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The reggae music – style of popular music that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s and quickly emerged as the country’s dominant music. By the 1970s it had become an international style that was particularly popular in Britain, the United States, and Africa.

A Miracle – Bob Marley

Bob Marley, One of the Greatest artist ever leave us many beautiful music what we still playing daily. 60 years after. According to an early definition in The Dictionary of Jamaican English (1980) reggae is based on ska. An earlier form of Jamaican popular music and employs a heavy four-beat rhythm driven by drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, and the “scraper,” a corrugated stick that is rubbed by a plain stick. (The drum and bass became the foundation of a new instrumental music, dub.)

Ghetto Life

The dictionary further states that the chunking sound of the rhythm guitar. A guitar comes at the end of measures acts as an “accompaniment to emotional songs. This often expressing rejection of established ‘white-man’ culture.” Another term for this distinctive guitar playing effect Skengay with the sound of gunshots ricocheting in the streets of Kingston’s ghettos tellingl is defined as “gun” or “ratchet knife.” Thus reggae expressed the sounds and pressures of ghetto life. It was the music of the emergent “rude boy” (would-be gangster) culture.

Mid 1960s and Jamaica’s Independence

Under the direction of producers such as Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican musicians dramatically slowed the tempo of ska, whose energetic rhythms reflected the optimism that had heralded Jamaica’s independence from Britain in 1962. This is musical style that resulted. The rock steady was short lived but brought fame to such performers as the Heptones and Alton Ellis.

Peter Tosh, Lee Scratch Perry…

Reggae evolved from these roots and bore the weight of increasingly politicized lyrics that addressed social and economic injustice. Among those who pioneered the new reggae sound, with its faster beat driven by the bass, were Toots and the Maytals. They had their first major hit with “54-46 (That’s My Number)” (1968), and the Wailers—Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, and reggae’s biggest star, Bob Marley—who recorded hits at Dodd’s Studio One and later worked with producer Lee (“Scratch”) Perry.

Jimmy Clif

Another reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff, gained international fame as the star of the movie The Harder They Come (1972). The movie is 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. The Harder They Come soundtrack was a celebration of the defiant human spirit that refuses to be suppressed.

Rastafari and Reggae Music

During this period of reggae’s development, a connection grew between the music and the Rastafarian movement. The movment encourages the relocation of the African diaspora to Africa, deifies the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I (whose precoronation name was Ras [Prince] Tafari). That endorses the sacramental use of ganja(marijuana). Rastafari (Rastafarianism) advocates equal rights and justice and draws on the mystical consciousness of kumina, an earlier Jamaican religious tradition . A tradition has ritualized communication with ancestors and its still alive.

Lover’s rock – a style of reggae that celebrated erotic love

Besides Marley and the Wailers there are many groups who popularized the fusion of Rastafari and reggae. Big Youth, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear (principally Winston Rodney), and Culture. Lover’s rock – a style of reggae that celebrated erotic love, became popular all around world wide radio top lists through the works of artists such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, and Britain’s Maxi Priest.