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Reggae music isn’t something that you hear it’s something that you feel

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Reggae music emerged from Jamaica  and has many genres, ska, rocksteady, roots, raggamuffin, dancehall, dub and drum and bass. Today the sound systems in Jamaica blast into the night, often overlapping and the bass lines cut deep. Reggae music is Jamaican music, the music of the people. There is a spirit in the music, a militancy, and rebellion, as well as a gentle loving tenderness. As it developed reggae music became a vehicle for communication to the masses, when the true story lay hidden.

Sound systems have always filled the streets of Jamaica and it is not uncommon to have more than one system competing with another in the same street. The thumping bass lines and emotive lyrics permeate the air until all hours of the night. These days some of it is not so conscious. Dancehall artists put down their own riddum mixes and the creativity and combinations seem endless. Reggae and it’s manifestations have always reflected the mood of the people and times can be pretty tough in Jamaica these days.Reggae music and it’s legendary heartbeat are now an international force that has no borders or boundaries. Every country seems to have its own version. Music for the people and a reflection of the times we live in.

The slackness of some of the artists and lyrics can be disturbing as it confronts the dark side of the society that has evolved in our time. That said this music is uplifting and penetrates the soul like no other. It will soothe and caress you or make you want to jump out of your chair and do something. It has set the world ablaze and does not compromise to fit in with any culture or society. Some Rasta artists include Chronixx, Sizzla, Luciano, Capelton, Bob Marley and family, Culture, Burning Spear, Buju Banton, Inner Circle, Junior Marvin, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. They blast out their conscious lyrics, however controversial, and the heart rhythm with force and determination.

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