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Question: Where did reggae music originate?

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 7:02 PM
Reggae was originated in Jamaica in the 1960s out of other forms of indigenous music like Ska and Rocksteady. It was popularised by artistes such Bob Marley (in photo).

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Question: "In which Caribbean country did Reggae music originate?"

Answer: "Trinidad and Tobago?"

Quizmaster: Incorrect

The question, first posed to a corporate area primary-level student on Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz yesterday was then passed to a representative of the opposing team.

Her answer: "Barbados"

Twelve hours later, the exchange would dominate social media discussions in Jamaica.

Many commentators were shocked that the primary-level students participating in the quiz Reggae got the answer wrong.

Reggae was originated in Jamaica in the 1960s out of other forms of indigenous music like Ska and Rocksteady.

It was popularised by artistes such as Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.

Local entrepreneur, Gordon Swaby commenting in Facebook said he was shocked at the responses of the students.

"This is unbelievable. Min of Education???," Beverley Wellington Thompson exclaimed.

However, Jamaican PhD candidate at Canada's York University, Tyrone Hall, had issues with the question, that he suggests may have thrown off the students.

"The question was poorly framed for the age group. No reference should have been made to the region. That confused them." he wrote on Twitter.

"An inconsequential context clue can throw you off. That's precisely what including the region in that quiz question did to the students."

An even more important debate is raging as to whether reggae is losing its Jamaican flavour owing to the globalisation of the genre.

READ: Can Jamaica still claim Reggae music as its own?

Reggae scholar, Professor Carolyn Cooper provoked thought in a Gleaner article in November.

"So we've given reggae music to the world. But sometimes we act as if reggae was stolen from us," she said, adding that Jamaica doesn't 'own' the music, as the genre is also deeply rooted in African history.