Jamaica–Music

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):

KUMINA:

NYABINGHI:

MENTO:

SKA:

ROCKSTEADY:

REGGAE:

DUB:

DANCEHALL/RAGGA:

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.

More information:
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:

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Visit AATW’s Caribbean Musical Instruments page or explore these instruments from Jamaica:

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Explore these All Around This World songs from Jamaica:

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