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How has the Rastafarian influence contributed to the cultural significance of reggae music?

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When Bob Marley came to identify himself as a Rastafarian, the cultural significance of reggae music rose.  The music moved further away from the relatively light themes of ska lyrics and towards themes that were more socially relevant.  The music has also come to be strongly identified with African nationalism and the plight of the poor in Jamaica.  In contemporary times, some artists like Shabba Ranks have moved away from these...

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