Where Did Reggae Music Originate?

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Reggae music originated in Jamaica during the late 1960′s. Many people think that Reggae is one music that describes every sound that comes out of Jamaica but their wrong. The reggae beat and style that originated after the development of Ska and Rock-steady. Reggae has a distinctive sound that distiquiese it from the others due to its regular chops and the off beat that’s referred as the skank. The Tempo is generally slower than that found in Ska and Rocksteady.

The Rastafari movement has played a vital role in Reggae music even up today, 1 out of 3 Jamaican are Rastafari. Reggae music is all about poverty, social injustice, religion and love and because of the turmoil that jamaica has faced over the years it speaks from the soul.
Reggae music is generally mixed from tradition African beat drum and from the Caribbean and it has a mix of English and Jamaica patios. The origins of the word “Reggae” is still out on the table.

The Oxford English Dictionary says that the origin is not found (unknown) but could be derived from the Jamaican slang word rega-rege what translates to quarrel. Many other Jamaicans believe that it could have come from the Bantu speaking tribe from Lake Tanganyika they used to call prostitutes “Streggea”. Bob Marley said to that the word reggae came from a Spanish term for “the king’s music”. The liner notes of To the King, a compilation of Christian gospel reggae, suggest the Origins and development
Bob Marley

Thanks to musical genius such as Bob Marley during the 1960′s reggae was not only becoming famous in Jamaica but internationally known. United Kingdom had a big role to play by playing all reggae music on the radio stations and it blended well with the punk rock era. Many U.K bands were influenced by the reggae beat and incorporated in their own music such as Clash and the Slits.

During the 1970′s the hot Jamaica movie “The Harder They Come” starring Jimmy Cliff helped boost the popularity of reggae music all around the world. Not only where there movie helping the cause but Eric Claptons 1974 cover of the Bob Marley song ” I Shot The Sheriff” would open the door and bring Reggae music into North America.

Now in the year 2009 Reggae music is extremely popular and has broken down many walls and made its way across the world influencing many people. Reggae music has helped make way for a newer type of music such as “Dancehall” for the younger generation. To listen to Reggae music just click on www.rrrmusic.com and you will hear all of the latest in Reggae music and the top ten.


  1. kirsha

    bob marley is well fit and hes a rwealy good singer


  2. savon

    Bob Marly is the reason I like reggae. He’s the reggae king


  3. i luv reggae! bobs the best!


  4. TayLor =)

    reggae is the shizz. i love bob marley,<3(;


  5. unknown sex affender

    heeeeeeyyyyyy aye yahhhhhhhhh


  6. **BOBMARLEY** WILL LIVE FOR EVER AND HIS MUSIC WILL GO ON ON HE IS THE NEW REGGAE HISTORY HIS SOUL WALK ON THE JAMAICA GROWN HE IS THE SHIT BELIVE IT OR NOT


  7. Dotty Dreads

    mi love Bob Nesta Marley so much and reggae will live on forever and always spread Jah message. ONE LOVE, ONE HEART, ONE DESTINY


  8. (=

    bob marley goes hardd sonn .


  9. shanae

    i love my country’s culture


  10. jadee:)xx

    i love bob marlay! he is a ledgend! easy now bean head!


  11. shaniece

    hi i like him too!!!!!!!


  12. lizzie

    i really do think that bob marley is a good singer.. and if he was alive now i sure that he would make us more proud,, includind his family… i gues thats my views, on our hero bob marley….


  13. laba diia

    Jah bless these prophet. like marcus. for thier influence


  14. chloeeeeeey

    ‘one love’ bob marleys best well known song, and hi people!i felt like posting online:)


  15. Shanz xD

    Bob marley is awesome you will live forever


  16. Lexusguzman

    Smoking sum herbs listening to this music is the thing to do ;)


  17. VHAHANGWELE

    ME LOV BOB NESTA MARLEY. I SHOT THE SHERIF IS ME SONG FOR RELAXATION. USING HERB(canabbis)IS ME LYF. PLS SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT LEGALISE MARRRRIWANA. I ND I SAID IT.


  18. VHAHANGWELE

    I ND I NOT PREJEDISED ABT ME SELF COS IM A RASTAMAN AND I LOV ME HERB AN ME RAGGAE. JOSEPH HILL. ERIC DONALD. JAMBO. UB40. BERNING SPEAR. BOB NESTA MARLEY ND THE WAILERS.BERNNY WAILER.KING TUBBY. COCOA TEA. DORNCARLOS. PETER TOSH. DARMIEN MARLEY. DERMACO KINGSTON. GLEN WASHONGTON. GIMMY CLIFF. ARE MY REGGAE HEROS.


  19. georgia

    Bob Marley was a great artist. his work placed this small country of ours on the international scene. Many today still know of his music and his influence is still evident. big up to his family and children who continuing the work of their father and love one. Big up Junior Gang, you large. Big all the positive peeps out there, keep positive all the time.


  20. Livvyyyy

    were studying bob marley at school and its really hard to play the beats grrrrr


  21. Dauda Abu

    Reggae music has help..the world..may the soul of Bob Marley rest in peace..one luv


  22. EZNIQUE

    LOVE RAGGAE MUSIC


  23. richieyrich

    reggae music is people lives


  24. Prince Julius Ugsta Kakaire

    reggae forever jah bless rastafarians


  25. bernard

    bob.


  26. rachel dawson

    ob marley is a legand but not any more hes deed :)


  27. Goku

    AMAZING


  28. mike limbernuts

    indeed mon’ he was a legend but hes deeeeeed mon’everybody all haill tupac


  29. arianna

    this is awesome peps


  30. peacemore

    raggae iz everything


  31. Edwardinho.

    I and i…we are de same.gone is thy flesh…spritualy yu are stil standing on the pinacle.”BOB ROBERT NESTA MARLEY”.


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