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RVCC Hosts Live Reggae Music and Discussion on Social and Political Impacts

Universal Rebel’s lead singer is RVCC’s own Brandyn Heppard, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Credits: Courtesy RVCC

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The public is invited to attend “Get Up-Stand-Up: Social Protest and Politics of Reggae Music,” featuring the critically acclaimed band, Universal Rebel, Monday, Feb. 20, from 1-2:20 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College.

Universal Rebel’s lead singer is RVCC’s own Brandyn Heppard, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

The program, which will include a performance and discussion, will be held in the Nash Theatre on campus. The event is free of charge.

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Universal Rebel’s music, a mix called “Reggae Dub/Luv,” stresses the universal themes of community, love and unity. The group has opened for such performers/groups as Kanye West, the Roots and Jimmy Cliff. The band is deeply influenced by artists such as Bob Marley, Phish and Common.

A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion and performance. The event is sponsored by the College’s Humanities, Social Science and Education Department; the Visual and Performing Arts Department; and RVCCArts.

 For additional information about the program, contact Professor Roger Shutack at

 Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road.

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