Essay on Reggae 's Biggest Star Bob Marley

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Introduction Reggae as a style of modern popular music expresses feelings and opinions about life, love and religion. It was originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s and rapidly arose as the country’s dominant music (Cooper, 2015). It is widely perceived as a forceful voice for the people under confrontation and struggle. As Reggae often bores the weight of politicized lyrics that addresses social and economic injustice, it helps to raise awareness about social and political issues. Among those who pioneered the new reggae sound like Toots and the Maytals, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, the luminary of reggae in Jamaica, hugely contributed to the international style of Reggae and advocated for social change. In this paper, I argue that reggae is a place where social and political messages take roots and can be expressed powerful to the audiences. I will specifically focus on the reggae’s biggest star Bob Marley and look at the historical background of 1970s Jamaica when Reggae became the dominant music in the country. I will also examine the way in which Bob Marley engages in social and political changes by performing his music and concerts in the country. Last but not the least, I will look at Bob Marley and Reggae music’s the international influence around the globe.

Historical Background of 1970s Jamaica Jamaica was under a tremendous class inequality and a huge political tension during the time when Reggae music became popular. The country was…

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