This edition of the Irie Jamms Show features DJ 745 playing some hot new reggae singles from the first quarter of 2017 featuring Kristine Alicia, Dre Tosh, Hempress Sativa, I-Taweh as well as some big combinations from Queen Ifrica/ Damian Marley, Jah9/ Chronixx and Micah Shemaiah/ Giark. Our featured album comes from Spiritual on VP Records entitled Awakening and features some excellent rhythms firmly in a roots and culture style. New music from WorldAReggae Records featuring Taffari ‘Free At Last’ and London’s Royal Sounds ‘Vampire Slayer’. Revival wise the last 30 minutes of the show is strictly vinyl and showcases just a few vintage reggae classics from yesteryear all reissued on Pressure Sounds, Soul Jazz and VP Records/17 North Parade.
About DJ 745
DJ 745 is a cultural reggae selector/record collector/journalist based in Leicester, UK. His weekly Irie Jamms Show is the heaviest radio show of its kind featuring an international selection of roots reggae, revival and dub along with the latest music news and freshest artist interviews. Regular features on the Irie Jamms Show include ‘Riddim Reloaded’ tracing back the origins of classic ‘riddims’ and ‘Single of the Week’.
True to his name, DJ 745 has been a record collector/journalist of reggae music for over three decades and regularly spins music on his preferred format -7″ vinyl. His vast collection of reggae spans five decades. He has travelled extensively to search for rare reggae vinyl to add to his collection. His initial love for reggae music began when he was a youth in 1990 when he heard an infectious beat blasting out of the world-famous Daddy Kool Records in London. This led to the purchase of his first reggae records by Eek A Mouse and Dennis Brown. The rest they say is history.
Over the years DJ 745 has travelled to Jamaica, Japan, America and throughout Europe regularly tracing back the origins of reggae music and revisiting reggae landmarks including the original location of King Tubby’s Studio in Waterhouse and Treasure Isle Studios in Downtown Kingston. With a strong passion to help to preserve reggae music he has interviewed artists young and old including Bunny Wailer, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Jah9, Raging Fyah, Micah Shemaiah, Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Chronixx, Protoje, Busy Signal, Freddie Mcgregor, and Horace Andy.
In the earlier part of his music career, DJ 745 played on a number of community stations in Leicester, including Fresh FM and has also been involved in Restricted Service License radio stations including Juice FM, Vision FM and Radio2Funky 95.1FM. He has also been a guest DJ on Demon FM. Since 2010 he has hosted a weekly show on an online radio station Reggaespace.com.