JULIAN MARLEY will be among the stars performing during a seven-hour virtual reggae festival taking place this month.
Curated by BBC 1Xtra broadcaster and Voice columnist Seani B, No Bass Like Home will feature exclusive performances from some of the best live acts and legends from the roots reggae scene.
The festival, which is presented by Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, will celebrate Brent’s rich reggae heritage.
More than 20 reggae acts from London, Jamaica and Miami will come together for the online event, which will take place on 15 November.
Performers include: reggae royalty Julian Marley, Britain’s first homegrown reggae band The Cimarons, trailblazer and first Black British female reggae star to scale the charts, Janet Kay, singer and youngest daughter of the legendary Dennis “Crown Prince” Brown, Marla Brown, Mr Incredible veteran MC General Levy and UK Dancehall star Big Zeeks alongside a special performance from Brent’s Reggae Community Choir.
Between the live sets, the festival will uncover the musical, cultural and social history of reggae in and around Harlesden – the cradle of British reggae – including conversations with key figures from the Brent reggae community.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, No Bass Like Home has been reimagined and opened up to a global audience – will be broadcast online via Brent2020.co.uk.
Not only will the festival be streamed from the Black Music Co-op Recording Studios in Willesden, Brent, it will also come live and direct from the birthplace of reggae, Jamaica, with performances taking place in Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston – the legendary recording studio founded by Bob Marley in 1965 which saw him record some of his most iconic reggae tracks.
Brent’s reggae heritage
During the 1970s reggae exploded in Brent, with the borough becoming a powerhouse of producing and championing black British music across the UK and the world.
The first festival of Caribbean music took place at Wembley, Bob Marley lived in a house in “Metroland” and pioneering label Trojan Records, founded in Willesden in 1968, brought reggae music to British listeners for the first time, cementing the careers of reggae legends like Bob Marley and championing music by Caribbean immigrants. Sound systems and clubs across Brent blasted vital new music and Brent produced iconic musicians of its own.