yardie's reggae collection - history of music
THE MAIN HISTORICAL PERIODS The use of the term "Reggae" is quite confusing. It has actually two meanings: it is generally used to define the Jamaican music from the 60's onwards, but is more correct to use it when referring to the music that goes from 1969 to 1983. Jamaican music from 1960 could be roughly considered as formed by four genres: SKA: from 1960 to mid 1966; ROCKSTEADY: from late 1966 to late 1968; REGGAE: from 1969 to 1983; DANCEHALL: from 1983 onwards. Two important things must be underlined. The REGGAE period can be divided in two parts: EARLY REGGAE: from about 1969 to 1974; ROOTS REGGAE: from about 1975 to 1983. Note: In the early 90's the consciousness for the spiritual and social issues brought back some sort of revisited Roots culture. Even if the Dancehall style was and is still predominant, new young artists created the NEW ROOTS genre, which is fully effective now by the new millenium and is called CONSCIOUS REGGAE. Respect to the young lions that brought and bring the true, pure and Rastafari red, gold and green banner all over. FROM R&B TO THE WAILERS: 1959 - 1973 1. THE BEGINNING: THE R&B ERA 2. THE SIXTIES: THE SKA ERA 3. THE SIXTIES: FROM SKA TO ROCKSTEADY 4. THE SIXTIES: FROM ROCKSTEADY TO REGGAE 5. THE SEVENTIES: REGGAE AND TOASTERS 6. THE SEVENTIES: REGGAE AND THE WAILERS Note 01: The material of these pages is reproduced courtesy of http://www.everythingjamaican.com Note 02: We have added the link to the artist's page inside this site. DANCEHALL AND REGGAE "Dancehall's betrayal of reggae"
by Ian Boyne (Contributor) - Jamaica Gleaner
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