For iOS 7 users, simply swipe up from the middle of bottom of the screen to see the control center. Doing this will delete all of the data from the iPad, so it is important to back everything up to iTunes via a computer first. This will generate two pop-up warnings, and it is necessary to press Erase on both of them. If all of the solution above doesn’t solve your sound problem, you can try changing the language setting on the iPad.
If the above solutions didn’t work, there are other potential causes for no sound on iPad. If there is no sound in a specific app or a game, you can try updating or reinstalling the app. Ipad audio is ok when playing music but no effects sounds play now after the latest update. I’ve checked the mute, turned the sound all the way up, shut down all apps, rebooted, updated, and still I get sound on YouTube but no sound on games.
My iPad will not play music or sound from web sites I did one update and the sound worked that night. I’ve tried all the fixes above and i am still not getting sound in a few apps, disney palace pets and miles from tomorrowland are a few of them.
I have an IPad, and I have no sound but when I plug the ear phones in I have sound and when I unplug the earphones their is no sound.
After closing, refreshing, deleting, updating, cleaning, changing languages nothing worked. I have tried all the options provided… Reset language to English, checked mute switch, rebooted the iPad 4, nothing is working. I had locked the ringer on my iPad instead of locking the rotation orientation which muted some of the applications but not the others.
I spiked some juice on my iPad some time ago and now I can’t get any sound everything else works can you help me. Then when you swipe up to reveal the toolbar you will see the mute button (bell symbol) instead of the orientation lock symbol.
After having no luck with other suggestions I tried changing to another language and it worked!
Now if we could just get SCS to model the Tachometer so it does not move up and down with load with a manual gearbox.
I forgot to mention : this sound mod already works for the Volvo FH13 (truck mod i use in this video).
Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic. Some of the System Preferences in the recent update of OS X to 10.9, Mavericks, have seen little change. Alongside the Output volume slider is a box that can be checked to Mute all sounds (including alerts).
At the bottom of the panel is a checkbox marked, ""Show volume in menu bar." This shows as a small speaker icon in the menu bar which indicates speaker output volume by the number of bars. The alert sound files are contained in a Sounds folder inside the System > Library folder of the disk. Adjusting the Balance slider also makes the same system alert sound as the volume adjuster (also displayed in this panel) to show that changes are being made. Below these items are an Input volume slider and Input level indicators which light up as the volume increases. Imagine the luxury of walking into a coffee shop and receiving a personalized drink deal on your smartphone or tablet upon entry.
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Do you think integration of mobile technology with our surroundings will increase in popularity? If there is anything I have learned in the 10 years since I began trying to document reggae (first for newspapers and a book; later for this dissertation), it is that cultural phenomena refuse to hold still long enough for a thorough examination. The Senior Common Room, or faculty club, at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, is only a few miles as the crow flies from the Kingston ghettos that spawned reggae music, but it could be on another continent and in another century. There are inexpensive and secure rooms for rent and a dining room serving one or two lunch specials on weekdays. Besides a few Jamaicans who work at the university, the regulars at the bar are mostly expatriate types, Europeans and Africans in their 50s, who came to UWI Mona from abroad and stayed because they liked the lifestyle. All week I’ve been hearing Jamaican music experts like Dermot Hussey and Gussie Clarke tell me how few young instrumentalists are coming up in Kingston these days in comparison with the hordes of aspiring DJs and singers.
Everybody says it’s a bad time for the Jamaican music business, with no hits out of here in a couple of years. I have seen ads in the newspapers for a nationwide “Vintage Record Spinners’ Competition” sponsored by Desnoes and Geddes brewery.
The sound systems are completely dormant this summer — the radio is usually full of ads for sound system dances and sound clashes, but this year there are none. Broadcast privatization (both inside and outside Jamaica) is only one of several areas where state intervention in the cultural sphere has had unexpected, and generally negative, consequences for reggae.
