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A Spin to Spark Creativity: The Role of Early Jamaican Popular Music Recordings in Los Angeles' Traditional Ska Scene

April 19, 2018 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Time: 4:10 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Hart Hall 1200
A talk by Nina Cole, PhD Candidate, UC Davis Cultural Studies
In the late 1980s, a music scene dedicated to 1960s Jamaican popular music began taking shape in Los Angeles, California. This music revival movement, popularly referred to as the “traditional ska scene,” emerged as local bands started performing their own interpretations of Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae. Exploring recorded media’s role in making possible Angeleno adaptations of the sounds of 1960s Jamaica represents one approach to understanding the cultural and emotional history of this local scene. This talk highlights how audio recordings helped stimulate cross-cultural and inter-generational communication, and addresses the complexities of music revival.


April 19, 2018
4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

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