Jamaican National Independence and Musical Domination


Jamaica took her first step towards independence on February 9, 1962. Forty-nine years ago today, the birthplace of reggae signed an agreement to become an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. Since then, Bob Marley’s monstrous musical hits have come to represent Jamaica’s musical identity, but, as shown in our Reggae Issue, Jamaica has bred some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

Jamaica’s musical influences have also been felt around the world. From Panama, where plena has become a celebrated form of reggae en español, to the U.K., where “dub jockeys” keep a roots tradition alive in their sound systems, Jamaica’s musical impact on the world is undeniable and most welcome.

Hear some Panamanian plena by the duo Jam & Suppose below.

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