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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.
We can count the loss of numerous ultra talented musicians across numerous music genres in the dawning years of their lives and careers. Garnett Silk is and was one of Reggae music's brightest and potentially most impactful artists.
While waiting to board my flight the feeling of curiosity as to what first class would be like gave way to excitement when I spotted the the Ranks! Shabba Ranks dressed in the baggy tailored linen suit, shades and cross cut dress shoes with no socks.
There are very few Reggae acts who have figured out a winning formula that leads to significant sales, chart toppers, and popularity in general. Artistry is not an issue in Reggae.
This was Reggae’s early digital era and Tenor Saw’s voice was infectious on the riddims. He had with out question one of the most original voices in Reggae music.
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I think most would find it hard to argue that the overwhelming majority of names on the list belong there.
He would have lyrically shot the sheriff of poverty and strife and encouraged one love and unity because we have only one life.
Music streaming will never kill music purchases and downloads, which is a big concern of a lot of artists and labels. They will coexist. To what degree will be decided by the marketplace.
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".
Jamaica has created multiple musical forms such as Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall and has directly influenced others like Hip Hop. No other country that size has been more innovative in music.
Reggae videos on YouTube routinely rack up millions of views. If just 1% percent of the fans who watch a reggae video on YouTube for example, went out and bought that song it would have a ginormous impact.
Music listeners all over the world love reggae. But, the success of a genre is measured more by the staying power of premiere artists and their constant chart positioning, which show the public’s willingness to spend on it, than by the public’s acceptance of it’s entertainment value.
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.