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  • interview July 26, 2016

    Raving I’m Raving: Shut Up And Dance Interview

    In the late ’80s and early ’90s, few groups in the British rave scene had the impact of Shut Up and Dance. Both a band and a label, Shut Up and Dance fused the strands of black Atlantic music, connecting … Read more »

  • botb July 13, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Dennis Brown, Part Two

    In The Beat magazine’s tribute to Dennis Brown, who died July 1, 1999, columnist and reggae discographer Michael Turner examines the Jamaican singer’s legacy through collected personal memories and favorite songs from dozens of correspondents. Michael comments, “As I suspected, … Read more »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    New Podcast Series: Afropop Closeups

    We are very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, Afropop Closeups, bringing poignant and provocative stories from the African planet to listeners. These succinct podcasts, substantially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, feature the … Read more »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    Field Report: Ernest Ranglin and Friends Live at the Barbican, London

    Guitarist Ernest Ranglin is one of Jamaica’s most revered musicians. Ranglin was there at the very beginning as a session player and musical arranger, when Jamaican sound system entrepreneurs began recording local artists on basic equipment. He graced some of … Read more »

  • botb June 30, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Remembering Dennis Brown, Part One

    One of the very best vocalists Jamaica ever produced, Dennis Brown began singing at 5 years old. By age 13 he was being mentored by Alton Ellis and recording for Coxson Dodd at Kingston’s hallowed Studio One. With a silky, … Read more »

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