This video contains two final two programs from a six-part series: Money In My Pocket and Ghetto Riddims. Experience the prince of reggae, Dennis Brown, and learn about the connections between Jamaican politics, commerce, and music. Clips include Edward Seaga and Michael Manley united on stage by Bob Marley at the famous reconciliation concert during the bitter and violent 1981 election campaign. This video also features radio music such as Sonia Edwards and Robert Wilson; street music by Charlie Ace’s Swing-a-Ling music van; and studio time with Sheila Hylton and Dennis Brown. The next segment showcases street-corner talent, exploring the Jamaican poor and the huge contribution of the ghetto to Jamaican musical culture. Witness Charlie Ace bringing music to the people, and Jack Ruby’s street-corner audition sessions, attracting formidable original lyrics and compositions from unknown artists. Highlights include The Skatalites, The Mighty Diamonds, and Micky Simpson.
As a starting point for our look at the power of music within society, take notes on the main points presented in the film.
Write a 750-1,000 word article about the music of Jamaica during this time period, and its affect upon society. To make your article engaging, please include visuals, or even links to songs!