Roots Reggae Style Overview
Roots Reggae Music Description
Subgenre of reggae with lyrics dealing with Rastafarian thematics (Jah, Babylon, Panafricanism, spirituality...), black liberation, revolution and the honoring of God, called Jah by Rastafarians.
A cross between American rock and ska/rock steady, Roots Reggae is typified by strong vocals and devoutly rasta lyrics; it is perhaps the most easily accessible form of reggae, and the most successful globally. Roots reggae emerged during the early 1970s, immediately following the development of rocksteady.