COLOURFUL
The Latin Explosion Now: The Latin Explosion
Email Me | Call: 0203 239 7575
Next:


DJ Sly

Soul and Reggae Sunday with DJ Sly

On air: 4PM Sunday 
Email Me | Catch Up/Podcast | RSS | iTunes

Programme

Eclectic fusion of Soul and Reggae

Bio

I grew up listening to stations and shows like Soul Spectrum (Capital Radio), Reggae Rockers (Radio London), Radio Invicta, Solar, Horizon and JFM

I bought my first record in 1979. I'm sure is cost me £1.99 for the 12" of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway - Back Together Again. It was around the late eighties that I started getting involved presenting on radio.
Pioneer Radio was my first station. I had a Sunday 12noon to 2pm programme called the 'The Sunday Lunchtime Connection'. It was made up of a mixture of original Rare Grooves, Lovers Rock and new Soul, R&B and Reggae songs.

In 1991 I recorded a 20minute broadcast as part of Choiceathon '91 in the Choice (96.9) FM studios.
I have played music on various community based radio stations up to 1993. I was invited to join a Restricted Service Licence (RSL) broadcast with Hype FM in August 1994. I went on to do ten more RSL's with People’s Choice, Avenues FM, West 10 FM and Rockers FM over the next four years.

After around twelve years presenting my BIG break finally happened in February 1999 with South East London's HOT STUFF FLR 107.3 FM legal radio station serving the communities of Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich.

On Monday 4th December 2000 FLR 107.3 FM changed its name to Fusion Radio 107.3 FM. I stayed at Fusion Radio until April 2002. I presented a show on Liquid (London) DAB between September 2002 and January 2004. This digital station was part of the Scottish Media Group (SMG) which also runs Virgin Radio.

Sound Radio 1503 AM launched on Friday 26th July 2002 my first show was on Sunday 28th July 2002. I remained with the station until October 2004.

Life FM was an internet only station back in June 2005 when I joined them. As part of the journey in getting the 103.6 FM full time community radio licence, I also presented on two RSL’s at the station. On16/02/06 Ofcom announced the award of a new FM community radio licence for Life FM.

Life 103.6 FM began broadcasting on 16th April 2007 after a very successful 18 months which cumulated in being awarded The Nations & Regions Awards 2008 London Branch and nominated for the Sony Radio Academy Awards Station of The Year.

On Monday 8th December 2008 Life 103.6 FM changed its name to BANG Radio 103.6 FM. I remained with the station until June 2014.

Recent Guests


The Simpkin Project The Simpkin Project

The Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae, blues, rock, and Americana, steeped in soulful harmonies that varies greatly on its exterior layers, but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising…blending authentic roots reggae rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style.”


24/09/2017 5PM | More

Richie Spice Richie Spice

Richell Bonner, better known as Richie Spice is a Jamaican reggae artist.


03/09/2017 5PM | More

Hil St Soul‏ Hil St Soul‏

A singer of many styles, Mwelwa is comfortable performing classic soul, smooth jazz, uptempo funk, and gospel. Her versatility earned her the honor of Best Newcomer by the U.K.'s Blues & Soul magazine.


13/08/2017 5PM | More

Estelle Estelle

Estelle Fanta Swaray, simply known as Estelle, is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress from West London based in the US


18/06/2017 5PM | More

 Leee John Leee John

Since first lighting up the charts during the 1980s and selling over 30 million records thanks to an impressive run of hits such as ‘Body Talk’, ‘Just An Illusion’, ‘Flashback’, ‘Music & Lights’ and ‘Changes’, the multi-award-winning British soul group’s lead vocalist/songwriter Leee John has enjoyed throughout the years a prolific career as a solo artist, collaborator, songwriter, producer and, more recently, a filmmaker.


04/06/2017 5PM | More

Melisa Whiskey Melisa Whiskey

London soul singer Melisa Whiskey influences range from the likes of Lauryn Hill to Sade to Amy Winehouse, but maintains an innate natural charisma and charm all her own.


28/05/2017 5PM | More

Third World (Cat) & Tarrus Riley Third World (Cat) & Tarrus Riley

Celebrating 43 years, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time and Tarrus Riley not even ten chariots with horses can stop this Reggae voice.


14/05/2017 6PM | More

Chantae Cann Chantae Cann

Hailing from Chicago, IL, Chantae Cann is a phenomenal vocalist that is beautiful on and off the stage


26/03/2017 5PM | More

Bobo Blackstar Bobo Blackstar

Ordinarily known, as Bobo from a young age; a versatile upstanding roots reggae Vocalist and musician.


19/03/2017 5PM | More

 Lovell Lovell

From The Jackson 5, New Edition, to Donny Hathaway, the mellifluous tones of sound have been a major staple of Lovell’s existence.


11/03/2017 5PM | More

Feedback


Great show! ;) Tuli

Tuli | 13/03/2016

Stand in for Mello

Nice tunes! Dom

Dom | 14/12/2015

50th Birthday

Great night,Last night.Enjoying the Music Hilary

Hilary | 06/09/2015

Sunday Roast

Hi Sly It's good to be back and knowing that my favourite station Colourful radio is still doing what it does best - dispensing sweet sounds of yesterday and today. I am enjoying every tune. Keep it up Sweet GERALD ( from leatherhead, Surrey)

GERALD ( from leatherhead, Surrey) | 23/08/2015

your show

Hey Dj Sly, im fuljoying yur show Cheeks

Cheeks | 16/08/2015

yo sly

Tuned in from Southampton Bing

Bing | 19/07/2015

Wicked show and reggae show

Please repeat your FB page. Keep up the good work!! Sandra Lynch

Sandra Lynch | 14/06/2015

''Girlfriend''

This is a big tune DJ Sly ,thanks for playing !! Please say hi to Big Johnny Wardle .were hard at work but were listening :) take care Stevee E

Stevee E | 31/05/2015

Excellent show

You are on fire today and am loving your reggae selection in particular ! Keep up the good work🌞 Sandra Lynch

Sandra Lynch | 31/05/2015

all the way from the Greens. Good music DJ Sly michelle

michelle | 26/04/2015

Related Shows