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20150831

20150831

The best in 1980s reggae.

20150831

The best in 1980s reggae.

20151210

Join Levi Roots for an hour of classic 60s reggae as he traces the evolution of Jamaican music from mento to bluebeat, through ska and rock steady to the reggae that we know today.

Featured artists include Millie, The Paragons, Don Drummond, Tony Tribe, Desmond Dekker and more, while original songs that have become familiar through huge selling cover versions include The Tide Is High (Blondie), Rivers Of Babylon (Boney M), Red Red Wine (UB40) and Madness (Madness!).

20151210

Join Levi Roots for an hour of classic 60s reggae as he traces the evolution of Jamaican music from mento to bluebeat, through ska and rock steady to the reggae that we know today.

Featured artists include Millie, The Paragons, Don Drummond, Tony Tribe, Desmond Dekker and more, while original songs that have become familiar through huge selling cover versions include The Tide Is High (Blondie), Rivers Of Babylon (Boney M), Red Red Wine (UB40) and Madness (Madness!).

20151217

Join Levi Roots for a journey through the best of reggae in the 1970s, following the music as it grew to encompass roots, dub and lover's rock with a particular focus on reggae in the UK.

Artists and songs include No Woman No Cry, Steel Pulse, Janet Kay, Augustus Pablo, I Can See Clearly Now, Third World, Ken Boothe, 2 7s Clash, Police and Thieves and Uptown Top Ranking.

20151217

Join Levi Roots for a journey through the best of reggae in the 1970s, following the music as it grew to encompass roots, dub and lover's rock with a particular focus on reggae in the UK.

Artists and songs include No Woman No Cry, Steel Pulse, Janet Kay, Augustus Pablo, I Can See Clearly Now, Third World, Ken Boothe, 2 7s Clash, Police and Thieves and Uptown Top Ranking.

20160712

20160712

Levi Roots selects the best in reggae music.

20160712

Levi Roots selects the best in reggae music.

50 years of Trojan Records20180911

Levi celebrates 50 years of Trojan Records with "Rudeboy" director Nick Davies

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

In the last of the current series, Levi is joined in the studio by Nick Davies, the director of "Rudeboy" a new film about the iconic Trojan label which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Levi will be delving into the history of the label, playing hits and rare sides from the legendary Trojan catalogue.

On July 28th 1967, British-based Jamaican music company, Island Records launched a label to showcase the output of one of the most popular and successful producers of the ska and rock steady eras – Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.

The imprint, called ‘Trojan’ after the title Mr. Reid had acquired during his early days in the music business, surprisingly folded after a matter of months. And this may well have been the end of the Trojan story had it not been for the creation of a new Jamaican music company, launched in the summer of ’68, which was in need of a suitably dynamic name.

Trojan Records promptly launched an ambitious programme of issuing singles on a variety of labels that highlighted music from every producer of note, ranging from British-based music makers such as Robert ‘Dandy’ Thompson, to such esteemed Jamaican operators as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Edward ‘Bunny’ Lee and, of course, Duke Reid himself.

Aside from their overtly commercial output, the company also highlighted music by artists largely unknown outside Jamaica, many of which would later become major international recording stars – Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and a Kingston-based vocal trio called Bob Marley & the Wailers.

"Rudeboy" itself is a film about the origins and ongoing love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture and explores the power of music to break down cultural barriers and change lives and the eventual birth of a modern multicultural society.

50 Years Of Trojan Records20180911

Levi celebrates 50 years of Trojan Records with "Rudeboy" director Nick Davies

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

In the last of the current series, Levi is joined in the studio by Nick Davies, the director of "Rudeboy" a new film about the iconic Trojan label which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Levi will be delving into the history of the label, playing hits and rare sides from the legendary Trojan catalogue.

On July 28th 1967, British-based Jamaican music company, Island Records launched a label to showcase the output of one of the most popular and successful producers of the ska and rock steady eras – Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.

The imprint, called ‘Trojan’ after the title Mr. Reid had acquired during his early days in the music business, surprisingly folded after a matter of months. And this may well have been the end of the Trojan story had it not been for the creation of a new Jamaican music company, launched in the summer of ’68, which was in need of a suitably dynamic name.

