Rootz of Music concert to highlight history of Jamaican music

Eugene Gray

History of Jamaican music gets the spotlight, as the Rootz of Music concert opens this Sunday, starting 7 pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

Chronicling the development of popular songs in Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid-1940s to present time, the show celebrates the way the musical elements have merged to become what is now known as reggae and hip hop. Led by composer Eugene Grey, “American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy” features singers, dancers and specials guest artists performing the music of the various stars of each era.

The concert is presented as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access Program, which assists community-based organizations in presenting arts and cultural performances at the Broward Center. The program provides technical assistance and marketing support to local community groups enabling them to develop and build their audiences. Arts Access has collaborated with nearly 50 performing arts companies, nonprofit organizations and cultural and community groups to present all genres of the performing arts including music, dance, theater, poetry and comedy.

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