Unity Radio, is extremely proud to broadcast Punch Records, Black History Month, Musical Icons series, commencing on Monday 2nd of October and running until Friday 27th of October. Listen in each weekday across daytime at 08.30 with Omnibus editions at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30. Follow us across the month as Punch Records take you on a journey to discover and celebrate the greatest influences and pioneers in Black music as we travel through the decades.
The series includes Stevie Wonder, Kool Herc, Fela Kuti, Peter Tosh, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Prince, Michael Jackson, Salt N Pepa, Goldie, Teddy Riley, James Brown, Jazzie B, Chuck D, Dre Dre,George Clinton, Marvin Gaye, KRS- One, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Run DMC.
20.10 – Jazzy B – 08:30,12.30, 15.30,18:30
Jazzie B is a British DJ from North London, music producer, member of Soul II Soul and entrepreneur.
Prior to his artist career, Jazzie B was running (DJ-ing) sound system (Large Pa speakers) between 1960s and 1970s. This is a concept that originated from Jamaica whereby a group of DJs and sound engineers would load a truck with Pa Speakers and throw outdoor parties or events such as carnivals.
He performed for the first time in 1977 as DJ with some friends and went by the name Jah Rico then. In the ‘80s he founded the group Soul II Soul in London and changed his name then. In the 1990s, Soul II Soul became an umbrella name for several of Jazzie B’s operations and the band.
In 2009 he founded the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC)which is a nonprofit organisation set up to protect the rights of featured musical artists, particularly in the new digital age.
In late 2009 he hosted a show called Back 2 Life, every Friday evening from 8pm on BBC London 94.9, which played funk, soul, reggae and house.
Listen in from 08.30 to hear more on Soul II Souls, Jazzie B.