Topic: How Jamaican musical innovations have created a foundation for modern cultural practice
Wayne Marshall is an ethnomusicologist focusing on the popular music of the Caribbean and the Americas, and their circulation in the wider world, with particular attention to digital technologies. Currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, he’s writing a book on music industry, networked media, and transnational youth culture. He recently co-edited and contributed to Reggaeton (Duke University Press 2009), the first book length study of the Spanish-language genre that mixes #hip-hop and #dancehall, and he has published in academic journals such as Popular #Music and Callaloo while writing for popular outlets like The Wire and the Boston Phoenix. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he wrote a dissertation on the longstanding interplay between hip-hop and #reggae, and he has taught at Brandeis, Brown, University of Chicago, and Harvard Extension School. He is also an active DJ and maintains and runs the blog and website, www.wayneandwax.com.
In the final talk, Wayne Marshall looked at the way Jamaica’s deejays and dancehall have had a large influence on hip hop and world music and how they redefined the way audiences relate to that music.