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Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion; Sunfire perform "Soka Jame" in the Say Brother studio

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10/05/1979

This clip is an excerpt from the in-studio performance by the reggae group Sunfire of their original tune Soka Jame. Musicians Rolly Gray (lead guitar player, vocals and band leader), Peter J. Adamson (steel drums), Jorge Marrero (drums), Joel Keel (bass guitar), Wayne Keaton (electric keyboards and vocals), and Leon Mobley (congas) perform their own compositions. Overall, the program consists of an in studio performance by the reggae group Sunfire. Musicians Rolly Gray (lead guitar player, vocals and band leader), Peter J. Adamson (steel drums), Jorge Marrero (drums), Joel Keel (bass guitar), Wayne Keaton (electric keyboards and vocals), and Leon Mobley (congas) perform their own compositions and speak with Barbara Barrow-Murray about the variety in Caribbean Islands music: commercial reggae, hard reggae, calypso, and soka. Program includes musical works illustrating these styles. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by Brian Clarke.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion
Program Number

1002

Title

Sunfire perform "Soka Jame" in the Say Brother studio

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 consists of an in studio performance by the reggae group Sunfire. Musicians Rolly Gray (lead guitar player, vocals and band leader), Peter J. Adamson (steel drums), Jorge Marrero (drums), Joel Keel (bass guitar), Wayne Keaton (electric keyboards and vocals), and Leon Mobley (congas) perform their own compositions and speak with Barbara Barrow-Murray about the variety in Caribbean Islands music: commercial reggae, hard reggae, calypso, and soka. Program includes musical works illustrating these styles.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Calypso (Music)
Music--Performance
Calypso musicians
Sunfire (Musical group)
Marrero, Jorge
Adamson, Peter J.
Keel, Joel
Reggae musicians
Reggae music
Mobley, Leon
Keaton, Wayne
Grey, Rolly
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Contributors
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Rivera, George (Lighting Assistant)
Chigas, Basil (Switcher)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Gray, Randolph (Lighting Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Correia, Dennis (Video)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion; Sunfire perform "Soka Jame" in the Say Brother studio,” 10/05/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A220535A1A7548CC9E9D2C7512C86720.
MLA: “Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion; Sunfire perform "Soka Jame" in the Say Brother studio.” 10/05/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A220535A1A7548CC9E9D2C7512C86720>.
APA: Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion; Sunfire perform "Soka Jame" in the Say Brother studio. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A220535A1A7548CC9E9D2C7512C86720
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