Reggae Music

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Reggae music is some of the most powerful music in the world.  It is one of the only genres that stays true to it’s values, and spreads a common message.  Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.  Reggae stays consistent in what it preaches.  In modern society or “Babylon,” we are surrounded by negative actions, vibes, people, and publicity that wears on our people.  Within this, our culture as human beings is lost and our ideals are forgotten.  In this world of stress and negative vibes, reggae music helps one find peace.  It makes one a better person by stressing equal rights, peace, one love, courage, respect, freedom, strength, loyalty, education, union, resistance and faith.  In the music itself, we bob our heads to the beat and with each half-step, we are lifted up high by the rhythm instated by the guitars and keys.  The bass line shakes us as we groove to this one of a kind music, and we become wrapped up in the powerful audiotopia reggae creates.  We learn from the music and it betters us as people.  Stand up for your rights and love all that are close to you.  

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” – Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

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Hands down, the most famous reggae artist of all time is the legend, Bob Marley.  He is the one who set the standard for all reggae artists who come after him, and is still to this day one of the most listen to, and praised artists of all time from any genre.  Bob took a stand during his life, and never strayed from his ideals.  He created this genre, and will always be known for his accomplishments as an artist, as well as a person.  He molded reggae into not just music, but into a religion.  He was the ultimate believer in faith, one love, and true equal happiness.  Hailing from Jamaica, Bob has albums full of world wide classics as he spread his message around the world.  Every value or ideal that can be found within the reggae genre can be found in his songs, and his life will forever be remembered as he truly did bring the world one step closer to peace.  

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No Women No Cry:

  • Album: Natty Dread
  • Year: 1975
  • Label: Island Records
  • Catalog #: IS 037

Three Little Birds:

  • Album: Exodus
  • Year: 1977
  • Label: Tuff Gong
  • Catalog #: WIP 6641

Get Up Stand Up:

  • Album: Burnin’
  • Year: 1973
  • Label: Island Records/ Tuff Gong
  • Catalog #: 12 BMRM 1

So Much Trouble In the World:

  • Album: Survival
  • Year: 1979
  • Label: Tuff Gong/ Island Records
  • Catalog #: WIP 6510

War:

  • Album: Rastaman Vibration
  • Year: 1976
  • Label: Island Records
  • Catalog #: 440-082-373-3

Redemption Song:

  • Album: Uprising
  • Year: 1980
  • Label: Island/ Tuff Gong
  • Catalog #: IS 4936

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So Much Trouble in the World: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mgRm1ISlw_A
 
 

Peter Tosh

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Peter Tosh was an original member of The Wailers, otherwise known as the band who played with Bob Marley.  He was the only member of the band to write song with Bob himself, as is considered to be a close second when it comes to being one of the most inspirational reggae artists of all time.  Once Bob Marley passed, Peter went on to continue to spread the word they had once spread together.  In his songs Wanted Dead or Alive, and Equal Rights, ideals such as equality, love, courage, freedom, strength, resistance, union, faith, and loyalty can be found.  He will forever go down as one of the most famous and successful reggae artists of all time.

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Wanted Dead or Alive:

  • Album: Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Year: 1981
  • Label: Rolling Stones, EMI America, Capitol Records
  • Catalog #: 1A 062-64378

Equal Rights:

  • Album: Equal Rights
  • Year: 1977
  • Label: CBS
  • Catalog #: PC 34670

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Damian Marley

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Damian Marley, the son of legend Bob Marley, has created some incredibly powerful songs in his life as an artist.  Though he has strayed from the traditional sound his father once created, his songs hold true when it comes to preaching traditional reggae values and ideals.  In his most recent album “Distant Relatives,” very powerful lyrics can be heard that spread the exact same messages his father was famous for.  In the song Africa Must Wake Up, Damian speaks to the Africans as they deal with horrible genocide, poverty, war, and sickness.  He does not hold back and addresses the exact people in the song whom the song is written for.  Though his music will not quite live up to his fathers, Damian Marley still carries on the Marley tradition of spreading love, equality, courage, respect, freedom, strength, loyalty, faith, union, and resistance.  

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Land of Promise/ Africa Must Wake Up:

  • Album: Distant Relatives
  • Year: 2010
  • Label: Universal Republic/ Def Jam
  • Catalog #: JGONGLP002
 

 

Dirty Heads

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The Dirty Heads are another modern reggae group hailing from Southern California.  They create incredible music backed by powerful dual vocals.  In their songs Spread Too Thin and Cabin by the Sea, we can find traditional reggae values such as relaxation, enjoying life, love, freedom, union, and courage.  They have a very distinct sound that appeals to the masses, and will continue to grow in popularity as they release new material.

Spread too Thin/ Cabin by the Sea

  • Album: Cabin by the Sea
  • Year: 2012
  • Label: Five Seven
  • Catalog #: FSM 207

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The Expendables

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The Expendables are a very interesting band as they are classified in many different genres.  However their most popular songs are those found in the ska and reggae sections.  Out of Santa Cruz California, their songs: Burning Up and Bowl for Two display traditional reggae values such as relaxation, happiness, freedom, strength, love, and resistance.  Though their music appeals to a different audience then most reggae artists, the messages within their lyrics are true to traditional reggae.

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Burning Up/ Bowl for Two

  • Album: The Expendables
  • Year: 2007
  • Label: Stoopid Records
  • Catalog #: SR02
 

The Green

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The Green is another band amongst the most popular “Jahawaiian” artists.  Know for their “love” songs, the green continues to impress listeners with not only great music but great meaning.  Their lyrical soundscape is the “posterchild” for other Jahawaiian musicians, and their popularity is quickly expanding beyond the islands.  Personally, I feel that the green will be the the biggest reggae band to ever come out of the Hawaiian Islands by the time they are finished.  In the songs Love is Strong, and Come In, it is easy to spot their value of love and how they embrace both the traditional reggae ideals as well as those from the Hawaiian Culture.  

Love is Strong/ Come In

  • Album: Ways and Means
  • Year: 2011
  • Label: Easy Star
  • Catalog #: 1026