Roots reggae and resistance

Once feared by the authorities and celebrated by rebels from Notting Hill to Zimbabwe, roots reggae has been sanitised. Bob Marley is presented as simply uplifting summer music. But a series 1970s reggae reissues is making it possible to see how innovative, influential and politically aware it was.


Dub poetry--an extension of reggae culture

"Mutabaruka is an internationally acclaimed dub poet, social critic, performer and actor. Hailing from Jamaica, he is influenced by Rastafarianism and his work focuses on themes of social justice, human rights and black liberation." - http://www.stanford.edu/group/CSA/mutabaruka.html

Dub poetry--an extension of reggae culture

"Dub poetry was the name given to the style of verse which reflected a revival of orality in Caribbean poetry, influenced by reggae music. " -http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Dub poetry--an extension of reggae culture
"Dub, an indigenous usage in this context, is a form of performance poetry having its roots in popular Jamaican culture, and more particularly in reggae and Rastafarianism. The movement has served to bring poetry, or at least some poetry, back to the people, although the performance-entertainment aspect sometimes mask shallow content and creativity." -http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/worldlit/caribbean/caribbean_poetry.htm



Emerging in the early '90s, Shaggy was the biggest crossover success in dancehall reggae. Not only did he become the genre's most commercially potent artist in the international market, he was also more than just a typical flash in the pan, managing to sustain a career over the course of several highly popular albums. Perhaps in part because he wasn't based in Jamaica, he never really needed to have it both ways: virtually ignoring the hardcore dancehall crowd, his music was unabashedly geared toward good times, a friendly (if horny) persona, and catchy party anthems.


Gone but not forgotten

click on the link for a list of artists and important people in reggae music that are no longer with us because their careers were cut short. They are greatly missed, but their music and important work will never leave us. http://www.reggaesource.com/c/rs/memorial.html?id=q8dWkzA8


Ska is integral to the history of Reggae. Fashion-wise, the era will always evoke feelings of nostalgia for its sheer sense of romanticism and flair. Dances took place outside sometimes on great lawns where revellers would travel from the outskirts of town and beyond to witness the selector laying down all the popular hits. < http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/features/reggae/fashion_ska.shtml >