No Bass like Home

How Harlesden, reggae and Trojan Records changed Britain forever

No Bass Like Home shines a spotlight on the reggae revolution that emerged from Brent to sweep the UK.

The story of reggae in Britain passes through the heart of Brent. The pioneering Trojan and Pama record labels were founded here in the 1960s, bringing Caribbean classics to British listeners for the first time. Sound systems and nightclubs blasted vital new Jamaican jams into ears that had never heard their like before. And Brent produced key musicians of its own: from the Cimarons, Britain’s first homegrown reggae band, to Willesden’s Janet Kay, the first British-born black female singer to top the UK reggae charts.

No Bass Like Home proudly presents the stories of the people who made this reggae revolution happen – singers and musicians, DJs and retailers, producers and promoters – and the fans who hung on every beat and bassline. Explore our growing online archive of interviews, photographs, films and memorabilia – and check back soon for details of the Bass Weekender, a digital celebration of reggae and black british music past and present reimagined for a locked-down London.

Do you have stories, photographs and memorabilia connected to reggae in Brent that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you – please email

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The Reggae Map captures iconic people and places which have shaped the borough's reggae history. Explore the map by clicking the button below.


Reggae Archive


The No Bass Like Home Film Project


Marking the contribution of Black British filmmakers, from Horace Ove to Menelik Shabazz onwards, at The Lexi Cinema. In partnership with We Are Parable and Black History Studies.

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Harlesden Bass Weekender


Reggae came to Britain through Harlesden. The Harlesden Bass Weekender is a two-day celebration of Harlesden's place in reggae culture.


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