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The ultimate poppy reggae band you can hire for your party that play all the ska & reggae pop hits that you love! Make your event irie!
Reggae band
London
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We are a party band with a difference. We specialise in old-school reggae. Our fabulous musicians are authentically of Caribbean heritage. They're also incredibly versatile, so you’ll also hear them perform cool reggae renditions of both classic and contemporary pop and r&b. As such they are suitable for any event, Caribbean-themed or not. And last but by no means least, they're a truly 'live' band who really know how to entertain with fabulous soloists and a rhythm section that can jam and groove with the very best! Specialist reggae music magazine, Crucial Riddims, caught up with Paul Cherrie recently to find out more about ‘We Be Jammin’!’……. CR: How did We Be Jammin’! start out? PC: Well, I used to run a band called ‘Kaiso’. My background’s Trini so I love mih soca and calypso! In time, I found though that British audiences were loving how we played reggae in that band even more than the soca. And the only soca tune a lot of people know is ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’, which got kinda tired.. CR: You drift from a London to a Trinidadian accent quite a bit, which brings me to my next question… so, ‘We Be Jammin’- why the name? PC: You know it’s pure foolishness. It’s a joke name- a stupid phrase on a T-shirt you might find being sold on a beach when you’re on holiday. Nobody in the Caribbean would ever say this, but some white kid maybe in the States must have made it up. So it’s vibe is strictly tourist. WBJ- and yeah, I tend to avoid saying the name myself most times- ain’t meant to be a serious authentic reggae band. It’s a fun beach party style band. CR: But hang on, you do play a lot of Bob Marley and real reggae music- right? PC: Of course. We play covers of many of the best reggae songs ever written. But the fun is in re-interpreting them into our sound. CR: So what sound is that? PC: I’m not sure it’s for me to say really. It’s in the ears of the beholder. CR: OK, but what would you like people to be hearing? PC: Well- really dancey reggae- ska, roots, lovers rock, dancehall, reggae pop, any ting and every ting reggae. I want people to hear their favourite tunes whether they’re reggae tunes or reggae pop tunes or rock anthems- I dunno… whatever, played in sweet reggae styles that have some other Caribbean riddims in them, you know, from other places like Trinidad and Cuba. Like I said before- I love my soca and calypso. You would have to add all the Latin American music that came from Cuba to that list. CR: I’m getting the impression that Kid Creole and the Coconuts in the Eighties may have been an important influence for your band. PC: Good spot. August Darnell (Kid Creole) was brilliant! He’s still going, too. He made a wicked brew out of pop, funk, calypso and Latin. He didn’t touch reggae much, but the man has a lot of style! Used to love those zoot suits! CR: And he wrote some great songs. PC: Yeah, but boo-hoo, we’re just a covers band. CR: Don’t beat yourself up. If you’re not playing strict covers, couldn’t you say you’re not really a covers band? PC: No. We will perform some original songs in the future, but right now this is a covers band. We’re just not interested in playing slavish tribute versions of other people’s tunes- however great the originals are. I’m not putting down people who do that….. CR: ‘Slavish’ doesn’t sound very complimentary. PC: I get that, but it takes great listening and often great playing too if you’re going to produce a ‘live’ replica of a great record so I mean no disrespect. The slave part comes from having to give up your own individual musical personality to be able to do it. We don’t want to do that and we don’t really want to please an audience that would want that. I want people to look at our song list- and man, we got a lot of songs- and make their requests up front. But if you only want to hear the record’s performance- hire a DJ! CR: So is that the best choice for anyone wanting accurately covered reggae music for their party? PC: Ha! Nice try, but you’ll never get me to recommend a DJ ahead of any live reggae band- let alone my own. A lot of DJs are a damn sight cheaper than booking bands even when they bring a big sound system so I guess that the economics gets to have the biggest say nowadays anyhow. But, I love what DJs have done for reggae music and if I can I like to bring my own to WBJ gigs. He plays opposite us most of the time, but sometimes during our set he also likes to do some toasting! CR: So he does the toasting and you do the jamming? PC: Yeah. Nice one, but I think you now need to show me some i-d.

