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The rules of Kingston, everybody against Babylon

If you're Rastafarian and want to rebel against Babylon, or you're just a lover or reggae and joints: this is your parallel universe. Put on your dancing shoes: it's time to enjoy some reggae music! Whether you're in Kingston or anywhere else across the globe, get ready to celebrate and sing along, united against Babylon. Reggae is a fun and uplifting genre that invites us all to groove with joy and appreciation under its sunny Caribbean rhythms. Let the beats fill your lungs with energy as the horns awaken that part of yourself that yearns for peace, light, and freedom. After all, if there's one thing we can all agree upon it's that everyone deserves a shot at liberating themselves from oppression by embracing music as an ally and source of power. So let's show solidarity and get ready to turn up fate with reggae tonight!

Reggae Music: A History, A Genre, and A Way of Life
Reggae music has captured the hearts of music lovers all over the world with its distinct sound and unique style. Its roots lie in Jamaica, where it began as a genre that blended elements of ska, rocksteady, and traditional African rhythms. Over time, it has evolved into a cultural movement that stands for peace, love, and unity, and has become a symbol of rebellion and resistance against oppression and injustice. In this blog post, we'll explore the history and evolution of reggae music, its defining characteristics, and share some of our favorite songs that showcase the genre's diversity.
Reggae music was born in the late 1960s when a new sound emerged from the dancehalls and sound systems of Jamaica. It was a slow tempo, bass-heavy, and groove-oriented music that reflected the social and political realities that the Jamaican people faced. Bob Marley, the most prominent figure in reggae music, brought the genre to the forefront of international music and became a symbol of peace, love, and unity. Other reggae artists like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and Burning Spear contributed to the genre's popularity and helped shape its identity.
Reggae music is characterized by its distinctive rhythms, which feature a strong emphasis on the offbeat, known as the skank. It also features a prominent bassline, often played by the rhythm section with an emphasis on the third beat of a four-beat bar. The genre's lyrics often deal with social and political issues, as well as spirituality, love, and romanticism. Reggae music has also developed several sub-genres, such as dub, rockers, and roots reggae, each with its distinct style and identity.
One of the most iconic reggae songs of all time is Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry. This song speaks to the struggles and hardships that people face in everyday life, and the message of perseverance and hope that it delivers has resonated with audiences all over the world. Other notable songs in the genre include Peter Tosh's Legalize It, which advocates for the legalization of marijuana, and Burning Spear's Slavery Days, which speaks to the legacy of slavery and its impact on the African diaspora.
Reggae music has had a significant influence on other genres of music, such as hip-hop, R&B, and even pop music. Artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake have all borrowed elements from reggae music in their songs, and reggae has become a staple in the music industry. Today, reggae music remains a force to be reckoned with, and its message of peace, love, and unity continues to resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds.
In conclusion, reggae music has left an indelible mark on the music world and has become a symbol of resistance, rebellion, and hope. Its distinct sound and style continue to inspire musicians all over the world, and its message of peace, love, and unity remains as relevant as ever. Whether you're a Rastafarian seeking to rebel against Babylon or just a fan of good music, reggae music has something for everyone. So put on your dancing shoes, turn up the music, and let the rhythm guide you on a musical journey to Jamaica and beyond.
Latest songs added to the playlist:
1-Gregory Isaacs - Number One
2-Max Romeo - Chase The Devil
3-Barrington Levy - Murderer
4-Peter Tosh - Rastafari Is
5-Rita Marley - One Draw

Reggae highlights: spiritual use of marijuana in the Rastafari Religion

The singer Bob Marley raised International awareness of Rastafari in the 1970's with the popular genre, reggae music. With a spiritual act of smoking Cannabis, for Rastas, this is considered a sacrament that cleanses the mind, body and heals the soul. Now a fully legalised and sanctioned part of the Rasta society in Jamaica.

An Abrahamic belief, Rastafari developed in the 1930's in Jamaica. With the coronation of the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, his followers worship him in the same way that other religious cultures do with their belief in God, Mother Mary, and Jesus Christ. As the Rastafari way of life rejects materialism, oppression, and sensual pleasures, the spiritual use of cannabis encompasses the culture. Many Rastafarians encourage one another to find inspiration and faith within themselves.

The modern and popular music of Jamaica is Reggae, which was strongly influenced by rhythm and blues, American Jazz and commercialised at a later date being referred to as Blue Beat, Rock Steady and Rudi Blues. With the offbeat rhythm section and recognizable drum and bass downbeat, reggae formed the base of many percussion instruments. With the base guitar playing the main rhythm and thread, allowing the lower frequency to be recognised, at times removing the upper frequency.

The majority of reggae songs are based on love and peace. Johnny Nash spent four weeks at #1 with the song I can see Clearly Now, in the American charts influenced by the most profound and worldwide recognised bands of all time; The Wailers, a band created by Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh. To this day their albums are recorded in history as the most influential Rastafarian to have performed and written under this genre.
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