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 […]

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. 192 – Alton Ellis Special

Get ready like Uncle Freddy for this special extended tribute to one of my favourite Jamaican artists who back in the rocksteady era was the only singer to make hit records at both Treasure Isle and Studio 1 and whose soulful tenor voice soothed a nation with songs of love and heartache alongside calls for […]

House of Reggae Pt. 192 – Alton Ellis Special

Get ready like Uncle Freddy for this special extended tribute to one of my favourite Jamaican artists who back in the rocksteady era was the only singer to make hit records at both Treasure Isle and Studio 1 and whose soulful tenor voice soothed a nation with songs of love and heartache alongside calls for […]

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 […]