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My Guest today is musicologist Dermot Hussey. Dermot Hussey is formerly Music Director and Program Director For the Joint, at XM Satellite Radio and current On Air Host with SiriusXM Radio for The Joint and Real Jazz, and produces RIFFIN, a twice weekly.
Reggae Music will get bigger, and bigger and find its right people-Bob Marley
“The real story of reggae in the 21st century is really the story of its outreach, its impact” - Dermot Hussey
The institution of Slavery created the narrative of the African slave’s life in the diaspora. In quest for liberation, the story of life African took many forms. Music became one of the soundtracks of the African slave’s life in the diaspora. In the quest self-expression, the slave created what Bob Marley called “songs of freedom”. From resistance to redemption, from rebellion to liberation and Self-affirmation he fought for a better humanity. The music tells the story. Today’s program will look the impact of reggae music on Central and South America as well as Africa, from the lyrical content, to the structure of the music, and its rhythmic tones we will try to examine reggae music’s impact/influence. Among the artists whose music we will be featuring today are African artists the late Sonny Okosun, and the late Lucky Dube, Gidowana from Chile, Gilberto Gil, Edson Gomez, Cidade Negra from Brazil. We will also look at other genre of music that have either emerged from, or influenced by reggae music. Dermot Hussey states that “The real story of reggae in the 21st century is really the story of its outreach, its impact” on important countries like Brazil that has the concentration of the largest black population in the diaspora. Gilberto Gil is the most important artist to have embraced. He got a hit with Marley, with No Woman No Cry, his first recording of a Marley song.
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