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...Bob Marley’s group, the Wailers, evolved out of previous projects and became the most important reggae touring act of the 1970s, bringing the Jamaican musical form to audiences around the globe. Originally a doo-wop-tinged ska group known...

Max Romeo

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Shabba Ranks

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Kumina

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term Kumina refers to an Afro-Jamaican ancestral-based religion, as well as the music and dance associated with it. Kumina drumming exerted a great influence on the emergence of Jamaican popular musical forms – ska, rocksteady, reggae –...
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...While a more prominent diaspora had already introduced Jamaican music to the British mainstream, in 1969 Desmond Dekker became the first Jamaican artist performing Jamaican music to have a Top 10 single in the United States. Born Desmond...

Reggae

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...African, African-Caribbean and Judaeo-Christian religious traditions have been central to the development of Jamaican culture generally and reggae in particular (see Chevannes 1998a,b). Likewise, rhythms developed in African-Caribbean...

Caribbean Religions and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The intersection of popular music styles and various Caribbean religious traditions dates back to the colonial era. From the fifteenth through to the twentieth centuries, the modern Caribbean population and demographic picture developed....

Jimmy Cliff

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...Jimmy Cliff’s career spanned an era that saw the international popularization of ska and reggae music. Born in St. James, Jamaica in 1948, Cliff started writing songs at a young age while listening to his neighbor’s music. He entered...

Nyabinghi

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Nyabinghi is primarily a drum and vocal music of the Jamaican Rastafarian religion that started in Jamaica in the 1930s. Nyabinghi music, which emerged in the 1940s, provided the Rastafarian religion with its own neo-African form of music...

Dancehall in Europe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Dancehall, sometimes also known as ragga or ragamuffin, is a genre of music and dance that emerged from reggae in the ghetto areas of Kingston, Jamaica, during the late 1970s. In Europe, dancehall’s popularity began to grow...