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LWR is the former pop station reinvented as a black music champion 1983-1990. Today the station is going from strength to strength as the digital age takes hold. As for the music it is uncompromising and delivered by a collection of some of the best DJs/Presenters on the airwaves today. Acquaint yourself with the guys making the noise.
‘Self-Made’ is often a term used for persons who have reached the pinnacle of their careers through determination and self-elevation, Kennedy ‘Prezedent’ Mensah is no different. He brought himself up professionally to be recognised as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Reggae Music and the Music industry. His extensive music expertise has been utilised around the globe from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi, Gambia to America, Japan, Greece, France, Italy, Russia to the home of reggae music Jamaica and of course where he resides in Britain.
Born and raised in South-West London to Ghanaian parents, Kennedy fell in love with reggae music at an early age. Kennedy’s love of Reggae was founded on his Father’s Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Trojan compilations in Kumasi, Ghana. Upon his return to London in 1981, his passion blossomed when he discovered sound system tapes in school, began writing reggae lyrics with his School friends and even became part of a local sound system in Battersea.
In his adolescent years, he spent every spare penny he could find on records which landed him the role of ‘DJ Next Door Neighbour’ to his friends and family. He recounts, “Whenever friends were having parties they would say – ‘call Kennedy – he’s got loads of Records’”. That record collection grew into a Library of thousands of Records, CD’s & Tapes which confirmed his alias ‘Mr. Prezedent’.
Whilst studying Journalism at Vauxhall College and then the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster), Kennedy started freelance writing for EX Magazine, NME, Music Week and The Voice Newspaper. His segue into the music industry proper came in 1990 when he started writing the weekly Reggae column, ‘Ragazine’, for The Voice Newspaper.
It was here that his Disc Jockey persona, Mr Prezedent, was introduced to the world in the guise of a journalist. During his time at the Voice he also freelanced for numerous Music press titles in Britain including; Pride Magazine, Music Week, NME, Melody Maker, Check Dis, Wassup, Untold Magazine, Jet Star Phonographics Newsletter, Music Business International & World Beat.
Kennedy also acted as Arts Editor for the Voice Newspaper during his stint there. He later applied that experience when he became editor for a number of publications including Ticketmania Magazine, Reggae Sunsplash 21st Anniversary Programme, Nexxus Magazine (for the UK/Ghanaian Community), On Air (for LWR) and Peace & Love Concert Programme. In October 1996, he was recruited by New Nation Newspaper to bring his Reggae Column’s cult-following to the new publication, his time there was short-lived however as the publication quickly got into financial difficulty.
As his experience in journalism bloomed, so did his other professional faculties. In his twenties, he joined the P ’n’ P Family as resident DJ’s at the Moonlighting Nightclub in London’s West End, a residency he held down for over a decade. In that time, he grew from an occasional club DJ to playing in many of the biggest Clubs & Events in London and across Europe.
In 1999, Kennedy was approached by the world renown Westbury Music Ltd – a music publishing company based in Brixton to become their Reggae Specialist. By his departure in 2008 he was the manager of the Westbury Reggae Catalogues and head of Copyright at the company. Their clientele included Reggae Legends the likes of John Holt, U Roy, Bunny Lee, Winston Riley and Max Romeo as well as current reggae/dancehall artistes like Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, T.O.K., Turbulence, Jah Cure & Kiprich. Whilst at Westbury he signed the likes of Mad Cobra, Jah Mason, Harry Toddler, Tarrus Riley and Delly Ranx.
Kennedy left Westbury Music in August 2008 and started the ‘Back 2 Da Future Music’ publishing consultancy which was incorporated as a limited liability company in 2010. To date the company has amassed some 200 clients and represents some 40,000 copyrights. The present clientele includes Delly Ranx, Ansel Collins, Govana, Romain Virgo, Frisco Kid, Macka Diamond, Robert Livingston, Dean Fraser, Lloyd Brown, Aidonia, Rodney P, Blak Twang, Kalado, Reggie Stepper, Babyboom, Rodney P, Ty, Nereus Joseph, and Commissioner Gordon.
Kennedy has also contributed to radio and TV stations in London, Gambia, Ghana and Jamaica as a pundit, presenter and DJ. He was an associate producer of “Access” a magazine programme on OBE TV (a Ghanaian television station based in the UK) and he also worked in a research capacity for various organisations including the Natty B Reggae Show on Choice FM, Riddim & Blues Show on BBC London with Ranking Miss P and Chris Goldfinger’s Dancehall Show on BBC Radio 1. His Radio Presenter credentials include working alongside Dotun Adebayo on BBC London’s Reggae Time and BBC Radio 5 Live, Colourful Radio’s Movers & Shakers Show with Elayne Smith, Spectrum Radio, Buzz FM, LWR, Vibe FM (Ghana) Playvybz Radio, Colourful Radio, Voice of Africa Radio & 1095JAMZ.