Musicianship
Genres:
Reggae, Pop, Covers, Motown, R&B, Funk, Tribute, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Christmas, Latin jazz, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Ska, Latin, Bossa nova, Cuban music, World music, Brazilian music, Samba
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Birthday party, Cruise, Recording session, Concert, Corporate event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Charity event
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Song list

A huge repertoire to choose from!
If you really want to get your wedding reception or party guests dancing then you can't really go wrong with the variety of great dance music that We Be Jammin’! offer. Apart from all the great reggae and ska classics, we mix up other Caribbean, Latin & Soul grooves into the dutchie. So, as much as you may love reggae we try and satisfy your desires for the other musical loves you may have too. Our band is a collective of excellent musicians of the ‘you hum it I’ll play it variety’. As such we pride ourselves in being able to improvise reasonable requests on the night and actively encourage our clients to make prior requests from our extensive playlist which caters for the needs of the mainstream old-school Bob Marley and UB40 fans, the ska and 2 Tone fans, the rock and soul aficionados and above all else the dance-floor junkies who don’t care about these labels but just want a good Caribbean jump-up.
Which of these songs below would you like us to bring to your party?
Tenties
Bacchanalist - Kerwin Du Bois - Soca
Make You Feel My Love - Adele - Lovers Rock
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse - Ska
Price Tag - Jessie J - Reggae Pop
Rolling In The Deep – Adele - Roots Reggae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye - Dub Roots
Someone Like You – Adele - Roots Reggae
Noughties
Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston - R'n'B-Reggae
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley - Roots Reggae
Crazy In Love – Beyoncé - Reggae R'n'B
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones - Lovers Rock
Dude - Beenie Man - Dancehall
Fix You – Coldplay - Roots Reggae
Hey Ya – OutKast - Dancehall
I Got A Feeling - Black Eyed Peas - Soca
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz - Ska
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys - R'n'B Reggae
It Wasn't Me – Shaggy - Dancehall
Like Glue - Sean Paul - R'n'B Reggae
Perfect Gentleman - Wyclef Jean - Soca
Rum And Roti - Patch & Mastamind - Chutney Soca
Smile - Lily Allen - Reggae Pop
Smooth – Santana - Latin Pop
Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle - Soca
Umbrella – Rihanna - Soca
Valerie - Amy Winehouse - Reggae Pop
Nineties
Angel – Shaggy - Dancehall
Close To You - Maxi Priest - Lovers Rock
Compliments On Your Kiss - Red Dragon - Ska
Dollar Whine - Colin Lucas - Soca
Mr Loverman - Shabba Ranks - Dancehall
Murder She Wrote - Chaka Demus & Pliers - Reggae Pop
Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre - Reggae Pop
Oh Carolina – Shaggy - Dancehall
Sex On The Beach - T-Spoon - Reggae Pop
She Don't Let Nobody - Chaka Demus & Pliers - Reggae Pop
Shine – Aswad - Reggae Pop
Shy Guy - Diana King - Dancehall
Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soca
Sweat (A La La La La Long) - Inner Circle - Reggae Pop
Tease Me - Chaka Demus & Pliers - Reggae Pop
Under The Sea – Disney - Soca
Who Let the Dogs Out? - Anslem Douglas - Pop-Soca
You Don't Love Me (No, No No) - Dawn Penn - Lovers Rock
Eighties
All Night Long - Lionel Richie - Soca Pop
Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy - Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Pop Soca
Baggy Trousers – Madness - Ska
Bahia Girl - David Rudder - Soca
Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder - Reggae Pop
Bubblin' – Aswad - Old Skool Dancehall
Club Tropicana – Wham - Beach Party
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House - Reggae Pop
Don't Turn Around – Aswad - Reggae Pop
Down Under - Men At Work - Reggae Pop
Englishman In New York – Sting - Reggae Pop
Ghost Town - The Specials - Dub Roots
Holding Back The Years - Simply Red - Roots Reggae
Hot, Hot, Hot – Arrow - Soca
I Don't Mind - Winston Soso - Soca
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers - Reggae Pop
Kingston Town - UB40 - Reggae Pop
Lately - Stevie Wonder - Roots Reggae
Love Has Found Its Way - Dennis Brown - Lovers Rock
Masterblaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder - Steppers
Message Too You Rudy - The Specials - Ska
Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs - Lovers Rock
One Step Beyond – Madness - Ska
Ooh La La La (Let's Go Dancing) - Kool & The Gang - Reggae R'n'B
Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth - Reggae Pop
Red Red Wine - UB40 - Reggae Pop
Rock It – Merchant - Soca
She Want Me To Sing In She Party – Scrunter - Soca
Silly Games - Janet Kay - Lovers Rock
Spirits In The Material World - The Police - Reggae Pop
Too Much Too Young - The Specials - Ska
Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson - Soca
What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington - Lovers Rock
Wild World - Maxi Priest - Lovers Rock
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon – Soca Pop
Seventies
Aint No Sunshine - Bill Withers - Roots Reggae
Bed's Too Big Without You, The - The Police - Reggae Pop
Could You Be Loved? - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Steppers
Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc - Reggae Pop
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police - Reggae Pop
Everything I Own - Ken Boothe - Roots Reggae
Exodus - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Steppers
Funky Kingston - Toots & The Maytals - Reggae Pop
Funky Nassau - The Beginning Of The End - Soca
Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Haitian Divorce - Steely Dan - Reggae Pop
Help Me Make It Through The Night - John Holt - Rocksteady
Hotel California - The Eagles - Reggae Pop
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees - Lovers Rock
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash - Reggae Pop
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Imagine - John Lennon - Roots Reggae
Is This Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Steppers
Jammin' - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Steppers
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack - R'n'B Reggae
Ku Klux Klan - Steel Pulse - Roots Reggae
Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Lorraine – Explainer - Soca
Lovely Day - Bill Withers - Lovers Rock
Money In My Pocket - Dennis Brown - Roots Reggae
Mother And Child Reunion - Paul Simon - Rocksteady
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Now That We Found Love - Third World - Reggae Pop
One Drop - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
One Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Reggae Pop
Police And Thieves - Junior Murvin - Dub Roots
Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder - Motown
So Lonely - The Police - Reggae Pop
Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Reggae
Sugar Bum Bum - Lord Kitchener - Soca
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Reggae Pop
Tide Is High, The – Blondie - Reggae Pop
Uptown Top Ranking - Althea & Donna - Reggae Pop
Waiting ln Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Lovers Rock
Walking On The Moon - The Police - Reggae Pop
Sixties
California Girls - The Beach Boys - Surf Rock
Caravan - The Skatalites - Ska
Harder They Come, The - Jimmy Cliff - Rocksteady
Here, There And Everywhere - The Beatles - Lovers Rock
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - Motown
I'm In The Mood For Love - The Skatalites - Ska
I'm Still In Love With You - Alton Ellis - Rocksteady
Israelites - Desmond Dekker - Rocksteady
It Mek - Desmond Dekker - Old School Reggae
Johnny Too Bad - Jimmy Cliff - Reggae Pop
Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers - Rocksteady
Liquidator - Harry J All Stars - Ska
Love Of The Common People - Nicky Thomas - Old School Reggae
Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff - Roots Reggae
Mister Walker - Mighty Sparrow - Soca
Monkey Man - Toots & The Maytals - Ska
Montego Bay - Freddie Notes & The Rudies - Reggae Pop
My Girl - The Temptations - Lovers Rock
Obla Di Obla Da - The Beatles - Reggae Pop
Rivers of Babylon - Boney M - Ska
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick - Steppers
Wet Dream - Max Romeo - Rocksteady
Wouldn't It Be Nice? - The Beach Boys - Surf Rock
You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker/Jimmy Cliff - Old School Reggae
Young, Gifted & Black - Bob & Marcia Griffiths - Old School Reggae
Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte - Rocksteady
St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins - Soca
Blue Moon – Standard - Ska
Linstead Market – Traditional - Mento
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. Our optimum line-ups include 6 or 7 players that invclude both a male and female lead singer and a steel pan player. We can make offer reduced line-ups but this may involve us working to some element of backing tracks to play authentic reggae and ska.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually have our own specialist DJs who are also band members. We offer this service for free, though, if you would just prefer to hand us your device and plug it in to our system.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can you roam around while you perform?

No, sorry.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our PA & small lighting rig is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 2m x 2m staging space per band member to perform.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. The fee for this service will be very much dependent on the work needed to learn it according to its difficulty and the degree to which we think it might be a popular choice in future...

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1250
Up to 2 hours£1750
Up to 3 hours£2250

Add-ons

DJ set
+£500