ROOTS & CULTURE: Ivy League academic Noriko Manabe (above), a Japanese-American, recently paid a visit to the island to deliver a public lecture at the University of the
Thank you very much for attending my talk last Tuesday and for taking the time to write your thoughtful review of it on your website. It is most appreciated.
If I may, I'd like to clarify a few little things that I may not have explained well in my talk:
As you note, Japansplash indeed was a great original driver of reggae's popularity in the 1980s and 90s. However, its influence has waned since its founder moved on to other things and another management group took it over. Since the late 1990s, the summer festivals arranged primarily around Japanese reggae artists (like Yokohama Reggae Festival, organized by Mighty Crown) have become more influential than the current version of Japansplash, which is much smaller than what it was in the 80s and 90s. It would be more accurate to say, "Japansplash, which attracts massive crowds annually, is considered to have been the single biggest driver in popularizing reggae in
While dancehall in
Minmi is actually a heterosexual female singer, not a gay entertainer. She became involved in a controversy because her track was used in a commercial featuring Ikko, the transgender entertainer.
Mighty Crown has won the World Clash in
Many thanks again for coming to my talk and writing your thoughtful review; I really appreciate it.