Reggae is derived from “ska,” a type of music popularized in Jamaica in the late ’50s’ and early ’60s. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, “Do the Reggay” was the first popular song to use the word “reggae,” effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.
Reggae music often reminds us of a relaxing island lifestyle or a Caribbean vacation surrounded by the beautiful nature, the ocean, nice summer breeze and Piña colada whenever we listen to this warm and happy genre even if it is -10F outside. But, Reggae is not just about warm melodies and happy spirits. There are many artists who utilize religious themes in their music discussing a specific religious topic or simply giving praise to God. They also utilize socio-political topics in reggae songs like anti-racism, anti-colonialism, anti-capitalism, and criticism of political systems.
We recently curated a playlist named “Summer Reggae” to create a “feel happy, be happy” atmosphere for not just summer days but for all year long. We made sure the playlist is family and business friendly by handpicking each song and making sure they do not promote the use of cannabis and that they all have positive themes.
Reggae is not just for humans!
A new research shows that it is not only the humans who enjoy and relax with the beautiful rhythms of Reggae music. The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, has released a new research in partnership with the University of Glasgow that suggests reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in dogs’ behavior. If you volunteer for a shelter or own a pet resort, hit play on our “Summer Reggae” playlist for some happy and relaxed puppies.