When looking at the evolution of the Reggae genre of music, there is a lot more than people think that contributed to its popularity. The most common reference among today’s generation and the Reggae music is undoubtedly, Bob Marley. Although, he really brought this genre of music to the forefront and made it as popular as we know it today, people do not full understand the history of this music and what it evolved from. The evolution of Reggae is contributable to the evolution of the recording studios, primarily in Jamaica at the time. The local Rastafarians, who pioneered and perfected this sound, started this music. Of course, because Jamaica was a British territory at the time, and given its proximity to the United States; there was an influence of American Jazz and Blues on Jamaica. Without getting into too much history of the evolution of Jamaica, it is important to understand that this transition, and their finding an identity, had a lot to do with the type of music they produced and the evolution of their recording systems and businesses. In Jamaica, as the culture changed so rapidly, the type of music did too, and eventually the people began to create Reggae, and not long after that, they were hooked, and had formed a world identity through their music.
When taking the first glance at the Jamaican music industry, it is only right to start with Ken Khouri. The story of Mr. Khouri is an interesting one, as he was influenced by the United States selling of records, and record players. He was in Florida, as his dad was seeking medical attention there, when he purchased his first record and record player. Ken Khouri states what happened after his purchase and what his “first recording was with Lord Flea, Where Did the Littl...
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... Then I believe that Bob Marley and his band really put Jamaican music on the map because of their instant success and popularity. This is logical as to why he is seen as the face of Jamaican music, which he should be, but Ken Khouri deserves the same amount of respect for starting music in Jamaica, because without him, there may have never been the technology to have Bob Marley, or any other Jamaican band recorded, and heard by the world.
After all is said and done, the connection between Jamaica's identity and their music industry is tied together by the discovery of the record studio. Some may wonder whether Jamaica would ever be the same if there have never been this discovery. I for one do not think that Jamaica would have been the same, because this music gave the people of Jamaica an identity, and it is something that I am sure they are forever grateful for.
The history of Jamaica is extremely jaded with disease, buccaneering, and slavery. First discovered by Europeans in 1494, Columbus stopped on Jamaica on his second trip to the “New World” and encountered the indigenous Arawaks (Encyclopedia Americana, 2001, P 672). Later colonized by Spain in 1509, the land was abandoned when the lack of abundance of silver and gold was discovered. The indigenous Arawaks were overwhelmed with European disease and died out (Encyclopedia Americana, 2001, 672). These times will be some of the most peaceful times in Jamaican history. Buccaneers used Jamaica as a trade center for booty seized from different galleons. Soon following, England will seize as much of Spain’s Caribbean land as possible.
From the country’s earliest days, Jamaica experienced colonial status, with paternal influences from the West. Spain initially maintained ascendancy over the colony; yet, as they embarked upon their sesquicentennial reign, the Empire’s grasp began to loosen. Primarily incessant interstate conflict, between the Empire and its bordering nations, wreaked havoc. Contrastingly, England continued to thrive and experience heightened success in their colonial endeavors. Indeed, as Spain began losing dominance over Jamaica, England looked to the Caribbean to increase their economic hegemony; in 1650, the British successfully cap...
Music is an art form and source of power. Many forms of music reflect culture and society, as well as, containing political content and social message. Music as social change has been highlighted throughout the 20th century. In the 1960s the United States saw political and socially oriented folk music discussing the Vietnam War and other social issues. In Jamaica during the 1970s and 1980s reggae developed out of the Ghetto’s of Trench town and expressed the social unrest of the poor and the need to over-through the oppressors. The 1980’s brought the newest development in social and political music, the emergence of hip-hop and rap. This urban musical art form that was developed in New York City has now taken over the mainstream, but originated as an empowering art form for urban youth and emerging working class.
...ike Jamaica is Brazil. There is masses of poverty and famine when you visit there and part of it really looks like a ruined land as Jamaica does, although all the shocking things you see there, the people are making the place to be magical like he is through their music, the way they dance the Samba, their passion for life and the love that surrounds the country. A country can be beautiful not just by her landscape and nature, but also the people who giving a good atmosphere to the place like the Jamaicans do in their manner of singing all the time and giving a pleasant feeling to be there, those people make the place special and unique. They give you the true color of the country through their ideals and beliefs of freedom and happiness and by singing Bob Marley songs they express themselves through his words which interpret who they are and what they believe in.
The original inhabitants of Jamaica are believed to be the Arawaks, also called Tainos,,, Jamaica was originally named the island Xaymaca, which meant ““land of wood and water”. Tobacco became their biggest crop, making smoking a popular pastime. Beneficial of being an island is the ocean surrounding providing an excellent source of fish. On Christopher Columbus second voyage to the Western Indians he landed upon the islands. The well know Rastafari Religion was founded in Jamaica during the 19030’s, popular for unique style. Similar to Chinese food and other non American traditional restaurants, Jamaican restaurants are popular in the U.S. You must not forget to mention reggae music. A highly popular music industry listened to globally.
The lyrics of dancehall reggae music in Jamaica seem to encourage the taunting and violence towards homosexuals. Of course it is normal for most reggae songs to deal with the social concerns and religious beliefs of Jamaicans because it is a big representation of the Jamaican culture. Homosexuals are looked down upon as outcasts because of their sexuality. Homop...
Marcus Garvey’s Legend, its Influence, Accomplishments, and Effects on the Rastafarian Movement and Reggae Musicians
There are several possible explanations for the rapid growth of Rastafari. One major factor in its expansion was the emergence in the late 1960s of reggae music, a derivative of American rhythm and blues and Jamaican ska. Reggae helped spread the philosophy of Rastafari to the wider Jamaican audience and the world. During that period of time, Bob Marley and the Wailers were the principal popularizers of reggae.
Although there is a variety of music that could be examined to trace its evolution through time, there is one genre in particular that is quite interesting to examine. Though it differs from other types of music, it will be looked at in conjunction with Reggae music as they have similar ties. Reggae music is quite prominent today in the United States, parts of Africa, and of course Jamaica. Reggae is notoriously known for its most influential artist Bob Marley, and it is not unusual for one to have heard a few, if not many of his songs. Reggae’s popularity is steadily increasing and is doing so through both expansions of the music as well as increasing knowledge on the genre.
Bob Marley is the most well-known Reggae musician. He did many great things throughout his life. Bob Marley had messages in his song lyrics and did whatever it took for them to be heard. He also helped and inspired many of his fans, as well as his family. He was also one of the few people that helped start a new genre of music and a new band that sang it. Bob’s songs, and the story behind them, is what effected society. Bob Marley had a tough life but he still managed to become one of the most famous musicians ever. Bob Marley was an idol to many people because of the messages he expressed through his songs and how he did whatever it took to get those messages out, the fact that his songs helped people, and how he helped start a new genre of music.
Marley was born into Jamaica’s poverty and it is where he developed a strong love of reggae and became a Rastafari. Reggae, evolved from another musical style called Ska in the late 1960’s, is considered the voice of the ‘oppressed’ peoples. Many reggae lyrics are politicalised and centre on themes of freedom and fighting for it. (Cooper, 2014)
Ska comes with a lot longer history than the majority of genres which are famous these days. It started as a precurser to Reggae in the Jamaican music in the middle of the 1950s. Ska's background is where the expression "rude boy", describing a Ska admirer, originates from, since "rude" was the equivelent to "cool" in the jargon of that period of time. In the 60's, Reggae separated off from Ska as its own distinctive style, and Ska fell under obsucrity.