The British band The Selecter began singing about race, gender and politics in the late 1970s. They were part of a musical moment that came to be known as 2-tone, which combined elements of early Jamaican ska with the styles that were bubbling up in the UK at the time.
"We, came along at a time in the late '70s when reggae music, via Bob Marley, was very popular here," explains vocalist Pauline Black. "British black kids began to experiment, making crossovers between punk music, a bit of soul, and a bit of reggae — and you mixed all that up. Mod, as well, came into that whole little concoction."
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