Global Reggae Charts - Issue #19 / December 2018

GlobalReggaeCharts

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

COMMUNITY

RADIO

Germany

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featured voter

INTERVIEW

Two voters we feature this month. First we have Zoë

and P-Nut, who presents their show “Wha Gwaan -

Reggae & Dancehall” at radio Leinehertz 106.5 in

Hanover, Germany.

Global Reggae Charts: Please introduce yourself

and your radio show to our readers!

Thorben & Zoë: We are Zoë and P-Nut from Sound

System Frontward International, and have been

doing the monthly radio show “Wha Gwaan -

Reggae & Dancehall” broadcast by Radio Leinhertz

106.5 since 2009 from Hanover (Germany). We shall

soon celebrate the 10th anniversary of our show.

GRC: What made you fall in love with reggae?

Zoë: I have known reggae since childhood, because

my parents had some records of Jimmy Cliff and

Bob Marley at home. Later, a friend gave me a tape

recording of Steel Pulse, and thus I started listening

to more and more reggae. But I really got hooked by

the first parties I went to - dancehall by Mr. Vegas,

Beenie Man, Lady Saw …

Thorben: I grew up with hip hop. I first heard reggae

at the beginning of the nineties, when I gave a friend

a reggae record as a birthday present. Subsequently,

my friends and I kept recording tapes. I also travelled

to German cities, which had large record stores to

sample and buy discs, as there was no internet then.

What I particularly like about reggae is that it carries

a positive message.

GRC: How did you get into radio and what is your

motivation?

Thorben: I made a radio show about reggae as early

as 1998. I always wanted to pass on the positive

vibes of the music, present new songs, and share

with others the pleasure this gave me. I also enjoy

discovering and supporting new artists.

Zoë: I was intrigued by the medium of radio, the

peek behind the curtains. Besides which, I like to

learn new things. But I never thought that we would

stay for so long.

GRC: What spectrum of music do you play in your

show and which artists have you found most inspiring

lately?

Zoë: We try to include all genres belonging to

reggae in our show, ranging from ska to dancehall.

We place particular emphasis on presenting current

songs and new releases from all over the world.

Though we focus on the German and European reggae

scenes, we never let Jamaica out of our sights.

We also try to provide background information about

the music, and we conduct interesting interviews

with the artists. My favorite artists at the moment

are Shenseea, Razor B, and Javada.

Thorben: Of course we also give our listeners information

and tips on and about interesting events.

At present, I am fascinated by the new generation of

Jamaican women such as Aza Lineage, Lila Iké, and

Koffee. But Germany also has new artists such as

Rico, Jahfro, CARL, and the Berlin Boom Orchestra.

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