Emerging in the late 1960s, Reggae completely revolutionized the music scene in Jamaica. And it didn’t take long for the genre to travel to other continents, influencing various musical styles and cultures.
A contemporary blend of Ska music that finds its roots in Jamaica and the American R&B and jazz, reggae is mostly driven by its soulful lyrics. Expressing the feeling of love, early reggae songs focused on the romantic relationship between a man and woman. But as the genre evolved, so did its theme of love.
Today, reggae music covers not just love but also spiritual and cosmic devotion, especially towards God. Around the mid 70s, the genre gave way to new cultural movements as reggae singers started crooning about revolution and serious social issues like government oppression, poverty and racism. Reggae scene continues to inspire new generations as the vibrant African beats and dance rhythms are hard to resist.
To truly experience the traditional Jamaican music and an eclectic mix of reggae musicians from all around the world, keep an eye out for the best Reggae concert tickets. Mostly taking place around the summertime, reggae festivals and concerts try to bring people together with the power of music.
Reggae Music – The Movements
The militant sound and jerky, slow rhythm of reggae rose to prominence soon and it transcended into different societies and cultures around the world. Between the early 1950s and 60s, approximately 175,000 Jamaicans boarded the boats that were headed to the ports in Liverpool and London. Even though the Commonwealth Immigrants Act was implemented in 1962, a huge Jamaican community had already been established in England.
The northern London and Brixton area was exposed to the early reggae, ska and rocksteady music. It was the same time when the Skinhead Movement evolved.
Dancehall became a prominent place at that time – an area that played recorded Jamaican music and where youngsters would go to enjoy reggae music. There would be a lot of dancing, friends were made and it became a popular hangout for drinking and laughing. It also led to the Rude boy movement – young males who became “increasingly disenchanted and alienated from a system which seemed to offer no relief from suffering. Many of the young became rude.”
Both the Skinhead and Rude boy movements gained a lot of popularity and these youngsters bonded over the astounding reggae music by Prince Buster, Max Romeo, Lauren Aitken, The Hot Red All Stars and Desmond Dekker.
Finding loyal followers in the skinheads, these artists dedicated some of their songs to them like “Skinhead Don’t Fear” by The Hot Red All Stars and “Skinhead Train” by Lauren Aitken.
In the late 70s, a local DJ Don Letts, who performed at the legendary club The Roxy, introduced audiences to reggae and dub music. The genre managed to thrive into the burgeoning punk rock scene and influenced British punk ensembles like The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
Reggae Music & Bob Marley
Reggae entered the USA through rap music. The same time when thousands of immigrants landed in the UK, there was almost an equal number of Jamaicans who made South Bronx in New York their home. Keeping up with the cultural evolution in their hometown, in the early 70s, Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc introduced hip-hop and rap music to the locals in Bronx area.
It gave birth to legendary acts like Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D and Busta Rhymes who played an important role in taking reggae music to the next level. That, combined with the huge contribution by Bob Marley, helped spread the fundamental elements of reggae music and Jamaican culture throughout the world.
Hailed as the King of Reggae Music, Bob Marley had an unparalleled influence on the genre and its global appeal. Starting out in 1962, Marley used music to indentify the oppressors and stood up for a social change in the society. Born and raised in Jamaica, Bob Marley spent time in UK as well as the US, breathing his last in Miami, Florida.
Popularizing reggae music outside Jamaica, Marley inspired millions through the power of music that was an ingenious blend of heart and passion. Perhaps the only music artist who brought about a practical change with his political activism and cry for love, Bob Marley became a cultural icon.
During the civil war in Jamaica, in between the riots he conducted a free “One Love Peace Concert” for the entire country that eventually brought to the stage leaders of both the warring factions. Such was his appeal. A revered performer of reggae music, Bob Marley treated the fans to mega hits like “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Could You Be Loved”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Get Up Stand Up”, “Stir It Up”, “Jamming”, “One Love”, “Redemption Song” and “Three Little Birds”.
Reggae Festival Tickets
Every year reggae music festivals and concerts spur all over America. Featuring hips swaying and foot-tapping beats, reggae festival tickets are worth every penny spent. Festivals dedicated to the driving rhythms and classic Caribbean sound creates a feel-good musical ambiance, which is why attendance increases every year at reggae music events.
Some of the most anticipated reggae concerts in 2018 include the 26th annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash. Featuring authentic Jamaican culture including music and food, the event takes place in Negril, Jamaica and witnesses a sold out crowd.
The biggest names in reggae and hip-hop music will head out to the two-day One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018. Taking place in Long Beach, California, the February 2018 event will bring to the stage Rebelution, Atmosphere, Pepper, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, along with NAS.
Reggae festival tickets are also available for the 2018 Boomshaka Music Festival that includes an eclectic lineup. California reggae band Stick Figure, Jamaican sensation Doc Carlos and the versatile Hirie have been roped in to perform at the event.
San Diego will host the 37th annual Tribute To The Legends that will see performances by Big Youth, Junior Reid, Sister Carol, Warrior King and Leroy Sibbles.
Reggae Rise Up Florida is another event to look forward to in 2018. The California quartet Rebelution will headline the festival along with Tribal Seeds, Nattali Rize, Jesse Royal and New Kingston.
There are so many reggae festivals to choose from this year – The Marley Cup 2018, Kaya Fest, California Roots Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Welcome To JAMROCK Reggae Cruise, among others. Take your pick and have the time of your life.