Jamaican reggae music grew from a number of other
musical styles such as Mento and Ska. Even the American R&B music
had a tremendous influence on Jamaica reggae music. Bob
Marley was the artist that put reggae music on a global platform making
it an instant hit with his life transforming performances. He was probably the most popular and aggressive international ambassador of this genre of music.
Most people consider him to be entirely responsible
for making reggae music known worldwide. Till then this genre of music
was popular only in Jamaica.
There have been a couple of other artists who have contributed tremendously to reggae music, such as Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. But, Bob Marley has been the pioneer whose contributions cannot be under-estimated.
Reggae is actually only one of several distinctly Jamaican sounds, and the nation's musical heritage runs much deeper. Inspired by our rich African folk heritage, Jamaica's music spans mento, ska, rocksteady, roots music, contemporary dancehall and ragga.
There have been occasions, however, when this has been misinterpreted by many who are not aware of the sacred and ritualistic nature of marijuana in Jamaica.
But reggae has, in-spite of all
kinds of attacks and obstacles in various form has evolved into
something that truly defines the culture of Jamaica.
Reggae has attracted many people in every country and today a lot of beginners find inspiration in Bob Marley and try to produce music just as he did.
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