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The History Book Club - MUSIC: CARIBBEAN MUSIC AND REGGAE Showing 1-3 of 3

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Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late s, and still popular today.

The Characteristics of Reggae Music

When reggae emerged in the late s, it came as a cultural bombshell not only to Jamaica but the whole world. Reggae has influenced societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counterculture movements, particularly in Europe, in the USA and Africa. Indeed, by the end of the s, it participated in the birth of the skinhead movement in the UK. Finally, since the late s onwards, it has also influenced singers originating from Africa, Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Lucky Dube being perfect examples. Thus, my paper will examine the impact of Jamaican reggae music on the worldwide cultural universe, especially on Europe, the USA and Africa. When it emerged in the late s, it came as a cultural bombshell not only to Jamaica but the whole world.

Abstracting and Indexing

Reggae is most identifiable by its off-beat accents. Reggae is commonly misconstrued to refer to all Jamaican music, but reggae refers to a specific type of Jamaican music. - The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora.

However, the term reggae is often used as a general term for Jamaican dance music. It has gone from being a Jamaican genre to an internationally recognized genre. Jamaicans celebrate reggae month every year since In late , reggae was already wide spread in the US. Several reggae songs appeared on the Billboard Hot It was very popular and it was the start of Jamaican music being featured in cinemas out of Jamaica.

Reggae is a music genre that began in Jamaica in the late s. Most music from Jamaica comes from the reggae style. The music has regular chops on the back beat off-beat. The bass drum hits on the second and fourth beat of each measure each bar. Reggae bands also use a bass, a keyboard or organ, and horns.

By the s it had become an international style that was particularly popular in Britain , the United States, and Africa. It was widely perceived as a voice of the oppressed. The drum and bass became the foundation of a new instrumental music, dub. The musical style that resulted, rock steady, was short-lived but brought fame to such performers as the Heptones and Alton Ellis. Reggae evolved from these roots and bore the weight of increasingly politicized lyrics that addressed social and economic injustice. A major cultural force in the worldwide spread of reggae, this Jamaican-made film documented how the music became a voice for the poor and dispossessed. Its soundtrack was a celebration of the defiant human spirit that refuses to be suppressed.

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