In all honesty (since you asked), I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a person with ‘musical bones’.
My range of music is one-dimensional, erratic at times, and often questionable. But I have been an alto on a youth choir for yeeeears. I’ve even had one, well – two solos; one I completely face-palmed, and the other I was . . . kinda aright. I taught myself to play the guitar 🙂 and on a regular basis too. Sometimes . . . I hear a choir in my head and I can do nothing but sit and listen.
But that’s as far as my musical bones will carry me.
There are however, others built with these musical bones and we see them everywhere. There was Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Celine Dion, Marvin Gaye, I mean – I could spend all night listing them all but someone beat me to it.
I say this all to say, yesterday was International Reggae Day, a 24 hour celebration of Jamaica’s culture, music, and creativity and how it has impacted the rest of the world. They honoured reggae greats Peter Tosh, and Sly and Robbie.
Now, I’m not afraid to admit this. I had to go do my research.
Like I’ve said before, my music has always been one-dimensional. I listen to upbeat music to keep me awake at work . . . seriously. That is the criteria – ‘Keep me awake’. So when I hear about Peter Tosh, I draw blanks; I never really stopped to listen.
But this, Ladies and Gents, is Peter Tosh:
Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor
And this is Sly & Robbie:
Sly & Robbie – Brain Dub
Now, I’m feeling for an oldies party.
These men, among many others, form the bones on which our musical culture was created, and influence what it has evolved to now. Peter Tosh was one of the greats that helped pioneer reggae onto the world scene. And guys like Sly and Robbie show you seh there are different levels to our music. There is the one-drop riddim like above, and the futuristic style like this below. . .
Sly & Robbie – Superthruster
That’s some mad beats right?! I think I might be rocking to this one at work for a while.
What do you think?!