Dennis Bovell – Lovers Rock as 1970s X-Factor

Earlier this month, Dennis Bovell was made an Honorary Fellow at Goldsmiths, a recognition of his contribution to music and his links to the South East London area. Bovell is probably best known for his many reggae/dub productions, including producing Linton Kwesi Johnson, helping to establish the Lovers Rock genre (including writing Silly Games for Janet ...

Little Earthquakes… Independent Records Labels & SE London

The joint Independent Label Market/London Brewers Market in Greenwich on Friday night (5/5/2017) was good and busy, with music, food and drink stalls and Lewisham's Unit 137 Sound System shaking the rafters of the indoor market.I wrote a piece for the programme giving a quick overview of independent labels associated with SE London, in particular ...

Music Monday: Akwaba and Lewisham Bridge Primary School Choir 1983

Last week I was DJing at the Agit Disco benefit for Housmans bookshop at the Surya Bar in Islington, also on the bill was John Eden (Uncarved) who kindly gave me this record he had found in his crate digging for reggae classics and obscurities.'El Condor Pasa' by Akwaba is a cover in a lovers ...

John Goto – Lovers Rock: Lewisham portraits from 1977

In 1977, John Goto was teaching evening classes at Lewisham Youth Centre. He took a series of portrait photographs of people dressed up ready for the dance hall at the Centre which 36 years later have seen the light of a day in a remarkable book - Lover's Rock.1977 was a heavy year in a ...