Benjamen Walker has always had his finger on the pulse of the most overlooked and under-explored facets of culture and technology through his podcast Theory of Everything. This week he visits with the Maroons – descendants of escaped slaves who established free communities in the mountains of Jamaica – and explores their relationship to the political establishment of Jamaica, and their tastes in radio.
Decades before the first shot was fired in the American revolution a band of runaway slaves known as the Maroons living in the mountains in Colonial Jamaica took on the British Empire and won. I’ve long been obsessed with the Maroons and so last summer I jumped at the opportunity to visit their compound in Charlestown for the annual celebration of their 1739 victory. I learned the Maroons hope to play a leading role today as Jamaica moves down the path of Marijuana decriminalization and legalization, but some of the folks I met claim the Maroons are still listening to Radio What’s Innit Fo Me?
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