The Origins of Reggae - Ska
"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!" - Bob Marley When the genre of Reggae is mentioned the first artist that comes to mind is the legend that is Bob Marley. With his music reflecting his bright outlook on life and mankind he soon became the iconic figure of Reggae. However I am getting well ahead of myself here as the Genre of Reggae would not even exist in its modern form if it wasn't for its predecessors Rock-Steady and Ska. On the 5th of August 1952 Princess Margaret made Jamaica an independent country during her tour of the Caribbean. The music that spawned from this newly found freedom was known to the people of Jamaica as Ska. The main source of broadcasted music at the time in the Caribbean was from the now almost obsolete FM Radios which could pick up waves broadcasted from as far as the radio stations in the southern states of America. In the US at the time Jazz music was one of the main popular genres which soon started to influence the Jamaican music scene. The people of downtown Kingston would be out dancing in the streets to the Jazz music being played through the newly invented sound system. As time went on sound systems turned into clubs and so competition began to see who could attract the most amount of people to their club by playing the newest American Jazz and R&B songs. The two biggest names to arise out of the Jamaican music scene were Clement Coxsone Dodd & Arthur Duke Reid. These two visionaries of music both combined their own Liquor stores with their Sound System dances to create a mass interest. The club scenes of the modern day can easily be said to share roots back to Dodd & Reid's businesses with the main reasons of 'going out' still being to drink and dance to the best new music. Towards the later end of the 1950's Dodd &...
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