At 8pm on Sunday 30 September, 1990, a 19-year-old Martin Jay broadcast his first Caribbean Affair. The show continued until 2013 when Choice FM, the host station folded; the last broadcast was on 29 September of that year.
However, by then Martin Jay and his Caribbean Affair were embedded in the hearts of the UK’s Caribbean community. Martin’s duty and determination saw him relaunch later that same year and, in December 2013, www.bakahnalradio.co.uk garnered the honour of hosting this iconic show.
You can still hear Martin on Bakahnal Radio every week. His 30-year journey has seen him grow from a teenage enthusiast to a world-renowned and respected soca DJ. When Soca News caught up with him, and asked about his most important moments on the Caribbean Affair, he responded:
“Every Sunday was an important moment in my 30-year journey. The Caribbean Affair is the vehicle that takes me on an amazing journey, experiencing various carnivals and countries throughout the world. The biggest reward ever is the enjoyment that the show brings to people’s lives.”
Soca News salutes Martin Jay, the Black British pioneer of Caribbean music.