A Quick Look At Ska – The Beginning of Ska Music

August 4th, 2013

Released, September 2010 Gappy Ranks may be new in the Jamaican reggae scene, Direct TV, but his debut album already deserves consideration for the genre’s album of the year.  More than a mere musical delight, Put the Stereo on offers a retrospective look at Jamaican music history, with a distinctly similar sounds to artists 30 even 40 years to Gappy Ranks senior.  He chooses not to pander to the hip-hop infused predilections of most modern audiences for which he will likely be rewarded as far as critical acclaim is concerned, though it remains to see what kind of commercial success the CD develops into.  Unfortunately, it seems as if the work couldn’t entirely escape the bad habits of today’s recording artists, as some listeners will immediately auto-tune out to a few tracks, though on the whole the CD is not just tolerable but a true treasure. Read the rest of this entry »


Riddims – The Foundation of Reggae Music

June 17th, 2013

Riddims: The Foundation of Reggae Music

The Importance of Rhythm In Reggae Music
Riddim is the Jamaican word for rhythm. Essentially, rhythm is at the heart of all Jamaican music. Like pop, blues, rock n roll and soul, reggae places a strong emphasis on the rhythm of the music. In most countries around the world, music plays an integral part within the sociological, political and cultural landscape of the times. For Jamaica, reggae has become the central most influential style of music. In fact, reggae has inspired countless bands and genres of music throughout history.

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The Role Of Music In Jamaica’s Cultural Identity

April 21st, 2013

Music is the cornerstone of Jamaica’s cultural identity. The history of Jamaican music is a chronicle of the struggles in Jamaican society involving poverty and crime. One of the first Jamaican artists to achieve popularity outside of Jamaica was Desmond Dekker, known as the “King of Ska”. One of his most popular songs was 007 (Shanty Town). An alternate version of the song was recorded again for audiences in the US and UK.

“Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail/ A shanty Town.”

Contrary to popular misconception, ska music originated in Jamaica and Read the rest of this entry »


Reggae Music – The Soul of Jamaica

June 22nd, 2012

Reggae music is one of the most popular genres of music in Jamaica. It was developed in the 1960s in the heart of Jamaica, and it is a combination of other types of music. Reggae’s roots were formed from a combination of ska, Caribbean tunes, African music, and American blues. There are many subdivisions if reggae, but its basic form involves spectacular style and sound.
Many forms of reggae today involve mixes of hip-hop and rap. Traditional reggae music has an offbeat rhythm that is usually slower than other forms of Jamaican music. The guitar and piano usually provides the Read the rest of this entry »


Bob Marley: Jamaican Reggae and Rastafari Hero

October 5th, 2011

Bob Marley is not only known for his great music that has inspired a whole generation of Reggae as well as Hip-Hop, but being a social activist that looked out for the rights of the people. He was integral in bringing not only quality music that could rock stage shows, but empowering messages that challenged the mind.

Bob Marley not only sold millions of records worldwide and influenced Reggae on a more global stream, but he Read the rest of this entry »


Marley, Herc, An’ Ska in America

October 1st, 2011

The influence of Jamaican music in America is seen through many genres. Artists such as Bob Marley, Kool Herc, and the ska genre have impacted the culture.

Bob Marley has become one of the most popular artists in America, even after death. Bob Marley first started out in America with the ska band The Wailers. After they split up, Marley went solo, but still kept the name. In American he-s known as the first international pop star.

Kool Herc, also known as Read the rest of this entry »


A Jamaican Art Form Called Ska

September 29th, 2011

Long before reggae became the signature sound of the island nation of Jamaica, there was ska. Jamaicans in the 1960s became enamored with the American Rhythm and Blues music that was becoming popular on radio broadcasts all over the world. In some areas, this R&B fascination led to the rise of Rock and Roll. In Jamaica, the sound fused with Carribbean and calypso beats and eventually became ska.

Characterized by heavy bass lines and fast-paced beats, ska took hold around the same time of Jamaica gaining independence from Read the rest of this entry »


Introducting Your Friends to Reggae Music

September 9th, 2011

Everyone’s seen a Bob Marley concert on Direct tv Movies On Demand and who hasn’t heard everything from the Wailers? What about your friend who doesn’t know much about Reggae? Here are a few of the easiest artists to start people on when they don’t know how great Jamaican music isyet.
Beenie Man: He’s got a sound anyone can relate to and he’s got a really fun vibe all his Read the rest of this entry »


Jamaican Music: The Brilliance of Kofi Kingston

April 30th, 2011

Kofi Kingston is a professional wrestler signed to the WWE. He thrills audiences with his originality and creativity. His wrestling style is often high risk, and always high in entertainment. His finishing move is a tornado kick that he calls Trouble in Paradise. He also has very flashy signature moves, including the Boom Drop, which is a double leg drop with some theatrics. When Kofi came up to the WWE main roster he was billed as the first Jamaican born Read the rest of this entry »


Jamaican Music: Understanding This Genres of Music

April 18th, 2011

Jamaica, an island in the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean, claims the roots of a number of some of the most culturally evocative types of music in the world. When one hears reggae, there’s no question in your mind what it is. Bob Marley took it worldwide, along with a few others, and spread a message of love, redemption, and harmony, captivating audiences the world over. When a ska song comes on, again, you can feel where the Read the rest of this entry »