Thursday, March 5, 2009

Rebel Music

It has been about eight years since I completed my service in Peace Corps Jamaica. The details of my projects have faded, but the sound of my experience, the lyrics and beats of the reggae music that dominates every street corner, every route taxi ride, and every community 'session' on this island and throughout the West Indies, is clearer than ever.

In every society, in every culture, music provides a mechanism for individuals and communities to describe their social circumstances. It cultivates camaraderie and solidarity around inequality and injustice. It provides a forum for social and political mobilization and resistance.

If you want to understand the issues, listen to the music...

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