In the heart of Vancouver, a captivating reggae rhythm has been resonating for an astonishing 47 years, thanks to the dedication of George Reggae Man Barrett. A true icon in Canada’s reggae scene, Barrett has been the vibrant voice behind ‘The Reggae Show’ on CFRO 100.5 FM, making it the longest-running reggae radio show in the country.
George Barrett’s journey began in the picturesque parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica, where the roots of reggae music ran deep in his bloodline. With the echoes of his renowned relatives, bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett and drummer Carlton Barrett, famous for their collaborations with legends like Bob Marley and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, George arrived in Canada in the early ’70s, bringing with him a passion for reggae that would shape his destiny.
Beyond his radio presence, George Barrett’s impact on the community has been immeasurable. He is an active participant in Vancouver’s Jamaican community, offering his talents as a DJ, MC, and live show promoter. His commitment has earned him accolades including multiple Canadian Reggae Music Awards (CRMA) and West Coast Reggae-Caribbean Music Awards, highlighting his unwavering dedication to the reggae genre and its promotion.
As ‘The Reggae Show’ marks its 47th anniversary, a special broadcast is planned for August 26th, 2023. The milestone celebration promises to be a momentous occasion, featuring a lineup of special guests and performances that pay homage to Barrett’s remarkable journey and the enduring influence of reggae music.