Dancehall Takeover Ambushes BBC Radio 1Xtra Today #1xDancehall

BBC Radio 1’s (influential) sister 1Xtra is currently under siege from reggae’s offspring, otherwise known as dancehall. Every show is celebrating the (under-appreciated) importance and impact of dancehall on UK genres and culture.

Ruby Mulraine, Executive Producer, Radio 1Xtra, says: “Dancehall Takeover will showcase the impact and influence of Jamaican dancehall music and culture across the globe. Radio 1Xtra has always been at the forefront of celebrating dancehall music; we’re committed to the genre, and proud of its pioneering spirit and cutting edge contributions to the worldwide musical landscape. “

Twin B‘s breakfast show (0700-1000 GMT): Vis Soundboy Sam will kick off proceedings with a guide to dancehall followed by a 30-minute takeover by former 1Xtra DJ Seani B.

Gemma (1300-1600 GMT): UK MC Kano will speak on his love for and impact of the genre

Westwood‘s show (1600-1900) Kisses singer Lee-Anna on the legendary show rounds up the daytime action.

Dancehall flag bearer Robbo Ranx has a bockbuster show lined up including an interview with leading producer Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor and discussing top dancehall moments with the number 1 syndicated reggae broadcaster, Nikki Z.

The highlight of the show will probably be Saxon Sound turning the legendary Maida Vale studios into a ’80s house party in south London (minus the scrubsing/crubbing, sweet smell of mary jane and food on plastic plates).

I had the pleasure of “bussin’ gun finger” as Tippa Irie, Papa Levi and Colonel deejayed over ’80s rhythm tracks alongside younger MCs Wretch 32, Skibadee, Scrufizzer, Stylo Gee, Mr Williamz, Stu$h and a special guest PA courtesy of Dawn Penn singing the classic “No, No No”.

There is bonus online content including an amazing documentary on Haile Selassie, a video chat between Seani B and Jah Cure, Stephen McGregor showing Robbo around the Big Ship studio, King Jammy speaking about creating the first digital dancehall rhythm track Sleng Teng and Shabba Ranks speaking to Robbo Ranx.

Also, check out this classic clip of Beenie Man talking about sneaking out to do his first performance at seven years old and also, randomly, why he felt his mum loved his brother more than him.