Opinion

Jamaica will always be the Reggae capital of the world

Country music has Nashville, hip hop has the Bronx and New York City in general, R&B has Motown, these places are undisputed in their stature as it relates to the their specific genres.

Sometimes there is lots of hand wringing over where Reggae music is most loved or most supported. That seems a bit incredulous. There are certainly spots around the world where Reggae music has concentrated support. Locations like California, Virginia, New York, Florida, The United Kingdom, South Africa, France, and Indonesia to name a few. There are certainly other locals with a phenomenal Reggae fan base, but the aforementioned places show exponentially more interest in the music genre. This all bodes well for the music as a genre.

All politics is local, which means what drives people politically depends on what’s happening in their backyards. That can apply to lots of things. Specifically, if you are part of a Reggae music scene in your locality, you may imagine that there is nothing else like that anywhere else in the world. That is understandable. No one should ever, however, have a thought that the Reggae music scene where they are is somehow greater than what happens on that island of roughly 3 million in the Caribbean called Jamaica. That will always be the Reggae capital of the world. The birthplace of an art form that is shared lovingly with the world.

Country music has Nashville, hip hop has the Bronx and New York City in general, R&B has Motown, these places are undisputed in their stature as it relates to the their specific genres. There can only be one, and there are no people who love Reggae music more than the people for whom it is not simply entertainment. It’s life.

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