Though it is dismissed by many as a curio of music, reggae, if it is considered beyond its mainstream Bob Marley reputation, was one of the first genres of music to put the DJs and producers of music at the forefront of the culture. Born out of ska and rocksteady, reggae became Jamaica’s main cultural export to the world.
Giant sound systems in Jamaica quaked with huge rhythms that were felt by the body before the ears, an MC would “toast” over the top (they were also confusingly called the deejay back then) and acetates (a quickly degrading vinyl record with limited shelflife) were the preferred method of playback. Dub and versions. Sound systems would battle against each other in sound clashes.