‘When the Music Hits’ explores the heritage of the sound systems culture of Manchester, from its roots in Jamaican reggae music through the development in the UK and Manchester from the 1960s to the present day. It will also explore the impact of reggae on the newer African communities and introduce them to this heritage of the city and its musical foundation.
Having kicked off the series on Monday October 9 with Hercules Productions, Marcus Hercules, listeners can now listen in, Monday to Friday at 11.30 am, throughout Black History Month to catch exclusive mini episodes from Sound System pioneers, talking about their journey and experiences bringing Sound System culture to the UK.
This week we look at the life of Wizzy Dan
Growing up in Moss Side, music was all around Wizzy Dan. An avid record collector from a young age, he started classroom discos at Burley high school. Influenced by the sound ‘Mafia’ at Moss Side Youth Club, he discovered a love for soundsystems from day one. As a founding member, Baron HiFi A.K.A Baron Turbocharge played their first sound at Burley Youth Club, leading on to a regular slot at Moss Side Youth Club. The sound was started in 1974 and by 1979 they had surpassed all of the youth sounds in Manchester.
Influenced by Roots artists such as Burning Spear, Wizzy immersed himself in music with a message. It was an exciting time in youth culture and outside of Jamaica, the UK was the most established sound system movement. As the 80’s approached, the sound evolved to become part of the popular Dancehall era. Baron Hifi played with the big sounds and trailblazed the way for current Manchester artists to follow, keeping the city on the map. Through music with a message, Wizzy Dan continues to positively influence younger generations today.
When the Music Hits is funded by the Heritage Lottery.