Just to inform anyone dropping in on this section that as of August 2014 I’ve stopped doing the show. It ran it’s natural course and I will probably return one day to do other things… in the meantime you can find some odds n sods online, here and there. mixcloud has a few of the old mixes on for example.

Podcasts of Bigmikeydread’s Radio Show. Big Mikey Dread aka Mike Murphy plays Jamaican Music from the 1950s to the Present day. Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Early Reggae, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Modern Roots, Ragga and a whole heap more, including informative chat and enthusiastic sillyness. This podcast is downloaded in Jamaica all over the Caribbean and everywhere from China to Iceland, Africa and Peru!

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio is one of the most popular Jamaican music shows on the internet!

Some previous shows have included –

The Steve Barrow Special

Steve Barrow has been collecting Jamaican music since 1962, before most people called Ska….. Ska!

Over the years Steve’s interest in Jamaican music has developed from collecting through to writing for Black Echoes, running his own record stores, compiling records for Island, Trojan, and his own label Blood and Fire records. He co-wrote the Rough Guide To Reggae, a bible for all Jamaican music fans. Amongst his close friends are people like Bunny Lee, Dennis Alcapone, Glen Brown, Lopez Walker, U-Roy and Trinity. He’s even recorded a toilet for Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry! He’s currently writing sleeve notes for Soul Jazz records and an upcoming release of some Dancehall Reggae music, related to Beth Kingston’s book ‘Dancehall’ that Soul Jazz brought out last year.

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio had the honour of travelling up country to join Steve and his partner Sue at their house in Forest Gate, London, for an afternoon of chat, record playing, tea and biscuits. The ensuing interview spread over 4 hours of recording and will be presented in a number of parts for you to listen to. This is part 1. His insight and experience makes for essential listening for all Jamaican music fans. I know I learnt more from him in 5 hours than I have on my own in 5 years!

Background music comes from Blood and Fire releases.

Here is part – 1

The tracks included on this episode for your listening pleasure are:

Derrick Morgan – Sea Wave
Early B – History Of Jamaica
Shabba Ranks – Respect
Ronnie Davis – Change The System + Dubwise
Lloyd Charmers – Travelling On (Organ Cut to the Marvells ‘Rocksteady’)
Delroy Wilson – What Is Man + Dubwise
Barrington Spence – Don’t Touch I Dread + Dubwise

OBAMA’S I & Ipod Selection – A Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Special

Bigmikey selects tunes according to rules set by listener Joshua Burns.
President Obama of the USA gave Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain an ipod recently while on a visit to the U.K.
Joshua thought,… just what tunes would Mr. Obama put on an ipod he was giving to the Queen if they were all Jamaican?
Here’s Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio’s reply to that very question.

Thank you Joshua for the idea!

Tracks are :

Maytones – Ital Queen
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires – Elizabethan Reggae
Heptones & Jah Lion – Mr. President
Lord Creator – King & Queen
Gaylads – Royal Cord
Treasure Isle Dub – Ballistic Queen
Techniques – Queen Majesty
U-Brown – Natty Dread A De President
Barrington Levy – Money Makes Friends
Pampi Judah – Royal Love
U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
Beres Hammond – Queen and Lady
Delroy Wilson – I’m Not A King
Skatalites – President Kennedy
Carlos Malcom – Royal Ska
Dillinger – Buckingham Palace
Bongo Herman and Lloyd Allstars – Tribute To The President
Lizzy – President Rock
Dub Specialist – Queen Of The Dub
The Eternals – Queen Of The Minstrels
Dennis Alcapone – Tour Of The World

Other show titles include –

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Deejays Only

060 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Is This Ska? Episode 1

059 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Delroy Wilson Special

056 Montego Bay Hotel Calypso Band – A Souvenir

The Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio List of tunes I wanted to play you before I crashed my car and lots of Dancehall Podcast.

The Happy Time Mento and Calypso Show

Blind Blake Alphonso Higgs


  1. I’ll really miss the show! Thanks for all the great times Mikey

  2. Please Mikey come back.

  3. Once again Mike, Thanks. Fantastic show.

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