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.


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