Bass Culture: Reggae and beyond. Tune into deep, dubwise vibes from all over the map. Classic roots reggae, super bad soul and funk, crucial Afrobeat, dub from outer space – the musical compass points in many directions. Mick Sleeper has a big record collection, and he wants to share it with you.
June 6: Peace Treaty
In 1978, the Jamaican gun men who regularly shot at any anything that moved in the streets of Kingston during an election decided enough was enough. Although the peace treaty was short-lived, it produced many reggae songs remarking on the event. Tune in for some edutainment on this bit of Jamaican history.
For a more complete documentary on political unrest in Jamaica and the music it inspired, check out State of Emergency on Afropop Worldwide.
July 4: Canadian Reggae Special
For some people, Canadian reggae might sound like an oxymoron. However, Canada has been home to top ranking reggae for many years, thanks to Jamaican expatriates like Jackie Mittoo and Willi Williams as well as dread Canadian artists like King Culture, Messenjah, Truths and Rights and others.