Music is the Key to Unity

Stevie Turner

Those of you old enough to remember will recall the One Love Peace Concert back in 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica, during a political civil war.  Bob Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, saying in so many words that the country had to “Unite to make it right”.

Putting politics aside but in a similar vein, watching the Reggae bands ‘Kioko‘ and  ‘Aswad‘ play on Friday night at the venue ‘Under the Bridge’, it occurred to me that music does much for race relations.   Kioko, very similar to UB40, consist of black, white and Asian members. The audience was a general mix of black, white and Asian too, most of them dancing and all of them having a good time.  When Kioko had finished playing, they came down into the audience, singled out some ladies, and…

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