Crime, Dancehall and Leadership in Jamaica

Dancehall artists have come out lashing, in a more sustained and visible way to respond to the most recent statement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness about dancehall lyrics and their link to high rates of crime and violence in Jamaica. Mavado, Baby Cham, Mr Vegas and Masicka among others have made public statements in recent … Continue reading

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Champion sound! When Huddersfield ruled the British reggae scene

Stephen Burke, founder of the Huddersfield sound system Earth Rocker, with his system. Photograph: Stephen Burke/One Love Books It came late to my attention but as they say, better late than never. The full history of reggae is fascinating and somewhat unknown to many.  David Simpson (2014) reminded us that in 1970s and 80s, “big … Continue reading

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