Its distinctive beat gives it away. There is nothing in the world that sounds like reggae music. The expected chops and the back beat by the rhythm guitar and the distinctive sound of the bass drum marks reggae as a genre by its own right
Its distinctive beat gives it away. There is nothing in the world that
sounds like reggae music. The expected chops and the back beat by the
rhythm guitar and the distinctive sound of the bass drum marks reggae
as a genre by its own right. Reggae music originated from several other
Jamaican music types just as great as it is like ska, rocksteady, R&B,
Jazz, Calypso, and Mento.
Jamaican music is as rich as its history. The soul of each and every
Jamaican song traces its roots to the black people herded onto ships,
clinging to their most priceless possessions--clothing, food, and for
many, their drums. These drums that traveled as far as their owners have
are what brought the world priceless gifts and that are the gifts of music.
The slaves used their music to fill-up their lives and sang about
everything. They have songs of praise, songs of love, songs of loneliness,
and songs of inspiration. It is not surprising therefore, that reggae music
has been used by the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers to promote
certain political issues like poverty and injustice.
From the characteristic drumbeats, Jamaican folk music has embraced
innovation and has added a whole range of flavor to their indigenous
music. Combining the drumbeats to a lot of different musical
instruments, like the rhythm guitar, and the trumpet, produced ska,
rocksteady and eventually reggae.
Reggae music swooped Jamaica just when it was about to proclaim its
independence and the masses were clamoring for a beat, a sound that
could articulate their emotions. Reggae rose up to the challenge and
succeeded. A few years later, when the assurance of an improved quality
of life and the promise of a bright tomorrow for a liberated nation came
up empty reggae was still being played. But it started to serve a much
higher purpose than entertainment. For the first time in its history, roots
reggae took on its rebellious and defiant form. Reggae music told of
stories of suffering in the shanties of Trenchtown, it told of stories of
violence and corruption but most of all it told the people of Jamaica to
get up and stand up for their rights.
As the country grew from bad to worse, the people started to look for a
moral guidance that would give sense to the life of wretchedness they
were living in. Rastafarianism answered the call of a people desperately
seeking an alternative leader with convincing values of love and peace.
The Rastafarian movement boomed, gained a huge following in Jamaica
and reggae was the movement's music. Eventually, roots reggae would be
identified with Rastafarianism and vice versa. Dreadlocks, khakis, and
kaftans became the symbol of reggae attitude.
Just when it seems that the evolution of reggae has gone through so
much, it began to take on another controversial form with the arrival of
dancehall reggae. This new type of reggae music is so called because its
raunchy lyrics only allowed it to be played in dancehalls. Dancehall
reggae is a form of rebellion against roots reggae because many artists
believe that reggae music has gone too mainstream that it catered more
to the demands of the audience than to reggae's real spirit. Infused with
a lot of techno beats and computer generated riffs, dancehall departed
from old school reggae music's slow and lulling beat and enveloped a
more upbeat and fast rhythm.
And then there was ragga. Ragga music could be gangsta rap's ancestor
as it boldly came out with songs on violence, guns, and gangs. Many
ragga songs were evidently masochistic with harsh lyrics demeaning
women and praising male supremacy.
down their music. A couple prominent ragga figures went back to
embrace Rastafarianism and sought a live of uprightness and peace.
Reggae music has come and changed in so many ways over the years. Yet
it still makes the same sound as it did several decades ago. Reggae still
sings the songs that make hearts beat faster, songs that make the feet
dance harder, and songs that reflect the rhythm of the soul
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