In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a number of thriving pirate radio stations, night clubs and a lifestyle scene which was a result of a growing and emerging second and third generation of black Britons predominantly in London and throughout the UK.
As part of black history month Robanks Promotion wants to take you back in time to recall on how your history is as much as our history.
When you would meet people crammed into cars from places like Watford, High Wycombe, Luton or Milton Keynes stopping on a Saturday night asking for directions to some club, that sadly, that you didn’t even know existed, but was actually down the road from where you lived.
Club promoters, DJs and pirate station owners played the best in music from lovers rock, rare groove, R&B, soul, hip-hop,reggae, Soca, calypso and the latest sounds from Africa. Clubs and pirate stations, including Galaxy, SLR, PCRL, Solar, RJR, Power Jam, Invicta, Solar, Horizon and Kiss FM created a space for homegrown music talent to express itself.
All Nations were a nightclub on London Fields back in the 1980s
when the area was a bit of a wasteland.
It would throb with music from midnight to dawn on week-end nights.
It was one of the oldest clubs in the world, three floors – reggae,
soul, and in the basement lovers’ rock. It was massive, over 25s rather than a kiddies’ place, and the prices are cheap.
The decor was different – the odd picture on the wall.
Things change and now it’s a block of flats
They played soul, rap, swing and reggae, and it was cheap: £ 5 and pub prices.
The age range was between 18 and 25, and you had to dress smart, but wasn’t a place to sit around posing.
Night Moves was one of London’s number one RnB, reggae, soul and rare groove nightclub, open late four nights a week.
A cafe bar and restaurant was open daily Monday to Friday, and comedy nights were staged Monday to Wednesday.
With two floors and a restaurant for buffets or three course meals, it was ideal for private parties and corporate functions.
One of the saddest things about writing this piece was the lack of information on thThe marketing team spent hours discussing how sad that the places are gone and who has a story or a picture?
If you have a story tell or a picture of a great night out in one of the clubs back in the day feel free to email us as we would love to write about
Gregory Anthony Isaacs (15 July 1951 – 25 October 2010) was a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in The New York Times, described Isaacs as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae”. His honorific nickname was the Cool Ruler.
Alton Nehemiah Ellis OD (1 September 1938 – 10 October 2008)was a Jamaican singer-songwriter. One of the innovators of rocksteady who was given the informal title “Godfather of Rocksteady”.
In 2006, he was inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame.
Arthur “Duke” Reid CD (21 July, 1915 – 1 January, 1975) was a Jamaican record producer, DJ and label owner.
He ran one of the most popular sound systems of the 1950s called Duke Reid’s the Trojan after the British-made trucks used to transport the equipment. In the 1960s, Reid founded record label Treasure Isle, named after his liquor store, that produced ska and rocksteady music.
He was still active in the early 1970s, working with toaster U-Roy. He died in early 1975 after having suffered from a severe illness in the last year.
Count Machuki (b. Winston Cooper) is regarded to be one of the first if not the first deejays. What he did was to change the role of the sound system DJ from a person that only puts on the records of a person who had live contact with the audience with the help of a microphone. Count Machuki started out as a disc selector in 1950 for Tom the Great Sebastian (b. Tom Wong).
Machuki later moved on to work with Clement Dodd and his Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat. It was with Coxsone’s sound on an Easter concert (1956?) that he first chatted on the microphone while selecting records and thus creating what was going to be known as deejaying. What he did was to tell jokes over the music, mixed with American jive and slang. As the reaction of the people was very positive Machuki started to write down lyrics to use in future dances