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The history of the reggae sound system inheritance passed down through generations in various music styles (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dancehall and various sub-genres where it has fused with other cultures). The words and phrases describe the same fight concerning social exclusion within the Black diaspora. The crisis in mainstream UK Reggae scene concerns the ‘invisibility’ of Reggae music or lack of recognition where elements of the culture are being used within the mainstream entertainment and media outlets. Reggae and Sound system culture is also undervalued within the African-Caribbean culture with the essence of the cultural practices now stigmatised or diminished in favour of contemporary music genres and commercial interests focused on celebrity.
We would argue that the musical legacy should give recognition to the ‘roots’ of the Reggae and sound systems within Jamaican culture which has been replaced by commercial rather than authentic interests in the practices. Often those from the authentic origins are easily exploited and replaced in mainstream UK media by ‘sanitised’ celebrities which could be viewed as institutional racism working to exclude the authentic voices in Reggae.
In this twenty-minute video essay we will explore some potential alternatives to current trends and examine what steps might be required to return ‘The Lost Inheritance of the UK Reggae scene’ to its righteous place in contemporary UK culture.
|Place of Publication
|University of Birmingham
|Media of output
|Published - 4 Apr 2018
|Global Studies Association (GSA) - University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 May 2017 → 1 Jun 2017
Bibliographical noteAlso presented at Global Studies Association (GSA) Conference held at The University of Northampton, 31 May - 01 June 2018. See: https://globalstudiesassoc.wordpress.com
- Sound System Culture
- Sleng Teng
- Windrush Generation
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Roy Wallace (Organiser), Les Johnson (Organiser) & Daniel Johnson (Organiser)1 Sept 2020 → 30 Sept 2020
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