Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music of the British charts, focusing on the work of a number of reggae producers along with their pop counterparts who have successfully transferred reggae into mainstream success. The programme includes an exclusive look at the original Bob Marley multitrack recordings of his songs Concrete Jungle and Stir It Up. Steve Levine also describes the impact of reggae on his production work with Culture Club by revealing the secrets of the recording of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. He also demonstrates the principles in creating the fundamental sounds that form the basis of the reggae sub-culture, dub.
Other contributors include producers Sly and Robbie, Chris Porter (who masterminded the recording of Aswad's number one Don't Turn Around), Tony Platt (engineer on the original Marley recordings), plus Boy George and Mikey Craig of Culture Club. Also featured is Dennis Bovell, the founding member of British Reggae band Matumbi and a successful songwriter and producer who has given special access to the multitrack of his 1979 hit for Janet Kay - Silly Games.
Repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates 50 Years of Jamaican Independence.