Lesson 7: Jamaica

This week in All Around This World classes we “come back to Jamaica” to explore the rootsy Afro-Caribbean grooves of this rootsy, Afro-Caribbean nation. Dust off your old LP of Bob Marley’s “Legend,” (okay, dial it up on your iPod) and let’s go.

OVERVIEW: Before Columbus landed there in 1492 the island’s indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taino people called their land “Xaymaca,” which meant “Land of Wood and Water”, or the “Land of Springs . . . .”

MUSIC: Jamaican music has influenced the world far beyond what one would expect from a small Caribbean island.

RASTAFARI: Some of us know a bit about Reggae, arguably Jamaica’s powerful form of music, but what do we know about the religion that inspired it?

NYABINGHI DRUMMING: Three drums compose the drumming and chanting circle essential to the the Nyabinghi mansion of Rastafari.

Explore the All Around This World songs from Jamaica:

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Explore these musical genres from Jamaica:

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Explore these instruments from Jamaica:

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