Kartel, True Genius Gone Awry?
Vybz Kartel, the world famous Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman whose singles "Clarks", "Romping Shop", "Poor People", "Tell You Say", "Like Christmas" and "Pon De Floor"
propelled him to international fame, notoriety, wealth is now a convicted murderer. Civil society in Jamaica had prepare for public backlash.
Top 15 Reggae Protest Songs
Reggae songs are lyrical poetry of "Rebellion". Picking a top 15 Jamaican/Reggae Protest songs was difficult because of the many great songs that fall in this category. As the world first purely rebel protest music Jamaican music and social protest is an ingrained in the country’s history. Check out my picks and let us know which Jamaican/Reggae Protest Songs you think are missing from this list?
Top 20 Most Romantic Reggae Songs
Picking the Top Ten Most Romantic Reggae songs proved an almost impossible because there were so many great songs left out I had to create a category of songs for special mention. Which Romantic Reggae Songs do you think is missing from this list? We want to hear from you!
Here Comes the King – a Daughter's Tribute
Marla Brown is the youngest daughter of legendary reggae singer Dennis “Crown Prince” Brown. Born in London to Dennis and wife Yvonne, she has four siblings who share their father's initials - 'D. Brown' – Dinah, Daniel, Dennis and Deborah – the latter two use their middle names Jason and Marla professionally. Dennis spent a great deal of time in London, crafting some of his best works there and nurturing his young family.
Top Ten Female Jamaican/Reggae Singers
This category was far and away the most difficult to list. Because of the limited amount of female singer I included Grace Jones and sing DJ Patra. Female singers in reggae have for decades had hits songs. Many female singers for variety of reasons, including rampant sexism, deliberate neglect motherhood, have been forced many to out of the music business. Over the last 4 decades female singers have not been able to become consistent hit makers like their male counterparts.
Jamaica's Blue Mountains to come alive with Music Festival on February 22-23
Between February 22 and 23 the mountains of Holywell will come alive with the beats of authentic Jamaican music, and the crafts of Jamaican artists. The inaugural Blue Mountain Music Festival, promoted by Annubis is set to be staged by Bombrush Records in collaboration with the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT).
Miss Chinita is in South Florida y’all!! - Tessanne Chin
The fantabulous Tessanne Chin has proved herself to not just be talented, beautiful and gracious; she’s now gone and become a philanthropist on top of it! In our one on one interview with her, we asked what she intends to do with this new international platform she’s secured for herself… other than sing her heart out. In true diva fashion, she said
Top 10 Reggae & Dancehall One-Hit Wonders
The term “One-hit wonder” is usually seen as insult; however that should not the case when it comes to these artists. Many of the artists on this list paved the way for innovative changes to reggae and dancehall. It is also best to have one big hit than no hits at all as that one hit can make a great impact. The following are our reggae and dancehall top 10 “One-hit wonders”. Which songs do you think are missing from this list? We want to hear from you! Tell us by leaving a comment below.
Top Twelve Bob Marley Songs
The list of hits or simply great songs by Bob Marley is copious and revered. Therefore choosing, what I consider Marley’s twelve best songs, is for me one steeped in his identity as the music influential artist of the last half of the 20th century and my sentimental popular hits. So readers please feel free to comment on my picks
Top 10 Jamaican Male Reggae/Rocksteady Singers - Guess who is not on the list?
Jamaican five decades music history Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae produced many great male vocalists. Scanning the kaleidoscope of the nation’s music landscape to find the ten best male vocalists is, at best challenging. These are my selections/picks.
Reggae/Dancehall Year In Review 2013
A round-up of Reggae/Dancehall in 2013 with a month by month summary of events, album releases, performances, charts and the 2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive.
Tessanne Chin's Top 5 Performances on "The Voice"
Every performance by Tessanne Chin on NBC "The Voice" was unbelievable. She is an incredible performer with powerful vocals to match. She is also a very gracious and humble person, which we knew when we interviewed her in 200
7. Our editors had a tough time picking her top 5 performances on The Voice, but after some debate we agreed on a list. Here are our picks for Tessanne Chin's Top 5 performances leading up to the finals. Post your comments and let us know your favorite Tessanne Performance. Don't forget to VOTE next Monday, December 16, 2013.
5 Ways to Help Tessanne Chin Get Votes Right Now !!!
Tessanne Chin is now one of the Top 5 contestants on The Voice. The hard part now begins. Even though she is clearly the most talented singer on the show she has never garnered the top votes in the last few rounds. Here are 5 tips to help Tessanne garner more votes.
The Lensical Artist, strengthening a slumbering industry
When discussing reggae music, the word artist almost always refers to the singer or members of a band. Other supporting elements of the music industry are often overlooked or undervalued. Most everyone recognizes the significance of managers, legal and business consultants, publicists, promoters and others involved in facilitating performance. However, another group of artists made up of photographers, videographers, graphic artists, backdrop and banner designers, as well as poster/flier art are less recognized.