These days along with managing Back 2 Da Future Music Ltd, Kennedy the music industry supremo, lends his extensive expertise and industry knowledge to organisations by way of Workshops & classes on the Music Industry. He is still a well sought name for contributions on Award Committees which he has done for The Black Music Awards, MOBO Awards, GUBA Awards, British Reggae Industry Awards & Jamaica Music Academy Awards over the years.
I was born in Kingston upon Thames England. Grew up with my mum and dad for the early years in North London but slowly and surely ended up back in Kingston.
My love of music stemmed from a young age, Mum being heavily into her reggae and lovers rock – affiliated with early LWR days. Dad being heavily into his soul and dance music not forgetting garage and he’s worked heavily in the industry for radio, currently still serving with Stomp radio.
Finding a love for the art of mixing, I fell in love with music more and more as time went on. Although not as early as I had even recognised. Spin Spin Sugar and Mariah Carey remixes sent me on a never-ending joyride. Finding a love for the art of mixing, I fell in love with music more and more as time went on learned to tackle all genres and love crossing. Yes, it’s possible.
Just wanting to better myself I stepped up time and time again to try and get out there, so I started DJing for myself privately at various functions and events. Done many a weddings and birthdays, Halloween events, corporate events and so on… just wait till Christmas… LWR fans… but my real art is in the nightclubs, or in fun unplanned sets.
See, the key is knowing the music and what it goes with.
I’ve worked in Area Watford, Oceana Kingston (now Prizm), Morgans in Magaluf and even a regular spot in the now closed and demolished Isha lounge in my hometown.
I love garage mostly and old school house but you put a beat next to me and I will blend it for you into whatever you want me to blend – into. I love mash ups and crazy random tracks… ever heard a Garage version of Macarena? LOL I’m working on it.
I can play music from the 1930s right up to modern day and I have a passion to always learn new music and new ways of doing things, and to be part of LWR is a dream come true… I’m playing to you!
Oh, and if you’re wondering… the cute little girl jingle is my lil girl. One of two and they are both gorgeous.
Essentially, music is my life- or the track that my train runs on without a driver. I’ve been through hell in recent years and LWR, you the listeners and my family and friends are helping me return.
JOAN JOSEPHS AKA JOANNIE JOANNIE
SINGER/SONGWRITER/POETICAL LYRICIST/AMATEUR SAXOPHONE PLAYER
Musical Genre: VARIOUS
Joan loves entertaining and comes alive when she is most on the stage and always the deejay at family parties, or some events where Joannie will play in between her sets as a vocalist.
In the late 80’s Joan was asked by a friend if she would like to do a slot on PCRL, a radio station that was very popular in Birmingham. Joan decided that this would be a good platform for building confidence and to showcase her talents to others. She always fancied herself as a deejay as well as vocalist and married the two together. Joan also took part in doing jingles for BRMB in the early 80s into the 90s.
Unfortunately, Joan did not gain the chance to continue with her deejaying as many obstacles stood in her way and continued to embark on her journey as a singer.
Joan has been writing her own songs and poetry since she was 12 years old.
The musical career of Joan started in 1983 staging live cover versions at clubs and various pub venues in Birmingham.
Joan entered various talent contests in her local area of Birmingham reaching the semi-finals.
1986 she took part in a musical for the Birmingham Youth Show called ‘A great night out,’ this was for 3 nights at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
1991 she took part in the Yak Club’s Kabaret Theme Show which was also part of the Birmingham Youth Arts Council.
Joan performed with a five piece acapella group Black Voices where they toured in Europe going to places such as Amsterdam, France and Holland. Black Voices went on to create an album called, No Additives which was produced by local artist David Hinds who is member of the established Reggae band, Steel Pulse. Later on, Joan decided to go solo giving her the opportunity to develop into her own style. Joan did backup vocals for the likes of ‘Steel Pulse’ and ‘Thriller Youth’ reggae artists.
Joan also joined a group called Perfect Timing, they performed for the Women’s Festival and, sessioned for Phil Souser, a folk singer in which they had a chance to perform their own songs.
In 1992, Joan took part in a celebrity charity event to raise funds for the Somalia Relief.
1995 – Joan continued to do more session work for various artists and a group called Force Nine, a Birmingham based band.
Joan became involved with Philip Jones a Songwriter/Composer/Producer/Engineer and Musician in his own rights. Together they wrote songs and composed music.
