Check Out These Reggae Music Videos from Jamaica

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Looking for some new reggae music to enjoy? Check out these videos from some of Jamaica’s top artists!

Reggae Music Videos

Reggae music is a genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term reggae encompasses ska, rocksteady, and dub music. Reggae is characterized by a 4/4 time signature, offbeat rhythms, and lyrics that are often about social issues.

Bob Marley – One Love

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording at the 26th Grammy Awards in 1984. In 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it number 37 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The song’s lyrics are a call for unity and love. The version on the Exodus album is sung by Marley with the Wailers, and features lead guitar by Al Anderson and rhythm guitar by Junior Murvin.

The Exodus album version of “One Love” was re-recorded as a duet by Marley and American R&B singer Cindy Breakspeare for his 1977 greatest hits album, Legend. This re-recorded version was released as a single in 1980, peaking at number 51 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and number 11 on its Hot Black Singles chart.

Sean Paul – Get Busy

Sean Paul – Get Busy is a music video from Jamaica that features the popular artist Sean Paul. The video was filmed in Jamaica and showcases the island’s culture and music.

Ziggy Marley – True to Myself

Ziggy Marley’s “True to Myself” is a song about being true to yourself and staying true to your own values and beliefs, no matter what others may think or say. The song is an anthem for individualism and self-acceptance, with a message that is particularly relevant in today’s world.

The music video for “True to Myself” was shot on location in Jamaica and features Ziggy Marley performing the song against a backdrop of Jamaican landscapes and culture. The video showcases the beauty of the island and its people, while also conveying the message of the song.

Jamaican Reggae Music

Reggae music originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term reggae comes from the word “ragged” which was used to describe the way the music sounded. Reggae music is a mix of African, Caribbean, and American music. Reggae music is known for its relaxed, laid-back feel. The lyrics are often about social issues, love, and religion.

The Wailers – Buffalo Soldier

The Wailers are a reggae band formed in 1963. The original lineup consisted of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. The band achieved international fame with their album “Legend”.

The song “Buffalo Soldier” was released in 1983 and is one of the band’s most popular songs. The lyrics tell the story of a black soldier in the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Ziggy Marley – Jammin’

Ziggy Marley is one of the most popular Jamaican musicians worldwide. His father, Bob Marley, was a reggae legend, and Ziggy has carried on his father’s musical legacy. Ziggy’s song “Jammin'” is a cover of his father’s song of the same name, and it is one of the most popular reggae songs ever written.

Sublime – Santeria

Formed in 1988 in Long Beach, California, Sublime was a ska punk band that blended various genres including reggae, ska, dub, punk rock, and hip-hop. Diagnosed with cancer in 1996, frontman Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose two months before the release of the band’s self-titled album, which became their most commercially successful release.

“Santeria” is a song by Sublime. It was released as a single from their self-titled third album Sublime in 1996. The song promotes the Afro-Caribbean religion of SanterĂ­a. It peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 80 on its list “150 Best Songs of the Past 15 Years”.

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