House of Reggae Pt. 126 – Soul Special

It’s often said that if many of the great reggae vocalists who recorded in the 60’s and 70’s had been born in America, then they would have been as big as the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye and so I’m going to try and prove that theory today, as I’ve dug […]

House of Reggae Pt. 128 – Gospel Special

We are gathered here today for another 60 minutes of righteous Jamaican music, so get ready to clap your hands and stamp your feet, as today I’m delving deep back into the words, sound and power of the churches of Jamaica and seeing how traditional hymns, spirituals and praise songs went on to influence the […]

House of Reggae Pt. 129 – Independence Special

On the 6th August 1962, the union flag was lowered in Jamaica and the new green gold and black was raised to signal a new era for the island. This was celebrated at the time on many records, and so today, 50 years on, I’m picking out a few of my favourites from those heady […]

House of Reggae Pt.131 – Rastafari Special

Today I’m going to explore and enjoy some of the history of the Rastafarian faith as told through some fine Jamaican music as it’s time to praise the most high, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I in the House […]

House of Reggae Pt.133 – Psalms Special

Today we’re going to hear the singers and players of instruments sing unto the Lord and make a joyful noise unto the Rock of our salvation as they come before His presence with thanksgiving and shout joyfully with psalms in the House of Reggae’s Psalms Special… Prince Far I – Psalm 95 U Roy – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 135 – Feelings Special

I’ve lit some incense and created a welcoming ambience as I invite you in to sit cross legged on the floor so we can discuss our personal experiences and emotions in a sharing and empathetic kind of way as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s Feelings Special… Sharon Isaacs – Feelings Delroy Wilson – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 137 – Eyes Special

For those who have eyes to see, press the play button below, and then use your ears to hear 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s Eyes Special… Tab Smith – My Mother’s Eyes Mike Brooks – Who Have Eyes To See Don Evans & The Paragons – Danger In Your […]

House of Reggae Pt. 139 – Sound System Special

Step this way for a brief history of the sound system in Jamaica, as we celebrate some of the key players and influential developments which have characterised this distinctly Jamaican phenomenon and of course enjoy some golden moments live and direct from the dance in the House of Reggae’s Sound System Special… Owen Gray – […]

Home of Reggae Pt. 141 – Home Special

Trying to find a place to call home has featured in so many Jamaican songs over the decades, that I’ve gathered a few of my favourites together which explore these feelings of dislocation and the dreams for a better life… Karl Bryan – A House Is Not A Home Rising Son – Everyone Should Have […]

House of Reggae Pt. 143 – Greatest Special

Roll up roll up to hear 60 minutes of the best Jamaican music ever on the greatest reggae show on the internet. So stop what you’re doing and press that play button below as it’s time for the all-conquering House of Reggae’s Greatest Special… Tommy McCook – The Great Tommy McCook Roy Panton – Mighty […]

House of Reggae Pt. 145 – Leaders Special

I’m going to be ignoring Bob Dylan’s Subterranean advice today, because of instead of watching parking meters, we’re going to be following leaders, as through the medium of some fine reggae music, we’re travelling around the world, from Africa to Europe and from America to China, to hear about some of the men and women […]

House of Reggae Pt. 147 – Dub Special

Welcome aboard, as today I’m picking out just a few of my favourite dubs from the 1970’s, to help tell a story of how a handful of men mastered the rudimentary recording equipment and mixing desks of Jamaica and transformed recorded music into something that no-one had ever heard before, in the House of Reggae’s […]

House of Reggae Pt. 149 – New Orleans Special

Welcome aboard once again to my musical time travelling machine as today I’m taking you on a journey back in time to the 1950’s and 60’s, and matching up the connections, influences and inspirations that the city of New Orleans had on Jamaican music, in the House of Reggae’s New Orleans Special… The Upsetters – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 152 – Sufferer’s Special

Today I’m picking out some of my favourite tunes which give a voice to the voiceless and reflect what daily life can really be like for people who live in the ghettoes and garrisons of Kingston as well as in impoverished towns and villages across Jamaica, in the House of Reggae’s Sufferer’s Special… Kingstonians – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 154 – Philip Smart Special

Today I’m delivering to you 60 minutes of fine Jamaican and American recorded music, as we’re going to be paying our respects to the legendary engineer, producer and studio owner Philip Smart who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on the 25th February. Philip made an immense contribution to reggae music over the last […]

House of Reggae pt.156 – Revolution Special

This is a follow up to the Sufferer’s Special from earlier this year, where I take a journey through the revolutionary decade that was the 1970’s, when Jamaica was in political and social upheaval, as I pick out some of my favourite records about overturning the political and social conditions that had spawned so much […]

House of Reggae Pt. 158 – Curtis Mayfield Special

Today we’re turning our attention to an American singer songwriter, who’s vocal technique, lyrics and music during the 1960’s had a huge impact on the development of rocksteady as well as later social commentary tunes, as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s Curtis Mayfield Special… Junior Murvin – Closer Together The Techniques – Queen […]

