As the Marley clan gathers to celebrate the high-profile birthday of reggae's avatar at Miami's annual Bob Marley family fest this Saturday, reggae itself continues to struggle to bust out from its long-term underground sentence as the musical catharsis of choice for a loyal but still relatively small international fan base. No one pursued reggae's yen for the urban American audience more fervently than Bob Marley, and nineteen years after his passing, Marley is a constant pop-catalogue chart presence. Yet while he may be recognized today by pop, and even urban audiences, as the world's greatest roots artist (at least according to industry sales and radio play), those same demographics remain unimpressed with the larger world of reggae, particularly with the genre's classic roots style that Bob... More >>>