Radio and BANG Radio Present
A Reggae Cultural Exchange
28 November 2014
Forge - Camden
By Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson
November 23, 2014
Jimmy Cliff had
Many Rivers to Cross, The Melodians
and Boney M sustained their spirituality By
the Rivers of Babylon, and Morgan Heritage sought refuge Down By the River. Pursuing this theme
then - a popular one in Reggae music - it can be exclaimed that no person steps
in the same river twice. Think Africa’s historic River Nile or Brazil’s
majestic Amazon. Put another way: nothing stays the same; but the river remains
And as these powerful
waterways have many tributaries and offshoots so it is with the main source of
Reggae music. Emerging from an African centred Jamaican folk and people’s
culture and inspired as it was - and is - by Rastafari the genre was birthed
during a phase of Jamaican and world history witness to the global anti-colonial
and anti-imperialist struggle for independence.
influential and internationally popular genre was born at that time and place mean
the cultural manifestation in social form that is Reggae music has developed with
a definite essence; but also evolved in myriad ways over its 50 year lifespan.
And its genealogy and ancestors are equally important to its modern character and
identity. So when a Chronixx, Proteje, Etana
or Morgan Heritage emerge from the pack with the imprint or DNA of say, a
Marley, a Burning Spear, a Culture or a Horace Andy it is clear that Reggae
music is healthy still.
These are the sentiments
which will draw people to the day-long festival RiddimUpLive: A Reggae Cultural
Exchange which sees one of the current champions of conscious Reggae - Dre
Island from Kingston, Jamaica - making his British debut.
Promoters Riddim Radio and BANG Radio have assembled musicians,
artists and experts to celebrate the deep roots of the music and the art,
culture and soul at the centre of its revival.
joining Dre Island for the evening performances are
from the new wave of rootsy Reggae - Jah Kingdom Warriors Band, JJ Sou
Soul X, Dionne Reid, Subajah, Iya Kneel and special guest Natty.
daytime reasoning symposium - grounation
style - to explore cohesive messages, shared cultural pillars and the
challenges and impact of Reggae and Rasta culture will encourage overstanding through debate
and discussion. And Caribbean food and
stalls will offer networking opportunities
in surroundings where exhibits from Matthew McCarthy’s New
Jamaica Movement - currently revolutionising the JamRock street art scene -
will be on display.
Roots Ambassador Sound play the music alongside DJs Silverstar, Jamie Rodigan
and Fraction. £15 gets a day-pass ticket which includes the 8pm live event; or £5
at the door for the Symposium alone.
Wade right in.
Be a part of the Reggae Revolution.
@RiddimUpLive on Twitter and Instagram.
Find it on
social media with the hashtag #RiddimUpLive
Link to event
listing - https://www.shoobs.com/events/5239/riddimuplive
£15 and available on eventbrite.co.uk
For early bird
tickets and group discounts call 07941461148
12:30 - 5pm Tickets £5 on the door/FREE with show ticket, limited availability
Live Event - 8pm Tickets £15
Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson is a London based arts editor,
writer and journalist for www.thenewblackmagazine.com.
He writes about political, social and cultural issues.
Riddim Radio and BANG Radio Presents
RiddimUpLive: A Reggae Cultural Exchange
28 November 2014
The Forge - Camden
3-7 Delancey Street