Global Reggae Charts - Issue #7 / November 2017

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Inside you can find the latest reggae album and single charts based on votes by radio DJs and music directors from around the world.

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INTERVIEW

This month we talked to Asaf “Baba G” Nahmias,

who presents his Ba Ba Reggae show at Kol

Hanegev 106,4 FM in Israel.

Global Reggae Charts: Can you please introduce

yourself and your radio show?

Asaf “Baba G” Nahmias: I was born in Jerusalem in

1980. I was always very passionate about music of

all kinds. In 2000 I started listening to reggae music,

especially to artists such as Bob Marley, Alpha Blondie,

Luciano, and many others. I remember that I got

my first reggae CD from a friend of mine and from

the very first song I heard I was fascinated by this

style of music and began to explore it.

In 2006, I began to study for a BA in communications

at Sapir College. A year after, I joined their radio

department – “Radio Kol Hanegev” 106.4 FM. At that

time there wasn‘t a reggae program on the station,

so I decided to create one. The first program was

broadcasted on 21.01.2008 (about 10 years ago) by

the name of “Ba Ba Reggae” – in Hebrew you can

interpret the name as “come into reggae” or “feels

like reggae.”

The program is quite diverse in terms of its structure,

but some permanent sections are “new albums,”

“new singles,” “the honor section” which I dedicate

each week to a different artist, and the “Global Reggae

Charts” once a month.

GRC: Could you give us your view on the reggae

reception in Israel in general and with regard to Rasta

reggae specifically? Rastafarian beliefs are borrowing

from Judaism at several points. Do you think

that makes it easier for people in Israel to respond to

reggae or is it more of a roadblock for the reception

of reggae in Israel?

AN: Despite the connection between Rastafari beliefs

and Judaism, sadly, I admit that I don’t think it

connects the Israeli population to reggae music. The

semantics and textual references may sound familiar

and may even attract the ear of a Hebrew speaker.

But I‘m afraid that the initial relation is not intrinsic.

Nowadays the Israeli reggae scene is quite small.

One of my personal goals is to expose the Israeli

audience to this wonderful music, which I believe so

many people can love, get inspired by, and connect

to.

GRC: How did you get into reggae and into radio?

What is your motivation?

AN: As mentioned I always loved music in general

and reggae music in particular. When I began my studies

I thought it would be amazing to combine them

with my love of music. Of course joining the radio

department was the perfect way to do it.

I really can‘t explain why I have this connection to

reggae music and specifically to roots reggae. I think

a lot of people who love reggae would agree that it

has something to do with the general feeling it gives

you and the good vibes. Personally, I become calm,

relaxed, and more positive while listening to roots

reggae. My motivation to broadcast reggae music on

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