History of Music in Jamaica

Roots, Rock, Reggae

For a relatively small island, Jamaica’s musical influence on the world is most impressive.

When you first think of Jamaican music, chances are you think of Bob Marley. Perfectly understandable. The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley was named #11 on the Rolling Stone list of The 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time. His album Exodus sold over 75 million copies, and the British Broadcasting Company declared his “One Love” to be the song of the millennium.

Of course, there’s more to the music of Jamaica than Bob Marley, and this article on the Green Global Travel blog presents a nice chronology of the island’s musical heritage. It covers the early days of ska and rocksteady, when bands like The Skatalites were dominating the scene. It continues to explore the origins and growth of reggae and its branches, including today’s dubstep. Read the article here.