The History of Ska

Fishbone on stage

Ska is truly a Jamaican contribution to the music world, along with rocksteady and reggae, to which it is a precursor.  Ska combines other musical genres, such as Caribbean mento, calypso, American jazz, and rhythm and blues. It distinguishes itself from the different genres because of its “walking” bass lines, accented with … Read more

History of Reggae Music

turntable playing reggae vinyl record

History of Reggae Music         Reggae music rose into fame in Kingston, Jamaica in the early 1960s. However, reggae music also gained popularity in the United States almost as great as it is in its country of origin. Reggae is sort of a melting pot because it has a number of influences such … Read more

Biography of Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Introduction to the reggae legend The late Bob Marley (1945-1981) is one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist as well as the founder and leader of his band The Wailers. He became the first music legend to have originated from the Third World, rising from extreme poverty and … Read more

History of The Clash

The Clash

The Clash had undergone a lot of personnel changes, but the classic lineup consisted of leader Joe Strummer (vocals, guitar; born John Graham Mellor in 1952 – died 2002), Mick Jones (vocals, lead guitar; b. 1955), Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals; b. 1956) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums; b. 1955). The band … Read more