DJ 745 sits down with Noel Davey to reveal the real story behind who created the infamous ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim which gave Wayne Smith a major digital hit single with ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ back in 1985 and has spurred countless ‘versions’ of this riddim over the last 31 years-so many versions have been created that Sleng Teng is among the most versioned (rerecorded) of Jamaican riddims, listing around 380 versions.
In the first hour of the show DJ 745 touches into the latest reggae music from Shuga (Caribbean People), Queen Ifrica (Ask My Granny), Dalton Harris and Romain Virgo on Vikings Productions ‘LoveSick’ rhythm as well as a Single Of The Week lifted from Freddie Mcgregor’s excellent ‘True To My Roots’ set on VP Records.
For Riddim Reloaded DJ 745 homes in on a combination from Exile Di Brave’s ‘To Di Foundation’ album released in June 2016 featuring Don Carl as well as music from Jah9’s latest album and Mykal Rose’s ‘Rasta State’ album.
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’. 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.