Britain’s Got Reggae is a national UK competition that promotes the wealth of reggae talent the UK has to offer. We have some fantastic unearthed grass-roots talent in the UK that is unrecognized because of the lack of knowledge or opportunities that are available.
In 2015 we delivered a one night show at the multiple award winning live music venue, the Hootananny in Brixton. Founder, Cyrlene Braithwaite who runs events with artists of all genres, wanted to give Reggae artists from in and outside of London an opportunity to perform in London.
Cecil Reuben the manager of Reggae events at the Hootananny, was very impressed with the team’s professional delivery, and the diverse selection of artists that were presented. Cecil then offered us seven more dates throughout 2015 where we then came up with the concept of the competition. We have grown year by year taking our auditions to Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham & London, during Reggae Month in February.
We are a community-based project that was funded for the first three years by the founder. In the 2019 series, for the first time, we were funded by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Fund.
We would like to see positive Reggae return to the forefront of pop culture, on mainstream TV and radio. This well-needed platform is for both new and experienced artists that are making music but feel they are are not going anywhere, because of the lack of opportunities.
Reggae music was thriving in the 70s, 80s & 90s, however, the emergence of the internet came along and had a massive impact on the industry, which may not have been anticipated. Another determining factor of the UK reggae decline was the lack of acquired knowledge of the music business, therefore we provide workshops for artists where they learn how to protect their works, how artists get paid and vocal and performance coaching.
We are hoping platforms such as BGR will highlight the talent we have and recognise the importance that younger generations, particularly of Caribbean heritage, have the opportunity to see reggae music on mainstream television. With the view to aspire to continue the reggae music culture legacy.
A new initiative to encourage young people to embrace the reggae music culture. We feel that the younger generation are not being exposed to reggae as other genres of music featured on mainstream TV and Radio. We feel there is a need to make reggae cool to our young people of the UK.
Offering a bespoke service to events, carnivals & festivals in the UK & abroad where we will provide you with a fantastic showcase featuring a selection of artists (numbers up to you) that will add to your event.
So if you are planning to put an event together and don’t want the pressure of selecting artists to perform we are here to take care of this for you with new and exciting seasoned and emerging talent guaranteed to please the crowd.
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