Reggae Music

reggae

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.

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Reggae Music: Selected full-text books and articles

Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control By Stephen A. King; Barry T. Bays III; P. Renée Foster University Press of Mississippi, 2002
Cultures of Popular Music By Andy Bennett Open University Press, 2001
The "Zinc-Fence Thing": When Will Reggae Album Covers Be Allowed out of the Ghetto? By Huss, Hasse Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, Fall 2000
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Reggae Reveals Church Involvement in Slavery By Tidemann, Paul A Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 36, No. 2, April 2009
Reggae in Cuba and the Hispanic Caribbean: Fluctuations and Representations of Identities By Davis, Samuel Fure Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2009
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