Reggae Drumming

Reggae Drumming

Reggae is a style of music developed in Jamaica and is generally considered to be  preceded by two other styles of music called ska and rock steady in the 1960’s.  Reggae came to fruition as a musical genre in the late 1960’s with musicians such as Larry Marshall’s Nanny Goat.  But it was Bob Marley who really catapulted reggae into the forefront of musical awareness, thus cementing it as a genuine musical genre.

The characteristics of reggae drumming are that the beat falls on the 2 and 4, which are bass drum accents accompanied by a snare played on the side.  With rock, the accented beats fall on 1, 2, 3, 4.  where the 1 and 3 are bass drum accents and the 2 and 4 are snare drum accents.

Is this Love, (1978), Bob Marley

This video featuring Dyrol Randall is a polished example of reggae drumming

Nanny Goat (1968), by Lenny Marshall

The Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte is considered a precursor of reggae

Calypso is also considered a precursor to reggae.  This is Lord Flea and his Calypsonians



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