Reggae's development in Jamaica has much in common with the rise of post-war jazz, and it parallels the surge of R&B in the U.S. Under British rule until 1962, Jamaicans in the '50s were increasingly conscious of American music when large sound systems and turntables became a staple of social gatherings.
In the years before Jamaica's famed record studios were in place, dance disc jockeys relied on laborers to bring singles home from the States after they finished working on American farms during harvest season. Musicians eventually recorded covers of these songs after Jamaica's independence, and you can hear the influence of prolific American R&B artists such as Fats Domino and Louis Jordan in early reggae beats.
But that's enough to get you started. Now go make some popcorn. Here's a three-part BBC documentary on reggae's glorious history...
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.