Monday, June 8, 2009

Reggae and Reggaeton, Two Landmark Books in Panel Discussion

Next Thursday, June 11, join authors Rod Ptahsen-Shabazz and Raquel Z. Rivera at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute for a conversation on their respective books, Black to the Roots, and Reggaeton.

Black to the Roots: Reggae's Rise, Downpression, and Reascension examines how the politically and socially relevant artists and themes that defined the genre during the 1970’s and early 1980’s became progressively transformed and co-opted by the record industry in the following decades. The book explores the ongoing business pressures, as well as the revival in the newest productions of some of reggae's traditional musical and conceptual roots.

Reggaeton, a widely-acclaimed collection of essays by reknown accademic experts, music critics and artists, is the first critical assesment of this very popular genre, its Caribbean roots and its dissemination in the United States and Latin America. See NY1 Noticias' José Manuel Simián interviewing one of the book's editors, journalist and scholar Raquel Z. Rivera (In Spanish)

WHEN:Turdsay, June 11, 2009, 6: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, 408 W 58th. Street

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00 Donation waved with purchase of either book at the event.

RSVP to George Oliver 212-307-7420 ext. 3008

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