Issue 12 november/december

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Those new to the world of reggae music can take heart that there are still great reggae artists from the 1960s and 1970s going strong and carrying the spirit of those times in their hearts and art. In this issue, we look to three of these people, starting with Martin Campbell, an original rootsman and prophetic voice whose work is gently making its way onto many sounds. The dub poet and reggae intellectual Linton Kwesi Johnson has attracted the attention of many academics, and in this issue, we turn a close eye to reading the message of LKJ with the guidance of Bartek Wojcik, who then turns his attention to Roger Steffens.

What's inside

The Rootsman Trods On

The enigmatic singer Martin Campbell defies stereotyping. While his experiences mirror those of many Jamaican singers – including a spell at the Alpha Boys School – Campbell remains something on an outsider. When we spoke to Martin Campbell from his …

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Ras Rojah

Let’s face it, few governments or institutions devote themselves to celebrating or preserving reggae music, leaving the work to a few enterprising individuals. Rogers Steffens, archivist, educator and historian, tells Irie Up about his longtime devotion to preserving the legacy …

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Dread Beat An’ Blood

Linton Kwesi Johnson is another man apart in the reggae world, and the artist who almost single-handedly invented the genre of dub poetry.When Darcus Howe appeared on Sky News to talk about the London riots this summer, LKJ’s poetry immediately …

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