In the United States at least, broadcast privatization has had the net result of sharply reducing airplay opportunities for reggae. In Jamaica, privatization of state-run radio channels resulted at first in significantly more airplay for Jamaican music of all styles, from hard-core dancehall riddims to classics from the 1950s. Piracy, which would be a fairly easy activity to combat at the local level, continues to run rampant. The most direct attempt at state intervention in the Jamaican music industry was the short-lived “Sounds of Jamaica” marketing initiative of the economic development agency Jampro (1996). Four years later, Jamaican state policy toward its own music industry remains contradictory. The Jampro marketing study identified significant strengths of the Jamaican music industry as well as many weaknesses and threats. Bob Marley is one of a handful of artists in popular music (his contemporary John Lennon is another) who not only died at his peak but left a body of work that has never gone out of fashion and remains creatively and commercially successful.
Marley’s estate is administered by his widow, Rita Marley, and her co-executor, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The most ambitious marketing of Marley’s name and image opened in 1999 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park outside Orlando. The “branding” of Bob Marley has involved considerable refashioning of Bob’s image (easy, now that he is not around to complain). Marley’s offspring have used the family name to launch careers in music, movies and sports.
Bob’s sons Julian, Damian, Ky-Mani and Rohan are thoroughly integrated into Marley family affairs. Where Bob is still esteemed as a prophet and down-to-earth man of the people, Rita Marley and Blackwell are frequent targets of scurrilous gossip.
However, as the Jamaican music industry struggles to survive in a global market and as the Jamaican government struggles to solve chronic economic problems, Bob Marley’s legacy is a stablizing cultural and economic force. The idea that memories can be altered or erased was once the province of UFOlogists, hypnotists and conspiracy theorists. Davis calls attention to the role of mass media in spreading contradictory myths about Los Angeles — sunny paradise, glamorous movie capital, corrupt Babylon, futuristic dystopia. The social construction of collective memory has been widely discussed by theorists in a number of disciplines. The erasure of memory with respect to reggae music is well illustrated by liner notes to a recent compilation of non-Jamaican reggae (Wendt, 1998).
It was a quarter century ago that reggae music burst forth from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, fully formed and ready to conquer the world. Reggae is globally significant not because of the works (or sales figures) of any one artist, but because it has so widely influenced recording studio practices and spawned so many other musical forms such as rap, hip-hop, house, techno, jungle, drum-n-bass and other variations. To be fair, hip-hop artists often speak of their indebtedness to reggae, and some, like KRS-One, Grandmaster Flash and Busta Rhymes, proclaim Caribbean roots. In 10 or 20 years’ time, although rap may have originally evolved from dancehall, given rap’s far larger market, artist population base and media exposure, it’s hard not to see dancehall eventually being devoured by its offspring, becoming just another branch of the rap tree, differing from hip hop in a way as say East Coast rap differs from West Coast rap. Elsewhere in their book, Chang and Chen (who are partial to oldies and slick “uptown” artists like Byron Lee) have little use for dancehall, calling it monotonous and unoriginal and criticizing its tendency toward misogyny. The erasure of memory with respect to black music can be stated in more overtly theoretical terms: “[T]he subordinate group’s ability to express and represent its authentic experience is negated. Since the early 1990s, reggae has developed a split personality, a dichotomy of “dancehall” and “roots” musics appealing to largely different audiences. Although dancehall has many fans outside Jamaica, they tend to be confined to large urban areas where the music has gained popularity through play at clubs and dances.
Thus, Jamaica finds itself in the position of the woman in “Linstead Market,” growing a crop and laboriously conveying it to market only to find few buyers. Anxiety and celebration, the intertwined narrative tropes about world music described by Steven Feld (1999), can be found in profusion in the ethnographic text: many participants optimistically claim that reggae will take over the world, but (almost in the same breath) worry about the seeming lack of major-label interest in the music. Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. This process will be finished as soon as the Apple logo appears, and that is when it is time to stop pressing the buttons.
It is important to note that restoring the factory settings can take an extended period of time, so the battery should be fully charged before starting this process. Pro tip, try to avoid language such as Japanese and Chinese as it would be hard to navigate back.
As dirt and other particle build up in the charging connector, the sound would stop working. You can add rubbing alcohol to get the extra hard dust and debris out of the iPhone and iPad.
Let us know in the comment section below and we will try our best to help you or leave a comment below on the method that fixed your sound problem!
