New Reggae Collective for Reading

Junior Jnr Watson and Don Chandler by Robert Varga Peterson

Grammy award winning producer and bass guitar supremo Don Chandler sets up a Reading UK Reggae Collective.

Backed by new independent record label CultureMix Records with investment from Arts Council England the Reading Reggae Collective is a platform for young ambitious performing artists seeking a professional music career.

With access to top quality artist management, recording studios, world class musicians, marketing campaigns and international touring the Reading Reggae Collective represents the best reggae music talent from around Reading for the mainstream music industry market.

Supported by CultureMix Arts Don’s Reading Reggae Collective provides  career development, management, mentoring, production and promotion as part of umbrella body Reading Black Music Collective (RBMC) which promotes Black music genres including Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra.

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Talented reggae artist Jnr Watson is the first label signing recording an albums worth of his original self penned songs live at the famous Willesden based Theorem Music Village studios also known as Brent Black Music Collective (BBMC).

To bring Jnr’s music to life Don gathered the cream of today’s reggae musicians including keyboardist Cyrus Richards (Rasites, Horace Andy), guitarist Kashta Tafari (Rasites, Soul II Soul), Carl Benjamin (The Wailers, Lee Perry), engineer James Zugasti (Aswad, Dub Asanti Band, Rototom main stage) and a classic three piece horn section.

Junior Watson in the recording studio with Don Chandler and team

BBMC is a treasure trove of reggae history where many UK and Jamaican reggae greats rehearsed for live tours and recorded music that stands the test of time.  Maxi Priest, Gregory Isaacs, Aswad, The Wailers, The Mighty Diamonds, Frankie Paul and Freddie McGregor all passed through this iconic venue.

With his ‘Soothe My Soul’ single and video release, and air play on Rodigan’s Reggae (BBC 1Xtra) Jnr’s success will be the blueprint for the Reading Reggae Collective talent creating a movement of fresh new roots reggae musicians for the UK. More.

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Top image of Jnr Watson, Don Chandler by Robert Varga