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Jagga in search of The Truth

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer

Sunday, March 09, 2014    

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This the second of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world.

THE United Kingdom was an interesting place to be in the 1970s and early 1980s. Britannia was changing in terms of demographics, with a flood of immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Singer Ankh Atum Jagga, born in London to Ugandan and Zimbabwean parents, is a product of that melting pot. Now in his late 30s, he has seen the UK transform into one of the world's cosmopolitan societies.

His experience as a first-generation Briton has helped fashion his music. That is evident on The Truth, his debut album which was recently released by Ziggy Blacks Productions.

"Growing up in the UK influenced my music...I came up through the punk and reggae era in the '70's, a time of much change and wars and resistance against tyranny," said Jagga.

His militant tones are also inspired by world events, particularly Africa which has a history of Euro colonialism and tribal conflict. His father, a diplomat, fought in World War II and figured in the hostilities that played out in his homeland Uganda during the 1970s.

No surprise then, that Jagga keeps up to date with what's happening in the 'Motherland'.

"My 'family' is from the Baganda and Zimbabwe regions of Nubia (African is a foreign word to us who remember the history of our peeps) so I'm from south and east, and yes I do know what is taking place in all of Africa....from Cairo to Cape Town, Zanzibar to Nigeria, Libya, etc," he said.

Jagga has been performing as a reggae/world beat act for well over 10 years, but began recording six years ago.

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