Reggae & politics in the 1970s
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In 1972, the socialist Michael ‘Joshua’ Manley used reggae as a stepping-stone to power. But the dogs, mad with power, became organized, and created chaos. The two political parties, the PNP and the JLP, divided Kingston into politically affiliated garrisons, and Cold War broke out in Jamaica. In the midst of the tribal wars, the voice of reggae resounded to call for peace and to preach black pride. Many artists, including Bob Marley, had to side with a party. But choruses were weak shields against stray bullets! Politics in Jamaica? The root of all evil...
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