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Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion

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Say Brother
Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion
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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 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.



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Broadcast program

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Grey, Rolly
Marrero, Jorge
Reggae music
Mobley, Leon
Sunfire (Musical group)
Adamson, Peter J.
Keaton, Wayne
Keel, Joel
Reggae musicians--Performance
Calypso music
Calypso musicians--Performance
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Ehrman, Sally (Production Secretary)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Harriston, Renee (Intern)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Chigas, Basil (Switcher)
Gray, Randolph (Lighting Assistant)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Correia, Dennis (Video)
Rivera, George (Lighting Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion,” 09/27/1979, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion.” 09/27/1979. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Reggae: A Caribbean Cultural Explosion. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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