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Showtime! - UK dancehall on the rise again | reviews, news & interviews

Showtime! - UK dancehall on the rise again

Showtime! - UK dancehall on the rise again

A new event aims to shine new light on British/Caribbean music

Lady Chann: The face of the new wave of UK dancehall

This month sees an audacious attempt to showcase British dancehall music, when the Cargo venue in Shoreditch hosts the multi-artist revue Showtime!. The Heatwave collective have brought together vocalists from various UK underground scenes, linked by a strong influence from the high-energy Jamaican sounds of the past 30 or so years. While many of the artists involved have found success in crossover scenes like rave, jungle, grime and garage, the appeal of dancehall itself (also known by the overlapping terms bashment and ragga) has traditionally been restricted to predominantly black audiences.

It has marked a shift in UK rave culture towards "raving" again

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