A Caribbean Vibe at Super Bowl LVIII

Caribbean Culture Impact On Mainstream Culture

by Howard Campbell

SOUTH FLORIDA – Super Bowl LVIII in Glendale, Arizona has come and gone. On February 12, the biggest party in American sports had a Caribbean vibe with Rihanna from Barbados, Jamaicans Sheryl Lee Ralph, Shaggy and Marcia Griffiths part of the entertainment package.

RihannaRihanna was star of the half-time show, while the resurgent Ralph sang Lift Every Voice And Sing, the African-American anthem, to kick off proceedings. Shaggy and Griffiths shared the spotlight in a Jeep 4xe ad, done to an updated version of Electric Boogie, the Reggae Queen’s 1983 hit song.

 Anthony Turner, a Jamaican who has helped promote shows with West Indian artists in the US and Caribbean for over 30 years, said these acts have long transcended Diaspora status.

 “The Caribbean/Jamaican culture has impacted mainstream culture in so many ways. If you look at the hip hop music industry which is now a multi-billion dollar industry, it was Jamaica-born DJ Kool Herc, real name Clive Campbell, and his friend who in 1973 hosted a back-to-school party in the Bronx that gave birth to the industry. Fast-forward 50 years later to 2023, it is Caribbean-born pop superstar Rihanna and her island friends who perform at the half-time show for one of the biggest and most watched sports extravaganzas in the world — the Super Bowl,” he noted.

 Rihanna is one of pop music’s biggest names. In addition to platinum records and sold-out tours, she has appeared in ads for many high-end companies like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior. That business savvy has helped her become a billionaire, according to Forbes Magazine.

Shaggy is also a corporate favorite, pitching products such as Cheetos and McDonalds. Old-school Jamaican deejay Sister Nancy has enjoyed a career resurgence due to her 1982 hit single, Bam Bam, been used in marketing campaigns for Reebok and in Ozark, the hit Netflix series.

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