Describe the essential role music has always played in the lives of the Jamaican people.

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As a universal unifier, music not only has helped unite Jamaica culturally and spiritually, but it has indeed defined their unique cultural traits and it has also given Jamaicans a voice, particularly through the genre of Reggae. Barrow and Dalton (1997) are some of the main researchers on the folk-tale style Jamaican tradition of passing down songs from one generation to another in a manner which very much resembles that of the African slave culture that is historically recorded as sending out messages and lamentations through song.

In their study of music under a sociocultural perspective, Barrow and Dalton agree in that...

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