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Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Jay Trachtenberg of KUTX | Austin Reggae Festival 2017

Voices of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Jay Trachtenberg of KUTX

QUESTION: You play a lot of reggae / world music on KUTX. What’s your favorite current band to play and why?

There is a lot of great reggae coming out of Latin America these days and lots of irresistible Latin-Carribean mash-ups.  At the moment I’m really enamored with a band from the Caribbean coast of Columbia called Systema Solar.  I saw them at SXSW 2016 and they were a knockout!

QUESTION: You are a veteran of many editions of the Austin Reggae Festival. Do you have a favorite memory from year’s past?

One year, not too very long ago, I ended up on the side of the stage dancing to the Skatalites………that was pretty memorable.  Also Luciano, one of my very favorite singers, really slayed me the year he played.

QUESTION: I think that you have attended Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica a few times. What was that experience like?

I attended Sunsplash in 1982. What an eye-opener that was!  Dancehall night was the best because that’s when the locals turn out enmass to hear the latest and most popular DJs. And the sound was phenonmenal!  You’ve never really heard reggae until you’ve heard it in Jamaica.

QUESTION: What is your favorite Bob Marley song and why?

My favorite Bob Marley song is “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock).” I always liked the song but after literally being stopped at a 3 o’clock (PM) roadblock in Jamaica, it automatically became my favorite from that point on.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite kind of Jamaican food and why?

Callaloo and ackee & saltfish…….probably because it was the first real homemade Jamaican food I ever ate!

QUESTION: As it has in year’s past, the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank. Why do you think these two entities are such a good fit?

The spirit of peace, love and sharing that flows so purely from reggae music is the same spirit that underlies the mission of CTFB.

QUESTION: Aside from the show that you do, what is your favorite thing to listen to on KUTX and why?

Rick McNulty aka Rick Daddy does a great job hosting Friday and Saturday nights on KUTX,