Reggae     posted: 060804, modified: 060913

There is still a lot of mystery behind how Reggae was coined as this genre of music. Some people say it has to do with the rugged melodies of the songs, some say it comes from the words Regga or streggae. Bob Marley (see below) claimed it came from Spanish influences meaning "the King's music." Reggae music is characterized by the rugged rhythm involved, usually containing drums, bongos, bass, and guitars with a lot of stop and go elements to it. Reggae can often be described in a way as "broken music."

Bob Marley (Bob Marley and the Wailers) (1963-1980) < >

  Probably one of the primary pioneers in Reggae music, Bob Marley is one of the most popular artists ever. His music, inspired by his belief in Rastafarian culture, is laden with his experiences of political repression, gangland warfare and deep insights in the Jamaican Culture. Before his death, he led the biggest tour in Europe in the 1980's, and gained support from all nationalities. Unfortunately Bob Marley's life was cut short when the cancer in his foot spread to the rest of his body after his refusal to amputate his big toe due to his Rastafarian beliefs. He died May 11, 1981 at the age of 36 when the cancer spread to his brain, lungs and heart.

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