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Interview with Brian McKenna ’04: Dear Mama Earth

 Dear Mama Earth musically raises awareness of critical issues such as global warming and wasteful habits, in a way that is not only educational, but entertaining. 

In light of Wes EON GreenScene coming back, the rally against the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline, and the alumni created plan to solve climate change, I’d say Wesleyan is all about keepin’ it green these days. Brian McKenna’s ‘04 newest project, Dear Mama Earth (DME) is certainly no exception.

Dear Mama Earth, created in Brian’s studio, Btoven Music, is a very unique and powerful album based on an original body of Reggae/Soul music that he co-created along with international vocal sensation, Toussaint Liberator, and featuring samples from Galt Macdermot who is best known for his work in the musical HAIR and who granted personal permission to use samples from his works in DME.

It’s not everyday you come across good reggae music with lyrics like “wonder why we’ll never see a high speed rail/the gas dollars won’t touch the pail/these politicians said they all for sale”. As the up and coming champions of environmental awareness, Brian and Toussaint are currently working on a live music and educational awareness event to be presented in communities and schools nationwide. Just last April they headlined NYC’s 43rd Annual Earth Day at Earth Day NY’s  public festival in Union Square.

This project certainly represents a culmination of Wesleyan’s timeless values by using creative expression to address real world issues and advocating for change. Click past the jump to check out the interview and find out more about Dear Mama Earth.

Free Reggae, Soul, and Hip Hop Concert

What very may well be the last combination reggae, soul and hip hop show of the entire semester is going down at Beckham tomorrow night. McKenzii Webster ’13 writes in with the details.

Brian McKenna ’04 is a Wes alum, producer of Dear Mama Earth and owner of Btoven Music. He and reggae artist Toussaint the Liberator built Dear Mama Earth into an LP from discussions about 21st century lifestyles, politics and natural disasters.

The Dear Mama Earth LP is aimed at those of us caught up in the hustle of urban life with the goal of provoking thought on energy consumption, conservation, renewable resources, global warming and wasteful habits.


Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: Party starts @ 9:30pm, Performers @10:30
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Free