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The Rise of Reggae Fusion

Reggae has not stood still since it was coined by the late and great Toots Hibbert who, with the Maytals, transitioned from ska to reggae and added many flavours from other genres in his compositions.
The great Bob Marley's success was built on reggae that crossed musical boundaries and so attracted a wider audience.
Reggae now has many subgenres or categories, for example, roots reggae, dancehall, lovers rock and dub. Most fans and commentators would consider these traditional and authentic reggae music subgenres. However, the success of reggae's longevity, over 50 years, is its ability to innovate and incorporate new trends into the reggae soundscape as well as maintaining longstanding ones.
However, with Jamaica's proximity to the huge American market, Jamaican artists have always sought to find a way in. This has resulted in collaborations with artists from other genres like hip-hop and jazz. While producers and musicians experimented by fusing reggae with other …

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