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How Jamaica Conquered the World

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The small island of Jamaica has forged a new type of empire, an intangible realm of which there are no physical monuments. There is no official political or economic sphere of Jamaican influence but when it comes to popular culture its global reach is immense, far exceeding the reasonable expectation for a nation of just over 2.7 million people. For a nation that gained independence from the British only 50 years ago, Jamaicans have left their mark on music, sport, style and language around the globe and have become an international marker of ‘cool’. Jamaican music has colonised the new and old world alike, its athletes break world records with impunity and youngsters the world over are incorporating Jamaican slang into their dialects. Despite this the country has reaped no economic reward in return, unlike empires of old, and Jamaica still remains an economic pygmy. Jamaican influence has unconsciously spawned creative innovation around the globe and to this day it remains a country to be studied, celebrated, and demystified. Through the help of linguists, artists, musicians, designers, sports personalities, and historians we take a closer look as to how Jamaican culture conquered the world.

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The small island of Jamaica has forged a new type of empire, an intangible realm of which there are no physical monuments. There is no official political or economic sphere of Jamaican influence but when it comes to popular culture its global reach is immense, far exceeding the reasonable expectation for a nation of just over 2.7 million people. For a nation that gained independence from the British only 50 years ago, Jamaicans have left their mark on music, sport, style and language around the globe and have become an international marker of ‘cool’. Jamaican music has colonised the new and old world alike, its athletes break world records with impunity and youngsters the world over are incorporating Jamaican slang into their dialects. Despite this the country has reaped no economic reward in return, unlike empires of old, and Jamaica still remains an economic pygmy. Jamaican influence has unconsciously spawned creative innovation around the globe and to this day it remains a country to be studied, celebrated, and demystified. Through the help of linguists, artists, musicians, designers, sports personalities, and historians we take a closer look as to how Jamaican culture conquered the world.

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A treasure!

By Lucy_Lulu_Lucia - Jan 29 2020
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The program deftly pinpoints key moments in Jamaica’s cultural history, exploring the layered realities behind each. I appreciate Brown’s commitment to filling a much-needed gap in the podcast landscape! I searched for this program while reading Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which piqued my curiosity as an American who knew shamefully little of Jamaica’s history. As Brown shows us, the island’s influence reaches much further than I had realized!!! Clearly a labor of love that deserves listening — bravo, Mr. Brown and guests!

Reppin’ well

By Ken_Yeezy - Sep 03 2014
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Love the stories and production.

iTunes Ratings

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
3
1
0
1

A treasure!

By Lucy_Lulu_Lucia - Jan 29 2020
Read more
The program deftly pinpoints key moments in Jamaica’s cultural history, exploring the layered realities behind each. I appreciate Brown’s commitment to filling a much-needed gap in the podcast landscape! I searched for this program while reading Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which piqued my curiosity as an American who knew shamefully little of Jamaica’s history. As Brown shows us, the island’s influence reaches much further than I had realized!!! Clearly a labor of love that deserves listening — bravo, Mr. Brown and guests!

Reppin’ well

By Ken_Yeezy - Sep 03 2014
Read more
Love the stories and production.
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How Jamaica Conquered the World

Latest release on Oct 23, 2015

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 9 - The story of Rasta

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Rasta is a spiritual movement. It arose in the 1930s in Jamaica and Bob Marley helped spread it's message of peace and one love across the world in the 70's through his music, this is their story.  

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Jul 01 2012

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Rank #2: Episode 20 - the Reggae Boyz and Rise of Football

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When the West Indies cricket team finally lost a test series after nearly 20 years, Jamaica turned it's back on the sport and embraced football with gusto. This is the story of how Jamaica qualified for the 1998 World Cup and how an English man of Jamaican parents played for the Reggae Boyz.  

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Sep 19 2012

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Rank #3: Episode 21 - The Story of Soul II Soul, when Reggae met Soul

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Jazzie B grew up in North London and fell in love with Jamaican Sound Systems. He went on to have the biggest Sound System in the world and he created a new sound that united Jamaican reggae with American soul. His bass fused driven music captured the attention of the world and was to change the sound of US RnB.  

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Oct 10 2012

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Rank #4: Episode 12 - Reggae in Japan and Mighty Crown

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In the 70's Reggae hit Japan. The land of the rising sun took it to its heart and 20 years later a Japanese sound system was crowned the best in the world!  

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Jul 23 2012

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Rank #5: Episode 10 - Bob Marley part 1

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Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. The compilation album Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae's best-selling album, going ten times Platinum which is also known as one Diamond in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide. Ishmael Beah (born on November 23, 1980) is a former Sierra Leonean child soldier and the author of the published memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.  

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Jul 08 2012

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Rank #6: Episode 18 - The "incredible" story of Jungle

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As the house music and the rave scene swept the UK in the late 80's and early 90's, Sound System culture fused with urban London to create an "Incredible" sound that became know as Jungle.  

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Sep 05 2012

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Rank #7: Episode 3 - Ska to Rocksteady

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Around the time that Jamaica become independent, the sound of its popular music began to change and take on a more distinctive tone. This is that story.  

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May 20 2012

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Rank #8: Episode 11 - Bob Marley, recollections and legacy

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He is the most influential musician of the 20th century, He sang about oppression, justice and love. His music and legacy has touched people from all over the globe.  

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Jul 15 2012

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Rank #9: Episode 4 - The rise of the Djs

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How Djs started a new and radical innovation in 60's Jamaica. This is the story of how toasting and rapping began, a phenomena that swept the world.  

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May 28 2012

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Rank #10: Episode 5 - The Birth of Hip Hop (The Bronx, New York)

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When Jamaican Clive Campbell went to New York, he started a new musical style that was to rewrite musical norms throughout the world. He is credited with originating Hip Hop.  

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Jun 03 2012

10mins

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