The Impact Of Reggae Music In Jamaica

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Since the 1970’s reggae music has gained global recognition as an influential genre on politics and beliefs, infused with Rastafarian ideas distinguishing it as the sound of the Caribbean. Thanks to inspiring artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers, it became a platform for expression during times of war and poverty. Reggae originated in Jamaica to express the discontent in the society. Now, the bounds of reggae have been pushed to further influence cultural and political views in Haiti and Brazil, and younger genres like Dancehall derived from reggae, are heard in popular American music. One of the most defining moments of reggae was the 1978 One Love Concert in Kingston, Jamaica hosted by Marley. The concert was the largest and most successful reggae event that showed a public display of unity among opposing party leaders Michael Manley, of the People’s National Party (PNP), and Edward Seaga, of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), as well as rival gang leaders Claudius 'Claudie ' Massop (JLP) and Aston 'Bucky ' Marshall (PNP) during a political civil war. Manley effectively used reggae as a way of confirming his connection to the sufferers and Rastafarians resulting in the PNP winning two elections, yet both the PNP and JLP attempts of solidarity would eventually failed in unifying the nation.
Following Jamaica’s claim of independence in 1962, the country suffered from a large societal gap of inequality. It’s history of colonialism and plantation-based economy has developed

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