Top Five Women To Watch In Reggae Music
The one thing that has been submerged in the morass of the heated debate over the life or death of reggae music, was the fact that the last ten years has been quite exciting for reggae music. The unprecedented number of ladies wanting to be artists in an industry previously dominated by men. No longer wanting to remain aspiring performers "ah drop two lyrics" for friends and family. They have now stepped into the forefront ready to take their turn at the spotlight. Here is a list of the top five Jamaican female artist to watch in Reggae music compiled by Editor At Large, Karen (Koko) Mitchell.
Review: Media Event for Linkage Award Show
February 28, 2013 Press and Media Party to launch the Linkage Award Show which will be held at Mount Vernon High School March 16. The Award Show features a host of artists with special lifetime achievement award going to venerable artists Bunny Wailer, John Holt and Lady Saw.
Who Should Have Won the Reggae Grammy?
Can you believe the Grammy Awards are almost here? We asked M. Peggy Quattro, Reggae Report founder and publisher, to review the list of nominees from 1985 when the Reggae Grammy award was established through to this year (2011) and give us her picks for "Who Should Have Won the Reggae Grammy? Feel free to comment on the picks.
50 Years of Unforgettable Jamaican Music
Jamaica's charm and magnetism has not only been acquired through the Island's beauty and warm people, but through the range and variety of Jamaican Musicians and their music. A visit to Jamaica becomes noteworthy because of its ambience, and the various forms of musical entertainment. Every memory that Tourists may harbor are usually serenaded by Jamaican sounds and rhythms.
Reggae (or is it Pop?) - The 2011 Grammy Nominations for Best Reggae Album
So….The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for its most prestigious awards—for the 54th staging of the Grammy Awards! Is it just me or do the nominations in the category of Reggae keep getting more and more ridiculous? Is it me or do these nominations not reflect the truth in the “Reggae Music Industry” whatsoever? Let’s take a closer look!
Our Picks: Top 10 Reggae Songs of All Time
Here are our picks of the top 10 reggae songs of all times based on lyrical content, song popularity and world market penetration. Any list of top reggae songs could be exhaustive and filled with songs by Bob Marley, so we have compiled a list of our top 10. Be sure to add your favorites to this list. During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence on August 6, 2012, each week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more.
Reggae: The bastard child of the music industry
“Marley dominates the Billboard reggae chart” was the jubilant Jamaican Gleaner headline being shared with the Facebook JA diaspora. An article lauding the talent of the Marley family with congratulatory glee as they continue to ride on the top of the reggae charts. Take a look at the Billboard Reggae charts; you will find them shoved at the bottom of the page under the ‘additional Charts/Genres’ stuck between “New Age” and “Soundtracks”. Sure enough, Damian/NAS are number one, Stephen at number three and Ziggy at number four.
Our Top 50 Picks of Jamaican Ska Songs
During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day on August 6, 2012, every week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more. We begin with our picks of the Top 50 Ska songs (not in any order). Feel free post your comments with your top Jamaican Ska songs.
Remembering David “Smiley Culture” Emanuel
David Emanuel may be a rather non-descript name, but if you have any British connections or affiliations with London’s music scene in the 1980’s the name David Emanuel immediately evokes memories of the cheeky Cockney with the megawatt grin. Smiley Culture, as he was more popularly known, died under tragic and suspicious circumstances on March 15, 2011 at his Warlingham, Surrey home.
Bob Marley Quotes
Even though Bob Marley passed away many years ago (May 11, 1981) his quotes are profound, and prophetic. We have compiled a list of over 100 Bob Marley quotes. They reflect current life, love, politics, relationships and economics. Bob Marley’s quotes are dynamic and relevant can be used in many situation in today’s world. Enjoy these Bob Marley quotes and feel free to add your comments or quotes at the end.
Grammy Awards Eluded Reggae Superstar Gregory Isaacs Yet Again
Jamaica-Reggae superstar the late Gregory Isaacs, a four time nominee for the prestigious Grammy awards, has been shunned again. The Grammy award symbolizes the highest honor of excellence in the music industry. Isaacs was nominated for the best reggae album. The album, “Isaacs meets Isaacs,” is a collaborative effort with King Isaacs, a Zimbabwean singer and longtime acquaintance of the Cool Ruler.
Bob Marley at Sixty Six: still the Poet Laureate of Reggae Music & its "Classical Troubadour
Bob Marley, the uneducated ghetto poet’s story is one of the 20th century's most powerful and compelling human dramas. A prolific songwriter and musician, of significance and importance, Marley died at age of thirty six from melanoma cancer. Every aspect of Marley's brief but extraordinary life has been the subject of the pen. His meteoric rise to international cultural importance and musical significance made him one of the most significant contributors to world culture. Had he lived he would have been sixty-six on February 6, 2011.
This past weekend I had the good fortune of attending Buju “Gargamel” Banton’s much anticipated concert, “Before the Dawn.” It took place on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami, Florida, where Buju enchanted the audience of 10,000 plus with an amazingly soulful and energetic performance steeped in ritualistic undertones.
