Module 3

Drum and Bass


Drum and bass form the foundation of Reggae music and this duo is considered Jamaica's greatest export.  Learn how the drum and bass establish the tempo, the melody, and the beat of the music. The module will also look at the ‘one drop’ rhythm, which is the most popular drum pattern in Reggae music.  The drums set down a steady tempo, which the bass works off of to create the melody. The adoption of Jamaica’s bass and drum culture around the world speaks to the emotional resonance of Jamaican music culture. Just like people, multiple rhythms can get along and fit together at once!  Bob Marley’s Concrete Jungle is a perfect example.