Music history should be taught

Published: Tuesday | July 17, 2012 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I unexpectedly came across Ian Boyne's column on Delroy Wilson (Sunday Gleaner, July 8, 2012) and truly, truly appreciated it.

I am from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, but currently reside in Richmond, Virginia. I taught in the Virgin Islands for more than 25 years. I am a lover of reggae. Actually, it is my favourite music genre.

I taught a general history of music in the Virgin Islands school system. Sometimes during my history tests, I would actually play ska, rocksteady, and reggae songs, and the students would have to be able to identify the different genres correctly. I have also developed an extensive reggae presentation using visuals, audio and narration, beginning with the earliest musical genres in Jamaica.

I fully agree with Mr Boyne. The history of this great music must be taught throughout the entire Caribbean. Pioneers and legends like Delroy Wilson must be known, their contributions acknowledged and etched in the Jamaican and Caribbean music hall of fame for eternity.

Thanks a million to Boyne for his profoundly informative column!

SELE ADEYEMI

sadeyemi1@comcast.net

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