No Bass Like Home University: From the Dancehall to the Garage

The Seeds and Roots of Black British Music

Reggae’s popularity during the late 1960s and ’70s planted seeds that transformed British music and culture in unimaginable ways. From modest beginnings in Brent, the reggae scene quickly exploded in popularity – and ultimately created a close-knit community of artists, promoters and fans who came to embrace new homegrown genres such as jungle, UK garage and grime. But how did all this happen – and where might we go from here?

Heartless Crew’s MC Bushkin, singer Soulful Emma Louise (S.E.L.) and Blueprint Collective member Kes join Dr Monique Charles to trace the musical and cultural influence of reggae on Black British music and wider society.

Following the discussion, you’ll get a chance to put your questions to the panel.

From the Dancehall to the Garage is the final event in No Bass Like Home University, four online discussions exploring reggae’s place in British popular culture. To catch up on all four events, visit the series homepage.


Dr Monique Charles (chair)

MC Bushkin (Heartless Crew)

Soulful Emma Louise (S.E.L.) (singer)

Kes (Blueprint Collective)