Playing tracks by
Viceroys, Norman Soloman, Barrington Levy, Wayne Jarrett, Sammy Dread / Papa Tullo and more.
This show was 2nd in the global roots reggae chart, 4th in the global vinyl only chart and 12th in the global reggae chart.
Back to JA for this week’s mix, with a focus on early 80s heavy Roots sound- if you’re into this sound, check the previous early 80s Roots mixes from a few years back… a few repeats, but worth it. Kicking off with a heavy Viceroys cut ‘Miracle’, followed by personal fav outta Jammy’s: Joy bells ringing. A few cuts from a Tuff Gong/56 Hope rd comp including a killer B Levy, a wicked Wayne Jarrett take on ‘long dreadlocks’ and the enigmatic ‘Born Politician’ by Barry Brown… intriguing as most artists stayed well clear of any kind of politics lyrics (for good reason! simple personal safety). Interestingly, production is credited to Tony Welch... notorious PNP ‘community leader’ for Jungle and owner of the equally notorious Socialist Roots sound (previously King Attorney), close friend of the Gong and instrumental in the 78 Peace treaty... alongside Bucky Marshall (PNP), and Claudie Massop (JLP) the Tivoli Gardens Don. Also featured heavily are Strong like Sampson 12s and Rod Taylor cuts.