History Of Reggae – GRAMMY Museum


Moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, this conversation explored the history of reggae and featured GRAMMY-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae singer and Nyabinghi drummer Ras Michael, Lloyd “Bread” McDonald of Jamaican reggae vocal group The Wailing Souls, and Carlton “Santa” Davis, who played drums for bands including Bob Marley & The Wailers.


The panelists discussed a range of topics, including early Jamaican pop music, the creation of reggae as a genre and its early pioneers, and its continued evolution with increasing politically charged lyrics reflecting the social injustices happening in Jamaica. For more information on the GRAMMY Museum, visit www.grammymuseum.org Visit GRAMMY Pro: http://grammypro.com Follow GRAMMY Pro: http://twitter.com/GRAMMYPro Like GRAMMY Pro: http://www.facebook.com/GRAMMYPro

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The sound of Reggae is widely recognised because of its acoustically formed bass and drum downbeat, and its offbeat rhythm section. With such a diversity in style it is also considered complex enough to attract progressively minded musicians. A music that has a strong association with dance covering a variety of styles while also offering a background beat for those sharing Biblical chants of Zion. It is hard to ignore Reggae’s influence and how it interacts with our day-to-day lives. Shared as background music for films and advertising driving its heavy bass lines literally felt wherever rock and pop are played. Reggae has an affinity with mainstream British pop; recognised within the hip-hop culture and considered “cool” by those with no connection to Jamaica. As lovers of reggae my aim is to build a community of reggae followers that can share thoughts, news, events as listeners, artists, DJ’s and hosts.