Austin Reggae Fest Podcast

The new Austin Reggae Festival podcast features newsmakers, musicians, activists and other forward-thinking leaders whose visions for a better future align with the magic of the three-day celebration of community that occurs every April at Auditorium Shores.

Hosted by Jillian Countey, this podcast is published every month.

Episode #1 (July 2020): We talk with Central Texas Food Bank Chief Development Officer Mark Jackson about the many challenges this non-profit is now facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The Central Texas Food Bank is the longtime charitable beneficiary of the Austin Reggae Festival, receiving more than $1,000,000 in proceeds via ticket sales over the last decade. In this inaugural episode, Jackson also tells listeners how they can get involved with helping to provide food for the many hungry families in this region during this very difficult time.

Episode #2 (September 2020): This month’s guest is longtime reggae industry insider Sista Irie. She has served as a producer and program host at community radio station 88.7 FM KAZI since 1989. Hear her spin the best old and new sounds “The Conscious Party” every other Sunday from 2-5 Central Standard Time. In addition to her work at KAZI, she is also one of the two founding partners of Majesty Media, an agency on a mission to celebrate and promote respect for the arts, culture and entertainment sectors. Listen to this episode of the Austin Reggae Fest podcast to hear Sista Irie’s thoughts on how the reggae scene has evolved over the last 30 years, as well as this genre’s extreme relevance to the current push for a more diverse and inclusive society.

Finally, read daily news updates about the Reggae, Dancehall and Afrobeats scenes via this section of the Austin Reggae Festival website.