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X-Tra Wicked: A History of the Digital B Label by Romain Chiffre (US/JA, 2017, 52’)

A documentary produced by VP records celebrating the life and career of Jamaican reggae and dancehall producer Bobby Digital (1961-2020) whose Digital B record label, established in 1987, has been at the forefront of Jamaican music transformation from organic rhythms to digitally-composed beats, and responsible for some of reggae’s biggest international hits throughout the late […]

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02. Cooper, Carolyn, ed. 2012. Global Reggae. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

These plenary lectures from the “Global Reggae” conference convened at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in 2008 eloquently exemplify the breadth and depth of current scholarship on Jamaican popular music. Radiating from the Jamaican centre, these illuminating essays highlight the “glocalization” of reggae – its global dispersal and adaptation in diverse local […]

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08. Henriques, Julian. 2003. “Sonic Dominance and the Reggae Sound System Session”. In Bull, Michael and Back, Les (Eds.) Auditory Culture Reader, 1st Edition. eds. Oxford: Berg, pp. 451- 480.

In this seminal piece, Julian Henriques discusses the relationship between different sensorial regimes through the lens of a dancehall session in Jamaica. He describes sonic dominance as the preponderance of the sonic over the visual medium that can be experienced in a Stone Love sound system session. By considering both the ethereal and the material […]

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09. Henriques, Julian. 2010. “The Vibrations of Affect and their Propagation on a Night Out on Kingston’s Dancehall Scene”. Body & Society, 16, 1, pp. 57 – 89.

This article proposes that the propagation of vibrations could serve as a better model for understanding the transmission of affect than the flow, circulation or movement of bodies by which it is most often theorized. The vibrations (or idiomatically ‘vibes’) among the sound system audience (or ‘crowd’) on a night out on the dancehall scene […]

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10. Henriques, Julian. 2011. Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques and Ways of Knowing, London: Continuum.

In this innovative book Julian Henriques proposes that these dancehall “vibes” are taken literally as the periodic motion of vibrations. He offers an analysis of how a sound system operates – at auditory, corporeal and sociocultural frequencies. Sonic Bodies formulates a fascinating critique of visual dominance and the dualities inherent in ideas of image, text […]

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12. Hope, Donna P. 2001. Inna di Dancehall: Popular Culture and the Politics of Identity in Jamaica. Mona: University of the West Indies Press.

This work provides an accessible account of a poorly understood aspect of Jamaican popular culture. It explores the socio-political meanings of Jamaicas dancehall culture. In particular, the book gives an account of the power relations within the dancehall and between the dancehall and the wider Jamaican society. Hope gives the reader an unmatched insiders view […]

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17. Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah Nadine. 2010. Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic. Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices, politics, rituals, philosophies, and survival strategies that link Caribbean, African and African diasporic performance. Sonjah Stanley Niaah relates how dancehall emerged from […]

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18. Stolzoff, Norman C. 2000. Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Wake the Town and Tell the People offers a lively, nuanced, and comprehensive view of Jamaican dancehall as a musical and cultural phenomenon: its growth and historical role within Jamaican society, its economy of star making, its technology of production, its performative practices, and its capacity to channel political beliefs through popular culture in ways […]

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19. Sterling, Marvin D. 2010. Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan, Durham: Duke University Press.

While tracing the history of the Japanese embrace of dancehall reggae and other elements of Jamaican culture, including Rastafari, roots reggae, and dub music, anthropologist Marvin D. Sterlin illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. Babylon East is a rare ethnographic account of Afro-Asian cultural exchange and global discourses of blackness beyond the […]

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