Do I really have to restore to factory settings if the iOS 8 update is still going to mute sound in apps?
I finally figured out the ipad was pairing to some random Ihome speaker we don’t use anymore.
Before I couldn’t hear any sound on my iPhone 6 when I have apps like clash of Clan on.


Unless the clutch is slipping when in gear the needle needs to move in relation to the speedometer. The main purpose is to select system sounds, particularly the alert sound that is made when the computer or a specific application needs attention. By default it is marked Selected sound output device and will list any options available, with Intermal Speakers always shown. This is independent of the Output volume (for example of music) which is controlled by a separate slider near the bottom of all panes in Sound preferences.
They are in AIFF format with sample rates of 44,100 or 22,050 and time duration of less than a second. Line in may be available on Macs with a separate port for attachment of input devices, although this needs a device attached to the port before there is any sound. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean.
Or, receiving an automated mobile thank-you note for watching a film, exactly an hour after leaving the theater.
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A wireless web connection and GPS capabilities are rarely needed for successful media transmission. As long as the Sonic sound is integrated into the show, the consumer's smartphone or tablet will be able to receive content. The team hopes to be ubiquitous across all apps in as many places that have speakers and microphones as possible. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.
Many things have changed since the first interview in 1990; some participants are deceased (Mikey Wallace, Panhead, Don Taylor and Garnett Silk) and others have made major changes in direction (Carlene Davis, Lieutenant Stitchie and Judy Mowatt are all singing Christian music).
I am here for the month of July 1997 to finish the interviews for this study, and I feel that I am crossing a cultural divide as I taxi back and forth between “downtown,” where the studios and musicians are, and “uptown,” the quiet, verdant Mona campus. Besides the dining room, there is a large banquet hall and smaller rooms for meetings, drama rehearsals and other functions. One Saturday during my stay, there is a graduation party in the afternoon followed by a wedding reception in the evening. They say that music programs at places like Alpha Boys School (a Catholic “reform school” which trained many important musicians of the ska, rocksteady and reggae generations) are closing down because they can’t afford to buy instruments. I go to a hall in the Half Way Tree area of central Kingston to find older men from villages all over Jamaica competing over who had the hardest-to-find tunes on antique 78s and 45s — not Jamaican records but American rhythm and blues. I go there with my friend Sharon Burke, manager of two performers who will be appearing: dancehall singer Tanya Stephens and a singing and dancing prodigy named Ambilique (who is extremely polite, addressing Sharon as “Ms. Sound system events are a uniquely Jamaican form of entertainment and I look forward to them each time I make the trip. Because of the lack of crossover hits in recent years, reggae in 2000 is receiving probably the least exposure through mainstream media that it has received at any time since the early 1970s. An undeniable effect of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has been greater concentration of ownership in both radio and television, which in turn has led to tighter formatting and less room for reggae tunes unless they are crossover hits. However, as I mentioned in the previous section, commercial pressures have prompted even the newest stations, Irie-FM and CD-106, to soften their sound and add North American R&B and pop to the local dancehall favorites.
Only in 1998 were procedures finally implemented for copyright owners to file lawsuits for infringement through the Jamaican Supreme Court.
Many tourist shops still sell cassette copies of the current hit parade, and many tourists still buy them. This effort included a January 1997 trip by a large delegation of performers, producers and government officials to Midem, the international trade show of the music industry held in Cannes.
Although reggae brings many tourists to Jamaica, little is done to identify this steady market and develop attractions for music tourism.
Marley’s songs appeal to a wide range of listeners and he is selling more records in 2000, 19 years after his death, than at any time during his life. Besides considerable income from Marley’s publishing, performance and mechanical royalties, the estate also runs the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong Records in Kingston, operates a themed attraction in Nine Mile, Bob’s birthplace, and markets a staggering array of Bob Marley merchandise through a large Internet and mail-order business.
The ganja-smoking revolutionary who once sang that he felt like bombing a church has been replaced by the natural mystic singing sweet love songs like “Satisfy My Soul” and “Three Little Birds.” Bob’s image handlers are trying to distance him from the rest of the reggae community.
