Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Reggae reborn 30 years after the death of Bob Marley

At the door of the large white mausoleum stands in the village of Nine Mile (Jamaica), surrounded by tourists, an inscription is brief: 'Jah Love' ('Jah Love', the name of god to the Rastafarian). Inside lie the last three decades the remains of Bob Marley, the first superstar born in a Third World country that managed to export the sounds of their island, reggae, lists of western charts.

Marley was 36 years old, eleven children, numerous affairs, several scars for attempted murder, selling millions of albums and deep religious beliefs and strict Rastafarian peace when he died on May 11, 1981, a victim of brain cancer . The reggae scene has long been stigmatized with the legacy left copious discography in which the speed of ska had been replaced by that of the heartbeat (he also had pumped soft social and political proclamations.) For several years after his death, the posters with the image of Marley colorful and twisted and turned into legend, threatened to overshadow a music scene that, according Yerai Rivas, the group Beni Reggae Cultural Association, has been "long stigmatized." Among other reasons for his unconventional aesthetic, its association with marijuana (which in the Rastafarian faith is conceived as a vehicle to get closer to God) or income-generating "less commercial than other styles." However, this seems to be more promising.

Hugo is so responsible for Reggaeshack promoter, responsible for organizing events for reggae in Spain. Although it certainly sounds Jamaican ever cease to be confined to a minority audience, says the genre is currently experiencing a "resurgence." Moving to Spain Rototom Sunsplash (pictured right), the leading reggae festival in Europe, since 2010, is held in Benicàssim, is a great asset.

Last year, 150,000 visits recorded the event and enjoyed a significant impact on the media "musical and general," said the organization met. The Internet has also become a new ally when it comes to connecting with fans, broadcast news, or even buy records, "which until now was impossible to find in Spain." Websites like Reggae.

is Rasta Iberican online radio station or 7 inches offer interesting and current. Outside of cyberspace, the radio program Alma de Leon, Radio 3, is one of the few offline wave that is dedicated to the Jamaican genre. From Madrid, Alberto Oyardide responsible for the record shop specializing in reggae and soulUp Beat, notes the importance of openness to other genres of reggae has had to attract new audiences: "Five years ago the dancehall, a variant that combines Regga Rap and attracted fans from other sectors.

" The new songs are about expensive cars and girls in bikinis then also boomed ragga, who reviewed the Jamaican rhythms with a digital look and a more focused message "on expensive cars and girls in bikinis" in the spirituality of their ancestors. However, since many people cross out those rhythms of "something out of date." Instead, events and festivals call for "a return to roots" (traditional reggae), with the passage of time and the application of new technologies, has been renamed the new roots.

Also Pier Tosi, Rototom organizer, appears consistent with the roots sound is what counts today with the largest number of followers, which also confirm the sales numbers as Fnac chain. Although there are exceptions: "The more young people appreciate the dancehall because of its close relationship with American urban sounds of hip hop or R & B".

In Spain, moreover, "there is a very particular way of life of Jamaican music through a mix between ska, rock, jazz, Spanish folk music and socially committed texts." "The interesting thing is happening in the scene? Pier does not hesitate: the return of dub, condemned for years to underground and "is experiencing a big increase in fans." Italian names and the band Alborosie Israel Vibrations are the most often repeated in this listing.

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