Jamaica is not just in the spotlight for being the country of the fastest men on Earth. Jamaica is much more and this year they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Independence.
To celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence, The Heatwave’s quickfire DJ style is applied to half a century's worth of classic tracks for their own download mix release 'Five Million Rewinds'.
50 years of Jamaican sounds hyping UK ravers. From chart-toppers My Boy Lollipop and Israelites, through to Sean Paul and Vybz Kartel, The Heatwave will take you on a journey from reggae-sampling rave anthems to blues dance smashes by Janet Kay and Tappa Zukie, and not forgetting homegrown UK dancehall hits from Smiley Culture and Top Cat. This is a definitive guide of how Britain became musically dependent on Jamaica, around the same time the Caribbean island won its political independence.
The Heatwave sound ties together music from Jamaica and the UK. Their powerful, energetic and exciting compilations and mixes aim to show how dancehall can be found at the root of jungle, garage, grime, dubstep and funky music. The Heatwave released a DVD in December 2011, 'The Heatwave presents Showtime; The History of UK Dancehall', tracking the genre across the decades to present day and featuring a myriad of live performances and interviews from artists such as Glamma Kid, Riko Dan, Stush and Skibadee.
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