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Iconic reggae label Greensleeves Records honoured with blue plaque outside Shepherd’s Bush station

On Sunday for International Reggae Day, a famous record shop will be honoured with a blue plaque.

Greensleeves Records, the iconic West London Reggae label, will see its blue plaque adorn the wall of TFL’s Shepherd’s Bush station.

Created in association with Nubian Jak Community Trust (NJCT) and Hammersmith and Fulham council, the plaque will be on the site of the famous record shop, which led to the founding of the record label in 1977.

Greensleeves is one of those labels that define a genre like Blue Note, Motown, or Chess. It’s been a Reggae central for forty-six years and has a catalogue of hits that outlines the history of reggae music during the period better than any other.

The Blue Plaque, which will be the 87th by the NJCT, will be placed on the interior wall of TFL’s Central Line underground station and form part of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Black History Trail.

The ceremony will start at 11am on Shepherd’s Bush Green, to be followed by live music.

Dr Jak Beula, chief executive of NJCT said: “A fundamental part of my youth, just like many people all over the UK from varying backgrounds, was spent listening to the soundtrack of reggae and dance hall classics provided by Greensleeves Records.

“We are delighted that the site on which they launch a music phenomenon be the 87th recipient of a Nubian Jak Blue Plaque.”

Pictured top: Shepherd’s Bush station where the blue plaque will be fixed (Picture:Oliver Mallich/ Flickr)

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