Bob Marley for example did not exist by himself in the Reggae music sphere. He had progenitors and contemporaries who recorded an enormous amount of quality music.
The reggae industry has figured out on its own how to survive as it’s own standalone industry. There is no other genre of music which does not have its origin in a first world country that is as influential and relevant as Reggae music.
Roots Reggae artists have chanted down Babylon for decades invoking the warrior spirit. This is not surprising when you take into account Jamaica’s rich history from Nanny and Paul Bogle, to the Pan-African movement and Marcus Garvey, to Rastafarianism.
The influence of the Reggae sound is now just simply music evolving. Reggae itself is a great and entertaining genre that is prevalent across major hits.
With the news that musical legends Sting and Shaggy have teamed up to create a joint album, I started to wonder what other fantastical collaborations I would want to hear.
When Bob Marley says “when music hits you feel no pain”, he was likely referring to the actual sound that comes out of sound system speakers.
The Grammy award is the only measuring tool that has been established to evaluate the creativity and art of Reggae music creatives. It's simply not enough.
This music can be as nurturing and as calm as its classical associates or as raucous as the American rock, but whether you need a quiet evening of peaceful relaxation or a night of raunchy entertainment, reggae music is the desired guest.
"Stony Hill" by Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley, Bob Marley's youngest son, won for Best Reggae Album at this years 60th Annual Grammy Awards. He has been nominated five times.
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We can count the loss of numerous ultra talented musicians across numerous music genres in the dawning years of their lives and careers. Garnett Silk is and was one of Reggae music's brightest and potentially most impactful artists.
There are very few Reggae acts who have figured out a winning formula that leads to significant sales, chart toppers, and popularity in general. Artistry is not an issue in Reggae.
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He would have lyrically shot the sheriff of poverty and strife and encouraged one love and unity because we have only one life.
Music streaming will never kill music purchases and downloads, which is a big concern of a lot of artists and labels. They will coexist. To what degree will be decided by the marketplace.
Jamaica has created multiple musical forms such as Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall and has directly influenced others like Hip Hop. No other country that size has been more innovative in music.
Reggae videos on YouTube routinely rack up millions of views. If just 1% percent of the fans who watch a reggae video on YouTube for example, went out and bought that song it would have a ginormous impact.