But two 1999 projects show that the younger generation of Marleys are using the universal appeal of their father’s music to forge new links with the hip-hop community. The Marley family’s various enterprises bring international attention as well as tourist revenue to Jamaica. Since the early 1990s, the concept has been employed in a different context by a Los Angeles-based school of critical urban theorists including Mike Davis (1990, 1998), Allen Scott and Edward Soja (1996) and Norman M. The British sociologist Ruth Finnegan (1992) writes that social researchers are “moving away from the idea of storing verbatim memories to one of people reconstructing and organizing on the basis of what they know and do, so that remembering means not drawing on rote memory but a creative and organizational activity by the user” (p.
Through the simultaneous release of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Catch a Fire and the classic film The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, reggae found an international audience for the first time. These myths are perpetuated by most of the mass-market books about reggae (as well as some of the academic works), which give the lion’s share of coverage to artists affiliated with Island Records and its descendants. The use of the recording studio as a musical instrument, for “sonic painting” rather than accuracy of reproduction, was pioneered by Jamaicans in the mid-60s when the Beatles’ innovations were still a few years away. But it is safe to venture that the vast record-buying public has no idea that reggae existed before Bob Marley and thinks of hip-hop as something separate, an African-American invention.
However, it is difficult to argue with their claim that the advent of Black Entertainment Television (available in Jamaica on satellite and cable since about 1992), among other factors, is contributing to the gradual absorption of Jamaican reggae into a globalized version of hip-hop.
The challenge facing black artists, producers, radio programmers and entrepreneurs of every description is to free themselves from the comforts of crossover, to recapture their racial identity, and to fight for the right to exist on their own terms (p. In the country market, sellers bring their goods from home and place them on display in predetermined areas. There appears to be little interest among contemporary Jamaicans in roots reggae, which ironically is seen by many as “foreign” or “international” music dominated by rock-style guitar and appealing mainly to whites. There is considerable interest in Jamaican music around the world (“everybody come squeeze up”), but no one makes a lasting commitment. Like the first generation of African-American bluesmen and women, the originators of reggae have sat on the sidelines and watched while others profit from their creativity. Perhaps reggae has already evolved too far toward a globalized musical style to ever re-connect with its Caribbean roots.
We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. You are reading the last chapter of a very long work, in which the history you refer to is treated at great length.
Please note that the sides switch can be use either for muting the iPad, or locking rotation. To clean the iPad, you can blow air into the the charging and headphone jack for few minutes to fix the sound problem. If there is something stuck in there, the iPad might think headphones are plugged in and thus there would be no sound.
When I move the bar down and then up, the sound is normal, but then it reverts to almost inaudible. Also, if I activate the control panel from the bottom of my screen ( swoosh ) there are not volume levels shown.
I’ve re-installed the affected apps and tried the switch and changing between rotate lock and mute settings, but still nothing. But, I’ve started switching back the sounds with your Scania, Daf, and now Volvo reworked sounds. Sound provides settings for effects used by OS X and for control of input and output devices. Between the two sliders are checkboxes for Play user interface sound effects; and Play feedback when volume is changed (a separate alert sound is used). By installing Sonic technology into apps, companies can trigger mobile notifications at precise times or specific locations. The next time you're standing in the dairy aisle deciding between ice cream flavors, don't be surprised if you receive mobile recommendations and discounts from a tech-savvy brand.
The triggering sound, imperceptible to human ears, can also play from discreetly placed devices.
All clients have to do is install Sonic's SDK — a software kit the company provides — into their app.
The music industry itself has been transformed by mega-mergers — who could have anticipated even a few years ago that the charts in 2000 would be dominated by teenage pop stars? The whole enterprise is managed by a charming but no-nonsense woman in her 70s who brooks no disrespect from staff or guests. Gussie Clarke says Jamaican producers bear a lot of the blame for making records and not making music — rush-releasing substandard dreck just to capitalize on the name of a flavor-of-the-month DJ or singer while he or she is still popular.
