Best of Reggae Music 2017

Best of Reggae Music 2017



Reggae (/ˈrɛɡ/) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora.[1] A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.[2][3] While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.[4] Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’, then ‘Ska’, later ‘Blue Beat’, and ‘Rock Steady’.[5] It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rock steady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.[6]

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a celebratory, rural folk form that served its largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing),[7] calypso,[8] African music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure. The tempo of reggae is usually slower than ska but faster than rocksteady.[9] The concept of "call and response" can be found throughout reggae music.

The genre of reggae music is led by the drum and bass.[10][11] Some key players in this sound are Jackie Jackson from Toots and the Maytals,[12] Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers,[13] Lloyd Brevett from The Skatalites,[14] Paul Douglas from Toots and the Maytals,[15] Lloyd Knibb from The Skatalites,[16] Winston Grennan,[17] Sly Dunbar,[18] and Anthony "Benbow" Creary from The Upsetters.[19] The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and Iyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics,[20] although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from the mainland South America countries of Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the United Kingdom, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, and has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, and there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe. Reggae in Africa was boosted by the visit of Bob Marley to Zimbabwe in 1980. In Jamaica, authentic reggae is one of the biggest sources of income.[21]

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Ziggy Marley
voice actor
bornOctober 17, 1968
Biga Ranx
French musician
bornSeptember 27, 1988
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Jamar McNaughton (born 10 October 1992 [1]), popularly known as Chronixx, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His stage name replaced the name "Little Chronicle" which he was given because of his father, the singer "Chronicle".[2][3]

Chronixx and his music has been branded as a "Reggae Revival", alongside other reggae musicians including Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid, his lyrical content revolves around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency.[4][5]

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David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley (born 17 October 1968) is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and the son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He also wrote the theme song for the children's cartoon series Arthur.

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Soca Gold 2017 Debuts at Number 1 on Billboard Reggae Chart
  –  July 7, 2017
NEW YORK– Soca Gold 2017 has made its debut on the Billboard Reggae Chart, landing at number one this week ... bringing a taste of the Caribbean Islands with a current sample of the best Caribbean carnival hits. “We are excited that the album has ...
Brixton tonight – Dub Natty Sessions, Venezuelan reggae dub live at Club 414 – Free! Thurs 6th July
  –  July 6, 2017
Coldharbour Lane, SW9 Grass Roots Live Music at Club 414 – new free Sunday night show for Brixton Live music Sundays at Club 414: the best late bar in Brixton on a Sunday We love Sunday night – live jazz and reggae at the 414 in Brixton
Football: Cayman plays Reggae Boyz in international friendly
  –  July 6, 2017
The Reggae Boyz continued to dominate in the second half ... It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a ...
All The Reggae You'll Need For The Beach This Weekend
  –  July 3, 2017
Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here is a playlist of the best reggae songs to listen while laying out under the warm sun, so you can feel like you're on a white sand Caribbean beach with a Wildwood budget. Enjoy!
Reggae Gold 2017 Will Be Released on July 21
  –  June 30, 2017
The Reggae Gold compilation series from VP Records has presented the best of dancehall, roots and lovers rock reggae ... compilation for reggae mavens and those new to the genre. The 2017 edition of Reggae Gold offers current hits and future classics ...
CARIBBEAT: 'Groovin in the Park' means the best reggae and R&B — from R. Kelly to Freddie McGregor
  –  June 11, 2017
Boasting a host of performers, such as American R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and soulful reggae singer Freddie McGregor, the “Groovin in the Park” event easily lives up to its claim of being North America's largest annual reggae and R&B concert.


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