Reggae series to be shown on BBC television

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A series of programmes celebrating Reggae’s impact on British music, culture and society will be aired on the BBC Four Television, beginning on February 11.
The programmes are a part of the BBC Four Britannia series and will show how Reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society.

The series will start with the documentary Reggae Britannia and includes major artistes and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers, such as Boy George and Paul Weller.
A special Reggae Britannia concert was held at the Barbican centre in London on February 5 and the broadcast of this concert will follow Friday’s opening documentary.

Other programmes in the Reggae Britannia series will include the broadcast of a special live recording of the 1973 Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, which featured the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.
The series also include the Rise Up Reggae Star programme, which followed three aspiring artistes who seek to ‘rise up’ from obscurity for their chance at success.

The Reggae Britannia series end on February 19 with the 1977 Bob Marley Exodus concert.