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Roots reggae
Stylistic origins: Ska, Rocksteady, early Reggae
Cultural origins: Jamaica
Typical instruments:
Mainstream popularity: Highest in late 1970s
Derivative forms: Dub
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Rastafari - Haile Selassie

Roots reggae is a spiritual Rastafari subgenre of reggae music with lyrics that often include praise for Jah Ras Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; the Emperor of Ethiopia. Recurrent lyrical themes include poverty and resistance to the oppression of government. Ska is a Jamaica-originated music genre that combines elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. ... Rocksteady is the name given to a style of music popular in Jamaica between 1966 and 1968. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, In the Western world, the focus shifted from the social activism of the sixties to social activities for ones own pleasure, save for environmentalism, which continued in a very visible way. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Haile Selassie Ras Tafari was the title used by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia during his time as tenure Regent and Crown Prince (1916-1928). ... Haile Selassie Haile Selassie (Power of Trinity) (July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was the last Emperor (1930–1936; 1941–1974) of Ethiopia, and is a religious symbol in the Rastafarian movement. ... Haile Selassie I Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, is a religion and philosophy that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, whom they call Jah. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Emperor Haile Selassie I (Geez: , Power of the Trinity, full title His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia and Elect of God, Geez [sic] ) (born Lij Tafari Makonnen Geez , Amharic pronunciation lij teferÄ« mekōnnin, July...

The heydey of roots reggae is usually considered the late 1970s, with singers such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy, Barrington Levy, and Lincoln Thompson teaming up with producers such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, King Tubby, and Coxsone Dodd. The experimental pioneering of such producers within often-restricted technological parameters gave birth to dub, and is seen by some music historians as one of the earliest (albeit analogue) contributions to modern dance music production techniques. Some of the most popular artists in the 2000s Jamaican roots reggae scene are I Wayne, Richie Spice and Jah Cure. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, In the Western world, the focus shifted from the social activism of the sixties to social activities for ones own pleasure, save for environmentalism, which continued in a very visible way. ... Robert Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Peter Tosh on the cover of his album The Toughest Peter Tosh (October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a trailblazer for the Rastafarian movement. ... Johnny Clarke was born on 12 January 1955 in Jamaica. ... Horace Andy (born Horace Hinds, 19 February 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica), is a legendary Roots reggae singer, notable for such tracks as Government Land, You Are My Angel, Skylarking and a version of Aint no sunshine. Andy made his earliest recordings in the late 1960s, at Coxsone Dodds... Barrington Levy (born 30 April 1964, in Clarendon, Jamaica) is a reggae and dancehall recording artist. ... Experience album cover Prince Lincoln Thompson, known as Sax, was a Jamaican singer, player of instruments and songwriter with the reggae band the Royal Rasses, and a Rastafarian. ... Lee Scratch Perry, The Upsetter in Dub Lee Scratch Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry March 20, 1936) is one of the most influential people in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica. ... King Tubby King Tubby (born Osbourne Ruddock, January 28, 1941 – February 6, 1989) was a Jamaican electronics and sound engineer, known primarily for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Clement Seymour Sir Coxsone Dodd (Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 1932 – May 5, 2004) was a Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of reggae and other forms of Jamaican music in the 1950s, 60s and later. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dance music is music composed or played specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jah Cure Jah Cure (real name Siccature Alcock) is a Jamaican reggae musician. ...

See also

This is a list of notable roots reggae musicians, singers and producers. ...

External links

Reggae - Mento - Ska - Blue Beat - Rocksteady - Dub music - Dub poetry - Toasting - Lovers Rock - Dancehall - Ragga - Reggae rock - Reggaet├│n - Roots reggae - 2 Tone
Reggae genres - Music of Jamaica - Caribbean music in the United Kingdom
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Jamaica - Haile Selassie - Marcus Garvey - Rastafari - Afrocentrism - Black nationalism - Zion - Dreadlocks - Ganja - Rude boy - Skinhead - Suedehead - Dancehall (venue) - Dubplate - Stalag version - Jamaican sound system - Sound system (DJ) - Riddim - Jamaican English - Studio One - Trojan Records - Island Records - Coxsone Dodd - Chris Blackwell - Reggae musiciams - Dub artists - Jamaican record producers

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Reggae is Jamaica's largest cultural export, and since its humble beginnings from the ghettos of Kingston, reggae has grown to become a worldwide cultural and musical expression.
Reggae Reggae, like ska and rocksteady, reggae emphasizes an off-beat, syncopated guitar, piano, or sometimes horn chop (known as the 'skank' rhythm), only in reggae the tempo is slower, the skank is heavier than in ska and rocksteady, the bass even heavier and thicker.
Roots Reggae/Foundation is exemplified by singers and groups such as: Burning Spear, Culture, The Abyssinians, The Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Gladiators, The Heptones, and of course Bob Marley and The Wailers, to name a few.
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You will also be exposed to the rebirth of modern roots reggae, bands from around the world such as Midnite, Groundation, Soldiers of Jah Army, Dezarie and many more, some artists who are well-known as well as regional favorites from such far-flung locales as Brazil, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
Yes, roots reggae is currently enjoying a renaissance all over the globe, and you'll hear it all right here.
The thousands of tracks are in rotation will allow you to sample the full wealth of roots reggae from the past and present, and new tracks will be added frequently - Bahilman always keeps up to date on the latest releases, and also is constantly searching for rare vinyl to add to the mix.
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