MF0857598 Reggae:Music That Moves


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This presentation is about where reggae music originated, how it has moved from its roots in Jamaica to becoming a worldwide interest, its ties with the Rastafarian religion and what the music is about. The presentation will show how powerful the movement of reggae music has been and how it has influenced people and music around the world since its beginning.

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MF0857598 Reggae:Music That Moves

  1. 1. MF0857598 Reggae: MUSIC THAT MOVES
  2. 2. THE START OF REGGAE <ul><li>The word reggae as a musical term first appeared in print with the 1968 rocksteady hit “Do the reggay” by the Maytals. It was already being used in Kingston, Jamaica as the name of a slower dance and style of rocksteady </li></ul><ul><li>Although strongly influenced by both traditional African and Caribbean music, as well as by reggae owes its direct origins to the progressive development of ska and rocksteady in Jamaica – 1960s </li></ul><ul><li>Bob Marley, who later popularized the style on a world-wide basis, also recorded Rocksteady records early in his career. </li></ul>
  3. 3. REGGAE AROUND THE WORLD <ul><li>- The 1972 film The Harder They Come featuring Jimmy Cliff, began to create considerable interest and popularity for reggae music in the United States, </li></ul><ul><li>Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” in 1974 started to bring reggae into the rock n roll world. </li></ul><ul><li>John Peel’s popular UK radio show played reggae which was given the term “the golden age of reggae” </li></ul><ul><li>Bands like the Clash, the Police and the Slits put reggae influences into their songs </li></ul><ul><li>The Grammy awards produced the Best Reggae album in 1985 with winners of the award like </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>included in the “other” </li></ul><ul><li>Category. </li></ul><ul><li>- Closely related to reggae music. </li></ul><ul><li>Around 800,000 Rastafarians </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide, but more then 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Million of followers of the </li></ul><ul><li>Lifestyle, but not the faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Not considered as one of the </li></ul><ul><li>world’s major religions, as it </li></ul><ul><li>was originated in this century, </li></ul><ul><li>making it relatively new. </li></ul><ul><li>aren’t particularly worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Found in Caribbean nations, </li></ul><ul><li>especially Jamaica, the U.K and </li></ul><ul><li>United States. </li></ul>The Rastafarian religion
  5. 5. REGGAE MUSIC CHARACTERISTICS <ul><li>always played in 4/4 timing or swing time, because the symmetrical rhythm pattern does not lend itself to other time signatures such as 3/4 time </li></ul><ul><li>-often very simple to play, songs are comprised of usually 2 or 3 chords </li></ul><ul><li>snare drum is often tuned up higher then usual for a timbale like sound, rim shots are common for reggae drummers </li></ul><ul><li>Drummers usually use what is called one drop, which is the bass drum and snare played together on the 3 rd beat </li></ul><ul><li>bass plays a dominant role in reggae music, drums and bass are called the r iddlim </li></ul><ul><li>- guitar is usually played on the beats 2 and 4, which is called skanking or the bang </li></ul><ul><li>reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love, sex and socializing or social issues </li></ul>
  7. 8. MuchMusic Countdown Chart For the week beginning: Sep 25, 2008 Reggae has moved from it’s roots in Jamaica, onto a global scale. It influences what we listen to on the radio and what kind of music we listen to on a day to day basis. Reggae has influenced a number of the songs that appear on the top 30 charts. Lady Gaga - Just Dance f. Colby O'Donis Rihanna – Disturbia - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Girlicious - Stupid Coldplay - Viva La Vida Kreesha Turner - Don't Call Me Baby INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Flo Rida - In The Ayer f. INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Pink - So What Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE The Stills - Being Here Danny Fernandes - Private Dancer - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Lil Wayne - A Milli INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Mobile - The Killer Miley Cyrus - 7 Things T.I. - Whatever You Like INFLUENCED BY REGGAE The Midway State - Never Again Tokyo Police Club - Graves Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up State Of Shock - Best I Ever Had New Kids On The Block - Single Keri Hilson - Energy Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up T Pain - Can't Believe It f. Lil' Wayne - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Bedouin Soundclash - 12:59 Lullaby - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Shad - The Old Prince Still Lives At Home - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Massari - In Love Again - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Metallica - The Day That Never Comes Kevin Rudolf - Let It Rock f. Lil' Wayne - INFLUENCED BY REGGAE Theory Of A Deadman - Bad Girlfriend Lights - Drive My Soul New Kids On The Block - Summertime
  8. 9. SUB GENRES OF REGGAE Ska is the first major local Jamaican genre, flourishing in the 1960’s. It has fast, syncopated rhythm guitar stroke, driving horns and fast drums and bass. Many people associate the term mainly with 1980’s British Two Tone ska revival, which was a mixture of ska and punk attitude . Rocksteady is a slower musical style. Besides the low pace its main feature is the electric bass, which takes on the position of lead instrument with melodies and a high position in the mix. Rocksteady is also known for its vocal harmonies. Nyabhingi is a roots subgenre related to the Rastafarian group of the same name. It's characterised by hand-drumming derived from religious ceremonies Ragga, or Raggamuffin , is electronic dancehall music. The genre originally was produced on simple Casio keyboards but eventually other synthesisers have been added - Other sub genres of reggae music include dub, dancehall, roots reggae and modern dancehall.