Dub Organiser Hi-Fi Greensleeves Special
To turn an enterprise from a small shop in a London suburb into one of the most iconic label names in black music is something to be proud of and that is exactly what Chris Cracknell and Chris Sedgwick did in 1977.
Greensleeves, a world renowned record label and publishing company, specialising in dancehall and reggae started life as a small record store in West Ealing, London, in November 1975. In 1977 it was moved to Shepherd Bush and has since, setup offices in Isleworth, Middlesex and New York.
They have released records by Red Rat, Anthony Johnson, Barrington Levy, Billy Boyo, Chezidek, Dennis Brown, Dr Alimantado, Eek-A-Mouse, Elephant Man, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Keith Hudson, Mad Cobra, Scientist, Shabba Ranks, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel and Yellowman, and have had crossover pop hits with Tippa Irie’s “Hello, Darling,” Shaggy’s “Oh, Carolina,” Beenie Man’s “Who am I” and Mr Vegas’s “Head High.”
In 2002, Greensleeves released the popular Diwali album, which launched a global resurgence in dancehall reggae music. The album contained the global hits “No Letting Go” by Wayne Wonder and “Get Busy” by Sean Paul. The riddim was also used by Lumidee on the hit “Never Leave You.” The label has a catalogue of close to 500 albums and Greensleeves Publishing has the largest catalogue of reggae songs in the world.
Keith Lawrence and Stu Tolhurst present a special show playing nothing but Greensleeves back catalogues.
You can also catch them at their monthly club night at The Social on Portland St in London’s West End on Saturday May 6th with Resident Mistah Brown from Tighten-Up Crew.