Reggae music is one of the worlds few living folk music.It has remained incredibly popular and spontaneously generated by the people’s experiences ,emotions and traditions
Since its birth, reggae music has been Jamaica’s emotional outlet, to express thoughts and feelings about life,love and religion.It is created with incredible amount of soul and pride.
Reggae music has two meanings.One it is a generic name for all Jamaican popular music since 1960.Two can also refer to the particular beat that was extremely popular in 1960 to 1983.
Reggae is based on the everyday life experience of life.The best and most popular reggae songs were written before 1975 when the music had not gained popularity in the world.
Bob Marley who started his musical career in the year 1962 is believed to be one of the founding fathers of reggae music.
Most of his music evolved around day to day living of the black people who were slaves in the Caribbean and also the fight for independence in African countries.
Marley’s music has been used as inspiration for many third world liberation movements such that he was honored by Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence celebration because his music had given inspiration to freedom fighters in the bush.
Marley’s music was also used in Nicaraguan civil war by groups that were fighting oppression.
Most of song writers in this era were much interested in liberating their communities from poverty,oppression and discrimination from the rich people.
In part two of the rise of reggae music, i will talk about the instruments they used during this period and how production were being carried out.Look out for more!!! Jah bless