Influence of Jamaican Music ( Reggae)

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Jimi Hendrix

Reggae is the heartbeat of Jamaican people.” – John.D.H. Dowing, but in every corner of the world, reggae (Jamaican Music) is being played. It unites us, whether we realize it or not.

Reggae began in the 1960`s as a form of resistance or cry from the youths of inner city communities or better yet “poor people”. It influence peace, anti-poverty struggles, fight against police oppression etc (Dowing).

What a lot of people don’t realize is that “Reggae is a catalyst for social change”. In 1972 Micheal Manley saw the influence and impact of reggae on the Jamaican society. Manley saw it fit to use it in his campaign in order to win the general election against Edward Seaga, in which he won due to his involvement with reggae.

Reggae was also used to bring forth unity. In 1978 at the “one Love Peace” concert both Manley and Seaga Shook hands during the playing of “jamming” (Dowing) to show peace amongst Jamaicans.
Reggae has also been credited for a lot of things. Mainly the wide spread belief of Rastafari around the world. It is also credited for the birth of dancehall.

Did you know that the birth of “Rap & Hip Hop”(Dowing) came from Jamaican music (Dancehall)?

Well! Now you know.


Dowing, J. (2011) Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media


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