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BBC Radio 1Xtra and 6 Music are set to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence this summer, celebrating the music and culture of the country and its impact on UK culture with stand out musical offerings.
From the beginning of August the digital stations will premier a number of special tracks recorded by some key Reggae and Dancehall artists, including the likes of Chaka Demus, Pliers and Beenie Man.
On Sunday August 5 personalities including Wretch 32, Ms Dynamite, Yasmin, Mz Bratt (pictured above) and Toddla T share how their journey into music can be accredited to the small island in the Caribbean.
The main event of the celebrations on 1Xtra will be Jamaican independence day itself August 6. Tracks by artists such as Chaka Demus & Pliers, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Gyptian and Capleton will be played throughout the day. The tunes hold particular significance because they are each artists favourite from the last 50 years of Jamaican music and they were all exclusively recorded for 1Xtra at Jamaica’s Tuff Gong studios.
Keep your eyes on BBC 1Xtra site and keep your ears on the radio station.