|It is near impossible to think of Reggae music without thinking of the Rastafari movement. It is true that the movement played an important role in establishing the genre although Roots Ska, Calypso and American R&B music have also been cited as fundamental in the creation of this genre.
A key factor in Reggae music is the rhythm section. The drums and bass guitar (Bob Marley’s bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, and Robbie Shakespeare bassist of Sly & Robbie are worthy of note) form an integral unit, be they loose or tight. Augmented with an electric guitar scratch (UK Reggae tends to adopt the upstroke unlike its Jamaican father) and/or an off –beat piano and a band is near complete, save the horns and additional percussion favoured by some artists.
Themes discrimination, love, poverty and identity are often explored through Reggae, a genre littered with many musical household names including: Bob Marley and the Wailers, King Tubby, Christafari, Laurel Aitken, Sly & Robbie, I-Roy, Roots Radics, Don Drummond, Third World, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Toots and the Maytals, U-Roy and Peter Tosh.
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