No Bass Like Home: Brent’s Reggae Roots

14 February 2020

It is International Reggae Month! As part of Brent’s London Borough of Culture offering, The No Bass Like Home reggae map has officially launched at a sold out event on Wednesday (12 February) at the Jamaican High Commission.

The reggae map is an archive to capture iconic people and places which have shaped the borough's rich reggae history.

As part of this, Lovers Rock legend Carroll Thompson discussed her connections to Brent, leaving her family home to move to Wembley and starting her music career in Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden. She explained how she took the photo for the now iconic ‘Hopelessly in Love’ album cover at the back of Stonebridge estate, and regularly visited the Apollo Club in Harlesden to hear reggae music.

Shy One discussed her family connections to Kensal Green, Harlesden and Wembley and explained the connections between more modern forms of music such as grime and the influences of reggae.

Carroll Thompson ended the night by performing her hit song ‘Simply in Love’. The event was attended by His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, High Commissioner for Jamaica and hosted in collaboration with the Jamaican High Commission and JAMPRO Trade and Investment.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Culture & Leisure said: “It makes me incredibly proud that music which has such strong roots in Brent, has spread so far and wide across so many different communities.

“I want everyone to know about this great history, which is why this reggae archive is so important.”