Happy International Reggae Day Fam!
With both my parents from Jamaica, it makes sense for me to fly the flag hard for it’s amazing influence on reggae culture.
The first time I fell in love with reggae was hearing the soundtrack from the film The Harder they come with Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Maytals.
So why does singing our favorite chunes feel so damn good?
The voice box is connected to your vagus nerve which is the body’s longest super highway which connects our thoughts to feelings from the base of the brain to the abdomen (Google it).
When stimulated, this powerful system of roots and cables turns off our stress fight or flight response to regain a sense of balance and calm.
With the constant stress of living under the system of racism, it makes sense why singing, music and dance has always been a central role in our culture.
So as we celebrate the eclectic genius of reggae, whether you choose to twerk, whine or ride pon di river, consciously choose songs that uplift, soothe and ignite your melanin pride!
Today, I will remember that music is also therapy and black chunes matter!