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Reggae

A genre whose simplicity and catchiness has conquered the world, bringing values of peace and justice and fighting corruption. A revolution of awareness. Reggae is a musical genre, but nowdays also a kind of religión connected to the Rastafarianism. Thanks to Bob Marley, the jamaican immigration in England and the chantful sound of the music, Reggae has reached all kind of people around the world, giving peaceful messages. In the 1968 Toots and the Maytals played Do the Reggay and there began the fantastic historic of this incredible jamaican music genre.

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2020-01-06

Reggae Music: what is it?

It is genre of music originated when Jamaicans initiated to express their suffering and hardships about social and political matters through music in the 1960s and early 1970s. Their prominence and emphasis was on a deep background bass musical movement, and catchy guitar riffs. They brought reggae music on the floor through the song Do the Reggay. The credit of its invention is on the producers Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. Among its founders are Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers - Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Caribbean islanders also used it as a tool to spread their culture and felt pride and gratification. It emerged under the influence of mento ( Jamican folk music) and American jazz. It has a realistic touch about social issues, news and political topics. It flourished in America and Britain as the voice of the subjugated.

It has the imprints of R’n’B, Jazz, African and Latin American music, mento and Calypso in its style. It is performed with the help of two guitars which interplay to intertwine symphonies along with the vocalists. Its distinguishing feature is its offbeat rhythm. As compared to Ska and Rocksteady, its tempo is slower and the emphasis is on the third beat which differentiates it from other music genres.

The instruments that are played in are standard drum kits, bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, horns and of course vocals. These all collectively work to create a soft, low and ironic music.

Popular Bands and Popular Artists:
The bands which got popularity include UB40, Steel Pulse, Rebelution, Toots and Mytals, Sublime, Twenty one Pilots, Third Worls, Iration, Mighty Diamond, Aswad, The Beat, John's Brwon Body and many more.

Burning Spear:
After Bob Marley and Burning Spear met, Marley suggested Burning Spear to record music, and he did it. Then he started it and escalated the message of harmony, love and peace through his music. He also delivered his thoughts and ideology about politics in his songs.

Israel Vibration:
It is the reggae band with its members Wiss Bulgin, Albert Craig, and Cecil Skelly Spence. They met in their childhood and worked a lot in the later years in the form of The Same Song, Unconquered People, Why You So Craven, Strength of My Life , On the Rock, Dub the Rock ,Israel Dub, Free to Move, Ras Portraits, Pay the Piper and Power of the Trinity. Their live albums include Israel Vibration & The Gladiators Live at Reggae Sunsplash, Vibes Alive, Live Again! and Live & Jammin.

Culture:
It was founded in 1976 by Jamaican roots reggae. Its current members are Kenyatta Hill, Albert Walker and Telford Nelson. They worked on dub albums, Live albums, DVDs and Split albums.
The major and familiar feature which is common in all these works is its theme which is the depiction and portrayal of realistic poor and oppressed individuals of society.
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