Three recent news stories about Jamaica – for all those commuters out there who have to kill time on the train to work and all those working people who have to kick back for some minutes during office hours:
The rocksteady rise of Rastaman vibrations.
It is a genre that has inspired decades of music, and yet British reggae is too often overlooked. A new documentary from BBC4, Reggae Britannia, seeks to put that right, as it takes us through the influence of Jamaican music on British culture from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.
Life and death in the police state of Jamaica: The scandal of the officers who double as state executioners.
In a holiday idyll, coffins are filled faster than they can be buried with the bodies of young men dragged from their homes and shot by police. They killed 382 Jamaicans last year alone. As the UN lumbers into action, Live reports on the scandal.
The Business of Bob Marley: Billboard Cover Story.
“Old pirates yes they rob I,” Marley sang in his classic “Redemption Song.” And as his son Rohan puts it, “Those pirates are still out there, claiming they have rights.” But the former linebacker, known for delivering punishing hits while playing for the University of Miami and the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders, has been helping his family tackle piracy.