Reggae gems filtered through a UK-centric viewpoint...
Seani B

This summer features a unique milestone in British music.

It's fifty years since Millie Small reached number one with her single 'My Boy Lollipop', a release that helped to break Caribbean music in this country.

From ska to roots reggae, rocksteady to dancehall, the sounds of Jamaica have always had a place on the UK chart countdown.

DJ Seani B is one of those flying the flag, with the 1Xtra personality continually supporting new talent while bigging up the legends that came before.

As part of Liverpool International Music Week the DJ will curate a special event named Roots, Rock, Reggae. A celebration of the UK's role in the global reggae scene, Seani B has brought together Christopher Ellis, Carroll Thompson, Sweetie Irie and Kiko Bun.

The selector comments: "I'm honoured to bring "Roots, Rock, Reggae" to such a prestigious festival as LIMF. Reggae has brought many amazing moments to the music scene in the UK, and continues to do so. I'm always amazed by the reaction it get on my weekly BBC Radio 1Xtra show every Thursday. I'm pleased that some of my talented illustrious friends who have helped shape that history of the genre will be joining me in Liverpool - from the son of an icon, Christopher Ellis, the queen of Lovers Rock, Carroll Thompson, to a man who has helped push the sound of reggae to bands such as Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, Sweetie Irie, and the sound of the new generation, Kiko Bun.”

As part of the celebrations, Clash has commissioned a special DJ mix from Seani B – expect up-front reggae flavours, spanning the decades while looking to the future.

Liverpool International Music Festival runs between July 21st - 24th. Roots, Rock, Reggae takes place on July 23rd. Learn more and buy tickets now on the LIMF website.

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