Reggae Roots & Culture presents special programming to close out the month of March, featuring the women in Reggae and Women in our communities doing Great Works. Guests include local, national and international artists, musicians, poets and authors as well as promoters who will be interviewed and their music and works featured in celebration of HER-STORY.
Reggae Roots and Culture broadcasts at 10 AM on Saturdays.
Guests for Saturday March 25:
AnneMarie Harvey is a Librarian who is also the manager of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch in Baltimore, MD. AnneMarie is instrumental in the annual planning of the Caribbean and American Heritage month celebration that takes place in June at the Pratt library. The celebration promotes music and culture, and features authors from the caribbean diaspora.
Nana Farika Berhane is a Pan African Author and Poet, born in Kingston, Jamaica. Farika helped pioneer the Jamaican patois as an acceptable form of Jamaican literature in continuation of the work of Mrs. Louise Bennett — "Miss Lou" — who was her mentor. Farika is known for her great poetry and writings, culminating with her famous book "Sing I a Song of Black Freedom."
Judith Veronica "Judy" Mowatt, OD, is a Jamaican reggae gospel artist. She was also a member of the I Three, trio of backing vocalists from 1974 for Bob Marley & The Wailers after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left until Bob's death in 1981. Judy was also the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of reggae music when her Working Wonders album was nominated in 1985.
J Pope is a singer/rapper/emcee from Baltimore and has been described as an artist that "doesn't shy away from political, social, and religious issues," and frames them with a positive vibe that makes her work incredibly appealing. She is a member of J Pope and Funk Fridays (JPFF) who combines elements of Hip Hop and funk to create a sound of their own.
Dera Tompkins has been an active member of the Washington DC International music and artistic community for over thirty years. Her interest in the music business and her focus on Roots Reggae and the political & cultural music of Jamaica and the African Diaspora was sparked by exposure to the Rastafari-inspired reggae of the mid 70's. Dera's work promoting conscious Reggae and producing live performances is a long-term mission and an extension of her political activism.