Unity Radio, is extremely proud to broadcast Punch Records, Black History Month, Musical Icons series, commencing on the 1stof October and running until the 31st of October. Listen in each day, at Breakfast and Drive Time, as Punch Records presenters 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, Mighty Sparrow, Fela Kuti, Peter Tosh, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Prince, Michael Jackson, Salt N Pepa, Goldie, Teddy Riley, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Dennis Brown, Jazzie B, Chuck D, Dre Dre, Miriam Makeba, George Clinton, Gregory Isaacs, Marvin Gaye, KRS- One, Ella Fitzgerald, Lord Kitchener, Smokey Robinson, Marcia Griffiths, Jimi Hendrix, Run DMC. Follow the series;
Smokey Robinson- 27.10.14 – 8.00 on Breakfast + 18.00 on Drivetime
Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America’s most iconic soul music labels, Motown Records toward greatness. As the leader of the Miracles, Robinson was one of the very first artists signed to the fledgling label in 1959, and while he racked up many hits for it with the Miracles and as a solo act, Robinson was also an invaluable behind-the-scenes talent who wrote songs, produced records and served as a vice president at Motown from 1961 to 1988. Robinson is one of the most iconic figures in American R&B; his work helped define pop-oriented soul, romantic R&B ballads with songs like “You really got a hold of me” ,”Tracks of my tears” and “Tears of my clown”.
Marcia Griffiths – 28.10.14 – 08.00 on Breakfast + 18.00 on Drivetime
Marcia Griffiths is arguably the best-known and most influential woman in the history of reggae. Griffiths first made a name for herself when the music was still evolving from its roots in ska and rocksteady, and she later became an ally of reggae’s signature artist, Bob Marley, before embracing the electronic-based sounds of dancehall and funk in the 1980s. She is iconically known as the “Queen of Reggae” and famously presented us with songs like “Elecrtic boogie”, “Electric slide” and produced backing studio vocal and live vocal for famous songs like “No woman no cry”, “Rebel music” and “Redemption song”.
Jimi Hendrix – 29.10.14 – 08.00 on Breakfast + 18.00 on Drivetime
Known as “Young Jimi” or “Buster to his peers and simply known as “legend” to his fans , this left handed musician had a mainstream career that only spanned spanned four years. Regardless of this fact, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” His live performances were consistently captivating and mind blowing as he would play guitar behind his back and with his teeth and often set his guitar on fire. “All along the watch tower”, “The wind cries Mary”, “Red House”, “Crosstown Traffic” and “Hey Joe” showcased his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles. His untimely death at the age of 27 deeply saddened fans and cut short a career that would have probably spanned decades more after.
Run DMC – 31.10.14 – 08:00 on Breakfast + 18:00 on Drivetime
New York three piece Run DMC are known for creating the foundations that contemporary rap and hip hop music was built upon. More than any other hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hard-core rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the group produced some of the most famous and memorable hip hop tracks such as “Its Tricky”, Its Like That”, “My Adidas” and one of their most notable collaborations, “Walk This Way” with Rock giants Aerosmith.
KRS 1 – 30.10.2014 – 12.30 on Chaddys Lunch Time Show
The legendary MC, Lawrence Parker, from the South Bronx, New York is better known by his MC name, KRS-One. He has been steadily rapping since 1985. His name stands for “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone”. KRS-One rose to prominence as part of the group Boogie Down Productions, which he formed with DJ Scott La Rock in the late 1980s. Following the release of the group’s debut album, Criminal Minded, La Rock was shot dead, but KRS-One continued the group, effectively as a solo project. He began releasing records under his own name. KRS-One is noted to be a politically active musician having started the Stop the Violence Movement, after the death of Scott La Rock, and the Temple of Hip Hop, as well as addressing political issues in his music.