Dub On Air with Dennis Bovell (04/07/2021)
Dennis Bovell is a key player in the British music scene, and the shape that it holds today. With not only a career but a life studded with famous bands, talented musicians and too many stories to remember, it’s serendipitous that Bovell now takes to the airwaves on Soho Radio with Dub on Air, bringing the story back to a pivotal part of Bovell’s life; independent music broadcasting.
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, before reggae, dub or lovers-rock were played on radio, they were played through Sound Systems. These were the self-made, mobile and multi-managed DJ setups that filled the back rooms and basements of London with the music Black British youth could identify themselves in.
Bovell was right there in the thick of it with his Jarah Sound System; just one of many that ‘is totally responsible for the development of reggae in this country, because radio didn’t play it.’