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UK Reggae Music Industry Debate

Postby russ d » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:01 am

i`ve been asked to post this:

Press release: 07 July 2006

Leading music industry specialists to discuss

‘reggae and the sound system culture’ in the UK

Music visionary Jazzie B, leading radio DJ, David Rodigan and the founder and owner of Soul Jazz records, Stuart Baker, will be sharing their thoughts, insight and experiences at a unique event taking place on the evening of Wednesday 19th July.

Arranged by the Urban Enterprise Network (UEN), Respect; The History of reggae and the ‘sound system’ culture in the UK will be an evening of visuals, photography, and panel style debate to discuss and highlight, the impact of reggae music, particularly the sound system culture in the UK. This event will look at the development of the roots and dub music movement in the UK, it’s originators, influences, its impact from a social perspective, and how the culture of reggae music is viewed today.

Amongst the topics of discussion will be;

· How can we enable a wider audience to fully engage, understand, and enjoy the history, culture and influences of the reggae scene

· What has been the cultural significance of reggae and dub music on urban culture

· How can those in the music industry help to address and alleviate some of the negative stereotypes associated with reggae music

· Where are the next generation of reggae music’s pioneers?

This event aims to bring together a specially invited audience, consisting of representatives from the media and the capital’s music scene to establish an evening which can educate, inform, as well as entertain attendees.

This event takes place at the, ‘Gramaphone Bar, lounge and restaurant’ 60-62 Commercial Street E1 6LT from 7pm to 11pm (panel debate begins at 7pm prompt). To register to attend, email

Further information on this event contact Jeffrey Lennon, on 07772 643372 or visit <> , email


1. The Urban Enterprise Network (UEN) is a promotions consultancy which aims to ‘celebrate the capital’s diversity, talent and success. ’

· This event will be delivered through the UEN’s music subsidiary ‘Kaleidoscope – more than just the music’

· Kaleidoscope will deliver a programme of activities which highlights and celebrates various aspects of London’s success and diversity, though linking activities with music.

2. Jazzi B is the founder of the internationally acclaimed ‘Soul2Soul’ brand, one of the UK’s leading music production companies. Soul2Soul boast a successful music label, artist management company, as well as being one of the UK’s leading club ‘sound systems’.

For further information and links to Jazzie B visit <>

3. David Rodigan is one of the leading and most respected reggae DJ’s in the UK. His career spans over 25 years in the industry, with extensive work with BBC London and Capital Radio. Much respected worldwide, his achievements were recently recognised as he was inducted into the ‘Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame’ earlier this year.

David currently broadcasts his weekly reggae show on KISS FM. For further information on David Rodigan visit <>

4. Stuart Baker / Soul Jazz

Soul Jazz has been described as “distribution powerhouse”, with an outstanding collection of both new and rare music, from reggae, jazz and world music, to electronic, deep jazz, punk, funk, gospel groove, east coast house, Chicago soul, ska and many other styles of music through its diverse catalogue.

Their approach to music also provides an important retrospective on the history of music, highlighted through their distinct and extremely successful series of compilations.

Soul Jazz also celebrates their music philosophy to the world through the ‘Soul Jazz Sound System’ who tour across the world and the much-loved ‘100% Dynamite’ club nights in Angel, London.

For more information on Soul Jazz records visit <> or <>
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Postby Ringo » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:23 pm

This looks really interesting, surprised nobody has responded at all.
Can't work out from the gumph if anyone can come and listen or only the invited audience.
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Postby ephteeay » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:25 pm

To register to attend, email
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Postby Ringo » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:38 pm

Yes, I did manage to read that bit.
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Postby funkus the boogieman » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:50 pm

I'll be there.
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Postby Tomcat » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:52 pm

would like to go to this but am working in sunny warrington all week which is a total bitch. i've tried to think of a way round this but i don't think i'll be able to make it.

this can be added to the list of 'things I have missed since moving to london in june' including the wailers band and the lambeth festival. bloody training scheme.
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Postby John Eden » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:53 pm

I will be there and will report back.

They ask you for a postal address when you register, so allow time for them to send you the invite postally!
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Postby Digiman » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:31 pm

seems like it will be a very interesting discussion. I would like to read some reports and articles on the net after this
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Postby i M@N » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:06 am

Hello !
the topics of discussion will be :
How can we enable a wider audience to fully engage, understand, and enjoy the history, culture and influences of the reggae scene?
i dream of a kind of "club" in my town (and in many ones) dedicated to reggae music, where both producers, artists, distributors, audience ... could meet every time there is a reggae event, like a concert or a sound but there could be also movies, debates ...
The difficulty is to get & run such a place in a town. :roll:

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Postby augui » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:38 am

i wish i was there so that i could attend...

i think the future of reggae music is for shops to stop doing SOR and start buying their stock and pushing the releases they like, instead of being all of them packed with records they haven't even heard that just sit there.

Quality of records is also an issue. so much poor quality production and pressings are making some believe New reggae is bad, when some is very good, just diluted in a pile of crap.
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Postby jahkob » Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:05 am

Good point there Augui. I back you on that quality thing since I very rarely ever buy any JA releases nowadays simply because of its crappy pressings and soundquality. You can get stuff on CD sounding well nice, but the sound of vinyls coming out is bad in the meaning of its original content.
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Postby DubstarUK » Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:27 pm

..I'm going along... THEY ARE EVEN GIVING OUT FREE RED STRIPE BEER ON THE NIGHT!! How cool is that... apparently, SoulJazz will be playing some tunes, as well as a few other DJ's.... I think this is great, should be done more often.... reggae and dub has always had the ability to translate political and social issues.. why not use it as a foundation to engage people....

I agree with many of the issues raised here, I will ask some questions on the forums behalf....

Its free too! And anyone can go along as long as they register at Invites are NOT neccesary to get in, but they are available for those who would like them.
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Postby jb welda » Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:23 pm

>· How can those in the music industry help to address and alleviate
>some of the negative stereotypes associated with reggae music

just what would those be?

could it be weed smoking? yeah lets all turn into celebates.

could it be gay bashing? isnt there enough backlash on this already?

could it be afro-centric thought? yeah lets all eat white bread and dumb it down so little miss goodie two shoes will buy it.

could it be the abysmal quality of most jamaican reggae releases? that would include poor sound quality, inattention to detail (liner notes etc), crap cover art, half realized lyrics and dull mechanical riddims? or maybe "all reggae sounds alike" because on many levels that is absolutely true.

could it be the actions of many artists? rude, late, above giving anyone the time of day, going on like theyre mick jagger? or maybe thuggery in lyrics and in real life?

could it be a general lack of "accommodating" politically correct thought in lyrics? see gay bashing above but also as applied to treatment of women, the pope, the church, whities, etc.

what a ting. this subject makes me think the point would be to take the personality right out of the music and make it just another over exposed commodity.

personally i love jamaican music and jamaican culture. make it UB40 or Sting and im so out of here. most of the items i mentioned above i appreciate for what they are even if they might be a bit uncomfortable: a view into a culture foreign to what im forced to deal with every day.

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Postby DubstarUK » Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:54 pm

so you just say leave everything as it is Jah Bill? all adds to the "authenticity" of reggae right?
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Postby Ringo » Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:56 pm

I don't think they have such a negative agenda. Looks positive to me and if it leads to a few positive moves/alliances/oppotunities then it will be worthwhile.
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