Thursday, 10 March 2011

CULTURE SPOTLIGHT: Jamaica Journal's "Special Music Issue" Part II out now

An iconic - smiling! - image of reggae legend Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley graces the cover of the latest issue of Jamaica Journal, coincidentally the second instalment of the magazine's Special Music Issue. The new issue was launched last Thursday evening at St. Andrew's Red Bones' Blues Cafe.

Forming part of the content largely centred on the evolution of our popular music are articles on Jamaican hand drumming and dub poetry, as well as reviews on the oral history form. Equally noteworthy are pieces on the late great musicians Sonny Bradshaw Johnny Dizzy Moore; features on the work of Island Records and its visionary founder, Chris Blackwell, the groundbreaking music festival Reggae Sunsplash, and Bob Marley's legacy.

A venerable juggernaut charged with the task of chronicling Jamaica's rich cultural heritage, the Jamaica Journal is the singularly most important periodical on Jamaican contemporary culture and natural history. The magazine is available for purchase at bookstores and from the Institute of Jamaica.


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