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CLIP 12039

'African Children' performed by Reggae band Aswad

'African Children' performed by Reggae band Aswad
Key Info
  • 'African Children' performed by Reggae band Aswad
  • Duration: 03:16
  • British Reggae group Aswad perform 'African Children' live on the BBC Television show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' in 1982. The features rhythmic, instrumental and performance features of Reggae can clearly be seen accompanied by interjections from a small brass section. Captions over the performance explain how the band sing about the Black youth's experience growing up in the UK, where their name comes from and celebrates 5 decades on the music scene.
  • Subject:



    Pop Music

  • Keywords: reggae, Aswad, off-beat, syncopation, brass section
Ideas for use in class
  • Reggae relative viewing, analysing and evaluating popular music, music in context, stimulus for live performing, citizenship - popular music's ability to convey political, social and racial comment
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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