Reggae Paper

1223 WordsSep 11, 20115 Pages
Reggae, “a generic name for all Jamaican popular music since 1960, is defined as a ‘West Indian style of music with a strongly accented subsidiary beat” (Chang). Reggae music is a great style of music that was popularized by one of the world’s most famous musicians, Bob Marley. Personally, I never listened to it until I made it to college, and it has quickly become one of my favorite genres. For that reason is why I chose to write this paper on Reggae music. This genre is a very calming and relaxing style of music, which helps me when I am trying to focus on doing important tasks such as homework, including this paper. In this proton of the paper I will be looking into the history of Reggae music and the development of this particular…show more content…
In this portion of the paper I will be focusing on Bob Marley and give an introduction to who he is, how he learned his music and how he became famous. On February 6, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica, Bob Marley was born. His father was a white Englishman and his mother was a black Jamaican. When Marley was ten years old his father died, and at that point his mother moved him to Kingston’s Trechtown neighborhood. As a teenager in Kingston he became friends with Bunny Wailer and this is when Marley learned to play music. When Marley was 14 years old he decided to drop out of school so he could learn the welding trade, and at the same time he spent his spare time jamming with Bunny and Ska musician Joe Higgs. In 1962 Bob had recorded his first two singles but neither one of them had received any interest at the time. The following year he began a Ska band with his friend Bunny and Peter Tosh, which was originally called “The Teenagers”. They then became known as “The Wailing Rudeboys” and after a few more name changes they eventually came up with simply “The Wailers.” In 1964 they came out with their earliest Studio One hit which was recorded in the popular rock steady style, “Simmer Down.” Following that track they came out with another hit in 1965 that was entitled “Soul Rebel” in which both songs were written by Marley. In 1966 Marley married Rita Anderson, they had 12 kids together, and after their marriage he spent a

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