When the Turks imposed high taxes on the traders of the Middle East in the fifteenth century they inadvertently closed the trade routes across the Mediterranean. This lead to the discovery of the new world by the Spaniard Christopher Columbus in 1495 who sought to find a direct route to India via boat. Jamaica and the many islands comprising the Archipelago known as the Caribbean are the result of colonial governance by the French, British, Portuguese and the Spanish.
Jamaicans have a musical heritage that stems from their African and European roots. Reggae music is Jamaica’s most recognized sound. These thumping sounds are rich and infectious and encompass expression of personal freedom, independence, religion and gossip. Musical form is passed through a series of stages, including Roots, Ragga, Dub and Dancehall but still remains the primary platform that Jamaican artists use to express their views on social and political conditions. Dancehall, for example, is one of the most prominent forms of reggae, which was received with great sympathy with the younger generation. However, Reggae in its purest form continues to dominate. Jamaica’s most famous is Bob Marley whose influence helped bring Reggae music into the Jamaican main stream
Link: Bob Marley - One Love