Essay Writing about The History of Reggae Music

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One of the biggest challenges most fresh students encounter in college is dealing with the tons of essays frequently assigned after every class.

From choosing the proper topic to finally editing the entire content, the process of writing a detailed essay is complicated.

Sadly, you will have to deal with it in your entire stay in college, unless you step up your game and embrace the challenge of learning how to write an excellent essay.

Although there is no formula for writing the perfect essay, there are simple guidelines you can follow to write a good piece. Just like making a good sandwich, writing an essay is a step-by-step process that leads to a final result.

Some Useful Tips You Have to Mind

We are going to go through these necessary steps and write you a sample essay to help you understand the process of writing an essay, but before we get down here are 4 key things you should know about writing an excellent essay.

  • Humor. Imagine the stress your professor would go through, reading all the essays that hit his desk every week. Imagine reading through tons of essays that are humor-free?  Reading through tons of essay about economic, social or political issues will numb anyone? It would be best if you made your essay stand out by infusing humor into your essay to brighten things up for your reader(s).
  • Mystery. Going full blaze on the subject matter without giving your reader something to think about is one of the easiest ways to get a poor mark. Why not throw your reader into temporary confusion by creating a diversion. Let them want to keep reading by hiding a mystery at the end of your essay.
  • Story-telling. Using a story relevant to your essay theme is a good way of spicing things up and letting your reader understand the subject better. Using an exciting story to explain a complicated theory will increase the readability of your essay.
  • Uniqueness. As you would expect, your Professor will have lots of essays to read, and in one way or the other, these essays will be similar to each other. How do you gain a competitive edge over other students? You come with something unique!

Here is a sample essay to help you wrap your head around writing an essay.

Sample Essay: The History of Reggae Music

If you are a music lover, you must have come across reggae music. Reggae is a genre of music developed initially from Jamaica at the end of the 1960s, and it is also the name given to the modern Jamaican music at home and in the diaspora.

Toots and Maytals, a music band, made the genre popular with their 1968 single “Do the Reggay.” From that moment, the term was associated with this genre of music and has attracted many fans all over the world.

In a broad sense, reggae refers to most of the types of dance music popular in Jamaica which has been strongly influenced by the American jazz, rhythm and blues and the traditional mento.

Reggae music is used to express political opinions, current news, and social gossips. It has grown and transformed into what is known as Rudie Blues, ska, and then Blue Beat and, finally, Rock Steady.

Reggae is easy to recognize with its distinct shift between the drumbeat and bass, added to the offbeat rhythm section. Ska and Rocksteady were the origins of reggae before the introduction of bass used as a percussion instrument. Reggae uses a tempo slower than ska but much faster than rocksteady.

You can find the idea of call and response throughout reggae music. Reggae brings together some of the critical elements in rhythm and blues.

The drum and bass usually introduce reggae, and some of the big names of this genre of music are Jackson of the Toots and Maytals, Carlton Barret of the Bob Marley and the Wailers, Lloyd Brevett of The Skatalites, and Paul Douglass of Toots and Maytals. Others include Lloyd Knibb of The Skatalites, Winston Grennan, Anthony “Bembow” Creary, Sly Dunbar of The Upsetters.

The bass guitar dominates reggae music, and it often comes thick and heavy and places more emphasis on the lower frequencies than the upper frequencies. The offbeat of the rhythm played by the guitar is usually a characteristic of reggae and is often sung in Jamaican English, Jamaican patois, and lyric dialects. The theme is mostly a criticism of religion and social issues and, in some instances, personal issues such as love and social interactions.

Reggae music gained entry into many countries around the world and has picked a lot of other local instruments along the way. In the Spanish Central American areas, Reggae en Espanol has spread from Panama to the heart of South America such as Venezuela and Guyana, and the remaining part of South America.

In the United Kingdom, Caribbean music, including reggae, became a prevalent genre of music from the end of the 1960s, and has undergone various changes and produces subgenres and additions. The United Kingdom served as the cradle where many reggae artists launched their careers.

 A vast number of European musicians and bands took their inspirations from Jamaica and the Caribbean community living in Europe. In Africa, reggae was brought to public notice by the visit of Bob Marley to Zimbabwe in 1980.

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1.     Anderson, Rick. “Reggae Music: A History and Selective Discography”. Notes 61.1 (2004): 206–214.

2.     Bradley, Lloyd. This Is Reggae Music:The Story Of Jamaica's Music. New York:Grove Press, 2001

3.     Leonard Joseph McCarthy (2007). The significance of corporeal factors and choreographic rhythms in Jamaican popular music between 1957--1981 (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae), with a historical and critical survey of all relevant literature dealing with Jamaican folk, religious and popular musics and dance. p. 151.

4.     Garnice, Michael. "Bob Marley and the Wailers' Mento Roots." Beat 25.2 (2006): p.50.

5.     Geoffey Himes (1979-01-28). "Return of Reggae". The Washington Post.f

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