Reggae Archive Launched at Jamaican High Commission

13 February 2020

On Wednesday 12 February, Bass Rewind showcased the newly created Brent 2020 Reggae Archive at the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington.

The No Bass Like Home reggae map captures iconic people and places which have shaped the borough's reggae history. Looking at themes of pioneering artists, fandom, women in reggae and sound system culture, the digital archive brings this to life through people’s memories and personal thoughts about Brent's contribution to reggae, its impact and legacy.

In collaboration with the Jamaican High Commission and JAMPRO Trade and Investment, attendees heard from lovers rock legend Carroll Thompson and DJ/ Producer Shy One.

Carroll discussed her connections to Brent, leaving her family home to move to Wembley and starting her music career in Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden. She explained how she took the photo for the now iconic ‘Hopelessly in Love’ album cover at the back of Stonebridge estate, and regularly visited the Apollo Club in Harlesden to hear reggae music. After which, Shy One discussed her family connections to Kensal Green, Harlesden and Wembley and explained the connections between more modern forms of music such as grime and the influences of reggae.

Carroll Thompson ended the night by serenading the packed venue with her hit song ‘Simply in Love’.