Jamaican Music

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 22nd Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jamaican music is entertaining. This article contains information regarding Jamaican music.

All about Jamaican music

Jamaica is a small island nation located in the Caribbean sea with a population of around 2.6 million people. Jamaica has produced great music, thanks to love for music among Jamaicans. Jamaican music is popular with music lovers all over the world due to its soft melodies, rhythm and overall entertainment value. Various forms of Jamaican music like reggae, dancehall, mento, ska, rocksteady, jazz, ragga, dub music, etc are played at cars, houses and clubs. Jamaica has produced great musicians like Bob Marley.

Jamaican music has its roots in the 17th century when Jamaica was ruled by the British. The British brought thousands of African slaves to Jamaica. These slaves brought their music, language, religion, culture and their way of life to Jamaica. Interaction between Europeans and Africans gave birth to a new language called Patois or Creole. Many Jamaican folk songs are in this language.

Folk music is the earliest form of Jamaican music. The early part of nineteenth century saw the rise of Mentos. Mento is a form of Jamaican music which is produced using instruments like rhumba box, banjo, hand drums and an acoustic guitar. The 1950s is regarded as the golden age of Mento. Ska was greatly influenced by mentos. This is a combination of Mentos and American jazz, rhythm and blues. Reggae came into existence in the later part of 1960s. Reggae gained enormous popularity during the 1970s and 1980s all over the world. During this period it began to take a new form which became popular as dancehall. Its rhythm is faster than that of reggae.

Jamaican music continues to entertain people even today.







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author avatar Godwill
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

Good article.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
23rd Mar 2011 (#)

Hummm . . . no mention of Bob?

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