UK reggae artist Carroll Thompson to celebrate 60 years of reggae on Magic Soul

In honour of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence, Magic Radio’s sister station Magic Soul will celebrate the country’s musical and cultural influence in a new four-part series, 60 Years of Magical Reggae with Carroll Thompson.

Award-winning UK reggae artist Carroll Thompson hosts the programme on Magic Soul, which starts this Sunday 7 August at 7pm.

It will celebrate the impact of reggae on UK audiences – from Ska in the early sixties and how that helped shape the incredible 2 tone scene from the Midlands to the global dominance of Bob Marley as an ambassador across the world.

The “Queen of Lovers Rock” will share a hand-picked playlist of tracks, sharing her memories of the songs and how they have influenced the UK scene. Listeners will also hear about music from the second-generation UK born artists, who brought the heritage they carried from the Caribbean.

Speaking about the new show, Carroll Thompson said: “It’s a joy to play music from such a rich and creative musical heritage – 60 years of wonderful Reggae music that touched the hearts and minds of many cultures … so many great songs – I barely touched the surface!”

Magic’s Deputy Content Director Sheena Mason added: “We are elated and honoured to have the ‘Queen of Lovers rock’ Carroll Thompson hosting such a special show highlighting the importance and influence that Jamaican music and culture has given the UK over 60 years.

“Our team are delighted to add this four-part series to our Magic Soul summer programming, courtesy of the Audio content fund and The Playmaker Group at a momentous time of celebrating 60 years of Jamaican independence.”

60 Years of Magical Reggae with Carroll Thompson can be heard on digital station, Magic Soul from this Sunday 7 August 7-8pm, until the final episode on 28 August. Each episode is repeated on Thursday 8-9pm.

 

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