3 Queens of Lovers Rock

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

As I wrote in this post about protest music, it's just as important to focus on positive musical content about self-affirmation and the pride about being black. It's not only important for little black boys and girls, but children of all cultures to address some of the negative portrayals of black men and women in the media.

Brown Sugar were a British reggae trio who released a few hits under the Lovers Rock record label set up by British reggae legends Dennis Harris, Dennis Bovell and John Kpiaye. This tune called 'Black Pride' was released as a single in 1977. 1967 was a pivotal year for many black British people, with the Malawi refugee crisis and Notting Hill riots happening before the Race Relations Act was passed in that December.

Black Pride is an unapologetic statement about the pride felt in being black, and having brown skin.

I'm so proud to be the colour God made me!

Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms, we salute you, queens.

  • How does the intro start?

  • What is the form of the song?

  • Can you clap on the off beats?

  • Which instruments can you hear?

  • Where does reggae originate from?

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