Differences between the production of reggae music in the Caribbean the World

Differences between the production of reggae music in the Caribbean the World

Reggae Music has always been unique in the Caribbean regions due to the characteristic nature of the Caribbean region. However, over time the aspect of globalisation has provided a group from the music in the area to change. Currently, it might be hard to identify the difference between reggae music in the Caribbean the other regions of the world. The two articles all reflect on how the production of reggae music in the Caribbean and the world has changed over time. There is a form of synchrony of the music style to ensure that they all have one identity. While music from the Caribbean might have some difference, there is clear evidence that the aspect of globalisation seems to make music from the region and other parts of the world.

Both two articles point to the fact that fusion and hybridity have made it hard to trace the identity of music whether in the Caribbean or other parts of the world. The Caribbean has limited economies, and thus it has become hard for the region to provide a massive consumption for its music (Alleyne, 220). The music has thus encountered the commercial alteration so that it can be in the same approach with industrial production. The idea thus ends up generating continuity between the global and the local music, and thus the two becomes indistinguishable. Therefore, as much as the reggae music in the Caribbean region has to sort to have its own identity, the global forces have forced the music to take the international approach. Therefore, the two articles show that Caribbean music has not had any uniqueness from the music in the rest of the world.

The two articles have also pointed out the effect of globalisation and how the Caribbean reggae music impacts it. Globalisation has increased in the past few years due to the penetration of the internet. The internet has offered a piece of new market music where music is not only focused on the local market but also the international market. With the back and forth exchange in the production of music, it has eventually become impossible for the Caribbean music to only focus on music that is suitable for the region (Connell, & Gibson, 2004). Besides, some of the music production is not just limited to the part. The international production houses such as Sony has tried to create one identity for music. This global identity had thus forced Caribbean music to conform to the world. It, therefore, would be impossible to argue that there can be a difference between Caribbean music and international reggae music.

It is quite evident that the world has experienced many changes that have come as a result of globalisation. One of the areas that seem to have experienced much of the difference is in music production. Today the intentional production houses look to be determining the way music is produced in every region. The reggae music in the Caribbean seems to have been affected by the international model of music production. Therefore, it has become quite hard to find any difference between the Caribbean reggae music and the music in the other regions of the world. The music is taking an international approach as the artists seek to take produce music that can be consumed internationality.




Alleyne, M. (2009). Globalisation and commercialisation of Caribbean music.

Connell, J., & Gibson, C. (2004). World music: deterritorializing place and identity. Progress in Human Geography28(3), 342-361.