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.
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: