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The Music of Jamaica: From Mento to Dancehall

The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, reggae fusion and related styles.

Reggae is especially popular through the international fame of Bob Marley. Jamaican music's influence on music styles in other countries includes the practice of toasting, which was brought to New York City and evolved into rapping. British genres such as Lovers rock, jungle music and grime are also influenced by Jamaican music.


Take Her to Jamaica: Lord Messam (1952)



Jamaica Ska: Byron Lee & the Dragonaires (1964)



MyJamaican Girl: The Gaylads (1971)




One Love: Bob Marley (1977)




Fling Yuh Shoulder: Ding Dong (2017)




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Jacqueline Cameron is a writer with decades of writing experience running the gamut from blogging to reporting. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica and is the chief writer for the Jamaica So Nice Blog. She is a trained engineer and musician and loves to see people transformed through her work.




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