Friday, September 20, 2013

Roots Corner: First Reggae Tracks

Reading up on the origins of reggae and I discovered that these tracks are credited as being some of the first reggae songs ever produced. In those times (late 1960's), the music was coming out of a rapidly evolving ska/rocksteady scene. Really cool to hear that original and raw sounds and definitely makes you think about how far the music has come. But no matter what, can't forget the ROOTS! 

"In a sense reggae combines all the previous forms of Jamaican popular music - the ska riff on top of a slowed down rocksteady bass line with a dash of mento influence. Rastafarian influences were heard in increasingly pointed spiritual, social and political commentary." ~ Reggae Routes by Kevin O'Brien Chang and Wang Chen