Trojan Records promptly launched an ambitious programme of issuing singles on a variety of labels that highlighted music from every producer of note, ranging from British-based music makers such as Robert ‘Dandy’ Thompson, to such esteemed Jamaican operators as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Edward ‘Bunny’ Lee and, of course, Duke Reid himself.

Aside from their overtly commercial output, the company also highlighted music by artists largely unknown outside Jamaica, many of which would later become major international recording stars – Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and a Kingston-based vocal trio called Bob Marley and the Wailers.

"Rudeboy" itself is a film about the origins and ongoing love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture and explores the power of music to break down cultural barriers and change lives and the eventual birth of a modern multicultural society.

A Dubwise Selection20160705
A Dubwise Selection20160705

A Dubwise Selection20160705

Levi plays his favourite dub sides.

A Dubwise Selection20160705

Levi plays his favourite dub sides.

A feast of classic reggae20180904

Levi cooks up a stew of reggae rhythms, garnished with some ska and bluebeat on the side

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

A tasty serving of classic reggae and ska20180911

Got an appetite for reggae? You've come to the right place - Levi's place!

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

An hour of classic reggae from across the decades, from classic ska to the present day20170523

Levi's back, with an hour of the best in reggae music from across the decades.

Great reggae music from across the decades20180821

Keep the summer going with Levi's tasty reggae selection

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161116

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161116

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161116

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161123

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161123

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161123

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music.

Join Levi For The Best In Reggae Old & New20161130

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music old and new.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161130

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music old and new.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161207

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161207

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music both old and new.

Join Levi for the best in reggae old & new20161207

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music both old and new.

On The Menu Tonight - Classic Reggae, Ska And Bluebeat From Across The Decades20180828

Undernourished? Starved of summer music? Let Levi refresh your taste buds!

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

Solo Artists20160628

Levi Roots plays a selection from his favourite solo artists.

Solo Artists20160628

Levi Roots plays a selection from his favourite solo artists.

The Best In Reggae Across The Decades20171205

Levi's back, with an hour of the best in reggae music from across the decades.

The Best In Reggae From Across The Decades20171212

Levi's back, with an hour of the best in reggae music from across the decades.

The best in reggae from across the decades20171219

Levi's back with an hour of the best in reggae from across the decades.

The best in reggae from across the decades20171219

Levi's back with an hour of the best in reggae from across the decades.

Levi Roots presents the best in 1980s reggae

The Best In Reggae Music Across The Decades20170509
The best in reggae music across the decades20170509

Levi Roots plays a selection of reggae music old and new.

The Best In Reggae Music Across The Decades20170516
The best in reggae music across the decades20170516

Levi's back, with an hour of the best in reggae music from across the decades.

The Best In Reggae Music From Across The Decades, From Classic Ska To The Present Day20170530
The best in reggae music from across the decades, from classic ska to the present day20170530

Levi's back, with an hour of the best in reggae music from across the decades.

The Best of British Reggae20160621

The Best of British Reggae20160621

Levi Roots plays a selection of British reggae.

The Best of British Reggae20160621

Levi Roots plays a selection of British reggae.

The Best Of Trojan Records20160614

Levi's back, with an hour of top tunes from Trojan Records, probably the greatest reggae label of all time and featuring music from Bob Marley, Ken Booth, the Upsetters and more.

Levi Roots is back on Radio 2 with a new series playing his favourite reggae tunes from across the decades. In future programmes he'll be featuring the best of British reggae, some great solo artists and an hour of dubwise selections, but the series starts with a look at the output of Trojan Records, easily the most successful reggae label in the UK over the last 50 years.

The Best of Trojan Records20160614

Levi's back, with an hour of top tunes from Trojan Records, probably the greatest reggae label of all time and featuring music from Bob Marley, Ken Booth, the Upsetters and more.

Levi Roots is back on Radio 2 with a new series playing his favourite reggae tunes from across the decades. In future programmes he'll be featuring the best of British reggae, some great solo artists and an hour of dubwise selections, but the series starts with a look at the output of Trojan Records, easily the most successful reggae label in the UK over the last 50 years.