Saturday, February 27, 2016

I've got so much honey, the bees envy me

Bunny Wailer, 2014 
Reggae is a musical genre with Jamaican roots dating back to the 1960’s. Before that time, reggae was in its infancy, gaining influence from calypso, American jazz, rhythm, blues, New Orleans R & B and even artists like Fats Domino (pretty cool, huh?). Reggae blossomed into a genre of its own and evolved further out of ska and rocksteady to become the unique sound style it is today.

Reggae is a musical method that is heavily reliant on the bass guitar as percussion. Peppered elements of African music, jazz, and blues interweave, while performers characteristically sing of political woes, religion, social criticism, and love’s confusion. An often off-beat rhythm and upbeat tempo create a thick, yet buoyant musical texture that transports the listener to an easy breezy beachy place.

Close your eyes, let the music take you to a wood-floored tiki hut, tasty beverage in hand, friends chillin’, volleyball in the distance, groovy feelings, shorts, no shoes, hammock swinging, as you look up at the evening sky and relax in utter bliss to a live reggae lullaby. 

Toots & the Maytals
Bob Marley, Kingston
Kingston, Jamaica 

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