|Musicologist and musician Michael Veal primarily occupies himself with those transatlantic musical currents traceable in the reciprocal inspiration they provided across a range of styles. Within the framework of the larger issues around musical migration in Black Atlantic, his talk and discussion on dub and sonic explores the question of how far Jamaican dub has significantly influenced - and still influences - the evolution of global pop songs.
Michael Veal, ethno-musicologist, musician, is Assistant Professor of Music Department and African American Studies at Yale University. He specialises in and writes on African and Afro-American music styles as well as on currents generally termed world music and on related scenes. Particularly important to him are the transatlantic links that encourage mutual inspiration between diverse music styles. He has also conducted various interviews with star musician and political activist Fela Kuti and many of his colleagues. Michael Veal has written what is arguably the most important book on Fela Kuti's life, music and his transnational-political significance: "Fela, the life and times of an African Musical Icon" (2000). Veal is currently writing a book on Dub music.
Tobias Nagl, M.A., studied Literature, Media and Philosophy in Hamburg, and Comparative Literature/Film Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a film and music journalist for Spex, taz hamburg and others. He published several articles and columns on reggae/dancehall culture and the Jamaican music industry, i.e. "Return of the Living Dread - Buju Banton, homophobe Männlichkeit und der neue Rastafarianismus", in: die beute, Zeitschrift für Politik und Verbrechen, Nr. 10, 1996. He is co-founder of the reggae soundsytem "Silly Walks Sound Movement" in Hamburg, which recorded "dub plates" in Kingston/Jamaica. He currently works on his dissertation entitled "Die unheimliche Maschine: Rasse und Kolonialismus im Kino der Weimarer Republik" and has published numerous articles on Black German History in the Weimar Republic and Nazi-Germany, i.e. a biography of afro-german actor Louis Brody of more than 50 films in the first decades of the 20th century.