To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music on the British charts.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music of the British charts, focusing on the work of a number of reggae producers along their pop counterparts who have successfully transferred reggae into mainstream success. The programme includes an exclusive look at the original Bob Marley multitrack recordings of his songs 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Stir It Up'. Steve Levine also describes the impact of reggae on his production work with Culture Club by revealing the secrets of the recording of 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me'. He also demonstrates the principles in creating the fundamental sounds that form the basis of the reggae sub-culture, dub.
Other contributors include producers Sly & Robbie, Chris Porter (who masterminded the recording of Aswad's number one 'Don't Turn Around'), Tony Platt (engineer on the original Marley recordings), plus Boy George and Mikey Craig of Culture Club. Also featured is Dennis Bovell, the founding member of British Reggae band Matumbi and a successful songwriter and producer who has given special access to the multitrack of his 1979 hit for Janet Kay - 'Silly Games'.