Dermot_CropRIFFIN’ is DERMOT HUSSEY’S groundbreaking weekly podcast which features new and emerging artists in a variety of genres including world, reggae, latin, and jazz. Hussey spent his career in broadcasting and is recognized the world over for his musical knowledge and significant contributions to Jamaican music. Prior to his current role as the voice of Sirius/XM’s THE JOINT from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hussey hosted and produced eclectic programs at the Jamaican Broadcasting Company and Radio Jamaica.
Read what the Jamaica Observer said about Riffin’!
“Dermot Hussey’s RIFFIN’ radio shows provide me with a weekly musical buffet that fills the hunger for what’s new and what’s lasting in reggae and world music.”
Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah, celebrated Jamaican author and filmmaker
Managing Director, Jamaica Media Productions

Riffin’ is currently being archived at www.archive.org. For past Riffin’ episodes, please visit the Midnight Raver MixCloud.
“The objective of RIFFIN’ is playing qualitatively the best music, not music based on the lowest common denominator. It’s also being aware of new talent, and giving them support.”


Riffin, 5 June 2016

Brazilian Pandeiro man, Sergio Krakowski. The gypsy jazz of The Black Market Trust. More music from Warren Wolf’ “Convergence”. Trumpeter, Dominick Farinacci was into Vanilla Ice, Ice T and Ice Cube, before Louis Armstrong turned him to jazz trumpet.

Riffin, 3 June 2016

Kiddus I flying at “Knots” with a Japanese band. Malaysian Muslim singer/songwriter YUNA mesmerizes the pop world with her beautiful voice and songs. American musician beatboxer/rapper, Joe Driscoll finds more common ground with Guinea’ kora virtuoso, Sekou Kouyate. Lee Perry & The Subatomic Sound System. Chronixx’ “Alpha and Omega”. New albums by Ziggy Marley and Mykal Rose.

Riffin, 29 May 2016

The David Hazeltine Trio brings a jazz aesthetic to well known classical pieces. Davell Crawford, salutes the New Orleans piano tradition. The Best Of Blue Note: Featuring Jimmy Smith; Duke Jordan, Grant Green; Herbie Hancock and Lee Morgan. ” El Ritmo Del Fuego” a flamenco
composition by Jamaican guitarist, Robert “Gus” Angus.

Riffin, 27 May 2016

Drummer Santa Davis’ brushes dances on the beat. The rise of AfroPop: Featuring Chaka Demus & Silvastone; Yemi Alade;Fefe; WhizKid and Seyi Shay. A sneak preview of “Sidewalk Stepper” a new album by Mykal Rose.

Riffin, 22 May 2016

Cuba’ first call percussionist in New York Pedrito Martinez. Revisiting
the best of Art Farmer & Benny Golson’ JAZZTET. Vibraphonist Warren Wolf’ new album ” A Jazz Superhero.


  1. Dermot Hussey: The man is like a “god” to me, a musical “Jedi”! I had always had an insane appreciation of music as a child. Strangely, growing up in Jamaica, I hated Reggae music (unless it was Third World, Aswad, Black Uhuru, Pablo Moses, music not from the dancehall). From the names mentioned you can see that I don’t mean all things Reggae.
    Listening to Dermot, I was exposed to an entirely new world, musically, not just Reggae but what’s now called “World” music: Gilberto Gil, Fela Kuti, The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Linton Kwesi Johnson, music from all over the world.
    Now my record collection is more than 80%inspired from what I remembered listening to Dermot Hussey, a lot of the names most of my friends have never heard of. I owe a lot to this man!

    • I appreciate the kind words about Dermot. I have the same admiration for him as a musicologist, broadcaster, and friend and I’m blessed to be able to work with him on Riffin ‘ and give the show a platform from which to build. Raver

  2. Good to know Dermot is still kicking out the tunes! I have fond memories of working with him in 1990 on a locally produced JBC Radio 2 series celebrating thirty years of Motown called ‘Dancing in the streets’. Those were the days! 🙂

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