The Music Of Reggae Music

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Reggae music is the result of a number of different styles and genre of music being mixed together and interrupted by Jamaicans. Reggae was really created in the late 1960s as a result of music genres such as ska, rock steady, mento, American jazz, rhythm and blues, new Orleans R and B and calypso. Ska and rock steady are very much the foundations for not only Reggae but a number of these other genres too. Ska music originated in the late 1950s and was the precursor for rock steady music. Ska music was characterized by the walking “bass line”, meaning it has a continuous sequence of notes that are played. Rock steady is a genre created around 1966 in Jamaica and it was performed majorly by Jamaican harmony groups. Rock steady has a very…show more content…
The earliest known recording of reggae music is in 1968 by a group called the pioneers. The pioneers were a vocal trio who started out by singing rock steady music as well. Their first Reggae single was called Long Shot. Also in 1968 reggae was beginning to emerge in other countries; in America Johnny Nash released Hold Me Tight which is largely responsible for breaking the American market. Around the same time Reggae was beginning to influence some pop and rock bands changing or effecting their style of music such as a song by the Beatles called Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. These are just a few of the early influences and developments of reggae music, there are hundreds of others. One being Bob Marely. Bob Marely was born on the 6th of February 1945 and died on the 11th of May in 1981. Robert Nesta Marley was born in Jamaica on his maternal grandfather’s farm. Bob attended Stephaney primary school and junior high but he then moved to Trench Town when he was 12. Trench Town is a small slums like town in Kingston. It was here in Trench Town where Bob began his first band in 1962 named the Wailers which consisted of Bob, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith. In 1964 Coxsone Dodd, one of the few record produces in the area discovered the Wailers. That year the Wailers produced their first hit single; Simmer Down. Simmer down reached Jamaican number 1 on the charts and sold 70,000 copies. This was his first in a
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