reggae music

This is a very interesting topic. Everyone is anxious to know about the origin of a particular music they like. For instance, reggae music.

Before we get to know the origin of reggae music, it will be prudent enough to explain what is a music, and how is a music created.

When various sounds from instruments are mixed with voices of people singing in a specific tone and uniform rhythm, the overall art created is called a music. This art will have an appeal to people who will be attracted for entertainment, praise or worship for religious individuals.

Now, pay attention. The term reggae comes from the Spanish word which means ‘for the Kings’. Meaning leadership. It is well known that the point of spread of this music was Jamaica. Jamaica is a country that believed in kingship since ancient times, and have had an affiliation to Babylon. The God of the kings was referred to as the Mighty Jah.

It is also important to note that it was during 1960’s when this music evolved. This is the period immediately after the music known as the Rock had been famous. The reggae music took the rhythm of the Rock music as it had been championed for during that time.

The creation of reggae music was meant to worship and give praise to the God whom they named the Mighty Jah. At this time, people would be able to give their sacrifices and offerings in form of various items. This could include plants like Cannabis and sacrifices in form of animals. That is the reason why people who sing reggae music are always associated with Cannabis commonly known as bhang.

The Cannabis plant leaves were used for smoking at the session of the music or during discussions.

The worship offered by reggae music fall under a religion called Rastafari. This is the religion that became popular over the world in 1930. It was formed by those who believed in Haile Selassie, Ethiopian emperor as the second coming Christ or the human superior prophet through which God will speak through. King Haile Selassie was regarded as freedom fighter for the Jamaicans and a small group of other people who had been believed to have been forsaken in the diaspora. This religion had three subdivided groups under it.

The reign of reggae music which came 1960, was as a result of the Rastafari Religion found in 1930. And it was meant to glorify the mighty Jah. This reggae music was first housed by a band known as the Wailers. The wailers band consisted of Bob Marley who went allover the world known for the music. This is the time the religion became strong and every individual could champion about it though they belonged to the other religions.

In 1980’s, when Bob Marley and King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia died, the Rastafari movement calmed down suddenly.

Other reggae musicians who became popular are like; Burning Spear, Elton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Michael Rose and Joseph Hill (Culture) among others.

Most Famous Producers

You probably listen to music on a daily basis. While you are walking down the street, riding a bike, sitting on a bus, in your car… basically everywhere. Non-musicians listen to the music just to spare their time, not thinking about who made that song. But there are people who work hard to make that catchy song that we sing while we are showering.

  1. Joe Meek

Born as Robert George Meek.

He was a Pioneer of the Britain pop and rock music. Had a big contribution as a producer and as a musician in the early 1960’s.

His most notable song is called “Telstar”, performed by Britain group Tornados (1962) which become No.1 Britain song on USA top lists. (“Billboard Hot 100”)

He received a notable award for his work, “Ivor Novello Award” for the best-produced song.

He also worked as a film producer, and he cooperated with the most famous actors and musicians of his time.

However, his success was short-lasting because he became depressed and unsatisfied with his life, so he committed suicide in 1967.

Who knows what he would bring us if he managed to live longer.

  1. Shellback

You may not have heard about this name, but you definitely heard his songs.

Born as Johan Schuster in Sweden, he was involved in a making of hits like “If you seek Amy” by Britney Spears and Pink’s “So what”.

Next time you dance to Maroon 5 “One more night” (No.1 for 9 weeks) or Taylor Swift’s “I know you were trouble”, make sure to think about the man behind those catchy lyrics.

  1. Max Martin

You all heard about Katy Perry? Did you know who was standing behind some of her very popular songs? Pay attention to this very talented man.

His real name is Karl Martin Sandberg, and he was born in Sweden in 1971.

He started his career in the early 1990’s, and very soon he became one of the top producers of his time. His songs truly hit, and No1. on the Hot 100.

Worked for Britney Spears, Beastie Boys, and Taylor Swift.

  1. Jeff Bhasker

Also known as U.G.L.Y. or Billy Kraven, born in Kansas, USA.

This guy worked for many modern and famous artists, such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Pink, Kanye West.

His most notable song is “We are young” by Fun. This song was No.1 for six weeks on Hot 100. For this hit, he even got a Grammy Award – “Song of the Year”.

He says that he is not just making the music, but he also tries to make an impact on the society with his work.

  1. Ryan Lewis

There is probably no one in the world who has not heard of his songs.

Ryan Lewis is young American DJ and producer.

In his young career, he managed to make a lot of hits that everybody knows.

First have to mention his “Thrift Shop” to which, you have to admit, you always sing along when you hear it on the radio.

He is still very young and he is yet to produce new worldwide hits.