1997 – Joan was also part of Small Heath New Life Community Choir, singing solo parts and conducting as and when required.
Joan continued to sing solo at weddings and funerals during her break due to family life.
2000 – Joan moved to Burton Upon Trent and found herself joining a local High School. In 2006 Joan embarked on an after-school programme in 2010 to help the young talented people who had a passion for singing. This enabled them to come and write and sing their own songs or utilise their voices over instrumentals, which resulted in Joan and another colleague taking the young people into a studio to work on an album and sing at school events.
After moving to Hampshire in 2012, Joan started working at a Pupil Referral Unit where she was able to help other young people who had musical talents. Joan also found herself being involved in a deejay workshop run by DJ Julie Martin who works with Kane FM, whilst at the Unit. This ran every week for the young people to gain a qualification. Joan had to oversee the young people with setting up the equipment and helping where she could.
Joan continued to help other young people in her role as Mentor and decided to reinvent her voice by joining a gospel choir and became a member of Gospel Road Community Choir in 2014 where Joan sings lead vocals on some of the songs, singing at local charity events and local church events.
Joan sang for Chichester Rugby Club, not only singing, but Joan used her platform to also deejay, portraying herself as a DJ/singer; playing music as well as singing for the crowd. She managed to take over a deejay set whilst the deejay was on a break at one of the gigs at Chichester Rugby Club. This brought back memories of when she used to deejay on PCRL, a radio station which started in the late 1980’s.
January 2017 – After putting together a band called The Masquerades. They were successful in gaining lots of work from venues in their local area of Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport playing Motown, Blues, soul covers.
In 2019 – SoulsNTwined Jazz duo was formed – vocal and sax.
2019 also saw Joan taking part in various vocal sessions, even joining the brilliant Gospel House Choir. Joan learnt techniques on developing her vocals and finding the confidence in her own abilities again as a vocalist and decided also to learn the Saxophone, an instrument that has always being in the forefront of Joan’s mind for years.
Late 2019, Joan decided to become involved with a charity, another passion and started to do live performances for The Smile Brigade, providing fun entertainment by deejaying, singing and doing Karaoke sessions with the people who attended, creating a family atmosphere with requests.
2020 – Joan decided that it was the right time to showcase her own original material. First releasing a mini EP which was released on 20th March 2020 working with the help of Mayfield Studios, Portsmouth and the wonderful vocalist Chloe Josephine singer/songwriter and vocal coach who features on Hanging on A Thread and Show Me Love.
Before lockdown Joan was hoping to offer services to venues as a Singer/DJ and to set up a Poetry Corner in order to draw others in who have the same passion, creating a new platform for all who love the spoken words or who just want to share what they do.
Joan like many independent artists/creators is trying to make a difference as she makes a late journey of what should have been and is managing to spread joy with whoever she may encounter. Joan would like to leave a legacy and states it’s never too late to do what you set out to do.
You can now find ‘Joannie Joannie’ live on LWR Radio on the following platforms;
LWR Reggae platform – Monday/Friday – 9am-Midday GMT
LWR Classic platform – Tuesday/Thursday – 9am-Midday GMT
A big lover of rare groove, soul, reggae and lovers rock.
In 2004 Rosie started Brownsugar Events. The aim was to bring People of Colour together through networking, single professionals’ meet-ups and Sista Holistic days. A platform for Women of Colour to empower themselves through workshops and retreats.
During the Pandemic. Rosie started hosting a fortnightly Sista Zoom chat to compensate for having to cancel the planned Sista Spa Weekend. This gave the Sista’s the opportunity to continue to connect and chat during this difficult time.
Regardless of the topic, we just enjoy and laugh with a positive vibe and chat about…
Producer/ DJ TP Corleone was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. he grew up listening to the popular funk bands of the day ie Parliament-Funkadelic, Cameo, Rick James, Prince etc.
He was trained on the piano in school and during his teen years he was exposed to what he described as mix music. “I called it that before the term House was used to describe the scene in which the music was being played”
Once the house scene was in full force, going by the name Derek Tee Pee at the time, he formed a group called The Elect and recorded the song ‘I’m House’, which was a hit in the UK for the summer.
The group soon disbanded and after high school TP studied journalism and recorded hip-hop and house tracks with various artists for a decade. He then left the music business for a brief period after a minor setback and returned as a DJ/Producer using the name TP Corleone. He chose it because it would “inspire me to be more tight and more precise in his art” then he was previously.
