January 26 2007 - The Dubroom has two main
themes: (DUB) Reggae and Consciousness. Two
themes that do not bite each other. Quite
the contrary! In this episode of Dubroom
In-Site, we'll dive a little bit deeper in
this Crucial Combination.
Every now and then, the Dubroom receives
feedback from people who would like us to
elaborate on the definition of
Consciousness. Oddly enough, we have yet to
receive feedback concerning (DUB) Reggae.
Odd, because it can be very difficult to
actually define the music.
Of course it has to do with the fact that
not everyone has the same definition of
Consciousness. It's a buzzword which can
mean many things to many different people.
And there are also many who use words like
Consciousness, Cultural and so on without
actually having a definition of it!
So, what do we mean with
"Consciousness"? And what do we
mean with "(DUB) Reggae"? And why
do we think this is a crucial combination?
For that, we have to dive a little bit
into the history of Reggae Music and the
island where the music originated: Jamaica.
The island was "discovered" by
Christopher Columbus, and pretty soon
thereafter the original inhabitants (the
Arawak people) were killed altogether. Big
ships were sailing over the oceans, carrying
millions of Africans who were brutally
captured and forced to work as slaves in
what was called "the new world".
If they weren't killed or died in another
way, that is. Reggae Band Steel Pulse very
rightly calls it the "African
Fast forward to the 20th century, when
Reggae Music came into existence. Even
though slavery was officially abolished,
something which can be debated, the people
on Jamaica feel it to the day of today. It
has placed a deep mark in the souls of the
people, and obviously this has an influence
on the music too.
The movement of Rastafari had, and still
has, a tremendous influence in Reggae Music
as many artists consider themselves to be a
member or at least a sympathizer.
They had identified the system that caused
slavery as the very same thing what the
Bible calls "Mystery Babylon".
The philosophy of Rastafari was
incorporated in the rhythm of Reggae.
African drums, for example, play a dominant
role and this is not just a cultural thing.
Cries from the heart, chants unto the Most
High and lamentations in old-testament
style, these are vital ingredients for what
is now known as "Roots Reggae".
And now, whenever someone is introduced
to Reggae Music, sooner or later they will
be confronted with what is called
"Conscious Reggae". In fact, the
music appeals to many especially because of
To be conscious means to be awake: to
know what's going on, and why things are the
way they are. For Jamaicans were not told
about their history. They were told how
there was this "white Jesus" who
made black people to serve the white folks.
Rastafari and Reggae Music changed that.
Through music, the "half that never
been told" was shared. The Wailers sang
about "Music's gonna teach them one
Reggae Music is a message music. Sure,
it's an appealing music. You just can't
afford not to move your feet when the music
plays. When you're sensitive, you will be
touched straight in the heart. The music
gives strength to carry on in this system
For there really is a Mystery Babylon.
It's not just in the Bible, it's not just in
Reggae Music. You can actually research the
matter and find out just how true all of
what the Rastaman says in Reggae Music
And that's why the Dubroom doesn't only
promote (DUB) Reggae Music. We also attempt
to provide back ground information and
documentation concerning Mystery Babylon,
and also concerning JAH.
For not only is Reggae Music closely
connected with exposing Babylon System, many
artists are devout believers and followers
of the Most High God, JAH! And we're not
only speaking about those who believe the
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie to be JAH
So, conscious people and spiritual people
find themselves at home in Reggae Music.
It's like the music is created for
consciousness and spirituality, even. In
every book about Reggae, you will find at
least a few paragraphs about Rastafari and
And that makes Reggae Music a very
special form of music.
The Dubroom wants to promote this music,
and not just because it is such a nice music
to listen to. We want to provide back ground
information. Not just for those who are
actively looking for this information
because they believe in it so to speak, also
for those people who are "merely"
interested in what caused Reggae Music to
become Reggae Music.