Journeying from toasty warm Portland, Jamaica to mid-winter Calgary is just one adventure in the story of Leo Cripps’ life. A classically and jazz-trained trumpeter, his appetite for music, travelling and exploring has taken him in many directions. It’s no surprise he named his CKUA show Journeys.
“I will listen to and appreciate any and every music,” Leo says.
A product of the Jamaica School of Music, he began his career as a performer and music teacher. He would eventually also receive a BA in Music from the University of Calgary and graduate from Mount Royal University’s broadcast journalism program.
He made his move to radio in 1985, hosting a reggae music show -- Caribbean LinkUp -- on CJSW for 25 years. He also founded Calgary's ReggaeFest, in 2004.
Though Caribbean music is his first love, Leo's musical tastes take him everywhere from Inuit throat singers to Gregorian chanting, from classical music to thrash metal. “Music can be found in everything,” he says, “from the wind rustling in the trees or blowing on a wind chime to crunchy steps in the snow.”
His inspiration comes from some of history’s musical greats as well as current contemporaries: everyone from Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey, Steve Biko, Marlon James and Leonard Cohen.
“Journeys really is an extension of my musical passions,” Leo says.
He spotlights Caribbean music, including reggae, calypso, dancehall, mento and soca but also spins tracks from all genres, from all around the planet.
Brighten up your Saturday afternoon with an eclectic and diverse mix of music from across the world. Leo spins exciting tracks from all over, with a healthy dose of reggae, dancehall and soca.