VF Live: Dubplate Pearl #1





From jazz and soul to reggae and funk.

With quarantines and lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic ongoing around the world, artists are finding new ways to connect with people worldwide.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes and record shops for intimate selects and mixes.

Unsung London legend Pearl Boatswain aka Dubplate Pearl – one half of DJ duo Camberwell Connection – grew up with sound system culture in the city, immersing herself in blues parties and weekend sessions.

For her first VF Live set, she dips into her home collection for a beautiful and uplifting turn.

Watch and listen to the set above, find out more about the show and check out the tracklist below.

“My set is a Pioneer bought way back in 1991 – it cost an arm and leg, but it was well worth it. The sound quality is sonething else considering its age!! The turntable is an old belt driven one, plays up sometimes, but still very good.

The tracks played reminded me of my parents who have now retired and live in Carriacou, Grenada. My Dad always played Ray Charles and other big bands, and my Mum liked playing Junior Walker & The All Stars on Motown. My Mum bought a variety of genres from pop, soul, jazz and reggae and my parents are and still a great influence in relation to my musical choices.

I usually play a mixed selection of soul, jazz, jazz funk and reggae, but I also have a lot of pop music from the 60s and 70s inherited from my Mum, who liked Rod Stewart and The Beatles.


1. Ray Charles – Moanin
2. Grover washington Junior – Tell Me About It Now
3. Ramsey Lewis – That’s the way of the World
4. Jr Walker and The All Stars – Still Water Medley
5. Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun
6. Roland Alfonso and The Beverley All Stars – Peace and Love
7. Karl Bryan and Count Ossie – Black Up