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Bass Culture: The Influence of Reggae Music in Britain and Beyond
    Born from the garrisons of Jamaica, reggae music has given a voice to disaffected peoples of all cultures and all backgrounds around the world. Reggae, brought over by the influx of Jamaican citizens emigrating to the UK from the 1950’s onward, presented a safety net and clarion call to all those Jamaicans who felt themselves living in a Babylonian system which did not care for them or their culture. By the 1970’s, with police violence against ethnic minorities an everyday fact of life for those living in Britain’s cities, the songs of reggae singers such as Dennis Brown and Bob Marley reminded the youth they were not alone. By 1977, white audiences were exposed to reggae at punk events across the UK, and the message of rebel intention resonated with them, creating unity across the racial divide, and eventually filtering out beyond the punks into mainstream culture and worldwide influence. Today, reggae music’s ability to evolve and influence other genres is still relevant with new forms like Dubstep, Grime and BASS music, all pushing new boundaries.

    Director | AEI Media/UKF

    Artist | Lady Leshurr

    DJ | Channel One Sound System

    Head of Music Production | Univeristy Westminster | MYKAELL S...

    DJ | BBC Radio/BBC Radio 1

    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #ukreggae
    Tags Hip-Hop-Rap
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP990264

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