Reggae music and the island of Jamaica are inseparable, right? Lately, a crop of artists from places like Hawaii, California and Italy are proving that hit reggae can come from anywhere. In the process, they're raising some complex questions about culture and ownership.
There's a new generation of reggae artists with two things in common: They're not from the birthplace of reggae music, and they are enormously successful.
Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 7:00 am
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