Buju Banton "Before The Dawn Concert" Coverage
Our writers, photographers and content contributors were live at the Buju Banton "Before The Dawn Concert" on January 16th, 2010. They did live reporting on the Jamaicans.com fan page. See the pictures, commentary and videos. Stay tuned for the concert review.
Jamaicans.com Music Editor's Top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall Songs for 2010
Our Senior Music Writer, Stan Evans, has selected his Top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall Songs for 2010. See Stan's picks and compare it to you top 10 Reggae/Dance Hall songs for 2010. Be sure to post your comments and let us know what you think of Stan's picks.
My Top 25 Songs by Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler of Lover’s Rock
When the history books document the many accomplishments of Reggae Singer, Songwriter and Performer Gregory Isaacs the titled of “King of Lover’s Rock” will be one on his enduring accomplishments. Not many reggae artist of note can lay claim to have created or earned a piece of reggae music. Names such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Toots Hibbert of the Maytals fame come to mind. The late Gregory ‘Cool Ruler’ Isaacs is also a member of that elite group. Here are 25 of his most outstanding compositions.
Richie Loop's 'My Cupp' overflow with vibes, skills
Like the energy god, 'Elephant Man’ he admires, Richard Raquesh “Richie Loop” Webb is all that and more in creating an alarming buzz with his single My Cupp. He’s hot, full of talent and burning with a desire to do good for Jamaica musically, yet he remains an humble soul, even as he quickens the pulses of others.
Gregory Issacs Tribute Page
Gregory Isaacs passed away today (10/25/10) at his London home after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old and leaves behind a wife and children. He is best known for his hit song Night Nurse. The users on Jamaicans.com have set up atribute page for Gregory Isaacs
. Post your thoughts and condolences there.
'Lonely Soldier' Gregory Isaacs Dead at 59 Gregory Isaacs — a legend in his own time, one of the most popular and versatile reggae singers of the late-Seventies, and the smooth-voiced dancehall crooner behind the genre's landmark 1982 LP Night Nurse — passed away this morning at his London home following a year-long battle with lung cancer, the BBC reports. Isaacs was 59.
Memories of my friend; the Great Don Drummond
Arguably the best trombone player Jamaican ever produced DON "D" was what most people called him. Some of them didn't know his name. Others never saw him in person or seen him perform, but most people who were connected to any kind of music in Jamaica during the fifties and sixties would probably know about the best Trombone player of that era.
The State of Reggae
The New York reggae scene – specifically concerts, promoters and the paying public seem to be in a flux. The last spate of shows did not go well. Does the problem lie at the feet of greedy promoters, lackadaisical artists or a jaded public? Recently held local events failed to generate the kind of buzz guaranteed to keep all concerned happy.
‘Rompin Shop’ Created and Manipulated Controversy
The use Ne-Yo’s successful single ‘Miss Independence’ hit rhythm by Dance Hall maestro Vybz Kartel on his Did Vybz Kartel create a controversy to manipulate it, I wonder? ‘Rompin Shop’ track may have been a stroke master of genius from marketing perspective given the reported 250, 000 hits on youtube to date. Kartel primary concern here is popularity, fame and money. He knew using Ne-Yo’s rhythm was illegal, because he had not obtained legal clearance to use it, but he wanted to ride on the success of success of Ne-Yo’ track to boost his ‘Rompin Shop’ sales and popularity. EMI issued Kartel to cease and desist court order forcing him to change the riddim on his song. EMI have not asked YouTube to take down the video version of Rompin Shop, the more popular of the two videos, to date. Why? That’s another story
Bob Marley Trivia
This month we celebrate Bob Marley day. Do you think you know Bob Marley? Take our trivia quiz and see how well you know Bob Marley.
Bob Marley, National Hero? Does Jamaica need another one?
Bob Marley’s 64th birthday was February 1 and February is officially Reggae month in Jamaica and the discussion of making him a national hero is heating. When I wrote the above cover in 2000 raising the specter of Bob Marley being considered for national hero status in Jamaica, my intention was to provoke a debate on the merits of his candidacy and viability of whether or not Jamaica needed another national hero.
Reggae Artist outpricing themselves
As the global economy heads into a tailspin, it is expected that it will have a profound effect on many sectors in Jamaica
. I believe that one of the sectors that will be greatly impacted is the music industry
Ladies First: Boogie on Reggae Women
Having fired a proverbial shot across the of reggae music’s bow in 2007 Reggae Female artist continue establishing their dominance in big way for 2008. First off there are so many female entertainers this year, including an ever increasing crop of new artists with songs getting air time, like Tifa, Alibra, Natalie Storm, Pamputtae, Timberlee, a.k.a "TNT, Althea ‘Di Chic’ Hewitt, Natalie Storm, Lady Raine Seville, veterans Lady Saw, D'Angel, Stacious, Spice, Macka Diamond, Lady G, Queen Paula, Miss Thing and Ce'Cile to name a few. It is a joy to keep track of them. Reggae music may well be on its to shedding it sexist image Let’s look at what the females in reggae and Caribbean music have done for the first half of 2008.