Oral History of Osei T. Chandler, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 23 February, 2017

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Oral History of Osei T. Chandler, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 23 February, 2017

Description

Radio host and producer Osei Terry Chandler was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. His father was a musician and his mother loved listening to music. Growing up in this multicultural city, he was exposed to all kinds of music. As a teenager, he joined his high school radio and mixed music at parties. He moved to Jacksonville, Illinois to attend MacMurray College and there continued DJing and working for the college radio. After graduation, he returned to New York to support his younger brothers and there he met and fell in love with Sadeeka Joyner, a young woman from Ridgeville, SC, who would become his wife and the mother of his three children. In 1977, Chandler relocated to Charleston. Soon after, he found an opportunity to work on a jazz radio program replacing the host Tony Robertson. Later, he focused mostly on reggae and Caribbean music. His program, Roots Musik Karamu, has been on the air on SC Public Radio since 1979. In the interview, Chandler recalls some of the most memorable moments of his career and reflects about the evolution of the music scene in Charleston. Finally, he states he has had a joyful life sharing his work with musicians and friends and explains that all the aspects of his life, including family and his work as an educator and the music, are tied together. Mostly he has always wanted to share music that brings positive feelings and thoughts that are uplifting for the community.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

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Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/614

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Kieran Walsh Taylor

Interviewee

Osei T. Chandler

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Duration

1 hour, 8 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Osei T. Chandler, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 23 February, 2017,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed May 18, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/614.