Don Letts came in for a bit of a hammering in Woofah issue 1, but he’s not too bad presenting this. Perhaps because the archive reportage and contributions from people such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Vivien Goldman, Jazzie B, King Tubby, Trevor Sax, Daddy G, Ali Campbell, Caroline Coon, Lenny Henry, Rodigan and Tippa Irie make it essential listening.
The Blues Dance
Tuesday 13 May 2008 13:30-14:00 (Radio 4 FM)
Repeated: Saturday 17 May 2008 15:30-16:00 (Radio 4 FM)
Don Letts tells the story of the Blues Dance or Jamaican private club in Britain. Crowds gathered to listen and dance to heavy bass lines of reggae, pumped out from huge speakers. The first wave of West Indian immigrants set up informal basement parties in West London, but the phenomenon would later gain prominence across the UK.
Penny Reel on blues dances from the New Musical Express “soundsystem splashdown” feature.