Tippa Irie launches Stick to My Roots in Conversation with Alex Wheatle

Wednesday 23th August

In a live filmed event to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Stick to My Roots, Tippa Irie will be in conversation with British novelist Alex Wheatle


Audience members can expect to hear about the histories that shaped Tippa’s relationship with music, the developments of sound system cultures and what it has been like crafting sounds that have allowed him to speak back home to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean and vice versa.

The event will be live for an audience at the Brixton Tate library with Irie performing songs from his past and present catalogue in order to soundtrack the conversation and transport the audience to the worlds that he has and continues to inhabit as a grammy-nominated artist.

About Tippa Irie

Tippa Irie is the Grammy-nominated artist most known in the UK and all over the world for his Reggae music. Tippa has worked with bands and artists such as Maxi Priest, Peter Spence, Pato Banton, Long Beach Dub All-stars, Jurassic 5, Friendly Fire Crew, Detour Posse, Chainska, The Uppercut Band, UB40 Aswad, The Far East Band and more recently Congo Natty aka Rebel MC to form a group called UK AllStars, David “RamJam” Rodigan and countless others.

Not just a successful performer, Tippa has also built up a reputation as a top radio DJ, record producer, and owner of his own studio. To date, Tippa remains one of the most successful entertainers to come out of the UK and continues to fly the flag for the UK scene wherever he goes. Stick To My Roots is his first book.

About Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle MBE was born in South London in 1963 and is an accomplished and award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including children’s and young adult novels.

The story of his teenage years was the basis of Steve McQueen’s “Alex Wheatle” in the Small Axe series (December 2020), and he has written and performed a play about his life titled Uprising. His novels for adults include the Windrush classic Island Songs, as well as Brixton Rock, Brenton Brown, East of Acre Lane, and Home Boys. His books have been adapted for theatre, radio and film.