Ahead of his new BBC doc Roots, Reggae, Rebellion, the rapper and poet considers the genre’s political history and thrilling rebirth Related: Akala’s Giants: a tribute to the musical, political and cultural pioneers.
“Making my documentary Roots, Reggae, Rebellion was partly a journey of discovery for me, and partly about telling people why I love this music so much. Travelling as a person of Jamaican heritage, you notice the impact that this tiny island’s music has had on the entire planet, and reggae has been such an integral part of my life and upbringing. It was there at every family function, every christening, every wedding, every birthday. But only as I got older have I fully realised the impact it’s had on shaping my worldview, my life and my politics.”