Below is the tracklist for the playlist compiled as a companion to the walk offered by Professors Lez Henry and Les Back for the Thinking On The Move conference on Friday 6th September, 2019. The walk documented some of the key moments in the history of anti-racist struggles, from the Battle of Lewisham in 1977 to the New Cross Massacre in 1981. Reggae music has often provided the medium to narrate Black Experience and postcolonial life in south London. Many of these tunes were played in the street as we walked together.
You can listen to the playlist here. Head over to our Instagram to view a selection of photos taken during the walk.
Reggae Walk Tunes
- Lesley Lyrics & Tannoi – Put Back Your Truncheon, holding the boys in blue to account.
- I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks – Brown Sugar, recorded in Eve studios on Upper Brockley Road and featuring the 15 year-old Caron Wheeler.
- To Be Poor Is A Crime – Still Cool, on the Jah Shaka label.
- New Crass Massahkah – Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘all that is bitter all that is blood all that is DREAD!!’
- English Girl – Sister Audrey.
- 13 Dead and Nothing Said – Johnny Osbourne, the only tune Professor Lez & I argued over.
- Sensi – Maxi Priest.
- House is Not a Home – One Blood, not on YouTube, but here on Spotify.
- Mi God Mi King – Papa Levi.
- Last but not least: Silly Games – Janet Kay, postcolonial London’s anthem.