Reggie is the direction of modern music that emerged in Jamaica in the late 1960s and widespread since the early 1970s.
In the first half of the XX century, mento was the most common genre of music in Jamaica. These were the songs performed by roving musicians, is an alloy of religious hymns spirituals, work songs, calypso style and the variety of traditions of the Caribbean. Mento was folk music similar to the American country blues.
After World War II, the island has penetrated a lot of new music, mainly from the United States. This was due mainly to the fact that the mass use of radios and includes, at least, players. Jamaicans were especially close to recording artists in the style of rhythm and blues - Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Louis Jordan, James Brown, and then rock 'n' roll - Chuck Berry, Little Richard.
Intensification of the struggle of black population of the United States for their rights, the "Black Revolution" and the heyday of the movement "Black power» had an impact on the Jamaican music. Protest songs, written in the late 1960s, contained calls for a return to the roots and resist system, the overwhelming black man. Reggae songs lyrics, instead of a harmless, more filled with Rastafarian symbols and biblical images and stories
Reggie consists of dance and relaxation. Instruments used :electric, bass guitar, drums, electro, some wind instruments. Size - 4/4, accents in the accompaniment on the 2nd and 4th share, syncopated bass pattern.
The essence of reggae music, according to Jamaican artists, is a positive vibe that translates melody. One of the genre, Lee Scratch Parry, rumored to be scratched, burned and buried his records for the night in the garden, so that they are "soaked with positive vibrations.”
Less eccentric performers simply a very long time and clearly have studied music, achieving the desired sound.
Reggie is closely associated with hip-hop culture. Firstly, both styles describe life under oppression, reflecting the lifestyle and emotions of black people living in urban ghettos. Both the crops occupy rebellious stance against the traditional power, affecting the topic of social injustice faced by black people, respectively, in the United States and Jamaica.
The main genres of Reggae music are: Dancehall, Dub, Roots Reggae and Ska, Reggaeton (frequently represented as a Puerto Rican and, increasingly, pan-Latino fusion of hip-hop and dancehall reggae. Featuring lyrics in Spanish and propelled by a modified reggae rhythm referred to as the “dembow,”. (Grove Dictionary Online)
The most famous reggae groups abroad 1960-1970's were The Upsetters, Burning Spear, The Wailers and The Abyssinians. In the early 1970's to the fore artist Bob Marley «The Wailers», the third studio album which became a worldwide sensation. Since the mid-1970s, reggae has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and Bob Marley - symbol of this phenomenon. Elements of reggae penetrate into different musical styles, and its rhythm attracts many listeners and musicians. Bob Marley was one of the most prominent supporters of Pan-Africanism and the faithful rastaman; Many followers of this movement even consider Marley prophet.
The song Three Little birds is suggested the most popular Marley`s song according to top50songs.net