CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, N.Y., Weds. May 5, 2010: As questions continue to surround the recent cancellation of U.S. visas to several top Jamaican dancehall artists, a local New York organization is asking the question: `Who Mash Up Reggae?`
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music`s Community Conversation series continues today by putting the focus again on the state of reggae music. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at the historic Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, near Utica Avenue in Brooklyn.
`It seems that reggae music has been in a series of fender benders over the years and each time, the repair was not done and now, it mash-up but the engine still good and will always be good as long as we have talented and dedicated artists and musicians around,` said organizers. `However, we cannot repair the damage if we are in denial about the state of the music. This denial is perhaps the reason the fender benders of the past were not addressed and now the vehicle of our expression looks like a wreck. Our question is, `Who Mash Up Reggae?` and what must we do to repair the damage.`
Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music founders, Sharon Gordon and Carlyle McKetty, say their overall aim is to raise the bar in the presentation of reggae music `and radio is a big part of that.`
`If our community is dissatisfied with the way in which the music is being presented on radio, then we must reach out to the decision makers and let them know how we feel, added organizers.
For information about the free CPR Community Conversation Series, call 718-421-6927 or email [email protected].