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BP Richards Presents: REGGAE ON THE BOARDWALK—Rockaways Edition
September 6, 2021, at 3:00 pmFree
* New Rain Date
Borough President Richards Presents: Queens Live!
Carter Van Pelt started the Reggae on the Boardwalk series in 2010 out of his passion for Jamaican music and the hope of bringing a taste of the old time Jamaican reggae soundsystem culture to New York City. He’s been doing the events for over a decade along the Coney Island Boardwalk, and now brings it to the Rockaways in Queens. Carter’s soundsytsem events offer an authentic opportunity to experience Jamaican music’s unique aesthetic, live and direct! The event features reggae DJs and emcees performing on a Jamaican-style soundsystem; a large configuration of speaker boxes designed to amplify music with volume and clarity.
Few other Jamaican singers bridged the reggae and dancehall eras as effortlessly as Johnny Osbourne. Osbourne stepped into the music business as reggae was in its infancy in 1969, scoring hits with Winston Riley’s Techniques label (Come Back Darling). He enjoyed moderate success while living in Canada for a decade until he returned to Jamaica in 1979, when his career took off with a series of albums for Coxson Dodd, Prince Jammy, and Henry Junjo Lawes. The Lawes production, Fally Lover, included the smash hit “Ice Cream Love,” while Coxson scored with “Truth & Rights.” When Wayne Smith’s “Sleng Teng” transformed the Jamaican dancehall in 1985, Johnny Osbourne was there with King Jammy to notch his contribution to the new style with “Put It Bye Number One.” After five decades in reggae and dancehall, Johnny Osbourne still charms audiences wherever he goes.
Among Jamaica’s greatest and most influential soundsystems, Tipper Tone is mentioned on any short list. Selector Jah Wise has been with the sound since the 1960s. He is a lifelong archivist of ska, jazz, and reggae records, always delighting audiences with his deep selections.
This series is being produced by Borough President Donovan Richard’s Office, in partnership with NYC Parks and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.