The Reggae Music genre started back in the early 1960s in a small community in Kingston, Jamaica, known as Trench Town.
According to a Rastafarian from the area who goes by the name Ras Cardo, Reggae Music started in 1962, in his backyard in Trench Town. This is the same area that Bob Marley sang about in his world-renown Trench Town Rock.
After Reggae became popular, Mento, Ska and Rocksteady became less popular in Jamaica. Reggae was influenced by black music that originated in the United States of America.
One of the first Recorded Reggae songs is "Long Shot Kick The Bucket", by the Pioneers group with members Gordon, Cook and Robinson. It was released in 1969 on Trojan Record label, produced by Leslie Kong and distributed by Island Music.
Toots and The Maytals along with keyboard legend Jackie Mitto helped with the transition of Rocksteady to Reggae music.
We must also make special mention of these pioneers Desmond Dekker, Bob Andy, U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, King Stitt and Joe Higgs, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist, Lee Scratch Perry, McWoner, Kiddus I and Junior Byles.
Listen to Jackie Mitto's Drum Song below...
Reggae music is known for preaching love, social justice, Its wonderful Lyrics and Social commentary.
In the early days, most recordings of Reggae was done at the world-famous Studio One Recording Studio. This studio was own and operated by Sir Coxsone Dodds.
In 1973 the movie "The Harder They Come" starring Reggae Music's legend Jimmy Cliff, OD helped to introduced Reggae music to people outside of Jamaica.
Most credit is given to Bob Marley and The Wailers (Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Junior Brathwaite, Beverly and Cherry) for taking Reggae Music and its message globally.