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Say Brother
Tribute to Jazz Week, A
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Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program, although titled "A Tribute to Jazz Week," consists of a 50-minute section of the 1970 documentary film "Reggae" by Horace Ove. Host Topper Carew provides information about Jazz Week in Boston (April 28 to May 5) with contact information for local events. Citing the week’s focus on unique musical forms (as jazz is of the United States), the program examines the social and cultural origins of reggae, another unique Black musical form. Ove’s film, which contains statements by music industry professionals Darcus Owusu (editor of "Black Dimension"), Mike Raven (disc jockey), Dave Hatfield (record producer), Graham Goodall (record mixer and producer), Junior Lincoln (record producer), Graham Walker (of Trojan Records), and Lee Gopthall (also of Trojan Records), focuses on the social and cultural sources of reggae, the difficulties in playing it, and what reggae musicians write about. It includes much performance footage from the 1970 Caribbean Music Festival in Wimbley, some footage illustrating the political roots of reggae (such as British tourist film clips highlighting the "service" role of Jamaicans, street scenes of poor Jamaican neighborhoods, and footage of Jamaican protests against the police and government), and material on how other (white) musicians have incorporated reggae elements into their own music.

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Broadcast program

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Reggae (Motion picture)
Blacks in motion pictures
Television broadcasting of films
Black musicians
Music festivals
Reggae musicians
Reggae music
Caribbean Music Festival - Wimbley - England (1970)
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Producer)
Niedderland, Margo (Still Photography)
Burnett, Hayes (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Tribute to Jazz Week, A,” 05/01/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_74C4C6183CEC4334887DED2EBE51EA24.
MLA: “Say Brother; Tribute to Jazz Week, A.” 05/01/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_74C4C6183CEC4334887DED2EBE51EA24>.
APA: Say Brother; Tribute to Jazz Week, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_74C4C6183CEC4334887DED2EBE51EA24
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