Reggae superstar MAXI PRIEST is the special guest on this week's REALITY TIME radio show. Hosted by the furious Selecta Kurious and mighty MC Taiyefoon this Sunday, September 248h, 2013. Reality Time brings you the latest reggae news, culture and exclusive interviews each Sunday on Bigupradio's 24/7 dancehall station.
Tune in for this special interview with reggae sensation MAXI PRIEST.
Showtimes are 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST.
About MAXI PRIEST:
Reggae music has flourished in this post-Internet age. It’s never been so accessible and yet whilst new acts are plentiful, global audiences are still drawn towards those legends who achieved worldwide recognition the hard way; i.e. by making hits of timeless appeal, and are stamped with authenticity.
As verified by his long-awaited retrospective, ‘Maximum Collection,’ Maxi Priest has earned his place among other greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Dennis Brown in spreading the reggae gospel far and wide. This is an extraordinary achievement for a singer steeped in Jamaican music, yet raised in South London. Maxi’s joyous brand of reggae and lovers’ rock, infused with r&b and accompanied by real charisma, would bring him a level of success no other British reggae singer can match. He’s deserved it too, because despite the pressures of stardom, he’s remained true to his core audience from the beginning.
Maxi original fans yearned for songs that reflected their own aspirations, tastes and upbringing. Many came from hardworking immigrant families who’d faced discrimination and yet still found the resolve to build strongly knit communities. Whether it told of hardship or romance, reggae music formed the soundtrack to these people’s lives and by the time riots had swept through Britain’s inner cities in the early Eighties, they were ready to celebrate one of their own. ‘Should I’ had already flown to No. 1 on the Black Echoes charts before Maxi signed with Virgin Records, and follow-up hit ‘In The Springtime’ announced the arrival of his 1985 debut album ‘You’re Safe.’ That was the year he was invited to appear at the UK Reggae Sunsplash, and gave a crowning performance infront of 25,000 people crammed into Crystal Palace football stadium. A short while earlier, he and Paul Robinson had produced Philip Levi’s ‘Mi God Mi King,’ which made history by becoming the first British reggae production to reach No. 1 on the Jamaican charts – a feat that remains unequalled to this day. Whilst his record label saw him as a marketing dream, British reggae audiences took note of his South London roots, and appreciated his humble beginnings.
About REALITY TIME:
More than 15 years of consistent participation in Northern California's reggae scene qualifies Kurious as an old dog among the Bay Area's myriad selectas and sound systems. Top artists like Luciano, Yami Bolo and Warrior King have contributed to his impressive collection of dub plates. This Oakland native has spun at every dancehall venue worth its salt and 'long side any and all reputable selectas in the area. Reggae heads come from all 'round to hear his generous mix of bashment, ganja man and God-bless riddims every time he shows up to the dance.
For the last 5 years Selecta Kurious has been the co-host and dj for his very popular Internet radio show Reality Time. Broadcasting every Sunday and internationally reaching tens of thousands of devoted listeners weekly, Selecta Kurious and Mc Taiyefoon have over 150 shows under their belt and have interviewed and hosted the who’s who of Reggae artists: Barrington Levy, Eek-A-Mouse, Sugar Minot, Pato Banton, Lucky Dube, Tony Rebel, Jr. Reid and Yami Bolo, just to name a few.
Taiyefoon is Oakland born and grown. He began his radio career at Cal State Hayward where he hosted the university's popular hip-hop/reggae show Rip City Radio while studying broadcast media. The gentle giant has absorbed the reggae scene since the Reagan era when Eek A Mouse was an Omni regular and Sun Splash annually accompanied the arrival of spring at Berkeley's Greek Theater. Currently, Taiyefoon is host and producer of "Full Circle," KPFA's weekly culture magazine. Together they bring you Reality Time Reggae.