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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Most Reggae artists have paid tribute to their mother in the form of songs and poetry. Click here to See full list
Goodbye Reggae, Jamaica Music Reggae Capital Is Now France - What am I hearing, Reggae has left Jamaica and now lives in France? Well if you listen to the propaganda that the major record labels are trying to spread, then yes, France now owns reggae.
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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Dancehall Reggae music in Kenya - These type of music are very popular in Kenya. Although they are sometimes mixed with local hip hop and pop music
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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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90s Reggae Music List - The 1990s saw the rise to fame of some of reggae music best artists and riddims.
Reggae Music Running Things now in 2013 - Ever since Kool Herc brought Jamaican sound system culture to the Bronx and birthed a billion-dollar industry called hip-hop, dancehall reggae has been the ghost in the American urban music machine.
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.
Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music Fires Back At Gay Rights Activists - We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided.
The ten richest Jamaican Dancehall & Reggae Music Entertainers (2013) - KINGSTON, Jamaica – With the global impact of Jamaica’s Reggae and Dancehall music local acts are increasingly coming into focus with the possibility of earning big bucks.
What is Reggae Gospel Music one might be asked? Like dancehall Music, this form of Reggae music originated in the mid-1990s.
Best Instruments In Reggae Music - What are the Main Instruments in Reggae Music is another question which is asked of us on a regular basis?
What came first Ska or Reggae? - This is one question which has been asked by some of our visitors on a daily basis.
The first official music coming out of Jamaica is known as Ska. Ska music was originated in the 1950s.
Ska combined elements of Caribbean
mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. Read full story here
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.
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