Episode 1 - The Roots of Reggae. In episode one, Don looks at the beginnings of Reggae, from the naming of the genre, the tracks that created the foundations, the catalysts behind the genre and even his fathers Sound System parties in South London.Don Letts is one of the central characters in reggae in the UK. Dating back to the seventies where his residency at the infamous Roxy club switched a whole generation of punks onto Reggae and is still at the forefront of new music with his BBC Radio 6 show.The show is kindly supported by Turtle Bay - the UKs finest Caribbean Restaurant chain.
Don Letts and Turtle Bay present Reggae 45 - Reggae Cover Versions
The first of @Turtle Bay’s Reggae 45 series for 2019 is here. This time I explore the world of Reggae Cover Versions.
So prepare to discover something old and something new in this bass heavy musical excursion.
Turtle Bay & Don Letts presents Reggae 45 - Reggae Movie Roll Call
“Join me for my next podcast in association with Turtle Bay as I explore the world of film and how reggae provided a bass heavy soundtrack. This is my "Reggae Movie Roll Call”
Don Letts and Turtle Bay present Reggae 45 - A Lovers Rock Special
As the seasons begin to change and the mood turns to getting cosy by a fire, Don Letts is back in partnership with Turtle Bay for the next in the series of the Reggae 45 Podcast – a dedication to the iconic sound of Lover’s Rock.
A tributary of the Reggae genre that has become the cornerstone in the story of UK Reggae’s success, Lover’s Rock was born out of the need for an alternative to the more political tones to the wider Reggae sound in the 1970's. The young and ambitious of the Windrush generation looked for a reflection of their emotions at that time… of love, romance, relationship ups and downs as well as hopefulness… and along came the perfect soundtrack to their lives.
Don Letts and Turtle Bay present Reggae 45 - A Notting Hill Carnival Special
London has always been a melting pot when it comes to music, culture and art, so there was never a more perfect place to host a carnival such as Notting Hill. An annual event in the Kensington and Chelsea borough since 1966, each year sees the streets ignited with a sense of pride, fun and inspiration, Don Letts has captured just a little taster of that famous vibe in this month’s podcast.
The carnival takes place across two days over the August Bank Holiday weekend with over a million people attending from all over the world. Now it’s all about the celebration, but it began as a response to the race riots of 1959 and was originally held indoors in St Pancras and beamed across the BBC thanks to the mother of Notting Hill Carnival herself, Claudia Jones. Don Letts delves into the history of the event, how it came to reunite communities and his own personal memories from when he started attending in the 70s.
From the sounds of Trinidad and steel bands, to taking the event on the road, you’ll get to listen to how it all happened. Alongside the history, expect to hear the musical timeline with some legendary tracks like “Bam Bam” from Sister Nancy, “Police & Thieves” by Junior Murvin and “Boxes and Amps” from the British Dub collective, Zion Train.
Don Letts and Turtle Bay present Reggae 45 - A 50 years of Trojan Records Special
The smash hit podcast Reggae 45 if back for another series! The first episode sees Don Letts delve into the history of Trojan Records, who celebrate their monumental 50th anniversary this year. As the figurehead for the label’s celebrations and a champion for reggae in the UK and worldwide, Don talks about how Trojan sound tracked his youth from 1969 and fanned the flame for his love of music.
Turtle Bay & Reggae 45 presents a Bob Marley special with Chris Salewicz & Don Letts.
The Don Letts Reggae 45 podcast is back! To mark the 73rd anniversary of Bob Marley's birthday, Don is joined by renowned Marley author Chris Salewicz at Turtle Bay Brixton to discuss all things about the man, his music and the rise of reggae. A fascinating listen for the music fan/historian in all of us.
Love the Don. His chat with Chris is well worth a listen. I though I knew a lot about Bob Marley until I tuned in.
Top work Don
Always been a fan of Don, great to hear some of his favourite tunes. Top work all round!