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This music style was born and developed by Negroes in Jamaica in the late 1960s; a time when Nigeria had already seen a civil war and astounding coups.

Reggae borrowed hands, foot, eyes, nose, etc, from some other music styles like American Jazz, Blues and Mento. That is, it took a characteristic from a music style and took another from another, etc. That’s how things change into new things. Even though those folks borrowed, it was still their work of art. Each music style is developed by many and keeps evolving; in fact, Raggae was actually the evolving of Ska and Rocksteady, two older music genres.

People called the music style by different names in those days, since it had no official name. Everyone knew what they were talking about, however.


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It was the Toots and the Maytals who brought about the name the genre is known by today. They had done a song, ‘Do the Reggay’.

The song spread widely and gave the name Reggae to the music style while also making many more people know about the genre.

Reggae is closely connected to an African-centered religion called Rastafari. The religion was born in Jamaica in the 1930s; the religion precisely backs Pan-Africanism.

Because the genre was viewed to be side-by-side with the Rastafari, it made them more known to the public. The Rastafari followed certain customs like smoking cannabis, wearing their natural hair as dreadlocks and trying to eat natural food.

Jamaican Reggae is normally sung in Jamaican dialects. It usually talks about the state of things in the society and about religion, but it could talk about other things too. To the Rastafari, the artiste is someone with a message. They also deem the soldier and the singer the tools of change. That must’ve been why Bob Marley sang One Love.


How Reggae Influenced the World


The Jamaican Reggae was made popular in Africa by the visit of Bob Marley in 1980 when he came to the Zimbabwean Independence Day. Yet before he came, the Nigerian Reggae was already developed in the 1970s.

One of Reggae’s behaviour in every location it was accepted was that it always took in indigenous musical instruments. It even united with native musical genres to form new ones — it did so in Brazil and formed Samba Reggae; a unity of Samba and Jamaican Reggae.

Reggae also spread in South America and went to Mexico, and even evolved into the Hispanic Reggae among the Hispanics. Hispanic Reggae included rapping.

Culture has no respect for race or status; no person is too small or big to influence the world.