Do you remember Soul Train? Do you miss Soul Train? If you do, there is good news coming down the pipeline for you. There won’t be another Soul Train but a Reggae train will be passing your way and as Toots and the Maytals sung: “Reggae got soul.” Or you can look at it from the point of view that reggae train is soul train. Remember in the song Zion Train, the king of reggae also chanted, “soul train is coming our way.”
The Reggae train which will feature live performances and dancers has already shot the pilot in New York City.
The show’s producer, Donovan Heslop, who is also the owner of the International Reggae Train LLC, spoke about the concept to a Jamaican news outlet:
“The concept is to create a show around Afro/Caribbean poly-rhythms with reggae as the driving force. The show is reminiscent of music shows that were very popular here in the US but would have an immediate global appeal. International Reggae Train will primarily feature live performances by international reggae artistes and incorporate the stylized dances created specifically around reggae.
There was a need for this show because it’s an idea whose time has come. Reggae has influenced pop, hip hop, reggaeton, and dancehall music genres, and yet impact in the mainstream has been minimal.
The demographic stretches across a wide age range and ethnicity, as was seen by the presence of a six-year-old Caucasian child who was a part of the dancers on the show.
The value is to create a high-level engagement with reggae music from a live performance and dance perspectives. Music is the food of love, and dance is the breath of life made visible. The culture of Jamaican/Caribbean and African ancestry will be highlighted in a marketable manner to an international audience through the music, food, fashion, and comedy.”
Each season of the reggae show will consists of 13 shows. The show will be seen on a major United States television network which is not revealed at this point because negotiation continues.