Reggae music & dance

Reggae music & danceMusic

Music is the arrangement of sounds and silence to levels that capture your audience based on the nature of the occasion, setting, and mood. It normally accompanies significant gatherings and events as a form of entertainment. It has a rich history as the human race has been practicing it since the beginning of time to communicate, celebrate and at worst mourn. Few a many rituals or ceremonies are complete without music in its program. The song is units of music.

Influence

Over time this grand art form has evolved into big business enjoying vast commercial success to become an industry on its own. It appeals to people from all broads walks of life hence it can easily be divided into different genres and types. As a language, it has evolved as a form of storytelling to record and past history and knowledge down the corridors of time for generations before the advent of modern record keeping. We sing to communicate with our Ancestors, Gods, loved ones and children. History is littered with odes of love dedicated to our better halves and objects of our desires.

Musical instruments

Implements to create music come in many different forms but the most obvious being our vocal cords, common examples include guitars, cellos, pianos, and drums. Influence of the different types of musical instruments can be a result of the resources to create them. Before the industrial revolution craftsmanship of musical instruments was a prominent role in communities, it continues to this day but with a twist. Successful musicians today make way more money and enjoy a larger share of fame than their counterparts that crafting the tools of their trade.

Therapy of sound

Music is regarded as a universal language and many believe its hidden healing powers when used as a tonic for the soul. With the expansion of our knowledge, it has been proven that music can influence behavior. Think meditation, I doubt you would feel depressed in a club playing Reggae tunes. It’s pulsating high tempo and drumbeats combined with funky urban upbeat lyrics will have you gyrating vigorously on the dance floor. Party night on a vacation in Montego Bay is a musical experience you truly can never forget.

I still can remember some of the nursery school rhymes that I sang in my infancy, music is a platform that you can utilize as a medium to educate. The organization through time stick to memory like glue, who cannot recite the national anthem from their native land. How many sing-alongs songs do you do when you are driving alone and feeling accomplished out of memory? Some song songs just stick into your head like glue and never come out. Am even whistling as I write my article and I have background music to aid my creativity. Am a guy that just loves to dance and I can’t imagine myself dancing to silence, even nature sings in its stillness. You too can dance because that is exactly what music does, it puts everything into a rhythm, a place and a time.

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.

 

Music is something that brings people together. We are seeing this now more than ever. With hip hop culture slowly transitioning into what we call pop culture, we are seeing people of different races and backgrounds come together because of similar interests musically.

More importantly, it is putting a microscope on different social issues prominent amongst different demographics. Music promotes lifestyle and culture, which makes those who have not experienced certain asband-691224_640pects of life interested. In some ways this benefits communities succeeding musically. Particular during times of struggle, having good musical representation helps provide a spokesman on behalf of the community. This person has the megaphone to draw attention to the needs of the community and rally all people from all walks of life around certain issues.

For example we are seeing this happen a lot with the violence in Chicago Illinois. While for many years it has gone unnoticed, the rise of many young artists coming from the inner city has shed light to the overwhelming happenings. In fact, it has even forced hometown resident president Barack Obama to speak on the issues consistently and deliver actionable plans. It is truly powerful how musical transcendence can impact political agenda and business endeavors. If great cause is not tied to business or profit, people tend to be less supportive. It is important to be socially conscious of community and how our own actions in business can impact others.

While a local small business is making money selling guns whether legally or illegally, young kids in the south side of Chicago use the guns to end the lives of their peers before they see high school graduation. Such things should not go unpunished whether caused directly or indirectly. It is important to get to the root of the problem. So subtly, the music has constantly reiterated that message. We must not ignore issues because they do not affect us. We must become apart of the solution or we are apart of the problem.

What you will find is that people grow guilty about knowing the lyrics and the underlying meaning to songs that express struggle but they take no action to help the problem. Subconsciously, they know they should not only appreciate the music, but feel the urge to spread the message. This is how music transcends humanity. It taps into the one constant amongst us all, which is compassion, human emotion, or the ability to feel. The ability to evoke emotion allows musicians to direct the action of the people. It forces the agenda of politicians, and gives support to community leaders.

Music, business, and politics go hand in hand. Each element tugs at the other.  However, music has no boundaries. Freedom of speech is what makes it more powerful than the rest. There are no confines as to where people can go musically, which is why the medium is so powerful.

Many people find passion in music, but have no clue how to propel their career. Most believe that without a record deal from a large corporation like Sony or the Def Jams of the world, they can never realize their musical aspirations. In today’s time that couldn’t be further from the truth.music-business-and-technology

The Internet has leveled the playing field in many industries. Music just so happens to be one of them. In fact, it is at the forefront of pioneering the collapse of an industry that was once predicated on a systematic structure that made the mega players the only ones relevant to everyday listeners.

But now people are consuming music at a rate unseen before. In fact, people are constantly looking for new music everyday. So much so, that they do not mind giving a chance to the amateur around the way who posts their videos on Youtube hoping to catch someone’s attention. This has given everyone a shot to create a core audience for themselves.

More artists than ever are finding their niche and building fan bases that allow them to sustain quality lifestyles just from small gigs locally and beyond. These artists are finding that they are in fact able to get rid of a lot of the negatives that come from doing business with mid to large size music business entities. The equity split remains in their favor, and they are complete entrepreneurs. They will only eat what they kill, yet for many artists they find it so much more rewarding when their passion begins to pay the bills and they managed to get their on their own.

This was an unforeseen revelation in the music industry. Everyone thought that the biggest artists would always belong to the historically great companies that have given us so many artists we know and love. However, artists are beginning to realize that the Internet has given them all of the power to create the career they dreamed of and beyond.

Music entities are chasing after artists with little to know money if they have managed to build out a core following in their cities. Mainly because of the new element of virality that comes into play, an artist with an underground buzz could blow up at any moment given how fast information gets passed along.

So the answer to the age old question of how do I get my music off the ground, is simple. Make good music, and share it with your immediate community. Continue to make quality music with great visuals on your own and someone will want to become a part in a relationship that remains highly beneficial for you but on a greater scale than what your finances may allow. Nonetheless with or without the deal, you can have a great music career thanks to the technology that has taken the industry by storm.