DJ 745’s Irie Jamms Show, Dancehall Reggae Special, July 15, 2016

The Irie Jamms Show inna rub a dub style featuring dancehall reggae classics from the 80s. The 1980s era was the decade referred to by many older dancehall fans and entertainers as the time “when dancehall was nice” Although reggae’s biggest superstar, Bob Marley, passed away in 1981, reggae continued to grow in popularity and DJ 745 showcases some of those voices and players of musical instruments in this 2 hour VINYL special.

Artists on the playlist include Tristan Palmer, Sugar Minott, Papa Michigan, Dennis Brown, Freddie Mcgregor and Wayne Smith with productions from Henry Junjo Lawes, George Phang, Jah Thomas, Sly & Robbie and Linval Thompson.

Also featured in this weeks show is a clip from ‘Powerhouse Presents Strictly Livestock’ a classic live dancehall session recorded in 1985 featuring Frankie Paul and Sugar Minott live on the mic riding over some big heavy riddims!

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’. The show is aired LIVE every Friday night from 7pm-9pm GMT exclusively on www.reggaespace.com

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.


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