The impact of reggae music

Ryan botelho

Summary and history

It all started in 1951 when the first Jamaican recording studio opened. Most of the Jamaicans were too poor to hire bands so they would just use radios to listen to the live music. In 1954 ken khouri started the first record label, "federal records", and the franchise grew greatly from there. It has evolved into more modern reggae rock bands such as Sublime and Pepper.

Social impact

The social impact of reggae music has largely impacted life in Jamaica. It has also created an understanding of Jamaican lifestyle and culture for the rest of the world. It is a form of music for the masses in which their word can be heard and spoken. It is a way to celebrate their nationalism and life.

Cultural impact


Reggae is the musical genre which revolutionized Jamaican music. When it emerged in the late 1960s, it came as a cultural bombshell not only to Jamaica but the whole world. Its slow jerky rhythm, its militant and spiritual lyrics as well as the rebellious appearance of its singers, among others, have influenced musical genres, cultures and societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counterculture movements, especially in Europe, in the USA and Africa.

Political impact

Politically, it's more of just showing how black people have rights too. Many reggae artists are very rebellious and their songs are trying to show that the Jamaican people are suffering and need help. This music genre also created Rastafarianism, which basically is just a religion dedicated to chilling out and smoking weed.