Reggae Category

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Thursday 09 January, 2014

The Legend Behind the Legend: Esther Anderson on Reggae, Rebellion & Marley

It’s never the same when you just read about some point in time, do the research, dissect the field notes, try to extract meaning from the inanimate and past. Nothing compares to speaking directly to someone who lived it, knows it, was one of the architects of this moment of interest. Their creativity and foresight […]


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Tuesday 05 November, 2013

Reggae Reincarnated: 20 Alternatives to the Classic Bob Marley Poster

Art can lead so many interconnected and parallel lives. I once heard someone say there is no difference between the sounds musicians make with their instruments and the movements dancers make with their bodies. The dance is just the music in another form, dance is music incarnate and both give life to each other. No […]


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Monday 21 October, 2013

Live Unchained Brings International Reggae Poster Exhibition to Washington, DC

Listening to Bob Marley’s “Africa Unite” was the first time I felt like a song was holding me in its arms. Motivated by Marley, I learned that many great Reggae artists believed in things like international solidarity, self-mastery, the possibility of a world beyond Babylon; and they honored rebels that resisted slavery, like Nanny of […]


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Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Soundtrack of Survival: Dr. Carolyn Cooper Discusses Global Reggae & Jamaican Feminism

Maps lie; if they told the truth, the drawings would reflect Jamaica’s greatness. Noted Jamaican poet and cultural activist, Louise Bennett, called out the problem of Western cartography when she wrote: “Worl-map fi stop draw Jamaica small!…For de lickle speck cyaan show we independantness at all!” Building on Bennett’s critique, Dr. Carolyn Cooper‘s most recent […]


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Saturday 12 January, 2013

Beautiful Soul Mamadee | 30 Days Unchained: Day 3

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 3 – 1/12/13 | Inspiration: Mamadee A long-time supporter of Live Unchained, Lulu Kitololo of Afri-love encourages her readers to: “Imagine all who are inspirited by Africa – all whose lives and hearts have been touched by the spirit of the continent – sharing their passion through collaboration, in the name of […]


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Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Princess of Afro-Soul Nneka Shines at the New Parish, Oakland [Live Video]

Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define. On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s […]


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Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Beautiful Soul: Mamadee on Musical Inspiration, Rasta and Re-Connecting with Our Roots

“You know those souls you can trust, souls that want the best for you and souls that are happy when you have success in life?” This is how reggae singer Mamadee, explains the inspiration for her song, “Beautiful Soul.” We think that this is also the best way to describe Mamadee, an Afro-German singer from […]