|Here comes Reggae!
It is not known when and from
what the word 'Reggae' came from, but is was the Third World's
first musical star Bob
Marley that took Reggae to the masses and made it the universal
language. For many Reggae was and remains the domain of Hon. Robert
Nesta Marley, the undisputed King of Reggae Music.
Bob Marley's untimely death
robbed the world of one of the Greatest. Since his death many successful
musicans have taken up the mantle and brought Reggae into the 90's.
Artists like Freddie McGregor, the late Dennis Brown , Gregory
Issacs (the Cool Ruler) & Marcia Griffiths consistently
gave us popular hits & continued in the path of keeping up the
standards of Reggae Music.
A new form of reggae began
as 'dub'( a method of cutting out the vocals, leaving
the heavy bass and drum line so that singers can dub over with their lyrics)
is considered to be the beat of the 90's. Early
efforts of - U Roy, King Stitch, Big Youth, Yellowman & ShabbaRanks
dancehall to the club scene just in time when Rap became popular in North
America. This scene is now dominated by,
Buju Banton, Supercat,
Sister Carol, Patra and the Dancehall King,
Man . This style continues to rule in its birthplace, the
genre of "Reggae Talk" called Dub poetry was introduced by Linton K.
Johnson in the late 70's. Unlike dancehall in which the music
often overshadows the lyrics, in Dub Poetry the message is emphasized.
Dub poets like; Mutabaruka, the late Mikey Smith, Queen
Majeeda, Yasu Afri and others have stirred consciences with their outspokedness.