Jamaica’s pulse beats to the rhythm of reggae.
Originating here in the 1960s, reggae combines the traditions of mento, calypso, American jazz and R&B. Since the 60s, as reggae’s influence spread like wildfire, it came to belong to the whole world—not just to Jamaica.
Now, Jamaica is working toward reclaiming its reggae heritage and reminding its fans around the world of the sound’s true birthplace. Because most contemporary reggae albums are released by non-Jamaican-born artists, Jamaica plans to add an “authenticity” seal to reggae albums produced by Jamaican artists on the island.