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Reggae Discovered – Bob Marley, Lee Perry, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Dave & Ansel Collins

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To many, Reggae and Jamaica are one and the same. Originating in the late 1960s, reggae evolved from ska and rocksteady music. Ska – also known as blue beat – emerged in the late 1950s and combined mento and calypso with American rhythm and blues and jazz. Rocksteady followed, emerging in the mid sixties and performed by Jamaican vocal harmony groups like the Paragons. There is some disagreement as to the origins of the name ‘reggae’. However the accepted first use in song is in the 1968 album, Do The Reggay by Toots and the Maytals. These were the foundations of reggae music. Characterized by a heavy bass guitar sound, reggae music is instantly recognizable in the way that it accents the second and fourth beats in each bar. The characteristic percussive reggae ‘heartbeat’ draws on the tradition of African nyabingi drumming. Drumbeats vary across the genre and there are three main types. Some songs carry a ‘One Drop’ beat, with emphasis on the third beat of the bar while the first beat remains ‘empty’. A second drumbeat type is termed ‘Rockers’ which has emphasis on beats one and three in the bar. The third style is ‘Steppers’ and is a more driving beat with a bass drum playing four beats to the bar. The genre itself is also comprised of two specific subgenres. Roots reggae music is Rastafarian inspired reggae, its lyrics praise Jah, are highly spiritual and rooted in a social awareness that should be termed ‘political’. Dancehall reggae uses rapping or ‘toasting’ over faster beats and is largely secular in subject matter focusing on aspects of everyday life like sex, socializing, and lifestyle. Dancehall has spawned further subgenres, including Ragga, Reggaeton, and Reggae Rock fusion. 

Reggae as a genre has also laid the foundations for other musical styles including dub and drum and bass. Winnie Mandela said that Reggae music had the power to, “Uplift, inspire, and unite” and this is evident in the political and religious subjects of many reggae songs, although love and relationships feature too, most often in the soul-reggae fusion of Lovers Rock. The importance of reggae music cannot be overstated. For Jamaica, it is more valuable to its economy than sugar. It has been described as the first true world beat and as Jamaica’s gift to the world. It is celebrated globally on International Reggae Day, held on 1 July every year.

Release details

Label: AA Vinyl, Bellevue Publishing Uk Ltd
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Units: 3
Country: UK
Released: 2016
Genre: Reggae


A1 Lively Up Yourself
A2 Soul Rebel
A3 African Herbsman
A4 Small Axe
A5 Natural Mystic
A6 Trenchtown Rock
B1 Soul Fire
B2 Jah Jah Ah Natty Dread
B3 Return Of The Super Ape
B4 The Lion
B5 Throw Some Water In
B6 Scratch The Dub Organizer
C1 Lover'S Paradise
C2 Wolga Nagga Fire
C3 You Are Sugar And Spice
C4 Gangster
C5 Love Is So True
C6 Have You Ever
D1 Maximum Respect
D2 Nobody Knows
D3 She Is Not My Kind
D4 Murder In The Dancehall
D5 Me Nah Leggo
D6 Brother Don'T Give Up
E1 In The Midnight Hour
E2 Homely Girl
E3 Oh Girl
E4 Born To Lose
E5 Wolf And Leopard
E6 Stealing, Stealing
F1 Double Barrel
F2 Monkey Spanner
F3 Only The Strong Survive
F4 On Broadway
F5 Burning Love
F6 Shocks Of Mighty