12 Things to Know About Reggae

12 Things to Know About Reggae

1. The term reggae was derived from rege-rege, a Jamaican phrase meaning “rags or ragged clothing,” it is used to denote a raggedy style of music. The reggae genre came into to being in the 1960s as an evolution of the Rocksteady and Ska musical styles.

2. The term reggae was derived from rege-rege, a Jamaican phrase meaning “rags or ragged clothing,” it is used to denote a raggedy style of music. The reggae genre came into to being in the 1960s as an evolution of the Rocksteady and Ska musical styles.ay.

12 Things to Know About Reggae

3. Besides its sound, music is frequently associated with the common themes in its lyrics. The earliest reggae lyrics spoke mostly of love, specifically romantic love between a man and a woman. But as the music and the musicians making it made their way into the 1970s, reggae started taking on a heavy Rastafarian influence

4. When music reached more popular international acclaim was after singer Jimmy Cliff released a movie called “The Harder They Come” with a powerful socio-political storyline and an equally strong song soundtrack.

12 Things to Know About Reggae
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5. The richest living artist alive is Shaggy who is worth $22 Million. This is a big surprise as I wouldn’t have had him down as my number 1 song artist. But I suppose he did sell out and make pop tunes.

6. If Bob Marley was still alive he would be worth $130 Million. This is an incredible fact; Bob was so influential that even after his death he inspires millions. His net worth is more than the top 10 richest living artists combined.

7. Bob Marley has 11 legitimate children to several women and 2 illegitimate children not registered on the Marley Website. This is amazing how the women put up with it; he was sleeping with another woman whilst married. But this is only looked down on in the western culture. Rasta believes in free love.

12 Things to Know About Reggae
12 Things to Know About Reggae

8. Bestselling Reggae Album of all time is Bob Marley Legend album. This is the most popular album worldwide as well. It’s amazing how one man can have so much influence on the world.

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9. The majority of the old artists from Jamaica were shot in gang-related incidents. This is shocking. Even Bob was shot but survived. I knew Jamaica was rough but I didn’t realize how much trouble actually goes on until I watched the Marley Documentary.

10. Did you know One Love by Bob Marley was hugely inspired by Curtis Mayfield song People Get Ready? Well, it was. Bob Marley was a huge fan of Curtis Mayfield and he originally wanted to do soul music. Just an interesting reggae fact.

12 Things to Know About Reggae
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11. The Queen of England presented Beenie man with the artist of the year award. I didn’t realize the queen was involved with this Ahah!

12. Reggae color is red, yellow and green, but black is also included

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