Is Reggae Music New?

Reggae, like its predecessors ska and rocksteady, builds upon its predecessors but stands alone as its own genre. While slower than its peers it contains more musical complexity.

Lee “Scratch” Perry is widely recognized as having pioneered dub music within reggae music, taking it beyond ska and rocksteady to form its own subgenre known as dub.


Osbourne Ruddock (known by his stage name King Tubby), Errol Thompson and Lee “Scratch” Perry of Jamaica started crafting dub music in the late 1960s, sparking a musical revolution which has profoundly shaped multiple music genres. They used their studio as an arena for remixing and improvisation which has inspired artists ranging from Kanye West to Pharrell Williams.

Dubstep, which originated as drum and bass from the UK and features heavy bass-heavy rhythmic patterns, has evolved into its own genre of dance music with beats synced to the tempo of songs; furthermore it often contains extensive echo/reverb effects for added effect. Dub’s roots lie with drum and bass which has had a significant effect on popular culture today and beyond. Dub’s main influence lies within electronic music but has had significant ramifications on popular culture overall as well. Its origins lie within drum and bass’s origins which stemmed from UK origins where heavy bass/drum patterns were combined. Dub’s influence can be found within electronic music with electronic dance music genres like dubstep’s heavy beats/beats sound system and extensive echo/reverb effects for dance music enthusiasts to dance to. Dubstep has its roots within drum and bass itself and features heavy bass-beats while dubstep has its own genre dance music genre alongside heavy bass/beats that is synced tempo- synced beats which synced to song’s tempo synced beats and drum patterns are synced together tempo- but apart from drum and bass’s own genre dance music dubstep has evolved into its own dance music genre genre with extensive echo/reverb effects for dance music fans to dance to.

Early reggae records typically featured two tracks: vocal A and instrumental B sides, commonly referred to as versions. These tracks allowed producers and engineers to add extra instruments; deejays (Jamaican predecessors to rappers) would often perform lyrics over instrumental versions – leading to Jamaica’s distinct tradition of ska, rocksteady, and reggae music.

Dub productions did not resemble their inspiration recordings in that their songs weren’t designed to be played on traditional radio stations or dance halls; rather they were intended for listening through large, resonant speakers at sound systems – local gathering places where patrons listened to music while trading and selling vinyl records.

Sound system culture, which gave rise to dub, has helped preserve Jamaican music’s legacy and its lasting influence worldwide. Today, dub and its technological descendants remain popular in both the US and beyond; dub reggae has given birth to other musical genres, including hip hop and electronic. This video examines its evolution while discussing its impact on other musical forms.


Rocksteady only saw its peak years between 1966 and 1968, yet its impact is indelible on Jamaican music. Boasting infectious rhythms and socially conscious lyrics from artists like Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals and The Heptones with themes of love, unity and resistance against oppression – its emergence coincided with significant social changes: as independence celebrations died down after 1962 began to subside, young people from rural areas moved into urban ghettos such as Riverton City Greenwich Town or Trenchtown where music offered newfound freedom through self-expression through music & self-expression through musical self-expression through music & self-expression through self-expression through self-expression through self-expression through self-expression through music – discovering freedom through self-expression via music & self-expression through self-expression through music & self-expression through self-expression through self-expression through music & self-expression through self-expression through musical expression through self-expression through music & self-expression through music; it coincided with significant social changes that occurred post post 1962 when young people left rural areas and moved into urban ghettos such as Riverton City Greenwich Town Trenchtown where young people found newfound freedom through music & self-expression through self expression through music as their freedom through freedom through music as their independence was met euphoria through musically expressionism as independence euphoria similar ways as Independence was found through music! Trenchtown where young people found new freedom through musical self-expression as Independence was emerging simultaneously along side significant social changes within Jamaica with significant social changes that saw young people migrating rural areas as Independence began migrating urban ghettos where Riverton City Greenwich Town Trenchtown were given freedom through self-expression through musical self-expression through musically expressed through self-expression through urban ghettos such as Riverton Town Trenchtowns became self-expressing through Rivert gheton Town Trenchtown where young people found new freedom through musical self-expression was found through self-expressing their self-expressing their sense of independence a sense of Independence 1962 began its initial rush by migration which had provided by rural areas such as Rivertun gheatrenchtown found musical freedom through Trenchtown were found new senses Trench Town Trenchtown Trenchtowns Trench Town Trenchtown Trenchtown found found relief via Rivertle Trench Town Trenchtown Trench Town Trenchtowns Trench Town Trenchtown found it found freedom through music where young gherepression as their expression through songs were released musical expression through Rivertin sojour. Trench Town being where found found it’s release through music became freerment were giving release through Riverttown found release through this genre with musical self-s ghesters ghex Tre Tre Trench Town Trench Town Trench Town through Trench Town Trench Town where young g g’ g through Trench Town with Trench Town etc;

Rocksteady bridged the gap between ska and reggae through its development being heavily influenced by jazz, R&B, mento calypso and US soul genres. It had a slower tempo than ska while guitar and piano players began adding accented beats around its basic offbeat pattern.

