UK REGGAE HISTORY
Since 2019 Reggae Fraternity UK have created social media content to highlight the contribution the United Kingdom has made to the promotion, development and evolution of reggae music. From here you can link to pages that were created at the end of UK Black History Month campaigns starting from the first 'Gone Too Soon' campaign which was launched in 2019.
The 1970’s Lovers Rock Exhibition
- 25 October 2022 to 30 October 2022
Theorem Music Village (BBMC), 385 Willesden High Road, London, NW10 2JR.
Curated by CeeBee Multimedia (Chaaawaaa Radio) aka Colin Brown (Reggae Fraternity UK) in partnership with BBMC, this exhibition is the first ever to focus on the foundation years of the genre. Artists and bands who have so often been overlooked are highlighted and the most successful artists of the period like Janet Kay (Silly Games) are celebrated.
A serious attempt is made to establish the chronology of when UK based reggae artists and bands released their first Lovers Rock song. The exhibition charts the evolution from a Jamaican sound to a distinctively British sound, from Romantic Reggae to UK Lovers Rock.
For Black History Month 2019 Reggae Fraternity UK (RFUK) celebrated the lives of the Windrush Generation and their descendants who have ‘Gone Too Soon’: Louisa Mark; Smiley Culture; Jean Adebambo; Deborahe Glasgow; Bionic Rhona; Ranking Roger; Claudia Fontaine; Tenor Fly; Sandeeno; Tubby T; Ras Elroy Bailey (Black Slate) and Joy Mack. Their memories live on through the wonderful music they created for us to enjoy.
For Black History Month 2020 Reggae Fraternity UK (RFUK) celebrated the ‘Outstanding Reggae Music Achievements’ of artists from the Caribbean, the Windrush Generation and their descendants who’s songs scored number one hits in the UK Official Charts. These songs achieved UK national chart success despite significant sales from specialist reggae record shops not being included in the count.
For Black History Month 2021 Reggae Fraternity UK (RFUK) celebrated the ‘Outstanding Reggae Music Achievements’ of artists from the Caribbean, the Windrush Generation and their descendants who appeared on the BBC television programme ‘Top of the Pops’.