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Reggae Music Resources: Rastafarianism

Books: Rastafari and Reggae

"Rastafari emerged out of the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, during the 1930s. Its rise in popularity among Jamaica’s youth in the late 1960s and 70s promoted its worldwide recognition as the driving philosophical force behind the music of prominent reggae artists such as Burning Spear, Culture, Big Youth, Black Uhuru and, of course, the three main Wailers - Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.

So strongly has Rasta become associated with reggae music that for many people, the one is unthinkable without the other. However, reggae reflects all the aspects and concerns of Jamaican life, whether spiritual, temporal, or purely hedonistic. Rastafarianism was felt most keenly during the 1970s, but though it is less crucial to the music’s identity nowadays, its reverberations are still felt."    

"Rastafariamism" Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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