Jamaica is a small island nation that has had a disproportionate influence on global music and culture, perhaps because Jamaican musicians traditionally digest global influences and fuse them with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and spirit, transforming them into something electrifying and new. Jamaican musicians have either originated or advance dozens of musical styles, such as (in rough chronological order):
Today, Jamaican musicians fuse all of the above, simultaneously reviving Jamaican roots and soaking in more international influences to create…who knows? We’ll just have to see.
Wikipedia on Jamaican Music | Bob Marley explains the difference between ska, reggae and rocksteady
Visit AATW’s Caribbean Musical Genres page, or explore these musical genres from Jamaica:
Visit AATW’s Caribbean Musical Instruments page or explore these instruments from Jamaica:
Explore these All Around This World songs from Jamaica:
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