parodies by nacrowe
having lived abroad in NIGERIA as a kid has undoubtedly opened me up to the global influence of AFRICAN MUSIC. and specifically WEST AFRICA. just that innate feel for RHYTHMIC COMPLEXITY and layered POLYRHYTHMS, as well as lyrical themes revolving around issues of IDENTITY amidst surviving in a world that unfortunately refuses to abdicate from defining you through a COLONIALIST perspective.
the parallels are there in the musical traditions of the UNITED STATES (JAZZ, BLUES, ROCK AND ROLL, HIP-HOP) as well as all over LATIN AMERICA (SAMBA, CUMBIA, RUMBA, SON). its been one of the real gifts of my life to have experienced such music when i did since it has only enriched my appreciation for other countries i've visited since including BRASIL, COLOMBIA, CUBA and VENEZUELA.
but i havent made it to JAMAICA (yet!). for me it is so interesting that such an island nation could have such a profound effect on global musical culture with its ever-evolving genres (DANCEHALL, SKA and REGGAE). the HISTORICAL, POLITICAL and RELIGIOUS underpinnings of REGGAE and resonate strong with the subjugated and DISENFRANCHISED the world over. in many ways, its righteously REBELLIOUS message against OPPRESSION found fertile soil within the youth of BRITAIN and laid the foundation for the likes of PUNK ROCK. there is an absolute cultural through-line between REGGAE and most WESTERN EXPERIMENTAL and POLITICALLY vocal and strident music that followed.
doing an episode on ROOTS REGGAE artists was one of the highlights of the show insofar. i look forward to doing many others on similar AFRICAN-influenced genres from throughout the DIASPORA. definitely check it out if you are so inclined.