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Throughout history, music has been used by movements seeking social changes in the world. In various cases, protest songs are written in response to historical events or social activities by the person who has experienced. In other cases, these songs can be responsible for initiating a shift in a society’s beliefs and assumptions. Many musicians have raised awareness and championed causes to alleviate human suffering from social problems caused by famine, natural disasters, war, civil rights violations, environmental abuse and others. Some have achieved it through their music, some by using their fame as musicians and others using both.
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Throughout its existence, Jamaica has experienced numerous revolutions, riots, and various forms of social unrest. From early resistance by escaped slaves to all-out fighting to end slavery altogether, Jamaica has been in a constant state of resistance. All these efforts to make a change have created a Jamaican religion called Rastafarianism, and become a very powerful means of transporting its message: reggae music around 1930. Rastafarianism is a religion based on social change, and reggae is the means of spreading these beliefs. These two forms of expression formed in the context of oppression and in doing so they have contributed greatly to the ideologies, attitudes, beliefs, and actions of the people on the island. Bob Marley was one of famous artists who could introduced both reggae music and Rastafarian religious beliefs to an international audience, combines a “feel good,” slow-paced rhythm with a militant call for justice and freedom from oppression. Finally, the message of Rastafarianism has been spread worldwide through his songs so that people from other areas were able to support the necessary …show more content…
Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England and rose to stardom as a founder of the popular band, The Beatles. After disintegration of The Beatles, he used his success to send the message of peace through his songs with some help of his wife Yoko Ono. In the summer of 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War protest movement, John Lennon wrote and recorded a song simply titled Give Peace a Chance. The song become an international hit and it was quickly taken up as an anti-war anthem to peace that was sung by a quarter of a million demonstrators against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C, on 15 November, at the second Vietnam Moratorium Day. At this time of history, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were important peace activists because they organized famous rallies and developed protest concepts, for instance, “Bed-In for Peace.” Although John Lennon was dead, his words and music for peace remain

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