Reggae Routes by Kevin O'Brien Chang
The Story of Jamaican Music

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Jamaican music can be roughly divided into four eras, each with a distinctive beat - ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall. Ska dates from about 1960 to mid-1966, rocksteady from 1966 to 1968, while from 1969 to 1983 reggae was the popular beat. The reggae era had two phases, 'early reggae' up to 1974 and 'roots reggae' up to 1983. Since 1983 dancehall has been the prevalent sound. The authors describe each stage in the development of the music, identifying the most popular songs and artists, highlighting the significant social, political and economic issues as they affected the musical scene. While they write from a Jamaican perspective, the intended audience is 'any person, local or foreign, interested in an intelligent discussion of reggae music and Jamaica.'.

About Kevin O'Brien Chang

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Chang holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. Chen holds a degree in law from the University of the West Inidies.
Published January 1, 1998 by Temple University Press. 246 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The development was accelerated by the growth of a local recording industry that emerged when North Americans turned away from black music during the British Invasion, while poverty spurred a quick collective response to the music via ""sound systems"": DJs on wheels, who played records in open a...

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