You may remember we reported on Mak Gilchrist’s Edible Bus Stop recently. Mak also used to own her own reggae music label, Riz Records and not surprisingly, is a passionate expert on reggae. We asked her if she’d pick her favourite tunes in celebration of the Notting Hill Carnival today, here’s what she said.
“I have found it completely impossible to define my top 8-10 reggae tunes. IMPOSSIBLE! How can I? So many tunes, so much love for them all. So instead please find below some carnival inspired favourites. These tunes have all accompanied me dancing joyously in the streets at Notting Hill Carnival.
Over the years reggae has woven itself into the fabric of my life. I can’t imagine a time when it hasn’t been present since I first listened to Bob Marley at school in the 70’s. It has become my musical home over the years. A great big audio comfy sofa which I am happy to dive into and chill out on. My first reggae album was The Congos – Fisherman which was given to me by John Peel, who I had the honour hanging out with for 2 years after doing a 2-week work experience at the age of 16 at BBC Radio One with him.
At carnival, I tend to hang out by Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues, Jah Observer, Abba Shanti and Channel One sound systems. I go check out all the rest, but those sounds are my default. And ultimately Gaz’s is home from home as it’s my crew running it. And so, in no particular order….and there’s 12, because that’s how we role in the reggae world. ;o)”
Toots and the Maytals – 54 46 Was My Number
Aswad – Warrior Charge
Garnett Silk – Christ in His Kingly Character
Lee Scratch Perry – Chase the Devil
Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
Ijahman Levi – I’m a Levi
Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life to Live
Horace Andy – Skylarking
Junior Byles – Fade Away
Junior Reid – One Blood
Twinkle Brothers – Never Get Burn
Indica Allstars on RIZ RECORDS – Open Your Eyes
Mak is now hoping to bring International Park (ing) day to London on the 16th September, during the London Design Festival, but is in need of sponsorship, so if anyone would like to help them, contact Mak through the Edible Bus Stop website.