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  • botb May 11, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: In Tribute to Bob Marley

    Today, May 11, is the 36th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death in 1981 at age 36. I don’t know if there’s any significance in these numerals, but he has been gone for the same length of time as he was … Read more »

  • botb February 6, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bob Marley’s Mento Roots

    What is mento? (No, it’s not an after-dinner mint or chewing gum.) Mento is Jamaican folk music that predates ska and reggae. Ska emerged in 1950s, but mento has been documented all the way back to the 1920s. The sound … Read more »

  • program February 2, 2017

    Two Lions: Bunny Wailer and Hakim

    On this program we survey the careers of two giants within their genres. Bunny Wailer is the last surviving member of the original Bob Marley and the Wailers trio. Right up to his 2016 tour, where we met him, this … Read more »

  • blog January 23, 2017

    Spouge in the Big Apple

    In 1979, spouge music was waning in Barbados, where it would soon all but disappear. But it was just hitting its stride in New York. That year a promoter rented out the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden for the … Read more »

  • hip-deep October 6, 2016

    State of Emergency: Reggae Reflections on Jamaica’s Partisan Politics

    Music is a powerful means of expression in Jamaica–a platform for fierce commentary, and a bellwether for the social and political climate on the island. In Jamaica, when local newspapers, broadcast media and elected representatives don’t tell the whole story, … Read more »

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