The History of the Reggae Movement
The Reggae Movement Exhibition follows the story of the sound system. The sound system is at the heart of the reggae movement, the movement which gave birth to ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall, hip-hop, jungle and drum and bass and taught nations and generations how to dance.Poster Fish Promotions presents The Reggae Movement Exhibition at Little Green Street Gallery this Wednesday to Sunday.
Freda Hughes of Poster Fish Promotions is excited to have the event here in Dublin and says, “Poster Fish Promotions jumped at the opportunity to bring the exhibition to Ireland. Any chance to merge music, art, film and literature is right up our street and this exhibition chronicles a hugely important phenomenon in music history.”
The exhibition follows the growth of sound system culture from 1950’s Kingston across Jamaica, to the UK and then to Europe and features Jamaican artist Micheal Thompson, aka Freestylee illustrating part of the story.
When asked in a recent interview why he called it a reggae movement, rather than say a scene Thompson aptly replied, “Reggae is a movement, it’s one of the new styles of music that came out of the 20th century, but it’s still evolving and there’s a phenomenal back catalogue of reggae music, especially from the 1970s, that is still being discovered or uncovered. I think there was something special that happened in Jamaica and reggae and sound system culture in particular has had a huge influence on modern music…”
Additional artwork is by Mau Mau and Ronan Lynch provides the text. Lynch is a historian of music who has written widely about reggae, politics and culture. He also calls the shots as editor of Irie Up magazine. Designing the show is graphic designer, Paula Strzelecka who also works as photo editor with the magazine.
Following runs in Berlin and Amsterdam, the Dublin show will run from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th November, at the Gallery. Poster Fish Promotion’s Freda also adds, “Reggae music in Ireland is one of the few genres that brings people from the punk, skin-head, ska, mod, dancehall, electronic and dub scenes, as well as people of all ages, together frequently. The line up at our fundraiser gig for this exhibition really mirrors that. We hope that people from all walks of life will come and check out the many events taking place as part of The Reggae Movement Exhibition this week at Little Green Street Gallery.”
There are several evening events planned to run in conjunction with this exhibition, including the Irish premiere of the film Holding On To Jah on Thursday. Full details are available at www.thereggaemovement.com so there’s no excuse!