Wake the Town

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Whether you are looking to go beyond the Bob Marley recordings that everyone knows, or you are are a fanatical studio one record collector, this show is for you! Each episode will be exploring Jamaican Music, both thematically and chronologically from its beginnings in Mento and Ska, through Roots and Rockers and onto Dancehall and Digi. The show will also endeavour to go beyond the music to place Reggae within the social and political situation from which it sprung. Expect both intellectual critiquing, hyperbolic excitement and too many pull-ups. Wheel it back Selecta!

By Year

  • 2012

  • 2011

By Tag

  • Reggae

  • techniques

  • heptones

  • Horace Andy

  • Gaylads

  • roots

  • Special

  • Alton Ellis

  • Fredddie McGregor

  • carlton and the Shoes

  • maytones

  • Tommy McCook

  • Dennis Brown

  • lovers

  • The Heptones

  • Jacob Miller

  • Wailing Souls

  • Jackie Mittoo

  • Dub

  • Abbysinians


  • Ken Boothe

  • wailers

  • uniques

  • heavy

  • Valentine

  • Slim Jim and the Uniques

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers

  • Royals

  • culture

  • Cedric Brooks

  • marley

  • The Paragons

  • Johnny Clarke & U-Roy

  • termites

  • Burning Spear

  • Lee Perry

  • Wake the Town

  • Sugar Minott

  • abyssinians

  • melodians

  • Dread

  • valentines

  • The Techniques

  • Bob Marley

  • Toots and the Maytals

  • Slickers

  • Skatalites

  • Jamaica

  • minnott

  • Delroy Wilson

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Wake the Town Episode 4 - Valentines Day Special: In Love or Out of LoveThu, 2012-02-09 20:45

In love or out of love, this Valentines day special has got something for everybody! Whether you've just been jilted or... See details

Wake The Town Episode 3: YES Dread!Mon, 2012-01-23 13:09

Yes Dread! This shows focuses on the heaviest, rootsiest, dreadest Jamaican music so close your eyes, light up your... See details

Wake The Town Episode 2: Harmony GroupsThu, 2011-12-15 18:36

This weeks show focuses on that most beautiful of arts, harmony singing, collecting tracks from a wide range groups... See details

Wake The Town - Episode 1Sat, 2011-12-10 20:25

This first show concentrates on Jamaica's finest and most influential singers, from the early days of Ska and... See details