Reggae Music


reggae, Jamaican popular music that developed in the 1960s among Kingston's poor blacks, drawing on American "soul" music and traditional African and Jamaican folk music and ska (a Jamaican and British dance-hall music). Many of its highly political songs proclaim the tenets of the Rastafarian religious movement. Instrumentation usually includes an ensemble of organ, piano, drums, and electric guitars, led by an electric bass played at high volume. Springy, offbeat rhythm characterizes its sound. It is popular internationally and has influenced African music. Bob Marley and his group, the Wailers, and Toots and the Maytals are among the best-known performers.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control
Stephen A. King; Barry T. Bays III; P. Renée Foster.
University Press of Mississippi, 2002
Cut 'n' Mix: Culture, Identity, and Caribbean Music
Dick Hebdige.
Routledge, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Reggae and Other Caribbean Music"
The Steelband Movement: The Forging of a National Art in Trinidad and Tobago
Stephen Stuempfle.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "The Steelband: Cultural Creativity and the Construction of Identities"
Cultures of Politics/Politics of Cultures: Re-Visioning Latin American Social Movements
Sonia E. Alvarez; Evelina Dagnino; Arturo Escobar.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Stage Is the Shantytown: Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae" begins on p. 237
Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion
Morton Klass; Maxine Weisgrau.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "Transnational Popular Culture and the Global Spread of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movement"
Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity, and Place
John Connell; Chris Gibson.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Reggae: Innertainment and Outernational" begins on p. 174
Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture
Alison Donnell.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Reggae" begins on p. 261
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