Publication of a scholarly book dealing with the origins of reggae music(French language).
KROUBO DAGNINI Jérémie, "Les origines du reggae:retour aux sources. Mento, ska, rocksteady, early reggae". Paris: L'Harmattan, october 2008.
The book goes back over the origins of reggae, from Africa to Jamaica, from the era of slavery to the post-colonial period. In other words, it shows how the history of Jamaica (slavery, Evangelism, colonial and post-colonial politics, migration phenomena, urbanization, Americanization of Jamaican society...) has contributed to the development of Jamaican music. The author analyzes the socio-historico-cultural dynamics which resulted in the birth of reggae in the late 60's as well as the origins and evolutions of mento, ska and rocksteady, the main popular musical genres prior to reggae. The book contains rare and unpublished interviews and pictures of The Jolly Boys, Edward Seaga, Derrick Morgan, Toots, Alpha Boys' School, Johnny "Dizzy" Moore, Byron Lee, Prince Buster, The Kingstonians etc. The diversity within the book will delight all fans of Jamaican music/ culture.
Further details: http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=26984
Available at amazon.fr, fnac.com, laboutiquedesartistes.com etc.
Biography of the author:
Jérémie Kroubo Dagnini is a PhD candidate at the University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (France), doing research on the history of Jamaican popular music in the 20th century.
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