KTRU Tuesday: Sunsplash ’87

The Rice Radio Reggae show sent two DJs to Jamaica to attend Sunsplash ’87. While there, they did a variety of interviews with notable reggae artists, including Steel Pulse, Culture, The Mighty Diamonds, and Pato Banton, among others.

One interview with U-Roy, also known as Ewart Beckford, discusses his DJ (toasting) style, how he started, his early songs, taking a break, RAS Records, future projects.

Although U-Roy might not be a household name in the U.S., he has been quite influential. The record label, Duke Reid, released recordings of U-Roy’s MC style of talking and playing musical segments, which served as an early influence for hip hop pioneers.

Image from: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 14, Ed. 1 Friday, December 4, 1987

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