And Then There Was Ska…
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And Then There Was Ska…

In the last issue of The Montreal Community Contact, I examined the origins of Jamaica’s first popular music, Mento… The Calypso Of Yard, so to speak. It gives us...

Before dancehall, reggae, rock steady and ska, there was mento…
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Before dancehall, reggae, rock steady and ska, there was mento…

When legendary crooner Harry Belafonte went into the studio to record his landmark multi-platinum selling RCA album “Calypso” in 1956, his goal was to introduce North-American audiences to Jamaican...

Planet Rock
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Planet Rock

In 1982, hip-hop pioneer d.j. Afrika Bambaataa and his crew Soul Sonic Force released a seminal record in hip-hop called “Planet Rock”. More of an experiment in electro-funk than...

Hanorah Delivers With A Lot of Soul
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Hanorah Delivers With A Lot of Soul

“That is insanity to me,” says Montreal soul singer Hanorah when I mentioned to her that local music writers were singing her praises very highly when she opened for...

It’s All In The Remix
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It’s All In The Remix

The remix is an all too important element of the music industry when it comes to the commercial success of a single. Black producers have been at the forefront...

Taurey Butler Might Be One Of The Others
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Taurey Butler Might Be One Of The Others

“Oscar Peterson, he is a local pianist, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of him”, joked Montreal pianist by way of East Orange, New Jersey when asked what...

The Black Roots Of Punk Rock
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The Black Roots Of Punk Rock

When I say “punk rock”, the first thing that comes to mind are white bands from the U.S, and The U.K. with spikey hair, wearing bondage and leather clothing....

Aliah Guerra making moves
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Aliah Guerra making moves

If putting out a new single for the summer as well as performing at Canadian Music Week and putting together a new band wasn’t enough, Montreal singer songwriter and...

“Yes Techno Is Black Music Too”
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“Yes Techno Is Black Music Too”

Those reading my recent columns in The Community Contact may have noticed my recent quest to claims various forms of popular music in the name of Black music innovators....

Papa Don’t Take No Mess
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Papa Don’t Take No Mess

“You done messed up, you forgot something,” that’s what my father said to me in the Covid spring of 2020. He had just tuned in to my CBC Radio-One...