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Sun 12 Aug 2012 02:00 BBC Radio 6 Music

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Sunday 05 August 2012

Jamaica, the loudest island on the planet, has also produced some of the most daring and innovative music. It's now fifty years on from Jamaica's independence from Britain and the Afro-Saxons have become Afrocentric.

In 'Wheel and Come Again', Colin Grant looks at the cycles of Jamaican music that have emerged from the dirt poverty of its ghettoes and the mystical beauty of its hinterland. 'Wheel and Come Again' charts the evolution of the music from the gentle caricature of the Calypsonian-inflected island in the sun to the sexually-charged Dancehall; dropping in on its redemptive golden period along the way.

Finally, Colin Grant shows the power and polarity of Jamaican music: the tension between Bob Marley's "One Love" and Peter Tosh's rejection of peace because "peace is the diploma you get in the cemetery".

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