Black Culture, White Youth: The Reggae Tradition from JA to UK

Black Culture, White Youth: The Reggae Tradition from JA to UK

Simon Jones


Introduction
Northfield, Birmingham- October 1986
The time is approximately 2 a.m., in the course of the indefinable
zone among Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The
Birmingham suburb of Northfield has close down, its pubs
closed many hours in the past, and such a lot of its population lengthy since
retired to their beds- such a lot, yet now not all. For in a dilapidated
block of residences at the back of the large Longbridge automobile plant,
something is happening. lifestyles is stirring and folks relocating to a
particular form of rhythm, with a unique feel of time to
that embodied through the adjoining monolith to British 'motoring'.
Tonight, Scientist Hi-Powa, champion sound method of south
Birmingham, are taking part in a 'musical meltdown', because it says on
the price ticket, to which 'all posses are welcome'.
Approaching the apartments walking, the faint reverberations of a
bass line should be felt a number of blocks away, wearing through
the structures and alongside the pavement. As we input via a
broken-down doorway, the DJ's voice turns into audible above
the now rumbling bass styles. relocating rapidly up the
stairs, we knock at the door, greet the gateman and input ...

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