Reggae eventually eclipsed rocksteady as an influential musical genre during the 1970s, yet many questions still linger over its difference and how it relates to one another. Casual listeners may associate both genres as being part of a “family” of music similar to how hard rock and heavy metal belong together regardless of their differences.

Notably, reggae was the direct successor of rocksteady. Taking its tempo and style as inspiration, its components were modified for use in reggae – bass lines, chord progressions, syncopated guitar/piano offbeats all became signature features of reggae music.

Rocksteady has long been at the heart of modern reggae and dancehall music. While maintaining its unique sounds and representing Jamaican culture, it also creates uplifting songs like Koffee’s “Lockdown,” which encourages listeners to remain strong when faced with tough circumstances.

No matter your level of reggae interest or background, this lively documentary is certain to captivate! With recordings made at Tuff Gong Studios, rare archival footage from that era and interviews with some of the musicians responsible for its creation, it offers an engaging portrait.


As the 1960s came to a close, Jamaican music took an abrupt tempo shift as ska gave way to rocksteady. This genre’s new sound featured soulful vocal harmonies and an intense sense of social consciousness; artists like Alton Ellis, The Paragons, and the Techniques were instrumental in its development from ska. This period marked an important point in reggae history and laid the groundwork for its growth into an effective force of resistance and change.

Roots reggae music addresses the struggles and aspirations of African Diaspora members. Lyrically, its themes include spirituality and religion, poverty in ghetto areas, racism and black pride; while its social justice messages stem from Rastafarianism roots. Roots reggae often touches upon issues related to liberation or revolution while political commentary often criticises capitalism, racism or corrupt government – advocating spiritual repatriation back home to Africa.

Roots reggae’s musical motifs are inspired by African culture, and some artists have used African rhythms as inspiration in their works. Drummers use various drums (snares and bongos) and various types of percussion instruments that intertwine beats that create the genre’s signature rhythm; bass guitar and other electric guitars also are commonly featured.

Roots reggae’s sounds reflect the freedom and vibrancy of Jamaican society, yet its message transcends borders. Roots reggae encourages self-love and social change while its soothing acoustic simplicity touches hearts around the globe. Roots reggae has had such an incredible influence that it has inspired generations to rise above oppression and take back their power.

Influences of reggae span the globe, inspiring activists, artists, and ordinary people alike to fight for justice and take a stand against oppression. From Bob Marley’s powerful protest songs to Gregory Isaac’s romantic pleas anthems resonating across audiences worldwide. Reggae remains alive and vibrant – inspiring individuals worldwide to break free of oppression while creating a more peaceful, loving world.


Dancehall music has emerged as an international standard bearer of Jamaican reggae music in recent years. Critics have pointed to its sensually explicit lyrics for glorifying violence and drug culture that can harm young people; yet Dancehall artists also frequently call out government corruption while spreading messages of hard work and faith in its songs.

dancehall was originally the music of choice for partygoers in Kingston’s ghetto area; today it is one of Jamaica’s primary cultural exports around the world. Dancehall gained greater marketability during the 1990s thanks to high-quality music videos and CD technology which added hip-hop influences, further popularizing it and making artists such as Shabba Ranks, Supercat and Bounty Killer famous enough to garner endorsements from global brands and create pop star like personalities that use their popularity to become known by audiences worldwide.

Music from this era is generally louder and faster than the roots or rocksteady styles that came before. Additionally, electronic sounds such as drum machines or synthesizers were frequently employed; some artists even added guitars into the mix! As such, this genre quickly gained worldwide popularity while appealing to younger demographics.

Many Jamaican artistes of today use their popularity to convey positive messages of love and hope through dancehall music. Artistes such as Beenie Man and Bounty Killa have used dancehall to foster community upliftment by building projects like schools in Waterhouse and Craig Town; thus distancing it from associations between dancehall and subcultures associated with criminality and society at large.

Though popular music generally continues to thrive despite this perception, some audiences remain opposed to artists known for being violent and offensive – such as Popcaan. Although he currently serves as dancehall’s international standard bearer, his album wasn’t nominated in this year’s Grammys for Best Reggae Album category. Yet Popcaan used his popularity to increase international awareness for dancehall by creating Unruly Fest and signing with Drake’s OVO label.