House of Reggae Pt. 160 – House Special

I’m throwing open the doors one more time and inviting you in for another 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s House Special… Reggae Regular – House Party Hubert Porter – Dry Weather House Sister Nancy – Roof Over Mi Head Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard Bob Marley – No Woman […]

House of Reggae Pt. 162 – John Holt Special

Today I’m paying tribute to one of the greatest Jamaican vocalists of all time, Sir John Holt, who very sadly passed away on the 19th October. I’ve selected a few records from his 50 year career and added in some details about his life and music in the House of Reggae’s John Holt special… The […]

House of Reggae Pt. 164 – Single Syllable Patois Special

Step this way for another hour of fine Jamaican music, where today I’m celebrating the abbreviated colloquialisms and sayings that regularly turn up in many reggae song titles in the House of Reggae’s single syllable patois special… Eek A Mouse – Wa Do Dem Carl Meeks – Weh Dem Fah Desmond Dekker – A It […]

House of Reggae Pt. 167 – Bass Special

After a longer than anticipated break, the doors of the House of Reggae are open once again and today I am paying an extended tribute to some of the legendary Mr Bassie’s of Jamaica who over the last six decades have provided the bone-tickling, speaker-troubling bass-lines that have become reggae’s signature sound in the House […]

House of Reggae Pt. 169 – Lonely Special

I’m asking for you to keep me company today while I play some tear-jerking Jamaican music full of tales of lost souls and rejected lovers in the House of Reggae’s Lonely Special Johnny Dizzy Moore – Lonely Reggae Freddie McKay – Lonely Man The Techniques – Lonely Lonely Man Am I Keith & Tex – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 171 – Flute Special

Hot on the heels of the Bass Special I made earlier this year, this is the slightly more esoteric Flute Special, as I’ve picked out a selection of my favourite tracks which all feature this historic woodwind instrument, which lays claim to being the world’s oldest, as 35,000 year old flutes have recently been discovered […]

House of Reggae Pt. 172 – Rico & Madoo Special

Today I’m paying my respects to two recently departed legends, the pioneering trombonist Rico Rodriguez and the influential dancehall singer Madoo, in the House of Reggae’s Rico and Madoo Special… The Specials – Ghost Town Bells Group – Kingston 13 Higgs & Wilson – Come On Home Rico Rodriguez – Rico Special Prince Buster – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 174 – Temptations Special

The Temptations recordings in the 1960’s showcased their exquisite five piece vocal harmonies to full effect and had a great influence on rocksteady and reggae, so step this way to hear the story of one of America’s greatest soul groups told through the medium of their Jamaican cover versions… The Upsetters – My Girl John […]

House of Reggae Pt. 176 – War and Peace Special

Today I’ve picked out a handful of tunes which cover the many complex issues that arise during times of war and conflict, so it’s going to be just like reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel about the French invasion of Russia around 200 years ago, but with the added bonus of some great rhythm tracks, in […]

House of Reggae Pt. 178 – Garden Special

Today I have a treat for all you horticulturists, as we’re leaving the house and going out into the back yard, for the House of Reggae’s Garden special… Don Drummond – Garden Of Love Rod Taylor – Garden Of Eden Freddie McKay – Peace In The Garden Lt Stitchie – Lyrics Garden Prince Alla & […]

House of Reggae Pt. 180 – Rocksteady Special

In honour and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Rocksteady, I’ve picked out some of my favourite tunes from that magical era to shine a light on the great singers, musicians and producers and to try to understand its part in the evolution of Jamaican music. So clap your hands and stamp […]

House of Reggae Pt. 181 – Prince Buster Special

Welcome in for another celebration of fine Jamaican music where today I am paying an extended tribute to the King of Ska, Prince Buster, who passed away on the 8th September aged 78 years old, but back in the 1960’s he was a one man recording industry who sang, produced and released hundreds of records […]

House of Reggae Pt. 184 – Railway Special

Welcome aboard. I am your conductor for the next hour as we embark upon another journey through the heart of fine Jamaican music, so please have your tickets ready for inspection for the House of Reggae’s Railway Special… Soul Brothers – Last Train To Skaville Ken Boothe – The Train Is Coming The Gladiators – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 187 – Hills and Valleys Special

It’s time to put on your walking boots and fill up your knapsack as we head off on another hour long ramble through some fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s Hills and Valleys Special… Augustus Pablo – Up Wareika Hill Buju Banton – Hills & Valleys Jah Cure – Trod In The Valley […]

House of Reggae Pt. 188 – Frankie Paul Special

Today I am paying tribute to Frankie Paul, one of the legendary singers of the dancehall, who sadly passed away last month aged just 51 years old. But back in the 1980’s and 90’s he was a one man record machine as he recorded dozens of albums and hundreds of singles, and so I’ve picked […]