A lot of people in the Caribbean have said that reggae is a part of them because they can feel it in their souls. It has apparently become part of their genes because they pass it on from generation to generation. What do we mean by this? As Caribbean peoples now living in the United States and other parts of the Diaspora (Canada, England, other parts of Europe), our children born outside the Caribbean and our children’s children will know and love music. reggae as much as We do. They get an early introduction because they hear it playing from the womb.
We spoke with three young Caribbean American adults aged 26 to 32 and asked them how reggae music influenced their musical skills and laid the foundation for music appreciation in their lives.
Jarett Sizer and Jordhan Sizer are brothers who are up-and-coming rap artists from the Philadelphia area who collaborate on most of their original projects. Jarett Sizer said he has listened to reggae music his entire life. “The first time I really paid attention to reggae, I was listening to Buju Banton,” Jarett explained. “I listen to all kinds of music, but I’m more inclined to like reggae songs than other genres, regardless of the quality of the song. I guess you could say I’m biased. My brother Jordhan and I do reggae songs and I sprinkle dialect in my Trip-Hop songs. great impressions on me, ”he said.
Jordhan Sizer said he was introduced to and influenced by reggae music very early in his life. “With my family originally from Jamaica, it felt natural to gravitate towards the reggae sound,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed the melodies and rhythms that make reggae music as wonderful as it is. Making beats has always been a skill of mine and reggae helps me develop my skills. Buju Banton, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks are some of my favorite reggae artists because of their unique styles and cadences. Creating this type of music is always relaxing and therapeutic.
Dahren Davis is a thriving music producer who lives in Delaware County and said he remembered listening to reggae music when he was young (probably since birth) because his mother is Jamaican. . “She listened to different reggae songs throughout my childhood until adulthood,” he said. “Reggae music has influenced the other types of music that I listen to and enjoy because I tend to find music with similar types of kick drum patterns that are also in reggae music,” said he stressed. “Some songs from other genres can resonate and stand out because of the elements that are incorporated into reggae.” Davis said that while he doesn’t create much reggae music, he subconsciously picks up some of the different tones or elements of bass. and can include them in the music he is trying to compose.
For him, the biggest influence in reggae should be Bob Marley. “He has inspired many generations to this day and made probably one of the most popular and memorable songs, ‘One Love’, which was one of the first reggae songs that I remember learning” Davis said with a smile. “So definitely Bob, he’s basically the musical face of Jamaica. “
One thing the three young men can agree on is that reggae music knows no boundaries. Anytime or anywhere reggae music is in the mix, there is something captivating, mystical about it. Some even describe its appeal as spiritual. It attracts the attention of the listener. There are no age or class barriers. There are no cultural or skin color barriers. Everyone becomes a part of the music, even if it’s just tapping their feet, nodding their heads, tapping / snapping their fingers or just rocking from side to side. A good example is when Prince Harry became enthralled with reggae music while visiting a children’s home in the Caribbean. Reports have shown him joining the reggae dance performance and enjoying every moment of it.
The Sizer Brothers have children ages 3-14 and they shared with us that every time they have a family reunion, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas, no gathering feels good without some reggae music in it. background. Their children join in chanting reggae music and reggae dancing during the after-dinner festivities. The youngest of the group turn and turn and do their thing.
The seeds are already planted!