It is one of the mysteries of modern life.
How on earth did a peculiar kind of mockney patois become the default spoken English of a generation of British kids – white, black, Asian; rural, urban; posh, poor (and Ali G)? A new CD offers one solution. An England Story, a musical anthology that charts the impact of Jamaican reggae on British pop culture, is a fascinating survey of the musical scene in which that patois first took hold on these shores.
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