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Music, BeatBox Extra Classic: Show Preview

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Resurrecting classic rocksteady and dancehall sounds is an enterprise fraught with risk: As the legions of Sublime imitators and wannabe reggae tossoffs illustrate, it's tough enough to duplicate — let alone improve — styles that arguably reached perfection in Kingston…
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Calendar, Night&Day Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

Jamaican vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds are to reggae what Crosby, Stills, and Nash are to classic rock: enduring artists whose songs passionately draw on folk stories and politics to examine everyday struggles. In 1969, Donald "Tabby" Shaw, Fitzroy "Bunny"…
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Music, Great Moments in Popular Music

Great Moments in Popular Music

For her recently released Throw Down Your Arms, aging (and formerly retired) Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor teamed up with legendary Jamaican reggae producers/musicians Sly & Robbie for what amounts to a surprisingly good collection of vintage one-drop reggae. Let's listen…
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