Funny thing is that when I had my radio show I never wanted to hear the air checks, as soon as they were done I labeled ’em and filed ’em and never gave them another thought. Now 20-30 years later I’m going through them and listening to every one and they’re wonderful, that is the music is wonderful and it brings back so many memories. I usually listen in the early hours and frequently I find myself thinking ‘This would be great for the Spill’ but often lethargy strikes and I wonder how many would listen to them anyway, I played lots of jazz and blues, Ah to hell with it.
But this one I thought might work so I digitized it, edited out some station breaks and left it intact as a single piece; it runs 2 hours. I identify all the cuts but just in case here’s the playlist. It’s International Reggae.
Kali – Brother Bob – Martinique.
Lucky Dube – We Love it [reggae]- South Africa.
Dranking Bala – Lek Farla Mujique – Australia
Alpha Blondie – Bloodshed in Africa – SA
Zeka Baleilco – Essas Emoecoes! – Brazil
Reggae Philharmonic – Sharpville – UK
Monty Alexander – The Heathen USA
Kandia Kouyate – Amafele – Mali
Rasha – Salibe Fol – Sudan.
Baaba Maal – Africans Unite – Senegal
Taj Mahal – Slave Driver – USA
Joe Cocker – Many Rivers to cross – UK
Peter Rowan – No Woman no Cry – USA
Lillian Allen – One poem town + Why do we have to fight -Canada
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Letter – UK
Sally Niolo – Reggae in Japan – Cameroon
Martha Velez – There you are – USA
Sister Whoever – Black, Brown and White – SA
Creole Syndicate – Roots Ragga – Martinique
Kali Roots – Volaire Ce Ant – France
UB 40 – Johnny You’re too bad – UK
Steel Pulse – Sound System – UK
When I look at this list I’m struck by how many UK/US cuts there are, I have so much other stuff that I cudda/shudda included, Oh well, C’est la Vie.