The Selecter's First Ever Australian Tour Nov 28th-Dec 1st
Pauline Black's powerful autobiography "Black By design" has been nominated for the London Book Awards 2012.
Pauline Black will be signing copies of her new memoir "Black By Design" on Saturday Sept 10th @ 11am in Waterstone's Covenry bookshop in the precinct.
"Reggae Britannia: BBC4, 9pm – The digital channel's ...Britannia strand on the history of different musical genres returned for a new series with 415,000 viewers and a 1.8% share.
Competition at 9pm in multichannel included Film4's movie repeat Run, Fatboy, Run (514,000/2.4%), BBC3's Little Britain repeat (318,000/1.3%), another outing for Braveheart on More4 (465,000/2.7%), a repeat of A Touch of Frost on ITV3 (685,000/3.3%), Five USA's CSI: Miami repeat (332,000/1.4%) and American Idol on ITV2 (400,000/1.7%)"
Quoted figures taken from The Guardian national newspaper.
It is heartening to see that this audience share is comparable with other popular programmes on the Freeview channels. Reggae is still a "niche" music in Britain and the more radical bands of the genre are still only enjoyed by a minority, so to gain this kind of percentage share is very significant.
The programme offered an excellent overview of what Black British reggae artists had achieved since the sixties and what their consequent influence had been on white British musicians. Reggae Britannia’s producer and director Jeremy Marre managed the difficult job of tellingl two stories at once- effectively explaining the roots of the music itself, while also dealing with the thornier questions about identity, race and racism in Britain over the past four decades. As the narrator explained, the history of British reggae holds a mirror to British society, as attitudes to the music mutated over time from rejection to acceptance and, finally, assimilation.
Once again David Cameron is proved wrong. Multiculturalism is here to stay. The British population live it on a day to day basis. What's more it is working, maybe not perfectly, but programmes like this show that great strides have been made to breakdown negative racial stereotypes. Reggae is now the music of the people- black or white. Only the Tory elite seem to differ with that opinion.
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