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King Alpha's Song in a Strange Land


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This insider look at the forces that came together to make Canada's reggae scene reaffirms the power of music to combat racism and build bridges between communities and cultures.

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: King Alpha's Song1 Hybridity and Jamaican Music2 Music of the Black Atlantic3 Jamaica to Toronto 4 Place and Meaning in Toronto's Reggae Text5 The Bridge Builders6 Blackness and Whiteness7 In Search of the Canadian Sound8 A Strange LandNotes; Bibliography; Index

About the Author

Jason Wilson is a bestselling author, two-time Juno Award nominee, and winner of a Canadian Reggae Music Award. He is the author of The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication, 1917-2017 and Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War. The latter was turned into a play that toured across Canada. Wilson's life story has been featured in documentaries on CBC's The National and BBC Radio. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph.


...maybe the most comprehensive focus on reggae and Jamaican culture in Canada's most populous city. -- Howard Campbell * Jamaica Observer *
King Alpha's Song in a Strange Land is a vital contribution to scholarship on reggae and Canadian music and culture... Wilson disrupts many notions asasociated with reggae, leaving readers with a deeper appreciation for the music in Canada and all over the world. -- Ty Hall, Carleton University * CAML Review *

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