Reggae Music

Written by Josh Dodes
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While few music styles have greater mass appeal than reggae music, millions of its fans have found it more and more difficult to locate what they are looking for the radio. That is not an accident; in fact, few transformations have been more carefully engineered than commercial radio's takeover by corporate entities. While these entities still purport to care about what music fans want, most music fans are well aware that these entities are far more interested in money than music.

The unfortunate result of this takeover has been a rapid marginalization of all but the most commercial forms of music. That means that Britney Spears and Eminem are in; and shockingly, in most markets, that means that reggae is out. To be sure, a handful of reggae artists continue to break through to the mainstream every year, but unless you live in Jamaica or an extremely limited number of metropolitan areas, you'd best look elsewhere for the full range of what reggae has to offer.

A New Day for Marginalized Music

Happily, the cloud of corporate radio has produced a remarkable silver lining. As so many forms of reggae have been increasingly pushed off of commercial radio, they have found a more exciting home. That home could not be more appropriate for a worldwide music: the World Wide Web.

Thanks to recent innovations in streaming technology, Internet radio has exploded in the last few years. And not a moment too soon: fans of music more eclectic than commercial radio will consider have been starving for the music they love. However, Internet radio is not simply a replacement for yesterday's best terrestrial stations; it is a dramatic improvement upon those stations in every important way.

Reggae Music Without Limits

Free from the musical and commercial constraints endured by their terrestrial counterparts, the top Internet radio stations can play a truly diverse array of great reggae music. That means that legends like Bob Marley and current stars like Sean Paul are now under the same roof as Nitty Gritty, Frankie Paul, Barrington Levy, and so many other great artists. Formed and helmed by DJs as passionate about reggae music as you are, these stations are rapidly becoming the next best place to Jamaica itself.

Best of all, these stations stream around the clock, around the world, absolutely commercial-free. The good vibes and great reggae music literally never stop. No matter where you are, you are never further away from the positive music you love than the click of a mouse.

The Future of Reggae

The future of reggae music, like the future of so many great styles of music, is online. Why suffer the growing limitations of commercial radio, when you can now have it all? With a choice that clear, it is no wonder that millions of fans worldwide are putting away their radios and turning on the computer.

Today is an incredible day to be a music fan. If you know where to look, you can now find anything under the sun, whether corporate radio wants you to or not. We encourage you to explore our educational links, and to make a decision in favor or big music, not big money.


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