Reggae is all about the mashup! The Caribbean is a place where so many cultures were in collision: Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, British, Chinese. People tend to forget that one of Bob Marley's producers (Leslie Kong) was Chinese-Jamaican, or that Lee Gopthal who was one of the co-owners of Trojan Records was Indian.

If you ever get the chance to hear DJ Spooky speak about music and culture do so – his breadth of knowledge plus deep thinking on the subject really helps you understand the macro-forces at play in popular culture. We mentioned his record In Fine Style: DJ Spooky Presents 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records which celebrates Trojan’s 40th anniversary a while back on PSFK, and now Wired picks it up and interviews the young fella. Here’s a nice excerpt:

Reggae is all about the mashup! The Caribbean is a place where so many cultures were in collision: Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, British, Chinese. People tend to forget that one of Bob Marley’s producers (Leslie Kong) was Chinese-Jamaican, or that Lee Gopthal who was one of the co-owners of Trojan Records was Indian. Even the term “Ganjah” is pronounced Hindi style; it’s the Ganges river! And don’t even get me started about dreadlocks. Any holy man on the Ganges could tell you that they’re Indian too. ?

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