ABOUT

Reggae Fraternity UK is a community organisation run by a group of passionate people, giving up their time voluntarily to help UK reggae artists and musicians. Since our launch RFUK has continuously strived to establish and cement working relationships with music organisations. Recently we have established working relationships with VP Records, Trojan Records, PRS, and the Musicians' Union.

 

Our website and presence across social media platforms has enabled us to forge new and ongoing engagements with national and international organisations and we continuously receive requests from TV, radio and the media wanting to engage with UK artists, musicians and people associated with UK reggae music for their projects.  We have provided acts for the Lambeth County Show; Camden Black History Month Celebration; BRIA Rising Up; One Love Festival and Giants Of Lovers Rock.

 

RFUK were honoured to be the chosen organisation to attend the inaugural screening of 'Inna De Yard' (a joyous, vibrant film set against the backdrop of the lush green mountains of Jamaica in which a superstar group of reggae legends gather to record a new album of infectious hits in an unplugged style that harks back to their roots) at the Soho Screening Rooms. 

MEET THE TEAM

Audrey Scott

Chair

Why RFUK?

I got involved with RFUK because I was frustrated about the unprofessional  treatment that Artists were experiencing and wanted something to be done. I felt that if we got together, we could find a solution to some of the problems. I wanted to be part of the solution. 

 

Something no one knows about you?

When I was younger, I wanted to be an Actress/Comedienne. My school friends said I was funny because of my dry humour!

 

Leroy Wilson

Treasurer

Why RFUK?

I joined RFUK to be a part of positive change. To work with a group of like minded individuals to try and change the UK reggae industry for the better and agree a benchmark for what good looks like. Many talented and experienced musicians and artists were and still are experiencing disappointing outcomes with cancelled shows, not being able to secure contracts/deposits and in the most severe cases, not being able to secure payment for their services. The first inaugural RFUK meeting was therefore a call to action which struck a chord with me. It was a call to agree some minimum acceptable professional standards and a call to raise the profile of reggae music generally. In addition, I want to mentor, encourage and inspire young talent who love the genre and I bring a wealth of professional work experience and life skills to the table in that respect also. I have also been a lead singer and band performer/session musician myself for 30+ years. 

 

Something no one knows about you?

My uncle is Roy Wilson, of ‘Higgs and Wilson’ fame, one of the first recording artists in JA from the early blue beat, rocksteady and ska era. One of their most popular hits was a tune called, ‘There’s a Reward’, co written by my uncle and Joe Higgs. 

 

Colin Brown

Secretary

Why RFUK?

I first started working with artists in 1982 when my sound system The Mighty 3 hosted a show and dance featuring the True Identity band, later in the 1990’s I got in to music production and experienced the process of releasing music when Jet Star the distributors were in their hey day.  In more recent times again working with True Identity in 2013, I experienced the difficulties of releasing and promoting reggae music in the UK, new challenges had emerged that I hadn’t encountered back in the 1990’s, the UK reggae scene appeared to be fragmented.  I am passionate about the UK reggae scene and Joining Reggae Fraternity UK was a logical step for me to use my transferable skills and training that I had acquired in my full time employment for the benefit of the UK reggae scene.

 

Something no one knows about you?

I used to be a Choir boy at St. Paul’s church in Clapham along with Errol Morris from Klearview Harmonix.

Lorna Sutara Gee

Founder Member

Why RFUK?

Reggae music is my first love. It has played an important part in the backdrop of my life. My first wage came from a show that I did, singing in a Park, in Brixton 1977. I knew then that my life would be about music and creativity. I would like to use all my resources and experience to help Up and coming artists realise their dream and pursue it, without the struggle that I had to go through.

 

I also believe that it is time for us to re-establish the UK reggae scene on British soil. We have a rich diversity of artists and musicians right here, many of us have been performing  for over 30 years, yet we are still fragmented. RFUK will help to raise the profile of reggae music and encourage creatives to share their knowledge. I think that's a good place to start.

 

Something no one knows about you?

When I was 19 I blagged my way into a Millie Jackson concert at the Dominion theatre and after the show, I ended up eating grapes with her in her hotel room. True stories!

Rowena Solomon

Consultant

Why RFUK?

UK Reggae has a great history and the inception of  RFUK aims to assist in raising and maintaining high standards of operation for those involved in industry. In a dynamic world of tech and communications, the UK Reggae industry needs to be robust to operate in a professional environment to gain the respect it so rightfully deserves. My involvement in the team is to help RFUK in developing generally accepted business standards in the UK which is very much aligned currently with Europe. I would hope my experience from a financial perspective having qualified as an Accountant along with a vast amount of commercial would help the rest of the team to achieve its aims and objectives. Reggae is a well respected genre in the eurozone and the UK should be very much a part of that infrastructure.

 

Something no one knows about you?

I have toured Europe and UK in a Tribute act (The Platters) with three male singers.  One of the singers was a friend of Peabo Bryce who also worked with the Delfonics!

Archie Stennett

Record Label's Coordinator

Michaela Styles

PR & Marketing

Kandace Walker

Radio Stations Coordinator

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AIMS & OBJECTIVES

1. Reggae Fraternity UK will promote, support and facilitate reggae artists and musicians in the UK.

 

2. Reggae Fraternity will become a hub for information and advice pertaining to elevating reggae music to a higher standard, whilst making sure it remains in a professional setting.

 

3. Reggae Fraternity UK recognises that Britain has a rich diversity of reggae artists and aim to be instrumental in raising that awareness.

 

4. Reggae Fraternity UK will have regular meetings, seminars and musical events to help establish our relationship with industry professionals and thus put our status in a recognisable and established framework.

 

5. Reggae Fraternity will collaborate with radio deejays, reputable promoters, producers and like-minded people as we strive in our aim to forge a body and platform for reggae artists and musicians in the UK

 

6. Reggae Fraternity will aim to safeguard the interests of such persons concerned with the development, performance and promotion of reggae music in the UK;

 

7. Reggae Fraternity will work to be recognised as one of the official support organisation for the UK reggae music industry.

AWARDS

RFUK pledges to continuously celebrate and award our UK reggae talents. This was demonstrated with our first ever award for Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music awarded to the late Mr Tony Williams DJ and creator of the first Reggae Music Awards Show. Being one of the great pioneers of reggae music for over 50 years he was an intricate force and a phenomenal ambassador of UK reggae music who ensured UK reggae music was recognised internationally. Additionally on the same evening we endorsed and awarded our versatile songstress and Queen of Lovers Rock Janet Kay in recognition of 40 years in the music business.

 

We continue to award UK reggae talents with our latest RFUK International Reggae Day People’s Choice UK Reggae Music Poll.  Awards for 

Favourite 2018 UK Reggae Single and Album.  We pledge to continually honour and endorse many more from the UK Reggae Music Industry.

JANET KAY

DJ TONY WILLIAMS

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