The industry of making reggae music videos on a budget but with fair to good quality has on its own become an art form. With the accessibility and ubiquity of recording and editing equipment, the rest of it comes down to creativity.
If you have never heard mento, its somewhat similar to bluegrass. Bands like the Jolly Boys are critical to carrying on what could be considered a dying music art form.
The influence of the Reggae sound is now just simply music evolving. Reggae itself is a great and entertaining genre that is prevalent across major hits.
Reggae did have an on stage appearance at this years 52nd Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Thanks to two musical giants and long time Reggae ambassadors Sting and Shaggy.
With the news that musical legends Sting and Shaggy have teamed up to create a joint album, I started to wonder what other fantastical collaborations I would want to hear.
Two of the biggest Dancehall artists in Africa are Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale. If you are a Dancehall fan and you are not familiar with these two names google them and or go to Youtube where you can watch dozens of their music videos.
When Bob Marley says “when music hits you feel no pain”, he was likely referring to the actual sound that comes out of sound system speakers.
"Stony Hill" by Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley, Bob Marley's youngest son, won for Best Reggae Album at this years 60th Annual Grammy Awards. He has been nominated five times.
We here at Artkeal care more about Reggae than any other genre. As such, we went ahead and created the Reggae Grammy explorer.
In a letter to fans Buju wrote....“To all of my fans who have stood beside me I thank you. Your actions, letters and heartfelt prayers have been appreciated. I thank you and am humbled by your kindness – I am with you and you with me. Always,”
In 1991 at the annual Sting stage show what many would argue was the first really epic dancehall clash took place between two greats, Ninjaman and Supercat. Both were long time veterans and had real street credibility. Supercat was huge in Jamaica and had a big buzz overseas. Ninjaman was also huge in Jamaica and had the local stage show clash scene primed.
Bob Marley's music was chart topping all over the world when he and Stevie met and their mutual respect was apparent when they shared the stage performing Bob's "I Shot The Sheriff" and Stevie's "Superstition".
Most agree that Hip Hop began in New York in the late 70’s. Anyone serious about tracing the roots of Hip Hop will find themselves researching Sir Coxsone, Duke Reid, Daddy U-Roy and Yellowman to name a few.
Sean Paul's direct appearance in music videos has racked up close to 2 billion cumulative views on Youtube. The first and only Reggae artist to do so.