Afro music with a mix of Reggae will bring back consciousness to Africa musical scene – Marvelux ID
Nigeria-UK base singer and a fast-rising music sensation, Marvelous Osume Irorakpor professionally known Marvelux ID has said Reggae music co-existing with Afro music will bring back consciousness to the Africa musical scene.
Marvelux ID, who is one of the finest Afro-reggae singers that has been disrupting the music scene recently, said reggae music shares traits of Africa heritages and cultures, hence the need to infuse it back into African music of today.
He said as Africans await consciousness in today’s music, reggae music is one of the genres of music that can truly give people a feel of that.
He said: “One specific musical trait that I believe closely ties Reggae music to African music is the choice of instruments and the purpose of these instruments within the context. All sorts of drums such as snare and bongos are used within the beats of reggae music, often using cross rhythmic patterns that originate from Africa.
“This is shown through the heavy use of guitars, drums and percussion instruments that creates the beats. Reggae music also utilizes the call and response notion within the music, which is Africa music. During this call and response, the timbre of the vocals is very passionate and soft, as the vocals in African music are very passionate and with a purpose.
“Another important trait is dancing, there is a whole sub-genre of reggae called dancehall that is basically dedicated to the spiritual movements of the body or known as dancing. African music utilises dancing to connect spiritually, and music played at weddings or other celebrations is played in order to have people dance.
“Another important trait about the functions of this music dates back several centuries when the Atlantic slave trade took place and the music sung were used as a means of communication and to express the oppression that each of them dealt with. Meanwhile, in reggae music its early emergence was based on those who live in poverty openly expressing the everyday things that they feel is corrupt, or how they were oppressed within the country of Jamaica. Both were affected and communicated to a more mass audience about the conflict and problems within their lives.
“Lastly when the function has served its purpose, both African and reggae music serve as a way to entertain people, and this is done simply by performance in front of any number audience. Musically, reggae music is spiritually expressed by the continuations of West African drumming and singing traditions.
“This type of drumming is of Rastafari origin, and it also is used by the Ashanti tribe which is West-African. The functions of the two different types of music are similar, and with Reggae music being the heart of the country, all reggae music can be danced to, and specifically dancehall reggae the purpose is to dance along and spiritually connects with Jah and other people.”
He noted that African and Reggae music is mostly repetitive and cyclical in their structure as both were created to transmit messages and ideas.
According to him, these two types of music are the function of the rhythm throughout the song, as this is claimed to be true due to the use of the same patterns of timing.
He said all these shared traits are from the force of liberation and consciousness, passed through ancestors, adding that with Reggae in Africa music’s, the sounds from Africa would be different and bring back consciousness to today’s music.
“The ancestral history of Reggae music, bringing traits of musical culture from Africa and as Reggae being the number one genre of music within this Caribbean country. It would be ignorant to not mention lyrics of the music.
Many of Bob Marley’s songs, talks about forced migration and/or his intent to return to his origin which is Africa. He pays homage to where he is truly from, and will never forget which is why I believe. incorporating these two traits of musical culture within one will be Marvelous. Spreading like an infectious disease without no one been able prevent it,” he narrated.