Burning Spear

At some point or another, reggae—complex, often experimental, usually politically or at least religiously radical music—got scooped up by white doofs and bros and contorted into good times music. These things happen and there's no resisting it, and it isn't exactly wise to tell people how they should enjoy music, but there is no doubt that a kind of “All Lives Matter”-esque rewrite of Bob Marley and others' music has happened. This was kind of what Center Stage's epic Bob Marley music “Marley” was trying to counter a bit. It has also happened to Winston Rodney, the roots reggae icon who records as Burning Spear and whose performances these days are often beachside and crowdpleasing—not that there's anything wrong with that, it just doesn't tell the whole story. So go on back to 1975's Burning Spear album “Marcus Garvey,” a dense and uncompromising record about the Jamaican leader and Pan-Africanist of the same name and then head over to Artscape on Sunday night and understand the political edge surrounding Burning Spear's good vibes. 7:30 p.m. July 17, BGE Main Stage at The Maryland Institute College of Art’s Station Building, 1400 Cathedral St., artscape.org, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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