THE HISTORY OF REGGAE MUSIC
The history of Reggae is a popular music genre that started out in Jamaica between the late 1950s and 1960s,
and quickly emerged as Jamaica’s most popular style of music. As the 1970s progressed.
Reggae music had crossed borders to become an international style rocking the airwaves
in the United States, Britain, in Africa and other continents.
Initially reggae music was considered a voice of the downtrodden in society, in the same way
It was, and still is, an expression of struggle, pain, emotion, and hope that is felt by the oppressed.
The term reggae is actually derived from a Jamaican slang word “rege-rege,”
which means “rags” or “ragged clothing” and likely refers to a raggedy style of music.
The reggae genre, which employs a heavy back-beat rhythm, is an evolution of the contemporary
Jamaican ska music and Rock steady musical styles.
Music producers such as Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid slowed the energetic rhythms of ska to create a new sound,
which later evolved into reggae music.This genre is distinct with its heavy use of Jamaican vernacular,
syncopated beat, and African drumming style.
Reggae music received international acclaim particularly when Jimmy Cliff- a Jamaican reggae artist,
produced a socio-political movie called,
The Harder They Cone,” which featured an electrifying reggae soundtrack.
No doubt the movie coupled with the soundtrack, drew global attention to reggae music,
and that’s how Bob Marley
rose to become a renowned reggae superstar. Along with its thrilling rhythm, reggae music expresses particular themes in its lyrics.
Between 1950s and 1950s, the lyrics predominantly talked about romantic love, but as the music progressed into 1970s,
Reggae music began incorporating a Rastafarian Vibe.
Essentially, Rastafarianism is a system of belief whereby its adherents worship the “God of Abraham.
A majority of renowned Jamaican.
Reggae artists practice this religion; hence, it’s easy to understand why many reggae music lyrics reflect the beliefs of Rastafarians.
Today, reggae artists blend a wide range of topics in their lyrics, including.romantic love, spiritual love, rebellion and social issues and oppression additionally
Here are some of the top reggae artists that have tremendously shaped this music genre include
Bunny Rugs, Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, Bunny Wailer, Black Uhuru, Freddie Mcgregor.
Desmond Dekker, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Toots and the Maytals, Stephen Marley, and Peter Tosh,
Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, also Sizzla Kalonji, Lucky Dube, Dennis Emanuel Brown, UB40, Ziggy Marley.
Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, chase the devil out of Earth Max Romeo, Barrington Levy,ALpha Blondy, Sly and Robbie.
Jah Cure, Inner Circle, Gentleman, and The Skatalites, Third World, Culture, Israel Vibration, Rebelution,
Rita Marley, Richie Spice, Marcia Griffiths, Morgan Heritage, Mighty Diamond, Protoje, Chronixx, Maxi Priest,
Tarrus Riley, and Beres Hammond.
While there are different versions of the history of reggae music, there’s no doubt that this genre is 100% Jamaican
music with its roots in Kingston, Jamaica. Many people around the world acknowledge Bob Marley
as the biggest reggae superstar, in addition there are many other iconic reggae artists
who have significantly shape this genre of music,these include Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Riley, Junior Murvin.
Bunny Wailer, John Holt, and Fred locks, just to name a few.