Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. On this page you’ll find Reggae and Rasta Christmas Ornaments for your Bob Marley themed Christmas tree. Reggae is mostly famous through the music of Bob Marley. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.
Reggae is not just a music style, it is also a social movement and through Bob Marley and Rasta a religious one. Reggae began to enter international consciousness in the early 1970s, and Rastafari mushroomed in popularity internationally, largely due to the fame of Bob Marley, who actively and devoutly preached Rastafari, incorporating Nyabinghi and Rastafarian chanting into his music, lyrics and album covers. Songs like “Rastaman Chant” led to the movement and reggae music being seen as closely intertwined in the consciousness of audiences across the world. [click to continue…]
Top books to read to your kids, or for them to read themselves
I loved being read to as a child. In fact, in our family my dad read to us till I was 13 (I was the oldest). Not all kids stuff either: The most memorable was him reading us ‘The Hobbit’ and later ‘The Lord of the Rings’ on our Sunday hiking trips. I was reminiscing about this the other day with my parents, and we decided that it wasn’t as self evident as it had seemed: he had had to prepare. My dad said: well, you know, we had to do something to get you kids to come along. We said – well, in other families they find other solutions, like the kids stop coming along, or bribery …
Most families of course don’t have the interest to retell classic fantasy stories on hikes – hey, I don’t think most parents could even do it well enough even if they tried. But it’s still great for kids to be read to, till as high an age as you can manage: it will help their language skills and develop concentration and intelligence. In fact, all three of us work with text now. I make a living writing online. My oldest brother is a professional poet and my youngest brother is a poet / mime. Not that my parents were planning for THAT when they read to us, of course.
Anyhow, for those of you who want to give your children some of that – and the fun of a great story – here’s my collection of my favorite children’s books growing up.
In my family we have continued the tradition of reading to each other to this day. The picture shown here is when we took turns reading, at the last Christmas that my grandmother (a great reader herself) was capable of joining a family dinner. It’s my dad’s turn.
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