23.02.2023 Test Match Special - Live from Melodic Bar

Richie Vegas
More about this show
  • FUNK
  • JAZZ

Richie Vegas cut his DJing teeth in his late teens - messing about with hip hop and breaks - before plundering his family’s record collections and forging a sound that includes soul, funk, jazz, afrobeat and reggae.

An integral member of the Jiggery Pokery collective running eclectic hip hop nights in Liverpool and beyond - Rich’s distinctive style has found him playing countless gigs over the intervening 15 years: holding residences at some of the finest bars and clubs, and supporting visiting dignitaries such as Lee Scratch Perry, Hot 8 Brass Band, Don Letts, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

Test Match Special is an opportunity to showcase a selection of tunes that doesn't quite fit with live DJ sets, explore less-travelled paths and distill 20 years of musical musings. Expect lost monsters, obscure reworkings, stubborn earworms and wickets galore.

This month, Richie is spinning straight from Melodic Bar! Tune in for plenty of reggae, funk, jazz and global picks.


Shuggie Otis – Freedom Flight
Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu and Jive Connection – Son of Prodigal Son
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyraminds – Land Of Ra
Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21 – Mo Se Bo La Tan
Vieux Farka Toure & Khruangbin – Ali Hala Abada
Theon Cross – CIYA
Kahil El Zabar – In The Spirit
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Black Is Back
Louis Armstrong – The Creator Has A Masterplan
Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison – Fire In Detroit
Abdelrahman Abdo Elkhatib – Ah Ya Zen
Abdullah Ibrahim – Did You Hear That Sound (Toshio Matsuura Remix)
Tony Allen – Moanin (A Tribute to Art Blakey)
Gary Bartz & Maisha – Harlem to Haarlem
Kibrom Birhane – Merkato
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah – ???
Vis – A Vis – Obi Agye Me Dofu
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics – Be Counted
Sons Of Kemet – Let The Circle Be Unbroken
Ebo Taylor & The Sweet Beans – Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara
Cross River Nationale – Nyong Eyen Unen
Dan Boadi And The African Internationals – Duodo Wuo Ye Ya
Mangwana Stars – Atiadele
Dur Dur Band – Dab
Harari – Party
Oby Onyioha – Enjoy Your Life