My friend Jerry Small, a photojournalist in his 50s, tells me that migrant farm workers from Jamaica often brought back phonograph records, record players and reel-to-reel tape recorders from the United States when they were paid at the end of the season. Kilimanjaro, Stone Love, Inner City, African Star, Metro Media — the “sounds” are to Jamaica what the samba schools are to Brazil, outlets not only for creative self-expression but also for entrepreneurship in a community that has little opportunity for either. Few reggae artists, Jamaican or non-Jamaican, seem to be able to access industrial globalization channels such as MTV or major record companies.
Roots reggae is almost never heard on the radio in Jamaica; Burning Spear’s Grammy-winning album Calling Rastafari received little or no airplay in Jamaica during 1999.
Although the JBC programmed little reggae per se, their cultural programming showcased Jamaican talent through documentaries, radio dramas and other forms of programming not usually offered by commercially driven radio.
One of the first to file writs was Studio One owner Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, whose classic rhythm tracks have been copied endlessly both with and without permission.
As lawyer Milton Samuda points out in chapter 6, everyone knows who the pirates are and no one does anything to stop them.
Although the Midem initiative included crowd-pleasing performances by more than 20 reggae artists, there were few tangible results. In the four years since the marketing campaign was unveiled, few of these opportunities have been realized. His greatest-hits collection, Legend, has sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide (RIAA, 2000) and was identified by the SoundScan database as the most popular back-catalogue item of the 1990s (Weisbard, 2000). It is on Universal’s CityWalk near “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville,” the “NBA Restaurant,” and other themed attractions.
According to a newspaper story on the enduring popularity of the Legend compilation, Island Records conducted a survey that “found that the word ‘reggae’ often had negative connotations, even to people who liked Marley [so] the word appears only once on the album’s back cover, in type so tiny it can’t be read without squinting” (Bauder, 1977). The Melody Makers won Grammy awards and toured successfully in the 1990s, but their career gradually appeared to stall in the late ‘90s as musical differences between Ziggy and Steven became more apparent (on a 1998 tour they traveled in separate buses and used different bass players). They tour extensively on the North American and European reggae circuits but, like the Melody Makers, have difficulty gaining airplay or mass popularity in Jamaica. Marley is described in anecdotes as a controlling and vindictive woman with extravagant tastes, Imelda Marcos-like. Palm Pictures, the company Blackwell founded after selling Island Records in 1990, has emerged as one of the first truly diversified multimedia companies of the information age.


The erasure of memory is also at work in academic cultural studies; Tricia Rose (1994), for example, articulates a theory of rap as a fusion of African-American oral practices and postmodern technologies.
George argues that this pushed black music back into African-American communities, where it would emerge again as soul, disco, funk, or rap, become popular, be marketed to the infinitely larger white audience in diluted “crossover” form.
As non-Jamaican artists have begun to dominate roots reggae, popular interest in Jamaica has shifted to a mix of North American hip-hop and hard-core dancehall. All the talk of a slump in the Jamaican music business boils down to this: Jamaica is producing an endless supply of music, but not the kind that the global audience wants, so the demand for roots reggae is being satisfied elsewhere. It is appreciated and performed everywhere in the world, and its meanings are understood by people in a broader range of cultural settings than any other popular music of the time.
A laid-back, informal culture of doing business has left Jamaica ripe for exploitation, while the individualistic nature of the business has led to many suspicions and jealousies that stand in the way of collective action. Nevertheless, the values espoused by reggae practitioners are much needed in this conflict-ridden world, and their modest successes in spreading the message of reggae to every corner of the world gives hope that global reggae can prevail. I have done the rebooting, complete shutdown, change language from English-another language-English (this is the one that used to work, checked mute button, notifications, etc. Attaching external speakers or headphones will change the device name as OS X identifies the type of output.
Some types of speakers that connect via the headphone port may also be identified as "headphones".
To conclude this lengthy study, I will turn to my research notes and recollections in an effort to give additional resonance to some of the major themes of the study. There is little to indicate that we are in Jamaica — we could just as well be in India or Australia. He says it was common for returning farm workers who owned American records and phono equipment to provide entertainment at parties and bars around Jamaica. The crowd is well-dressed, well-behaved, cellphone-toting, middle-class through and through.
