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The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!
As the Beeb celebrates its centenary, we take a look at its most memorable pop moments, from the birth of grime to the first sightings of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, plus TOTP goes Madchester and countless classic Peel sessions

Guardian music

06, Oct, 2022 @12:12 PM

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Lynchian punk to Lady Gaga: the best music Guardian staff and writers discovered this year
Old or new, wildly popular or punishingly obscure: our critics share the best songs, albums and artists they found this year – and how they discovered them

Chal Ravens, Shaad D'Souza, Dave Simpson, Rebecca Liu, Christine Ochefu, Laura Barton, Tayyab Amin and Alexis Petridis

30, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Angus ‘Drummie Zeb’ Gaye obituary
Drummer, singer-songwriter and founding member of the pioneering British reggae group Aswad

David Katz

08, Sep, 2022 @5:05 PM

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A moment that changed me: As my parents argued, I watched reggae on TV and felt transported
Seeing people in Jamaica dancing in the street made me want to join them, and began a lifelong love that led me to become a DJ

Becca Leathlean

07, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Drummie Zeb, lead singer of UK reggae band Aswad, dies aged 62
Angus Gaye was lead vocalist and drummer of first British reggae band signed by international label

Geneva Abdul

02, Sep, 2022 @2:53 PM

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Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff: ‘In England we had to fight to get any kind of recognition’
The musician on his early struggles in London, his enduring appeal and auditioning Bob Marley, and the problem with Jamaican independence

Killian Fox

28, Aug, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘If there are death threats, don’t tell me’ – how Rock Against Racism fought fascism
In the 1970s, the National Front were on the march. So Britain’s music fans and artists united. As a new show celebrates RAR’s achievements, we examine its impact, its legacy – and its thrilling, shambolic climactic concert

Tim Jonze

23, Aug, 2022 @4:22 PM

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‘My mum used to cook for the Wailers!’: Leeds puts its West Indian history on display
With illegal blues parties in basements and impassioned activism across the city, Windrush was more than just a London story – as this new string of events proves

Jenessa Williams

17, Aug, 2022 @12:52 PM

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The devil went down to Gambia! The surprising history of African country music
When a Zimbabwean Twitter account posted images of wedding guests moonwalking to Kenny Rogers, many were surprised. But the ties between US country and Africa reach back to its commercial outset

Jamal Khadar

10, Aug, 2022 @3:10 PM

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‘The time is right’: reggae colossus Burning Spear on racism, rebellion and returning to Britain
He is the Jamaican legend who liberated reggae, taking it out of Kingston, drenching it in horns – and giving it a joyous, spiritual kick. As Burning Spear hits the road, he looks back on his astonishing life

Lloyd Bradley

08, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The Harder They Come review – Jimmy Cliff falls hard in visceral revenge western
Fifty years on, this crime drama of a headstrong singer shooting for his chance of success is as raw and energetic as its reggae soundtrack

Peter Bradshaw

03, Aug, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Various: Rise Jamaica review – independence celebration of the island’s pre-reggae sounds
This double-album selection of the music of 1962 shows the roots of ska and reggae – and the exuberance of the times

Neil Spencer

23, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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