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Top Essential Reggae Facts #7 Will Surprise You!

Top Essential Reggae Facts #7 Will Surprise You!

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Reggae is truly a world culture. This unique, uplifting music has traveled the world over and become such a fascinating movement, we felt compelled to look back and share some of our favorite insights. Get ready to learn!

1. Subgenres

Reggae has inspired the creation of several other genres of modern music. From roots rock and dub reggae to dancehall, cumbia, reggaeton, moombahton and of course dubstep.
2. The Legend

Bob Marley’s Legend is not surprisingly, the highest selling reggae record of all time.
3. Influences

Although heavily influenced by ska and rocksteady, reggae became the unique movement we know it as today thanks to additional inspiration from mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and blues.
4. Drumbeats

Reggae drumbeats fall into three categories: one drop, rockers and steppers. One drop focuses on kicks and snares, or the back beat. Rockers is predominantly closing and opening of the hi hat. Steppers consists of a bass drum kick on the quarter beat of each bar, giving the track a solid, driving tempo.
5. The Wailers Were Too Good

Bob Marley and Peter Tosh’s incredible band were actually once kicked off of a tour they were the supporting act for because they were far more popular than the headliner.

 

6. Peter Tosh, Multi Instrumentalist

The legendary Peter Tosh was the only original member of The Wailers who knew how to play any instruments. Tosh used his knowledge to educate the rest of the band, including teaching Bob Marley how to play guitar.
7. The Name

The term Reggae was coined some time around 1960. It was derived from the term ‘rega-rega’ , a Jamaican phrase that meant ‘raggedly clothing’.
8. The Bass Rules All

Known for being the most important instrument in all of reggae, the bass guitar traditionally carries the rest of the instrumentation and ties the music together. The drums and bass come together to form the backbone, commonly known as the riddim.
9. Island Records

The legendary label was started in 1959 in Jamaica as a means of recording and releasing reggae music. Initially releasing records from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan and The Wailers, the label grew exponentially and eventually released records from Jethro Tull, U2, Cat Stevens and many more.
10. Skinhead Reggae

Believe it or not, skinhead reggae was not about racism, the faster and louder style was actually quite the opposite. Popular skinhead reggae bands include legends Toots & The Maytals, John Holt and The Pioneers.

 

11. UK Connection

Reggae music blew up in the United Kingdom in the 60s and 70s, and became part of the mainstream eventually thanks to BBC Djs like the legend John Peel, and eventually produced acts like The Clash and UB40.
12. Lots Of Love

In Rastafarianism, free love is encouraged. Bob Marley has 11 children that we know of.
13. Reggae Royalty

Riddim hitmaker Beenie Man was once honored as ‘Reggae Artist Of The Year’ by Queen Elizabeth herself.
14. Clapton

A big reason reggae became such a force in North America was guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. He stayed true to the reggae fundamentals while truly putting his own unique twist on the song.
15. Punk Rock

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, punk rock was beginning to take over the world. Bands like The Clash, The Slits and The Ruts, to name a few, were clearly heavily influenced by reggae music.

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