#1
So hey people.
Im wondering right now: is it ok for a white guy to play reggae? Im white and i really like reggae, just dont know if its right for me to play it..
How do you guys think? Im confused.. : S
#2
Do it
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#5
Don't be racist. Play it.
If people (black people) from, let's say, London, can play reggae, so can you. It's not about skin colour, it's about music.
#6
Unfortunately white people suck at doing reggae 90% of the time.

Dont try and do Marley or Roots or anything and maybe you'll get away with it, maybe.
#7
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#8
Just play it, if you like the music it self. Color of your skin or where you are from doesn't really matter at all
#9
I don't think skin color matters.


Of course people are going to associate it with black people since it developed in Jamaica and began with black artists. That doesn't mean other people can't do it.

If it sounds good it sounds good. That's the way I always see things.
#10
I'm white, and reggae is the majority of what I play. If you can feel the music, the play it. Race is a made up thing, by those in power anyways. The reggae scene in america is actually very good.
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#11
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Unfortunately white people suck at doing reggae 90% of the time.

Dont try and do Marley or Roots or anything and maybe you'll get away with it, maybe.

I kinda have to agree with you. But check this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLDOpXqRtJw
I think this guy knows what he's doing really. Maybe even better than some black guitarists. Of course effects do a big part of the job too.
#12
#13
Last video was awesome!
But the other 3.. lets say its not that kind of reggae that i like.
#14
Over here a lot of reggae bands are all white people. It isn't really reggae in the veins of bob marley, don carlos, or peter tosh though. A lot of "white" reggae seems to borrow a lot from rock or jam style bands as well. That isn't to say that you couldn't do a traditional style reggae band. Just pointing out that a lot of bands kind of meld traditional reggae with jam band styles.
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#16
Check out Giant Panda Guerill Dub Squad, John Brown's Body, 10 ft. Ganja Plant, Tribal Seeds, Rebelution, and SOJA for some good white boy reggae (roots and dub). In the end though, just play whatever you feel. If you let your race stop you from playing music you are a fool.
#17
Race is stupid. Do what you want to, regardless of race.

Besides, 'black' and 'white' are very general terms. For example, you playing reggae isn't any 'weirder' than someone from Rwanda playing reggae, is it?
#18
The Clash played some reggae-influenced stuff, and they're perhaps the whitest people I've ever heard of.
#20
Reggae-rock (and hip-hop influenced stuff) is definitly dominated by white people, but roots might be another story. There are plenty of great white roots reggae bands: John Brown's Body/10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, etc.

This thread should probably be closed. Reggae thread:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1214447&highlight=reggae+thread
#21
if you have the feel no one is going to say anything. I have a friend who is white and plays reggae a lot but he has the feel so its all good haha
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