About Reggae Riddim

About Reggae Riddim

Reggae music is a genre that is defined by its distinctive rhythm, instrumentation and lyrical content. There are many singers and even bands that switch to reggae because of its different genres and sub-genres they can choose from.  Reggae has split off into many sub-genres, like roots reggae mostly sang by Bob Marley because of its political and spiritual form; lover’s rock, a romantic form of reggae that Americans like Janet Kay’s “Silly Games” and Louisa Mark’s “Caught you in a Lie,” where rubbing against bodies in the dark and intimate dancing is all about.

There is also the remixing of instrumental versions called the dub music, using drum and bass instruments and the raga or electronic reggae, which is the use of synthetic instruments like keyboards and drum machines.    The reggaeton, a dance music that is influenced by a wide variety of genres like salsa, Latin pop and hip hop is also one of the reggae genres that gain popularity until today. 

Because reggae is becoming more and more popular, there are bands who decided to switch to reggae music like Passafire band, that is known for its traditional music.  The band thinks the universality of music and of reggae is an important part of its goal to make its music good.  There are also bands that are well-known in their reggae music like the Big Mountain from San Diego, California.  The Big Mountain has been recording recently with producer Jed Leiber, which has yielded one promising song entitled, “Leap of Faith.” 

 

Reference:  http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/16/big-mountain-turns-20-reggae-legends-fest/