[Listen To] Roots and Future: A History of U.K. Dance


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Afropop Worldwide Presents – Roots and Future: A History of U.K. Dance
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The audio documentary this month goes to ‘Roots and Future’, this crucial hour-long radio show highlights the importance of black British influence on UK dance music over two decades, from jungle and drum and bass through to garage, grime and dubstep.

Narrator Georges Collinet interviews key figures in the industry like; Shut Up And Dance, Kool FM founder Eastman, garage DJ/producer Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown and grime MC D Double E to find out how the UK drew from Jamaican dancehall and dub, techno euphoria and NYC house to create what journalist Simon Reynolds (one of the documentary’s producers, along with Lit City Trax boss J-Cush) later dubbed the “hardcore continuum”.

“Exploring the community behind these divergent genres, the episode connects styles that are often dealt with as separate entities, bringing them together in a single history and allowing listeners to grasp the deep cultural story that connects them all,” say the show’s producers, Afropop Worldwide.

Afropop Worldwide is a US public radio show that uses music to explore the history and culture of the African diaspora – check out tons more episodes on their website.