Check Your Head

Playing tracks by

The Jamaicans, Sound Dimension, Heptones, The Techniques, Upsetters and more.

When originally aired (and uploaded) the sound quality wasn’t great in places, especially Steam’s voice. It has now been edited, and sounds clearer. If you enjoyed this show, listen again, and if you didn’t hear it first time round, you’re in for a treat!

The first of a two part history of reggae special, inspired by Steam’s deep love of Jamaican music, and Lloyd Bradley’s book ‘Bass Culture: When Reggae was King’. On this first part I explore how ska was born out of Jamaican’s love of mento and American rhythm and blues and jazz, which eventually became rocksteady, and then in the late 60’s developed into reggae. Tune’s by Toots and the Maytals, Lee ‘scratch’ Perry, the great Alton Ellis, Prince Buster, The Skatalites Band, The Paragons, Dawn Penn, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, and of course, Bob Marley and the Wailers, alongside many others.

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