REGGAE ROADBLOCKS discusses key issues that have affected the development of the business of Jamaican Reggae at both the national and international levels. The issues raised reflect the perspective of the author, Lloyd Stanbury, from his vantage point as a Jamaican music business professional with substantial international industry experience. The cultural and political environment that gave birth to, and affect the development of Reggae music is examined.
Crossings is a collection of poems that disturbs the proverbial “rock” to explore life’s complexities underneath. The age old mysteries of love, death; relationships and social issues – are all subject to the author’s scrutiny.
Janneth Mornan-Green is Jamaican. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she now lectures part-time in Public Relations at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC). Her work has appeared in Dream Rock, a collection of poems edited for the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) by Kamau Brathwaite as well as Bookends, the literary arts publication of Jamaica’s ‘Sunday Observer’.
Author: Mark Lee
Binding: epub e-book
Publisher: Abeng Press
The decade of the 1970s was one of revolution for the Jamaican and other Caribbean youth. This revolution was as profound as it was stealthy. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tumultuous experience of Rasta youth. These youthful rebels embraced the heritage of suffering and struggle bequeathed to them by generations of their African ancestors and with grit and determination forged a vehicle of social transformation. Author Mark Lee had a hand in the forging of that vehicle. Now he turns this very hand to the writing of a tract (story) that both captures the drama and pinpoints some salient lessons of that historic period.
Yvonne and Jerry, a young Rastafari couple, are assailed by drug smugglers, partisan thugs in and out of uniform, and sophisticated psychopaths of the left and right waging a domestic Cold War – with Cuban and American support – for political power.
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For Christians, it’s the way they live and their relationship with God and fellow-humans that matter in eternal terms. The way we live is largely determined by what we hold to be true. If what’s held to be true is flawed, so is the life that’s guided by it. The question isn’t so much, ‘are we serious about what we believe?’ as it is, ‘what do we believe?’ For, in all seriousness, what’s the point in being serious about that which cannot be taken seriously?
Starting with his own Seventh-day Adventist milieu, B. Richard Nicholson deconstructs some of the orthodox Biblical misinterpretations that feed the sordid stereotypes of Christians as freaks. This candid book is not so much a call to steadfast faith, or even a call to implicit trust in the Bible as God’s word, as it is a call to see the Bible for what it actually says. Whether you are a believer or not, ordinary reader or academic, you are bound to find Hold It Right There, Mister Preacher either exhilarating or infuriating.
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South Side is a depressed area of Central Kingston, Jamaica, from which 13 men were taken, through subterfuge, and shot down by members of the defence force in the turbulent 1970s. It is the community in which Yvonne and Jerry are exiled when they fall in love and embrace the Rastafari doctrine as middle class youth join the search for roots when socialism, capitalism and Rastafari compete for their minds.
International and intra-Caribbean drug trafficking, espionage, reggae dance hall, Rasta celebration, diplomatic cocktail party hobnobbing and political intrigue are captured in this social history novella by Abeng News magazine editor, Mark Lee, whose other publications are Life in the Caribbean Community (1992), a journalistic compilation for the Caribbean News Agency and Vacation Barbados (1993), a destination guide for the eastern Caribbean island for International Voyager Media. He has also edited Elements of Regional Integration: The Way Forward, for the Caribbean Policy Development Centre. His poetry has been published in the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Quarterly, Flowers Blooming Late – a Montserrat anthology – and Dream Rock, a collection edited by Kamau Brathwaite for the Jamaica Information Service.