Reggae music: The history of Jamaicans Music

Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term Reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of Ska and Rocksteady.

This music genre grew out of several other musical styles, including both traditional Jamaican music, including Ska and Mento and American R&B. In the early days of radio, stations were super-high-powered and several stations from Florida and New Orleans were powerful enough to reach Jamaica.

Reggae Music only came about as a distinct genre in the 1960s. Characterized by a heavy backbeat rhythm, meaning the emphasis of the beat is on, for example, beats 2 and 4, when in 4/4 time. This backbeat is characteristic of all African-based musics and is not found in traditional European or Asian music.

Drummers also emphasize the third beat when in 4/4 time with a kick to the bass drum Roots reggae a subgenre of reggae that deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and with the honoring of God, called Jah by rastafarians.

It also is identified with the life of the ghetto sufferer, and the rural poor. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, Black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa. The sound of roots identify with reggae music – a one drop rhythm, vocals that are often harmonized, and deeply soulful lyrics. Roots reggae is distinct because of its lyrical content that focus on uplifting people.