Riffin'Included here is the latest Riffin’ podcast from our good friend Dermot Hussey. Riffin’ 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.

The Jamaica Observer recently highlighted Hussey’s weekly Riffin’ podcast in their Entertainment section:

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Either as a broadcaster or author, Dermot Hussey has exposed the edgy side of Jamaican music for 40 years.

For the last 10 years, he has hosted a show on XM Radio out of Washington DC, playing contemporary and classic Jamaican sounds.

Since 2006, Dermot Hussey has done similar duties on Riffin’, which airs Fridays and Sundays on Radio Mona (streamed live on www.newstalk.com.jm).

Recently, he spoke about Riffin’ in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“The most satisfying aspect (of the show) is being able to pursue a format that seeks to follow the trail reggae blazed internationally, impacting on other music cultures, that I also reflect in the programme, which is a new approach and different to XM,” he explained.

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August 4, 2017

On today’s Riffin The French Love of “Dub”. Producer Guillaume Bougard’ “ One Fine Dub”; featuring Sly and Robbie, Brinsley Forde and Cat Coore. America’ No 1 reggae band Rebelution “Live”. A new reggae group, creating waves in the UK, The Hempolics. FRANCE BRINGS IT AGAIN: “ Chase The Light” a new album by the French group Brown Sugar(which explores Reggae; Soul; Funk and Dub). Singer/Songwriter Courtney John releases his 5th studio album “Ecosystem” More songs from Chronixx’ new album “Chronology” A first listen to Damian Marley’s new album “Stony Hill.”

July 28, 2017

NEW SONGS: By Assassin and Irie Child; “Love and Salvation” by Yami Bolo and Jahir Irationz; “Fussing and Fighting” by Britain’s Zara McFarlane. Featuring Jah 9.” Eyes On You” a new single by Third World, from a new album, being produced by Damian Marley. “Life” a new single featuring reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff. Germany’s Jahcoustixx and Kabaka Pyramid; “Tessera” by Christos DC. A first listen to Chronixx’ debut album “Chronology”.

June 30, 2017

On today’s Riffin LOVER’ ROCK GALORE: Featuring Estelle and Tarrus Riley. “The Good Good Lovin Riddim” with Sadiki and Christopher Ellis. “True Love” Dennis Brown and Sheila Hylton; Morgan Heritage and Jah Cure.  DJ STYLIN: featuring New York’ Red Fox and Brooklyn’ Double Tiger. “An Evening with Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths”, Part 2.

June 23, 2017

On today’s Riffin a new Reggae Band launches in Jamaica with a debut single “How Far” “Crime Poverty Power” a new single by singer Althea Hewitt. Some of what Chronixx says in his new song “Likes” A famous Hawaiian surfer—Langdon McNamara, turns to music, inspired by reggae. Is Skip Marley being fast-tracked for stardom? “An Evening with Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths. Previewing Part of EXODUS 40 The Movement Continues, the 40th Anniversary Remixed Edition by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

June 2, 2017

On today’s Riffin STILL FRESH: Asa’ “ Mr Jailer” In the name of “Big Bad Soca” Bunji Garlin. Burning Spear’s “Creation” versioned by Brinkley Forde + Sly & Robbie. “Dreams Of Me” a new single by AJ Brown. Chris DeMontague’ “What’s Going On” Kendrick Lamar’ “Yah” from his new album “Damm” “Options by Pitfall and Stephen Marley. A Tribute to Bunny Rugs by Morgan Heritage from their acclaimed new album “Avrekedabra” A Riff For Frankie Paul.

May 26, 2017

Part One

Part Two

On today’s Riffin’, THE RIFF  5/26 ; A DUB FACTOR FOR THE KINGSTON DUB CLUB: Featuring “Dubwise’ by the Kingston All Stars; ONE FINE DUB” by Sly & Robbie + Brinsley Forde, formerly of Aswad.’ Who Dem A Ramp Wid” by Hawkeye; “Trueversation by Damian Marley and Queen Ifrica. Natalie Rize’ “Rebel Frequency”.  FEATURING SINGERS: Jack Radics; Andru Donalds; Marjorie Kay, and “Us and Them” an advance song from a Tribute to Franke Paul, coming next week.

May 5, 2017

On today’s Riffin’, SUPREMACY OF THE GROOVE: “A Flash Of The Spirit” : Featuring Seu Jorge; St Germain; Angel Love’ Highlife from Ghana; Yemi Alade; Black Coffee and Sly and Robbie. “Just The way You Are”Tarrus Riley’ new song. Introducing Landon McNamara from Hawaii, and Danglin from Jamaica.



  1. Derrick Coke says:

    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!

    1. 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. Shauna says:

      Sir D, is a man of wisdom. He’s my inspiration.

  2. Jens Winton says:

    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! 🙂

  3. What would we do without him?

  4. You are all too kind and inspiring. Together we strive. Bless, D.

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