Babylon Reggae mix by me


Here’s a new mix I did – a selection of Jamaican roots reggae juxtaposed against UK fast chat, dub and more – culminating with Ranking Ann’s astonishing protest against police brutality from the time of the original Brixton riots. Much of the political stuff still feels relevant and topical, which is a sad thing. Much of the British reggae comes from where I live, in South London. Johnny Osbournes heart-rending “13 dead (nothing said)” about the New Cross fire that killed 13 people attending a blues party, which wasn’t properly investigated by the police still feels raw. I’ve been listening to a lot of British lovers rock recently, and this is really the other side of the coin. Reggae as protest music, spiritual, deep and life affirming. Enjoy.

MP3 version:


1. Black Uhuru – Apocalypse
2. Junior Marvin & Dillinger – Roots train
3. Sizzla – Show more love
4. Fabian – Prophesy
5. Terrorists & Lee Scratch Perry – Guerilla Priest
6. Tapper Zukie – Man A Warrior
7. Christel & The Goldmaster Allstars – Government Man
8. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Five Nights Of Bleeding (For Leroy Harris)
9. Johnny Osbourne – 13 dead (Nothing said)
10. Toyan- How The West Was Won
11. Yabby You – Conquering Lion
12. Ranking Joe – Zion High
12. Ranking Ann – Kill the police bill