Kwushue: It’s a toss-up between MistaJam [1Xtra] and Julie Adenuga [Beats 1]. 10 songs. “It’s so nice when people recognise our mission without us even having to say it”. Now, she’s referring to the clash that saw No Signal break its own records – and briefly its servers – while hosting the hotly-anticipated duel of Wizkid versus Vybz Kartel, an event that activated the diaspora in full force, with Jameela representing Starboy himself. Grime legend Dizzee Rascal talks to Julie Adenuga about social media, advice for young artists & his music obsessions. “We want to continue to celebrate black radio, culture and sounds and just bring people together on an even bigger scale, however that looks,” affirms Shingi. And it’s true. #Grime #AppleMusic “This represents Jamaica – this represents real music!”, “I’m from Nigeria,” laughs his rival selector Joie in retort, who replies to Levels by playing No Lele by Nigerian Afrobeats star Wizkid. “Whether it be R&B, soca, drill or dancehall,” says Joseph, also known as VI, who is head of programming at the station, “we wanted to represent the black diaspora as a whole. No Signal has created a home for a wave of New Black Radio. “I think it was the J Hus and Kojo Funds one, which blew up because J Hus lost and then now, suddenly, we’ve got everyone’s attention,” she says. “I love watching football and Love Island, and the online commentary always adds another layer of enjoyment,” says Jojo. “It’s mad how we went from 50 listeners max to a million,” marvels Ghadir, but the growth didn’t happen overnight. But it was the controversial song clash format NS10v10 that catapulted them into the general consciousness. Inevitably when invoking the music of two international giants, each with extremely devoted fanbases, the atmosphere is going to get a little spicy. Even up until the last episode of NS10v10 Season 1, the potential of the show was still revealing itself. Already, the supportive atmosphere amongst the women is clear. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Huda’s favourite part of No Signal is seeing people just get it, straight off the bat. But No Signal is more than a soundclash-slash-gameshow. “These are connoisseurs, these are uncles, these are OGs in the game!” she laughs as Premier Gaou by Ivorian group Magic System fades in: “African hall party classic!”. A special 80s v 90s edition between special guest hosts Ian Wright and Julie Adenuga saw the former England footballer use the platform to open up on the tolls of online racism. The centre is run by Ian and Julie Wright who live in the Pyrenees all year round and moved to the area in 2004. All rights reserved. But it’s beneficial for everyone to know about these great causes that need to be put out there.” By threading these wider elements into the station, No Signal display the variety in the black British experience, hosting the niche conversations and community-wide issues that, in this country, weave black identities together like willow baskets. The rules are simple: two rival contestants represent a predetermined artist, then battle over 10 rounds, facing song choices off against one another. NS10v10 producer Jameela Joie excitedly references Issa Rae’s business advice which encourages aspiring creatives to “network across”. “And obviously you have people on the fringes in every group who take things too far but the majority were incredible.”. No Signal has created a home for a wave of New Black Radio.”, “With your help, we aim to step forward and create homegrown Black British content that resonates with communities around the world. Over the last five weeks, the radio station has given us clashes between some of the biggest names in black music: Rihanna v Drake, Nicki Minaj v Lil Kim, and the grand finale: a celebrity battle between football legend Ian Wright, and music royalty, Julie Adenuga, representing the … Lesson 2: What is the Julie Adenuga Show? It was inspired by an inquisitive tweet by team member Bola Bankz, who asked the open question on Twitter: “Drake v 50 Cent. Two former pupils became staff members of Grange Hill in the show's final years. At time of writing, the remix sits at over 732,000 streams. Elsewhere, intermissions spotlight worthy causes for listeners to rally around: community platforms such as the BYP Network connect black professionals with job opportunities and The Black Curriculum is an organisation teaching school students black British history. Like many creative industries – radio, although rife with opportunities for exposure, can prove a difficult space to secure sustainable positions, especially for young black women. Labelling themselves #blackradio, they play music from across the African diaspora that folds into the diverse spectrum of black British identity, and are creating a space of community and relief for black Britons at a traumatic yet galvanising historical moment. “We’re the biggest people.”. How does Beats 1 fulfill the needs of listeners Lesson 4: What is the future of radio? During the clash, some of the smack talk on and off-air turned personal and narratives nonsensically shifted to paint Jameela in the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype, despite her fairly nonchalant chat. “It was never meant to be West Indies versus Africa, it was genuinely a celebration of all things black, which is what we do every single time,” Henrie clarifies. Many of the original cast members from the first 2 series are credited as characters in 1982 yet appeared in many cases in only one scene with the majority appearing only in one episode and were not seen formally leaving the school. Subscribe to today. The black British online radio station, which attracted 129,000 listeners from across 166 countries during the global coronavirus lockdown, are hoping to secure permanent status on the airwaves through fundraising. They have aired everything from Saturday night dancehall party sets to Ghanaian hiplife, 70s Afro-jazz and reggae, and brought their station to listeners in 99 countries.