This particularly highlights the need for dissemination and promotion of music through grassroots networks such as Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide if reggae is to remain musically viable in the global arena.
Many non-commercial stations are gradually turning away from specialized programming and attempting to draw wider audiences with classical music or jazz. The “new” JBC is tightly formatted and features a mix of Jamaican and North American dance-oriented pop.
In May 1999, Dodd sued three of Kingston’s biggest producers (Donovan Germaine of Penthouse, Bobby Digital of Digital B, and Fattis Burrell of Xterminator) in Jamaican courts and simultaneously filed writs in British courts against three London-based labels (Jamaica Gold, Peckings, and Sprint Records) for unauthorized use of Studio One material (Dodd, 1999). As a Jamaican friend somewhat cynically put it, some government officials got to take the trip of a lifetime, the taxpayers got the bill, and then things went back to normal. Some licensing decisions have been controversial; the Marley estate drew criticism from Bob’s teetotaling Rasta fans in 1997 when Marley’s song “Jammin’” was licensed to Anheuser Busch for a television spot featuring the animated Budweiser frogs.
The venue serves alcohol, shellfish and meat, all of which were shunned by Marley himself in conformity with Rasta dietary restrictions. In 1999, the Melody Makers were accused of selling out their roots when they recorded the rock-influenced “Spirit of Music” with celebrity producer Don Was. The CDs release coincided with a “Tribute to Bob Marley” concert in Oracabessa, Jamaica, aired in the U.S.
After Marley’s death in 1981 (and after protracted legal battles), the widow and the record mogul took Bob’s legacy of words, music, image, and built it into an entertainment empire. Blackwell (who was portrayed on a Lee “Scratch” Perry record sleeve as a blood-sipping vampire) is said to be a bisexual Dorian Gray who practices black magic to stay young. Its two Jamaican-produced films, Dancehall Queen and Third World Cop, have reincarnated a dormant Jamaican movie industry while its record label is home to a hand-picked roster of reggae and non-reggae artists. The journal History and Theory devotes an entire issue (Shapiro, 1997) to exploring the relationship between memory and history in a culture where mass-mediated representations are given more credibility than official accounts of events such as the Holocaust or the Kennedy assassination. She makes no reference to the fact that this fusion first occurred in Jamaica and was imported into the U.S. However, in the case of reggae, the issue is clouded because the dominant group (North American rap producers and labels) and the subordinate group (reggae artists) share a common cultural ancestry and can both be termed subordinate groups within the dominant mainstream of global popular culture.
Everyone is selling more or less the same things at more or less the same prices, so there is fierce competition for every advantage. In the inner-city communities of Kingston and Montego Bay, where sound systems rather than radio stations set the tone, dancehall is the only Jamaican music. Meanwhile, the global audience remains largely ignorant of dancehall, the music that is so popular in Jamaica, because multinational media corporations refuse to invest their resources in what they see as a mere novelty, rap with a Caribbean accent. Instead, I will return to the dictum that I heard so many times in Jamaica, that there are “no facts, only versions” — in this case, a “global version” and “local version” of intercultural reggae.
Through its practices of versioning, mixing and dubbing, it has exerted a strong influence on other musical forms and has given birth to entire genres — hip-hop, rap, techno, house, trance, jungle, and the many other variations of technological dance music would be unthinkable had not reggae paved the way. The government continues to fight both sides of the battle, cracking down on sound system operators who disseminate the kind of music loved by everyday Jamaicans while spending public resources promoting tourist events featuring every other kind of music under the sun: rap, soul, jazz, gospel, steel band or soca.
In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Also, I have noticed is that I never see the sound control in the bottom left of the control panel or the sound bell on the right side of the 5, regardless of how I use the side button.
There is no music playing except on weekends, when the bartender is allowed to bring in a boombox.
The singers perform reggae with a live band and receive a good but not overwhelming reception. Aside from a few big hits by artists like Beenie Man, and aside from specialty shows hosted by the likes of dub poet Mutabaruka or veteran radio personality Barry G, even Irie-FM isn’t playing that much Jamaican music right now. She confirms what I have been thinking about the shift in radio airplay from dancehall to softer North American sounds.
