In 2009/10 I co-curated an audio-visual exhibition, 'Roots Beyond the Reef: Reggae in the Pacific' for the Asia Pacific Triennial of Art at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. The exhibition was later transferred to Hobart, Tasmania for the 10 Days on the Island festival of arts. It's my fervent hope to have the exhibition installed at the Jamaican Music Museum in Kingston in time for the Jamaica 50 celebrations in 2012 - to show Jamaicans just how potent their unique cultural creations have been across the globe.
Since interviewing Bob Marley (as a schoolboy journalist!) in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1979 I have maintained a deep fascination for the affinities between Jamaican and Pacific cultures.
Nowadays I'm a DJ/selector and co-founded Sydney's first reggae/dancehall sound system, Nasty Tek (my selector name is Senor Bambu). I have made several documentaries and published numerous articles and essays on reggae culture - especially the reception of reggae and Caribbean culture in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific; I've presented papers on the subject in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, and Kingston. I am a producer and presenter for Radio National, part of the Australian Broadcasting Network based in Sydney.
Brent Clough was born in Aotearoa New Zealand and worked in community radio before moving to Sydney in 1984. He joined ABC Radio National in 1988, and has produced and presented the arts and music programs Arts National, In The Mix, Radio Eye, Other Worlds, The Daily Planet, Poetica, 360, and The Night Air. From 1996 to 2007, he was a coordinator for the Pacific Wave festival of contemporary Pacific arts in Sydney. He was co-founder of Nasty Tek, Australia’s first dancehall reggae sound system and currently works with Soulmaker, Australia’s longest running reggae ‘sound’, created by Jamaican JJ Roberts. Clough has written extensively about reggae and contemporary music in Australia and the Pacific region, including entries in the Currency Companion to Music and Dance (Currency, 2003) and World Music: Global Sounds in Australia (University of New South Wales Press, 2010) and for the Jamaican collections Bob Marley: The Man and his Music (Arawak, 1995) and Global Reggae Culture (University of the West Indies, forthcoming).