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Various Artists: Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae

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The lovingly conceived, brilliantly executed, multi-platform Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae aims to achieve the same sort of museum piece-to-modernity transformation for Jamaican rocksteady that Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit, 1996) created for Cuban music of an earlier era. As with Buena Vista, there's a CD, a movie and a package tour. The CD features ...


Barry Brown: Rich Man Poor Man 1978-80

Read "Rich Man Poor Man 1978-80" reviewed by AAJ Staff

During its roots heyday in the '70s, Jamaican reggae was a virtual zoo of vocalists, musicians, and producers. The incestuous relationships these hundreds of artists maintained make it even more difficult to sort out their individual contributions today. To make it big in those days, all you had to do was find yourself a sound system ...


King Tubby: The Roots of Dub/Dub from the Roots

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If you want to know where hip-hop came from, you can't ignore dub. If you want to check out early rap, you better be aware of toasting. All of those genres are products of the ghetto, inseparably tagged to the African diaspora. (Like most inventions of American popular music, as this blues/jazz/funk/hip-hop lover can readily attest.)