Reggae And Rastafarianism
The island of Jamaica is sometimes called the loudest island in the world. The population of this Caribbean nation is two and one half million people, many of whom are descendants of African slaves who were left on the island by the Spanish and British in the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. The residents of the island have produced some one hundred thousand records in the last forty-five years. With musical styles like mento, rock steady, ska, and dub, many styles of music have come out of Jamaica, some lasting hundreds of years, but no other Jamaican music has had nearly as much impact worldwide as Reggae.
Reggae is a combination of traditional African rhythms, American rhythm and blues, and indigenous Jamaican folk music. It is a music that is unique to Jamaica but it has its roots in New Orleans R&B. The direct predecessor to reggae is ska, a variation of the New Orleans R&B, which was broadcasted from the U.S. that the Jamaicans were able to pick up on their transistor radios in the 1960?s. Ska relied on syncopated rhythms and skittering guitar played at a very rapid pace. Legend has
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