Reggae – Music of the Caribbean

In Caribbean style music, Reggae has become more popular than both calypso and soca. Reggae was first performed in the poorest regions of Jamaica. The term “Reggae” originated from the song, “Do the Reggay” by Toots and the Maytals. The Dictionary of Jamaican English defines reggae as Jamaican music based on ska, (an earlier Jamaican music form).

Reggae is a hybrid of African folk music traditions and calypso. It uses a heavy four-beat rhythm combined with drums, bass guitar, and electric guitar, and scraper. A scraper is a corrugated stick that is rubbed by a plain stick.

Bob Marley and his group the Wailers introduced reggae to music lovers around the world. Today’s popular reggae artists include Vybz Kartel and Movado, who are considered the Tupac Shakur of the reggae world.

Bob Marley’s song lyrics “One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right.”  has been used as an anthem for human spirit.

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