Musically illustrated history of Reggae and Ska

By Vincent Hasselbach, Block 5

Stuart Inglis’ assembly on Monday evening treated us to a musically illustrated history of Reggae and Ska; starting with some early American influenced Ska, before moving on to an original Ska version of One Love, by a young Bob Marley and The Wailers, with two further songs showing just what a wonderful sound a full horns section delivers. This was followed by some early Rocksteady, and an explanation of the change in tempo heralded by this new style, and then into some early Upsetters where we dwelled briefly on the antics of the entirely insane, Lee Perry, with stories such as pouring petrol on his head and setting fire to it.

From here, we moved into the realms of dub, and heard Cassava Piece by Augustus Pablo. The final song, Behold by Culture, was a fitting end to such a positive and informative assembly. It was great to see a showcase of reggae throughout its history that delved beyond the usual Bob Marley, and into the many other facets of this beautiful genre, that more often than not don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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