Modern Jamaican music – too often reduced to the work of its most famous son, Bob Marley – was actually born out of the audacious DIY inventions recorded in Kingston ghettos in the 1950s, which laid the foundations for all contemporary urban music, introducing new concepts such the DJ, the sound system, remixes and dub. Sacred and secular, rural and urban, welcome to Jamaica Jamaica! Through the power of sound systems, a web radio station and interactive tools, visitors to the exhibition will be invited to uncover the secrets of one of the world’s most celebrated musical destinations.
This small island in the Caribbean has carved out its own, truly unique place in the history of music. The Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition explores the innumerable factors that have contributed to shaping this culture, revisiting the post-colonial conflicts and encounters out of which this unique and universal music was born. The visitor is taken on a journey from the origins of the world-famous reggae sound, all the way up to urban contemporary music including DJs, sound systems, remixes and dub. Bringing together objects, images and rare film footage, the exhibition traces how the music of this tiny island emerged from a backdrop of colonisation and slavery to ultimately conquer the world.