Macka.B and The Roots Ragga Band
Macka.B is a British-born Jamaican reggae artist with a career spanning over 30 years. Inspired by artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Count Ossie, he has performed alongside Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, and Lee Perry, and at prominent Jamaican festivals including Reggae Sunsplash and Sting & White River Reggae Bash. He also appeared in front of Nelson Mandela in the National Stadium Kingston, and his 1990 hit ‘Proud of Mandela’ went straight to number one in the Reggae singles chart. Macka.B has appeared on Channel 4 and BBC 2, as well as on French and German television, and his recent albums include Global Messenger (2000), Word, Sound and Power (2004), More Knowledge (2008), Change the World (2012), and Never Played a 45 (2015). More recently, he has become a viral Internet sensation with his ‘Medical Mondays’ and ‘Wha me Eat Wednesdays’ social media posts. He follows the Rastafari faith, which is a central part of his life.
Macka.B’s extensive touring record has previously taken him to Japan, the US, Africa, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Poland.
Moushumi Bhowmik, singer, writer and music researcher from Kolkata (Calcutta) sang for us and talked about her art of listening and making music. She was joined by her long-time colleague, British composer and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Weeks. Moushumi sings in Bengali but presents her work in English, with translations of her songs.
This performance drew on Moushumi Bhowmik’s long-standing research project, The Travelling Archive, which shares with readers and listeners selections from a growing collection of folk music of Bengal, recorded in the field by herself and Sukanta Majumdar from 2003.
This event was run in collaboration with the Oxford University Music Faculty as part of their Sounds of South Asia series.