This Week's Free Lab Radio - Real Reggae with Earl Gateshead

Earl Gateshead MCing at Notting Hill
"Classic roots and dub meet new digital killers." A bespoke mix for Free Lab Radio by Earl Gateshead, selector for Trojan Sound System, of Trojan Records. 

Gateshead is a respected and long standing member of London's roots scene, and was the Roots Reggae resident at the seminal Blue Note and Fabric, both in Soho, London. 

Broadcasts Saturday nights 11-midnight, repeats Thursdays 2am on 104.4FM across London online elsewhere. Read his bio below. Tweet @FariBrad
1) Ayatollah--Jackie Mittoo (Nefertiti 12)
2) This World--King Midious (Justice League 7)
3) Natty Dread Nar Run--Barry Brown (Strong Like Samson 12)
4) Rasta We Rasta--Danny Red (Youth And Truth 12)
5) Jah I--The Jewells (Observer 7)
6) Version to 'Institutionalised Racism'--Vivian Jones (Global Domination 7)
7) Bird In Flight--Carleen Anderson (Tuff Scout 7)
8) Babylon--Admiral Tibbett (Kings International 7)
9) Dubplate Fashion--Tradesman and Parly B (Reggae Roast 7)
10) Watch Them--Singer Tempa (Digi-Kal 7)
11) Mission Impossible--Nerious Joseph, Philip Leo, C J Lewis (Fashion 12)
12) Housebreaker (Rootikal Rebuild)-- Capital Letters (Reggae Archive Records)
13) Pure Rankin--Horace Andy and King Tubbys (Sufferers Heights 12)
14) Stop The War--Paul Freeman (Sunshine Records 7)
Since 1968, Trojan Records has led the way in presenting the very best in classic Jamaican sounds. The labels releases have featured the best of Jamaican talent, with the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Toots andThe Maytals and The Inner Circle all included on its illustrious roster.
Earl began DJing in 1979 when he played reggae records between punk bands in Brixton and was heavily influenced by the Trojan releases of the time. Today Earl Gateshead and Trojan Sound System tour the globe playing records from the extensive Trojan catalogue, spreading the original message from Jamaica’s golden era of Reggae music. Recent shows include Glastonbury, Outlook, Boomtownfair, Bestival, Rototom Festival and club events at London’s biggest venue; Fabric.

In the late 70s, in the spirit of the times Earl built his own sound system at the world famous Dive Bar in Soho, where he established a reputation across London. Earl had a 20 year residency at The Dive Bar, which was sadly bought to an end in 2002 when the venue was closed. Throughout the later part of his Dive Bar years Earl became the Saturday night resident at clubs such as the internationally acclaimed Blue Note and later Fabric, where he was the resident Roots Reggae specialist.
In 2000 Earl organised and performed at a series of events called “Reggae Nights”. These legendary series of concerts received world wide attention, with performances from international legends such as; Alton Ellis, Dennis Alcapone, Adrian Sherwood and Saxon Sound System. This run of great success gave Earl a huge boost in profile, which lead him to be one of the most sought after DJs in the country and in high demand from international Reggae artists. He then went on to tour Europe and Australasia with Big Youth, Dr Alimantado and Cutty Ranks amongst others. 

Invited to give a lecture at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Sao Paulo, Earl gave a comprehensive lecture on Reggae DJing and recorded a radio show for Red Bull.

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