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26 May 2016
Rudeboi music

The term �rude boys� originally referred to the youth gangs that emerged in Kingston shortly after Jamaica�s emancipation from British rule in 1962. Against a backdrop of accelerating poverty and post-independence disenchantment, rudies� rebellious bravura, paced by reggae and ska rhythms of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, was a rallying cry among poor and disenfranchised teenagers.


The mass migration of Jamaicans towards the United Kingdom not only further developed this culture of dissent by exporting sound systems, turntables and toasting, but in addition changed British culture by shaping cultural, social and political alliances with all the equally riotous white youths from the Mod and, later, punk scenes. The rude boy culture stumbled on define an ethos of self-worth, determination and creativity for a generation of migrants prepared to strike back at a conservative and racist society.

The pictures in their self-published book tell collective and individual stories that cross gender, generational and racial divides. Faithful for the rude boy-Mod alliance, the ebook displays a portrait from the vintage clothes dealer Dexter de Leadus wearing a two-gun broach he made for the shoot. �He expresses the first rude boy attitude,� Mr. Elliott said. �He is a purist. He is rarely photographed due to his �don�t mess with me� stance.�

The style buyer Alani Adenle, who, according to Mr. Chalkley, �could be a guy on a corner of a street in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1965,� perfectly personifies �the swagger style: an aura, a grace along with a strength.� The stylist Cynthia Lawrence-John is photographed using a razor-blade umbrella looking at the camera with a fierce intensity. The guitarist Seye Adelekan, who performed using the rock musician Damon Albarn and also the kora player Toumani Diabat�, wears an eye-catching electric blue jacket - plus a killer smile



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