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Marcia Douglas by Loretta Collins Klobah
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In echoes and splices of “narrative sonic bites,” Douglas sets her experimental novel, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, to the dub pulse of Rasta tradition.

Vivien Goldman by Michael Patrick MacDonald
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“Dub was my sound because of postcolonial movements. I grew up in it. I bathed in it. I breathed it. So why shouldn’t it be mine?”

Gary Simmons by Jodie Bass
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Building a mutable sound system with found materials.

Paper Clip #37 by Jacob Forrest Severn
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Paper Clip is a weekly compilation of online articles, artifacts and other—old, new, and sometimes BOMB-related.

Sight? Seen. by Ryan Sheldon
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Ryan Sheldon discusses the eclectic range of reggae films presented in BAMcinématek’s Do the Reggae series.

Below the Brain by Alec Meacham
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Alec Meacham discusses Below the Brain—at BAM September 1, and then Spectacle Theater—and talks with directors Sam Fleischner and Tony Lowe about reggae, sound oceans, and spiritual possession.

The Bug by Jace Clayton
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The Bug is Kevin Martin, the influential London-based musician/producer who, under the spell of the voices and rhythms of Jamaican dancehall, helped spawn a new era of dance-floor experimentation—as told to Jace Clayton.

Kate Simon’s Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae, Photographs by Betsy Sussler
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Rebel Music has the intimacy of a family album and the urgency of legend, for this rebel had a cause.

Judy Mowatt by Kwame Dawes
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It is hard to admit to the subject of an interview—someone you have long admired for her righteousness and nobility, someone whose art has left you feeling a sense of appreciation for the dignity of artists who are socially and politically engaged—that your most primal connection to her is physical. 

Michael “Ibo” Cooper by Kwame Dawes
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I had probably heard them on the radio. They were a popular band, after all. I know I had heard them perform in the huge cement-floored auditorium of my high school. 

Lee Jaffe’s One Love by Nate Cunningham
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Filmmaker Lee Jaffe switches media to produce a book on the story of Bob Marley’s band The Wailers and the history of reggae music.

Lee “Scratch” Perry by Rone Shavers
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If influence alone is an artist’s measure of true worth, then with the reexamination and subsequent recombination of Jamaican reggae music into British electronica and drum ‘n’ bass, it seems as if one of reggae’s original pioneers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, is finally about to be given his due. 

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