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  • program April 27, 2017

    Jamaica: Big A Yard, Big Abroad

    Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The yard remains a cornerstone in Jamaican culture. Musicians withdraw from the violence of the city to … Read more »

  • blog April 27, 2017

    Afropunk Festival Preview

    Spring has sprung in New York; the tulips are in full bloom, young leaves are poking out on trees and the incessant jingle of ice cream trucks is in the air. As things warm up, ’tis also the season for Brooklyn’s … Read more »

  • blog April 10, 2017

    Transatlantic Magic: Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality At C’mon Everybody

    Multi-instrumentalist and producer, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar is widely known to be the bass player of the popular Afrobeat band, Antibalas, of which, he has been a member for over nine years. He started his professional career with a curious ear … Read more »

  • botb March 23, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Reggae Women Stepping Forward

    This installment of “Best of The Beat” is a glimpse into a moment in history—1985—in which we celebrated the outstanding female voices of reggae music. Jamaica is, and probably will always be, a patriarchal society, but at this point in … Read more »

  • blog March 20, 2017

    Field Report: Rebel Salute in St. Ann, Jamaica

    Reggae artist Tony Rebel’s annual Rebel Salute festival in St. Ann, Jamaica bills itself as the “Preservation of Reggae.” It might not seem like reggae needs any preserving—pop stars like Justin Bieber and Drake are having hits on dancehall riddims, … Read more »

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