs I recommend giving Cafeteria a visit, they are always open.