Ray-Gay Music

This is our final Gay Days Of May. It’s been real…well, Gay. But don’t worry your cute little behind off TGO. I have something great planned for June.

Until then let’s enjoy one last blast of gayness in the anus.

My final topic is a personal favorite. It combines two of my favorites. Gay and music. Of course I’m talking about Jamaican reggae (Ray-Gay) music.

Reggae music developed in the mid 1960’s in Jamaica. It was an evolution of existing styles. Ska and skiffle music had originated in the 1950’s. It is more upbeat and and has a shuffle feel to it. Many songs featuring a horn section

Then as the musical climate in America changed, so did the sounds of the island. In the US, Jazz was being replaced with the slower rhythms of soul and funk. This bled into Jamaica where Rocksteady music was born. It was a slower, more bass heavy sound than ska.

From there, the music would become bass guitar centered. With the drums and bass playing together on the down beat and the guitars played with an upstroke. The first song recorded to name the music was Do The Reggay by Toots and the Maytalls.

Notice the original spelling, reggay. Soon, this style would overtake the island in popularity. Many Jamaican musicians would begin to record in this style, ska and rocksteady would fall by the wayside.

Lyrical themes would shift to socioeconomic topics

Then eventually themes would shift to religion with the acceptance of Rastafarianism by many artists

By the 1980’s, the term reggae came to describe all Jamaican music. This period saw a rise of electronic music and dance music in the world. And as in the past, Jamaican music followed suit. This gave way to Dancehall music. A combination of reggae rhythm and hip hop vocal flow, all played at a danceable tempo

But reggae has survived. It has permeated every culture worldwide. It has become the champion for the oppressed, and the music of the people in many 2nd and 3rd world nations.

Do you have a favorite reggae artist?