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Beres Hammond – Reggae Hot Shots

With every year that passes, we become a little bit older, a little more mature and a lot, lot wiser. Though, for Beres Hammond, each trip around the Sun seems to bring yet more musical talent, skill and mastery incomparable to no other. In celebration of his 62nd birthday this Monday, Jet Star has decided to honour the Reggae legend with a spot in our ‘Hot Shots’ series. Juggling a solo career with his role as the lead singer in Zap Pow never seemed to affect Hammond as, during the late 70s and early 80s, he dominated the waves with a continuous string of hits. However, it was perhaps during his time working under his own label, Harmony Records, when Hammond truly cemented his position as R

Carnival Hits

There’s no better way to unite communities, ethnicities, beliefs or religions than through music. That’s why, as one of the most dynamic celebrations of London's multicultural diversity, Notting Hill Carnival continues to be one of the world’s largest spectacles. With its humble origins dating back to a small town hall festival during the 60s, the carnival has grown year upon year; each becoming more vibrant, colourful and flamboyant than the other. From marching steel bands and exotic headdresses through to blazing sound systems and fiery food, the streets of Kensington and Chelsea truly inherit a sense of Caribbean culture. Now, with carnival taking place in just over a week, we’ve select

Reggae Hits Gold Edition, Vol.2

After the phenomenal success of ‘Reggae Hits Gold Edition’, we’ve returned with a second instalment of Reggae’s biggest anthems. To do this, we dived head first into the archive and ran a fine tooth comb through all thirty seven of our classic ‘Reggae Hits’ albums. With the Gold Edition showcasing one astounding track from each compilation, Vol. 2 provides a definitive account of Reggae’s rich history and vibrant heritage. Including iconic names to the likes of Beres Hammond, Capleton, Buju Banton, Barrington Levy and Gregory Isaacs, Jet Star is proud to present this fantastic fusion of styles, genres and moods. But if that wasn’t enough, our team of Reggae experts have created a bespoke con

John Holt Selects Reggae

Undeniably one of the most renowned and respected names in Reggae, John Kenneth Holt truly laid down the foundations of the genre. Planting his roots in the industry back in 1963 with his first single ‘Forever I’ll Stay’, Holt’s career was one of unrivalled accomplishment. His time with The Paragons saw the group riding on a wave of unstoppable chart success. Though, whilst it’s likely you’ll recognise the melodies of tracks like ‘Ali Baba’ and ‘Tonight’, it’s a lesser known fact that Holt penned ‘The Tide is High’, now famed by Blondie, during this era. But, it’s fair to say that it was Holt’s solo work during the late 70s and 80s which saw him step onto the worldwide stage. His condemnat

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