Reg­gae grandma is world­wide ra­dio star

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AREGGAE- LOV­ING gran has be­come a world­wide hit with her ra­dio show.

Tr­isha Napier, 66, aka ‘Em­press T’, presents her show ev­ery Thurs­day night on Canal­side Ra­dio 102.8FM.

It has gone from strength to strength since launch­ing in Au­gust last year and built up an army of avid lis­ten­ers as far away as Africa, Aus­tralia and even the birth­place of reg­gae – Ja­maica.

Tr­ish, who lives on Bux­ton Road, Mac­cles­field, has even got a fan club in Sierra Leone.

Tr­ish has been vol­un­teer­ing at the Bolling­ton­based ra­dio sta­tion for seven years be­fore be­ing un­leashed on air.

She said the re­sponse had been ‘ be­yond her wildest imag­i­na­tion’.

She said: “I was bad­ger­ing the guys to let me do a reg­gae show but I don’t think any of us ex­pected it to be so mas­sive. It’s gone through the roof.

“I’m not like your typ­i­cal reg­gae DJ. I’m a white grandma who presents in a very English style, but that doesn’t seem to mat­ter to lis­ten­ers, they love my pas­sion, my knowl­edge and my se­lec­tion of tunes.

“They even gave me my name ‘Em­press T’.”

Tr­ish grew up in north Lon­don lis­ten­ing to reg­gae with her fam­ily. She has been hooked ev­ery since and shared her love of mu­sic with her three chil­dren and six grand- chil­dren.

And now she is tak­ing her reg­gae show on the road with a spe­cial fundraising event at the Ma­sonic Hall in Mac­cles­field on Fri­day, March 3.

She wants to col­lect some cash for Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s Neona­tal Unit, which re­cently saved the life of Tr­ish’s grand­daugh­ter.

Tr­ish, a re­tired re­tail worker, said: “Lit­tle Darcy was born eight weeks pre­ma­ture in Oc­to­ber. It was a fright­en­ing time be­cause she couldn’t breathe on her own.

“She was treated at the unit. The team were so ded­i­cated, not only to young Darcy and my daugh­ter Alex, but to all the ba­bies go­ing through their care. They do strug­gle for fund­ing when dis­cussing this with one of the nurses – so as a mas- sive thank you for all their work, I’ve de­cided to put two of my favourite things to­gether – reg­gae mu­sic and a party.

“Ev­ery­one will be made very much wel­come on the night, what­ever your age and mu­sic taste. We want the night to be fun for ev­ery­one, with a huge do­na­tion back to the unit at the hos­pi­tal.”

En­try is £5 on the door from 7.30pm.

Tr­ish Napier’s reg­gae show on Canal­side Ra­dio has got fol­low­ers in Africa, Aus­tralia and Ja­maica. In­set: Her grandaugh­ter Darcy

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