Reggae Music And Its Origins

Reggae Music And Its Origins - Reggae is a genre of music which originated on the island of Jamaica in the late 1960s to early 1970s.

How can you differentiate reggae from another genre of music? It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section.

One of the most easily recognizable elements is its offbeat rhythms, staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure.

The bass sound in reggae is thick, heavy and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized.

The guitar in reggae usually plays on the offbeat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and Iyaric dialects.

Are Reggae and Dancehall The Same? -  This question might be up for debate but in Jamaica the birthplace of both genre, they are not. Read more here.

Reggae Embassy - The Official Embassy for the Reggae and Dancehall Industry has been Established - Reggae Embassy offers life changing opportunities for advancement to everyone in order to progress personally, professionally and financially.

Bob Marley - Reggae Music's Legend

The tempo of reggae is usually slower paced than ska but faster than Rocksteady.  It's documented that Reggae Music was originated from Ska Music and Rocksteady music.

Bob Marley is said to have claimed that the word reggae came from a Spanish term for "the king's music".

The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and Rocksteady, from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.

The genre is very popular amongst the Rastafarian community in Jamaica and relates to news, Love, social gossip, Social commentary, and political comment.

When one speaks of this great genre of music (Reggae), the name Bob Marley is the first thing that comes to mind.  Bob Marley is credited as the man who helped to actually propel reggae music to the world.

Where is the Word Reggae Originated? -  A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.

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Some key players in the origin of reggae music are Jackie Jackson from Toots and the Maytals, Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Lloyd Brevett from The Skatalites, Paul Douglas from Toots and the Maytals, Lloyd Knibb from The Skatalites, Winston Grennan, Sly Dunbar,  and Anthony "Benbow" Creary from The Upsetters.

The 1990s into the late 2000s, Reggae Music was pushed onto the back burner in Jamaica, this was due to the huge popularity of  Dancehall Music, a sub-genre of reggae.

Dancehall Music is a spin-off of reggae music, it also helps the influences the origins of Hip Hop Music.

Europe and Asia - The European market was still ablaze with reggae music to the point where a number of Reggae festivals started popping up all over Europe. Reggae is very popular in places such as Holland, England, Italy, Austria, Estonia, Israel, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the USA.

"The Revival" - In 2012-2017

A new generation of artists has now put the genre back on the front burner.  Thanks to artists such as Chronixx, Protoje, Agent Sasco, Jesse Royal, The Marley Brothers Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, Jah 9, Keznamdi, Dre Island, Bugle, Iba Mahr and Nesbeth some of the main players on the reggae revival field.

In Jamaica, although dancehall music and Hip Hop/Pop Music is the popular choice of music, authentic reggae is one of the biggest sources of income.

Important information about the music genre - Caribbean music is known to have entertained a lot of fans of music. It has also had an influential impact on music of rest of the world.

American reggae acts outselling their Jamaican counterparts - THE trend of American reggae acts outselling their Jamaican counterparts continues.

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Reggae Month was first Celebrated in February 2007

As we strive to provide you with facts and history about dancehall and reggae music, we are now able to provide you with the answer to the question, "When was Reggae Month first Celebrated".

The first reggae month was celebrated in February 2007. The celebration took place at the Edna Manley College for Visual Arts.

Ever since that year, it has been an annual date on the calender.

Reggae suffers because of Exploitation,Bad Business Ethics and Dishonesty - Have you ever wonder why Dancehall and Reggae Music are making it big internationally and not in its homeland Jamaica?.

Reggae Music pays more than Dancehall Music - DANCEHALL is BIG. But the hidden truth is that, REGGAE is BIGGER. Reggae is far bigger than Dancehall in terms of intrinsic message and ratings, GLOBALLY.

VP Records Partners Up with Apple Music Curator - VP records has proudly announced their latest endeavor with Apple Music for its own specially curated playlists.

Reggae Music feeling the Vybz - Like Buju before him, the music has lost a truly gifted artist,' writes Dotun Adebayo.

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Is Reggae & Dancehall itself under trial? We have witnessed the rise and fall of one of Dancehall’s most prestigious and successful practitioners Vybz Kartel and with the conviction of Buju Banton, Fippa Mafia, Ninja man and Busy Signal all in recent times, the question is still left unanswered or addressed.

Balion Music School Of Reggae & Performing Arts - Here at Balion Music we have designed “The Project” titled The Balion Music School Of Reggae in an effort to create a music school that uplifts Jamaican artists and anyone else who may be interested.

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One Love Reggae Peace Concert History - One Love Reggae Peace Concert - The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978, at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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SABC Radio and Television: We want more reggae music and programmes - Reggae music played a major role in liberating our country - the genre was banned by the apartheid government because it promoted equal rights and justice and amongst all unity across all races.

New Comer Gabriel Now Beenie Man's Latest Attack -  Self acclaimed king of the Dancehall Moses Beenie man Davis has now shifted his focus from long time rival Bounty Killer and is now throwing words at new comer Gabriel who has teamed up to do "lollipop" remake with the warlord.

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Ambient Reggae Dub Music!- This is a sub-genre of dancehall and reggae. This involves the mixing of jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, dancehall, traditional, world and even noise.

Acoustic Reggae music, what is this? This is music which is produce with primarily instruments, mostly the guitar.

This type of reggae music is not popular in Jamaica even though some of our top reggae artiste do perform this type of music.

Atlanta Reggae Music - A look into the dancehall and reggae music industry in Atlanta Georgia.

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Best Reggae Books - What are some of the best Reggae Music Books out there?.  There are hundreds of books about Reggae music published worldwide but not all have covered the genre in depth.

History About Reggae Music and Facts - Reggae Music, Jamaican Music was mostly all about the culture and the island of Jamaica.

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