House of Reggae Pt. 190 – Royal Special

You are cordially invited in to Ian’s humble abode of Jamaican music as I crank up the gramophone and pull out an hour’s worth of majestic Jamaican music for the House of Reggae’s Royal Special… Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody Prince Buster – Kings Of Old Vivian Jackson & Trinity – King Pharaoh’s Plague […]

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 […]

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. 102 – Life Special

As a counteraction to the Death Special a few weeks ago, today I’ll be digging out an hour’s worth of tunes that celebrate the joys of being alive, while recognising the struggles it can take to survive, and like a good self help book, giving out some pertinent advice on how to live your life […]

House of Reggae Pt. 104 – Drum Special

Today we’re going deep into the roots to hear the African inspired nyahbinghi sound, the pulsating and hypnotic bedrock of so many great Jamaican records, in the House of Reggae’s Drum Special… Karl Bryan & Count Ossie – Black Up Winston & Roy – Babylon Gone Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina Bunny & Skitter – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 106 – Answer Special

Today we’re going to have double the fun or even double the trouble as each tune I’ll be playing will be followed up by a counteraction, a contradiction or a continuation in the House of Reggae’s Answer Special… The Uniques – Let Me Go Girl Dawn Penn – I’ll Let You Go Dennis Brown – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 108 – Old Time Lyrics Special

It’s time for another trip down memory lane, as today I’m delving deep into the rich traditional lyrical songs of Jamaica that have been passed down through the decades and adapted and updated into ska, reggae and dancehall versions in the House of Reggae’s Old Time Lyrics Special… Ranking Joe – Oh What A Night […]

House of Reggae Pt. 110 – Village Special

I’m opening the doors today for the whole community to come in and enjoy 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music that will either tell a great story or feature a particular character or facet of life in the House of Reggae’s Village Special… The Tennors – Hopeful Village Sugar Minott – Lamb’s Bread (Let Go […]

House of Reggae Pt. 112 – 1950’s Special

Today we’re taking a journey right back to the birth of recorded music in Jamaica, to give a few nods of appreciation in the direction of the groundbreaking artists, producers and sound system owners who built from scratch the foundations of which everything that followed has been based on, as it’s time for the House […]

House of Reggae Pt. 114 – History Special

Welcome aboard the time travel machine for a 500 year hill and gully ride through the centuries, as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s History Special… Early B – History Of Jamaica Shenley Duffus – Christopher Columbus Black Skulls – Black Slavery Days Mighty Diamonds & Papa Tullo – Morgan The Pirate Johnny Stray […]

House of Reggae Pt. 116 – Numbers Special

Welcome aboard for another 3,600 seconds of fine Jamaican music, where today we’re going numerical and mathematical in the House of Reggae’s Numbers Special… The Paragons – My Number One Dennis Brown – What About The Half Delroy Wilson – One Two Three Stranger & Ken – Uno Dos Tres Culture – Two Sevens Clash […]

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. 118 – Xterminator Special

The Xterminator label released some of the greatest roots music out of Jamaica throughout the 1990’s, and helped launch the careers of the likes of Capleton, Luciano and Sizzla, however the label’s owner and producer, Mr Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, very sadly passed away on the 3rd December 2011, so in tribute to his great contribution […]

House of Reggae Pt. 120 – Techniques Special

Singer, producer and record label owner Winston Riley died on the 19th January, and so today I’m paying my small tribute to the man who during his 50 year career released some of the biggest records and rhythms in reggae music, in the House of Reggae’s Techniques Special… Ansel Collins – Stalag 17 The Techniques […]

House of Reggae Pt. 121 – Acoustic Special

Reggae music prides itself on big bass lines pumping out of vibrating speaker boxes and so today we’re doing something a little way different as I’m going to turn down the bass speakers and go unplugged in the House of Reggae’s acoustic special… Bob Marley – Redemption Song The Sharks – You Made Me Warm […]

House of Reggae Pt. 124 – Marriage Special

We are gathered here today to join together in matrimony fine Jamaican music with another House of Reggae theme, by exploring the good, the bad and the bizarre of weddings and marriages in the House of Reggae’s Marriage Special… Jackie Mittoo – Rocksteady Wedding Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life The Shades – I Know A […]

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 […]