Resourcefulness and tenacity are the foundations of Black musical expression, and Reggae is no different. These characteristics of Black music date back to the slave era, during which enslaved peoples, stripped of their instruments and cultural artifacts, created music with and for each other using their bodies and voices. Bob Marley’s No woman, No cry and Sister Nancy’s Bam Bam are featured in this last module. We will cast a lens on sound system culture as an example of the Jamaican community being resourceful and working with what they had. Who knows, we might even convince you to throw your own Bashment party in the yard!
The NAC Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Friends of the NAC Orchestra, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, Grant and Alice Burton, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.