Meet Sultan Ali, son of Prince Buster. In this new edition of Drop Da Biscuit find out how the bravery, innovation and vision of the legendary Prince Buster revolutionised the Jamaican music industry.
In a spectacular concert, Gary Crosby and guests Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy and rising vocal stars Dem Three celebrate legendary label Trojan Records.
Sun 18 Jul, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
£25 - £35, Boxes of 4 available £140
In a new edition of Drop Da Biscuit we head over to Italy and check in with DJ, promoter, journalist and author Fabrizio Laganà. A chance encounter with the classic Exodus album led to a lifelong commitment to the promotion of reggae. His journey includes a bombed out radio station, a looted record store and sound clash dance crashers. Enjoy.
Find out how Hrishikesh Hirway's passion for music and a strong DIY ethic led to the development of the excellent Netflix Song Exploder series. A Dropbox blog by Anthony Wing Kosner.
Universal Music’s UK Task Force For Meaningful Change (TFMC) has revealed details of its manifesto as it continues to plot a path towards change. The TFMC is partnering with The Black Curriculum on its Springboard Programme, which will provide free out of school workshops teaching Black British history for young people aged 11-16 in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
The second IMPALA Campus digital workshop is taking place on Thursday 6th May, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week. Ten selected participants will receive high level training by music industry experts on the following topics: Merchandising, Data Insights, Overview of the Music Industry Ecosystem, Digital Marketing, Access to Funding. Participation in the workshop is completely free and participants also get free access to our partner’s conference.
Listen back to my interview with selector, collector and DJ, Toby Broom (aka Mr Swing Easy). Shebeen tales, the one-man sound system, pirate radio, DJ and author – it’s all there. Tune in.
Live reggae music events slowly return to the calendar. With four stages, forty artists and a capacity of 8,000 people, the City Splash Festival will take place in Beckenham Place Park (near Crystal Palace) on the 12st Sept 2021.
Two-time GRAMMY award-winning group and reggae royalty Morgan Heritage released three songs as NFTs, in partnership with Bondly Finance. The sale started on April 17, and in a matter of hours, the first track, Light It Up, featuring renowned Norwegian singer PelleK, sold out.
Listen back to my chat last year with one of the UK’s top reggae and jazz guitarists, Alan Weekes. Alan has worked with some serious legends including Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Art Blakey and Pee Wee Ellis to name a few and has penned some classic reggae tunes.
Rap music had its most successful year ever in the UK in 2020, according to new figures. Data from the BPI - the UK's trade association representing record labels - shows over a fifth of songs streamed were rap and hip hop.
Moving the Needle is an initiative to support women in the music industry run by educators, communicators and mentors. They have valuable life and industry experience which they offer to students and young professional women as part of an educational support network.