About This Site

Reggae.org.uk is a site featuring reggae music videos as well as interviews and biographies with the leading artists and producers of reggae music. The site is and will remain 100% free to watch. The site is just in it’s early stages but it is aimed at being interactive, so please leave comments on the videos and also be sure to let us know which videos and artists you want to see added to the site!

About Reggae

Reggae is a very broad and pronounced rhythmic music genre developed in it’s homeland Jamaica in the 1960s – and 1970s, reggae has since spread worldwide, so that there are both listeners and musicians themselves who play reggae in almost every country throughout the world. Reggae and another Jamaican rhythmic music – rock steady – are both born of the 1960s in Jamaica from the immensely popular ska-music. But while rock-steady was only popular in the mainstream for a few years in the mid-1960s, reggae came to stay.

“Reggae” has both meaning to be a generic term for a range of musical genres of Jamaican origin – toasting, dub, ragga, roots reggae, lovers rock, dance-hall, deejaying and others – and Reggae has also the narrower sense of the musical style that evolved in Jamaica in the late 1960s and which has the sound that was typical during the glory years of the 1970s and which was named as one drop, and rockers. Reggae is also a musical style that is very much developed by producers and recording engineers.

The Jamaican music producers maintained, moreover, with “house bands” who were temporary employees and that complemented both the stars as much as the young singers who got the favour to record a single. Many of the known constellations that made their name in the 1970s – Heptones, Mighty Diamonds, Gladiators, Congos, Wailing Souls, Abyssinians, Culture, Black Uhuru, The Pioneers, Israel Vibration and many others – was no real reggae “band”, but two, three or more singers accompanied by musicians that the producer hired. The same was also true for individual singers such as Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Max Romeo, Horace Andy, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Peter Tosh (after separation from the Wailers). It was in the mid-1970s, that a few solid “bands” in the same meaning as in pop and rock emerged in the mainstream: Third World, Inner Circle, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Aswad, Burning Spear and The Black disciplines, Zap Pow. Want to know more about Reggae? take a look at this excellent Bob Marley documentary.