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06:57

Reggae, Race, and Politics.

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two new reggae albums, "One Bright Day," by Ziggy Marley (son of the late Bob Marley) and "Cumbolo" by the Jamaican group Culture.

06:56

Carnival Music from Trinidad and Tobago

World music critic Milo Miles says that some of the first recorded black music in the United States was calypso, despite the fact that that the style originated in the Caribbean. Calypso, most often performed during Carnival, was known for being extremely topical -- performers were expected to improvise songs on the spot about current events.

06:55

Calypso's Evolution into Soca

World music critic Milo Miles returns to Fresh Air to discuss another popular genre from Trinidad and Tobago, called soca, which brought a faster, more danceable feel to calypso.

22:33

Actor and Singer Harry Belafonte

Actor and singer Harry Belafonte. He was born in Harlem and raised in the hills of Jamaica where he absorbed the song and music of the island life around him. Belafonte's first love was theater, however: he wasn't convinced that popular singing would take him as far emotionally as Shakespeare did. But by embracing the calypso music of his childhood he introduced it to America. This week, he performs his first public concert in New York City in over thirty years.

18:40

From the Archives: Actor and Singer Harry Belafonte.

Actor and singer Harry Belafonte. He stars in the new movie White Man’s Burden with John Travolta. Belafonte was born in Harlem and raised in the hills of Jamaica where he absorbed the song and music of the island life around him. Belafonte's first love was theater, but he wasn't convinced that popular singing would take him as far emotionally as Shakespeare did. By embracing the calypso music of his childhood he introduced it to America. This week, he performs his first public concert in New York City in over thirty years. (Originally aired 9/8/93)

18:51

From the Archives: Actor and Singer Harry Belafonte.

Actor and singer Harry Belafonte. This week it was announced that he will be the first recipient of the International Marian Anderson Award, for his contributions as an artist and as a humanitarian. (It will be given to him during a ceremony on Saturday June 27th in Philadelphia) Belafotne was born in Harlem and raised in the hills of Jamaica where he absorbed the song and music of the island life around him. Belafonte's first love was theater, however: he wasn't convinced that popular singing would take him as far emotionally as Shakespeare did.

06:11

A Collection Of Vintage Pop From 'Panama!'

Dedicated and curious music fans are regularly finding new chapters in rock history from around the globe. Critic Milo Miles reviews one recent collection, a series of anthologies focusing on the lively story of vintage pop in Panama.

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