Trojan Records is 50 years old this month.
Brixton’s Turtle Bay and its sister restaurants have marked the occasion by working with music legend Don Letts on a second series of hour-long “Reggae 45” podcasts – the first of which explores the history and music of Trojan.
The first series – launched in Brixton last year – was a Sunday Times Top 50 podcast last year.
This year’s Trojan episode features the music of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, The Pioneers, Tony Tribe and Desmond Dekker and more.
Episodes to come are Lovers Rock later this month, Notting Hill in August, Reggae at the Cinemain September and a final, as yet unconfirmed one in October.
Don Letts has been central to British popular culture since the 70s. The Grammy award-winning director, DJ and presenter has been pushing boundaries for decades, an expert on how music and culture influence generations.
His experience puts him in a unique position to explore the timeless music of Trojan that so many people love.
Each podcast offers outstandingly educated – but not academic – story-telling and lets listeners hear through the ears of a man who played a major part in putting Caribbean music and its descendants at the centre of the musical map.
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