Genres You Will Love
Moods: Featuring Drums Reggae: Roots Reggae World: Drumming

By Location
United States - Pennsylvania

Deborah A. Thomas, John L. Jackson, Jr., Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn

John L. Jackson, Jr. Producer and Co-Director. Jackson is Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has produced several fiction and non-fiction films, features and shorts. He is the author of Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America, Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity, and Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.

Deborah A. Thomas, Producer and Co-Director. Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica, Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica, and co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Prior to her life as an academic, she was a professional dancer with the New York-based Urban Bush Women, and she worked as a Program Director for the National Council for Research on Women.

Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, Producer. Wedderburn is an accomplished percussionist who has performed and recorded with a variety of well-known reggae artistes, and who has also composed percussive scores for dance. His own percussion group, Ancient Vibrations, presents traditional Afro-Jamaican rhythms and chants, the roots of reggae music. Wedderburn has played with The Lion King on Broadway since it began development in 1997.

Junior “Ista J” Manning, Producer. Prior to his death in March 2010, Manning, a Rastafarian from Trelawny who was based in Montego Bay, organized the annual Coral Gardens Commemoration and was leader of the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council. Manning was also a member of the Reparations Commission that was appointed by the Jamaican government in March 2009.