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Major exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! launched in Paris

A chronological tour of Jamaica's musical and political evolution is currently running at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris

The new exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! is now open in Paris. Running until 13 August, it documents the political and musical history of the island. The exhibition is presented in seven parts – Rebel Music: The Multiple Heritage Of Slavery; The Soundtrack To Independence; Studio One, The Black Ark And King Tubby's Studio: A production Circuit Like Nowhere Else In The World; Jamaica's True Instrument; The Intertwined Destinies Of ‘Jah, Rastafari’ and Marcus Garvey; Bob Marley And The Wailer, Political Hostages In A War Between Neighbourhoods; and Jamaican Music After Marley.

Some of the works on display are on loan from Jamaican institutions such as the National Gallery in Kingston, and have never been exhibited in Europe before. These include contributions from Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Evadney Cruickshank, Sidney McLaren, Karl Parboosingh and others. In addition, the exhibition showcases mural art from Kingston, album covers, flyers, music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art from Tony McDermott, Xavier Veilhan, Nik Nowak, Leasho Johnson, Beth Lesser, Patrick Cariou and more. Also featured are paintings and murals created on site by Danny Coxson, a sound system that visitors can operate, instruments such as Peter Toshʼs M16 rifle guitar, King Tubby’s customised mixing desk. Other attractions include a disco every Friday evening, and reconstructions of studios such as Studio One, the Black Ark and King Tubby’s studio, as well as rare and unpublished audio clips and footage of Bob Marley And The Wailers.

Related events include the Jamaica Weekend running from 21–23 April, which features concerts, workshops, talks and more, with Sista Blunty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Brigadier Jerry, Johnny Osbourne, Jah9, Inna De Yard and others.

Jamaica Jamaica!, curated by Sébastien Carayol, runs until 13 August at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris.