COME AND BE LIFTED UP! On the 21st September from 7pm – 12am, the African Heritage Foundation will host another “Red Light” reggae house lime. This particular lime is called “Salute to Reggae” and will feature selections from reggae artists who paved the way for that genre of music.
Without Sister Nancy, there would be no Jah 9. Without Dennis Brown, you would have no Beres Hammond. Without Peter Tosh, there would be no Bush Man. Thus as we pay tribute to reggae music, we are actually giving thanks for the work and sacrifice these brothers and sisters made to ensure that we are able to enjoy great reggae music today.
Jérémie Kroubo Dagnini in a paper entitled “ The Importance of Reggae Music in the Worldwide Cultural Universe” wrote, “The impact of reggae and Rastafari on the worldwide cultural universe is colossal. It is not an overstatement to say that almost the whole world have been culturally influenced by reggae music and its Rastafarian message. How can we explain such a scattering? It would seem that Jamaican large migrations as well as Bob Marley’s huge success have played a major role in spreading these fundamental elements of Jamaican culture throughout the world. Besides, foreigners appear to be captivated by reggae music because of its militant, rebellious and spiritual message as well as its positive and universal message dealing with the concept of unity. Rasta symbols such as dreadlocks, Ethiopian colours, ganja or military clothing also play an important part in charming foreign audience. In other respects, a final remark could be made: the great importance of reggae and Rastafari in the worldwide cultural universe raise the question of the place of reggae and Rastafari in Caribbean studies in France. Like rock, punk or hippie movements, reggae and Rastafari have influenced societies from a musical, cultural and political point of view. For that reason, they really cannot be ignored, especially in the field of Caribbean Studies.”
The paper went on to say “Reggae is the musical genre which revolutionized Jamaican music. When it emerged in the late 1960s, it came as a cultural bombshell not only to Jamaica but the whole world. Its slow jerky rhythm, its militant and spiritual lyrics as well as the rebellious appearance of its singers, among others, have influenced musical genres, cultures and societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counterculture movements, especially in Europe, in the USA and Africa. Indeed, by the end of the 1960s, it participated in the birth of the skinhead movement in the UK. In the 1970s, it impacted on Western punk rock/ pop cultures, influencing artists like Eric Clapton and The Clash. During the same decade, it inspired the first rappers in the USA, giving rise to hip-hop culture. Finally, since the end of the 1970s, it has also influenced singers originating from Africa, the Ivorian singers Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly, and the South African Lucky Dube clearly illustrating this point. Thus, my paper will examine the impact of reggae music on the worldwide cultural universe, focusing particularly on Europe, the USA and Africa.”
It is crucial that as we enjoy the fruits of the labour of the early reggae pioneers, that we not forget and cast aside the essence of the music and the messages it was intended to carry. So join the AHF in the “Red Light” and meditate on some foundation reggae music and its influences at present.
“Salute to Reggae” is a fundraising activity that will assist the AHF with its community development and empowerment initiatives. It also assists with the AHF’s present cannabis liberation advocacy with a focus on community. A $10 donation is being asked of you but any contribution is welcome and will see you pass the door person. This activity will be held at the AHF’s headquarters “Liberty House” on Two mile Hill, St Michael.
“Red Light” reggae house limes are not dances but dancing must take place as the infectious reggae beats take hold for your spirit. You are invited to play a game or two of Warri while the music surrounds you. Engage an AHF member about the work that the organization is doing and its plans for the near and distant future. Don’t miss an hour of reggae sung by female artist from all over the world with Empress Osula. You can listen to an Empress Osula favourite that you are sure to hear as salutations are poured out to reggae music.
It is a spiritual gathering.
We look forward to liming with you in the “Red Light”.
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