Black in the day: another story UK Black Tuesday 23 September, 8.30pm, Radio 2
WHAT WOULD popular music in Britain sound like if there had been no migration of people from the Caribbean? And what was it about the experiences of blacks in Britain that led them to create such vibrant and path-breaking sounds? In this series Courtney Pine interviews musicians, DJs, clubbers and promoters with some brilliant insights along the way.
In the 1960s, reggae artist Eddie Grant formed a multiracial band called The Equals. Even though half of his band was white, they could not play outside of 'black' venues. Yet they developed a mass following and produced a sound that was neither a copy of American soul or British R & B. Lovers of black music will want to catch the rest of this series. You can hear some of the earlier programmes on the Radio 2 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio2