Reggae music tends to center around feelings of joy and can easily bring a smile to your face, and in Germany, this style of music that has come from Jamaica has been drawing the attention of younger music listeners and as a result has seen a continued growth in German reggae groups. This week the BBC ran a video on the so-called ‘Germaricans’ to show how some of the reggae loving Germans have embraced the culture that goes along with the music.
What draws many German reggae fans to the style of music is the message of positivity that it presents along with the communication of equality. One concertgoer at a recent reggae festival in Germany commented that the “life of German people is very stressful and this is a good alternative to live life. When I listen to reggae music I always get into a very happy mood.”
Instead of only listening to the iconic songs of Jamaican artists like Bob Marley, the German music scene has been producing reggae artists of their own. Because of this, their songs can provide messages tailored to the German audience, in their own language, and the issues they face in German society.
Not unlike the reggae music scene in the United States, the genre of music began seeing popularity in Germany when it fused with hip-hop music, creating what is known as dancehall music. The band Seeed, which also happens to be one of our favorite German groups here at German Pulse, is a clear example of this mixed style. A more classic sound comes from one of the early German reggae artists to rise up in the country, Gentleman, though he happens to record most of his songs in English. There’s also Patrice Bart-Williams who brings a more folk sound to the music style.
There’s such a wide variety of German reggae music so it’s easy to find something that fits your taste. Have you found a German reggae band that you’ve discovered that you want to share? Let us know by leaving a comment. Also, check out the full BBC video piece on the subject by following the BBC link in the source list below.