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(S2.E12.) Special: Reggae Music

Reggae Music. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

“Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat, known as the skank. The tempo is generally slower than that found in ska. Reggae usually has accents on the 3rd beat in each bar, there being four beats in a bar; most people think it's accentuated on the 2nd and 4th because of the rhythm guitar. Reggae is often associated with the Rastafari movement, an influence on many prominent reggae musicians from its inception. Reggae song lyrics deal with many subjects, including faith, love, relationships, poverty, injustice and other broad social issues. (Taken from the first paragraph describing this genre from the first paragraph of the main article on this music from Wikipedia.)

This special podcast provides an some insight into another region of the world by listening to some popular music that is commonly played over the radio. Music often reflects the culture of another country. This episode focuses on Reggae music. While originally considered music from the Caribbean, it has spread around the world. One of the artists featured is from South Africa. Check out the Wikipedia entry on Reggae music as a starting pointing. Links are provided for more information on each of the music artists on this podcast below.

The five music groups featured are:
1. Ziggy Marley, “Into the groove" http://www.ziggymarley.com/
2. Ras Sheehama, “Pure love" http://www.rassheehama.com/
3. Zion Eye, “One love" http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=14915718
4. Majek Fashek, “I am not afraid" http://www.majekfashek.com
5. Soul fege, “To be free" http://www.soulfege.com

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