In Africa, especially the south in Nigeria, the earliest form of music was the Oba’s eulogist and the town criers. They always had a way with rhymes, the beat and the pattern. Reggae, being a trendsetter in it’s own right is a beautiful genre of music that flows with rhymes and patterns. The genre originated from Jamaica. It is a fusion of Jamaican music like; mento, ska, and rocksteady. These genres are part of Jamaican music. This perfect melody became a unique taste that was accepted and adopted by different continents, including Africa. You can decide to do a slow whine or go electric on it. Reggae is a song for the mood. So, it’s not a surprise that we adopted it. Reggae is more than the beat than the lyrics; it has a pulsating beat pattern, a sweet bass line and an electrical energy. Knowing how to fuse a rhyme into that awesome beat is not a piece of cake. This is why the result of good reggae music is always beautiful.
Now, the blend of this beautiful genre and our indigenous music is what is called Afro-reggae. Artistes like Majek Fashek, Lucky Dube, Ras Kimono and Orits Willik, to mention a few. These set of artistes were the ones who started the trend in Africa. They are the legends in Afro-reggae genre of music. Fast forward to this era and we cannot deny that we are blessed with top notch artistes who are pulling the right strings in the Afro-raggae movement. Mentioning in no particular order, we have the likes of Patoranking, BurnaBoy, Wizkid, Orezi, Runtown, cynthia Morgan, Santi and many others who are constantly blessing our eardrums with this beautiful music genre.
Afro-raggae understandably may not be the first choice of music for the listenership in Africa, considering the fact we really love our music up beat, something to just burn the Pent up stress with. That is not to say that this genre is not just as good or accolade worthy like other genres such as afro-pop, afro-hip hop, afro house and Afro soul. Another key element with Afro-raggae music is in the fusion of both Jamaica vibes with our Mother land vibes. Both countries share similarities and if an artiste is able to master his craft well, his more likely to be accepted by the International scene than back home. Patronaking is a clear example of what I am talking about. So you see, a crunch of Afro-ragger never killed anyone. Update your playlist today!