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 […]

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 […]