1980s Jamaican dancehall


Central to this transition were Kingston’s dance halls, where portable sound systems — teams of DJs, MCs, and engineers — had been delivering popular local music to the masses since the 1940s. If Marley’s roots reggae took an universalist view on things, dancehall was a return to the hyper-local themes most pressing to Kingston’s youth: sex and partying.

Canadian photographer Beth Lesser had her first run-in with reggae in late-1970s Toronto and, traveling to Jamaica a few years later, she fell in love with the sights and sounds of Kingston just in time to witness the scene’s transition from roots reggae to the harder, fresher dancehall… More at Timeline.

Rarely have I seen a selection of photos capture a small moment in time so well.

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