Jamaican television airs reggae videos and special cultural programming, but is dominated by North American imports and offers little support for reggae. This is also true for key reggae markets such as Africa, India and Latin America, where piracy is a significant distribution channel for reggae, albeit a channel that returns no compensation to the music’s creators.
There is dog-eat dog competition among music festivals in Montego Bay and Kingston, which are supported by the tourist board.
In a global marketplace where “branding” is everything, Bob Marley™ is a highly visible and desirable brand. Earlier that year, the Marley estate had threatened legal action against a Panamanian brewery for using Marley’s image on an outdoor sign for De Primera beer. A writer commented that “Rita Marley and other reggae figures are more interested in capitalizing on Marley’s popularity than in representing the issues and concerns of struggling Rastafarians” (Talvi, 1999).
Hill, who was showered with Grammies for “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” has provided a crucial connection for the Marley children to the world of hip-hop. In Jamaica, which after all is a small and rather poor country of two million people, Chris Blackwell, Rita Marley and Bob’s children are regarded with jealousy.
Blackwell has also bankrolled projects by Jamaican producers, such as Sly Dunbar’s acquisition of Mixing Lab studio.
He argues that generations of boosterism have created an idealized image of the city that is more believable, even to its own residents, than the unvarnished reality.
Of course, false consciousness is not a new concept; the idea that media representations are used to naturalize and legitimate capitalism is a central tenet of Marxism. The result was hip-hop — which has since evolved into one of the top musical genres in the world in sales popularity. Business success has much more to do with the market power of the seller than with the quality of the merchandise. Many non-Jamaican reggae fans dislike the sound and attitude of dancehall just as vehemently as U.S. One reason why there is no “new Bob Marley” is that there is no “new Chris Blackwell” investing in long-term artist development.
Reggae has produced a truly iconic figure, Bob Marley, whose words and music continue to inspire idealists and revolutionaries the world over. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.
The pool is algae-filled and uninviting; the pump is broken and there are no replacement parts. Later that night at the wedding reception, North American R&B hits and Trinidadian soca boom out over the huge sound system.
Dancers flood the dance floor when the disc jockey resumes the flow of recorded North American R&B and hip-hop. To attract the big crowds, promoters are adding more and more North American rap, pop, and R&B performers.
I heard Jamaican musicians joking that summer that the Panamanians just didn’t offer enough money. The concert featured a few numbers by Marley family members and old favorites Jimmy Cliff and Toots Hibbert, but was dominated by rock and hip-hop artists. Books and music magazines likewise ignore Jamaica’s significant contribution to other popular musics. Sellers compete for favorable locations on the basis of seniority, and high-traffic spots are defended zealously.
Through Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide and other communication networks, reggae is able to mobilize people and resources for grassroots movements on a global scale. When I remark on the irony of this, the bartender says that he prefers Beres Hammond or Dennis Brown, but this is what the customers want. Jamaican radio has come full circle since the ‘80s, when locally produced music was only heard after midnight.
Tourism officials appear more interested in bringing jazz and soul festivals to the country than in developing attractions that feature homegrown talent. Contemporary Jamaican artists who did appear were largely cut out of the broadcast (though their performances are available as bonus tracks on the DVD). 2), Klein writes, describing demolished landmarks and neighborhoods as “phantom limbs” that sometimes ache with recollection although they no longer exist. Some sellers use friends and relatives as shills, on the theory that people equate a busy stall with quality merchandise.
Take for an example this statement by a North American reggae show on its music policy: “Music on this show is ‘roots reggae’ only.
For an unassuming ghetto music that was scorned in its homeland for many years, reggae has come far. In a way, Jamaican music has come full circle, playing cover versions and sanitized “island favorites” for the entertainment of tourists. The government promotes imported soca while cracking down on sound systems that feature local dancehall favorites. But try as they might, they can’t force passersby to spend money, and sometimes they go home empty-handed. Likewise, performers at Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide conferences have been almost universally “roots reggae,” with a preference for socially conscious performers in the Rastafarian tradition.



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