Power Source: The Message of Hip Hop & Reggae

Stephen Marley after the National Geographic Symposium

after the National Geographic Symposium - Photo By Molly Ruland of One Love Massive

In December, two of ’s sons journeyed to the nation’s capital to host a dialogue about the status of Reggae and Hip Hop at National Geographic. They engaged the sold out crowd by discussing common elements that connect the global culture of music. They also touched upon what the future holds for Hip Hop’s cultural identity and were joined by an all-star group of musical leaders.

MTV host moderated discussions with Damian and Stephen Marley, , DJ Red Alert, DJ Kool Herc, , Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, and Waterflow. The symposium will be featured within a broader NatGeo documentary.

The fusion of genres, generations and agendas at the gathering exemplified the cultural cohesion and charged spirit that swept through Washington D.C. last year and continues to sweep through Hip Hop and Reggae today.

Symposium Moderator & MTV Host Sway Calloway

Symposium Moderator & MTV Host Sway Calloway - Photo By Molly Ruland of One Love Massive

Hip Hop Emeritus Rakim after the National Geographic Symposium

Hip Hop Emeritus Rakim after the National Geographic Symposium - Photo By Molly Ruland of One Love Massive

Damian Marley and Nas perform at Zanzibar after the Symposium

and Nas perform at Zanzibar after the Symposium - Photo By Molly Ruland of One Love Massive

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3 Responses to “Power Source: The Message of Hip Hop & Reggae”

  1. Lori Stewart says:

    Great article!

  2. RJ says:

    Nice write-up of the music summit meeting held in Washington, DC. I love that hiphop and reggae were involved on a obviously serious topic . Its funny you won’t hear this kind of event on mainstream media so I was suprised that MTV or anyone from the mainstream was involved on it.

  3. Excellent article, thank you for publishing this.

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