Brent 2020: Reggae legends to take part in free festival celebrating Brent’s musical heritage
PUBLISHED: 15:52 09 November 2020 | UPDATED: 09:51 10 November 2020
Reggae legends are to take part in a one day festival celebrating Brent’s musical heritage.
Reggae and bass pioneers in London, Florida and Jamaica will come together this Sunday (November 15) for No Bass Like Home – a seven-hour online festival showcasing performances from local and international artists.
The event is presented by Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.
Curated by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Seani B, the lineup includes performances from Julian Marley, The Cimarons, Marla Brown and Silverstar Sound, with live sets from Brent’s Janet Kay, General Levy, Big Zeeks, DJ Carmen and Girls I Rate presenting Alicai Harley, Amaria, and Brixx.
There will also be a special performance from Brent’s Reggae Community Choir.
Performances will be streamed from the Brent Black Music Co-op recording studios in Willesden and Harry J Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Between sets, the festival will uncover the musical, cultural and social history of reggae in and around Harlesden, including conversations with key figures from Brent’s reggae community.
Seani B said: “I have always felt like an adopted son of Harlesden – the culture and vibe that Brent has brought me over the years has helped nurture my path and influence my career to date. The energy at the legendary BBMC has been reminiscent of the sessions I do back in Jamaica for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
“It has never been more important to celebrate what’s on your doorstep, and I’m proud we’ve been able to capture artists that are admired and respected in the reggae community.”
Reggae exploded in Brent in the 1970s, with the borough producing and championing Black British music across the UK and the world.
Trojan Records, founded in Willesden in 1968, brought reggae music to British listeners for the first time, introducing legends like Bob Marley and championing music by Caribbean immigrants.
Justine Simons, deputy mayor in London for culture and the creative industries, said: “Reggae is a signature sound of Brent’s history and this free online festival will be a real celebration of its great influence on the borough and our capital.”
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