After a 4 year run on a popular Chi City Funk show on WHPK Chicago, TP is now on LWR radio. His insight and experience in the continuous evolution of House music gives him a unique approach to his DJ mixes from a dancer’s perspective. So tune into TP’s House if you feel like dancing.
Join TP on LWR House Saturdays 10pm-12 midnight GMT / 5pm-7pm CST.
Every once in a while a man comes along who’s commitment, drive and dedication to his music acts as an inspiration to all those around him.2jay is one such man with a rare spiritual understanding of his music and a gift to be able to form an emotional bond to any crowd over the world.
“Archival Revival queen LadySpice – purveyor of infectious reggae grooves and promoting a feel-good atmosphere.”
That’s how Sharon aka LadySpice describes herself as a DJ. With over 10 year’s experience she is never afraid to go too deep, her emotive, musical selections are her own therapy. Having grown up on her families eclectic combination of funk, Soul, R’n’B, Reggae, Roots, Soca, Dancehall and Pop music Sharon ended up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical influences. Today, this translates into sets where she infuses together all the pieces of this music that she loves best.
Her first gigs were parties for friends and family. She also had a 5 year residency at a local social club which she initially did for free as it was community based and helped with establishing a reputation. Eventually, through word of mouth referrals she became a regular at larger community and social events. This led to more exposure and was the gateway to better paying private events.
Though Sharon loves playing in nightclubs and special events her love for music goes beyond the spectrum of mixing tunes. She has found plenty of ways to express herself creatively. She is a facilitator, event planner and artist, and it was her passion for creativity that led her to develop expressive courses and a ‘Sheejay’ course to empower more women to get into the art of DJing; helping herself and others become better DJs through passion and purpose. She also runs her own radio station, writes poetry, is a supplier of home-made goods, i.e. cakes, bakes and wine and in 2019 launched a probiotic health drink called Gut Instinx!
DJing philosophy: “Play what you love and mix with mindfulness!
DJ Swabes, Has 40 years in the music business and 25 years djing, ranging from Salsa, Jazz, RNB and Reggae.
He’s worked with Paul Weller, Jerry Dammers and DJ Hewan Clarke and all over the world including UK (Manchester and London), Europe and Japan.
Join Swabes for Soulicious playing 2 hours of neo soul and rare grooves on LWR Classic 6-8pm GMT every Sunday
Hi my name is Angie Brown and I am a singer… Most people remember me from working with 3 DJ’s /producers from Stafford called ‘Bizarre Inc’. With their flair for production, and my powerhouse vocals, together we had a massive hit globally with a track called ‘I’m Gonna Get You’.
‘I’m Gonna Get You’ is revered as a ‘floor-filler’ dance classic, and stayed in the national charts for over 10 weeks. This track continues to take me all over the world, which goes down really well with hosts, promoters and clients who want to recreate the legacy and euphoria of the 90’s ‘hands-in-the-air’ anthems. Which is perfect at various venues, nightclubs, cruise liners, holiday parks, festivals, and 90’s revisited nights, all over the UK.
I have been blessed enough, to have a full-time career within the music industry, and I have performed either as a featured or backing vocalist, on several dance and pop/rock tracks. I have toured and worked with various named acts, artists and bands, such as Fat Boy Slim, Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Boy George, and Culture Club, Tony Hadley, The Happy Monday’s, Lisa Stansfield, Desmond Decker, Shola Ama, only Hadley, Heaven 17, Gabrielle, Neneh Cherry, Rozalla, Roland Gift, Sonique, Kenny Thomas, Grace Jones, Jamelia, Heather Small, Alexandra O’Neil, Courtney Pine, and Mark Morrison’s (Return Of The Mac) The Stereophonics, (You’ve Got To Go There To Come Back album) to name a few!
Besides performing live, I have also made several personal appearances on TV shows including ‘Good Morning’, ‘GMTV’, ‘The Lottery’, ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Never mind the Buzzcocks’(in the guess who’s who line up,) and The Voice. I have also talked for England, on numerous radio interviews, and sung live for performances all over Europe, USA, Dubai, Russia and China. I have even sung at The King of Morocco’s birthday party, and celebrity weddings!
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We are interested in recruiting DJ’s, Presenters or those who have an idea for a talk show, as well as comedians who believe they have something to offer.
It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in, just as long as you can commit to your timeslot each week. There will be no need to travel to a studio, the world will be able to listen to you broadcast from the comfort of your own home.
If you are confident and outgoing, then this could be ideal for you. A number of postions are now available on LWRRADIO.COM to cover 20 genres of Music, Talk and Comedy, including social media.
It’s time you let the world know and feel your passion, with the return of the UK’s legendary black music radio station.
Please complete the contact form or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get in touch as soon as possible.