1 Sep 2016

Nights' Culture - Jamaican music

From Nights, 8:10 pm on 1 September 2016

DJ and toaster Miles Buckingham looks at Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs & Freddie McGregor, all massive stars in Jamaica by the mid 70s, who straddled the world of Rastafarian concerns & matters closer to the heart.

Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown Photo: Supplied

Rastafarianism was the dominant force in mid-1970s roots era reggae.

Roots reggae was directed towards higher cultural ideas: the praising of Jah, social problems and the journey back to Africa for the black man – the idea of natty dread.

But there was also a growing audience for reggae, many of them female, who wanted a little romance too.

Hence the emergence of Lovers Rock.

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