The Grammy award is the only measuring tool that has been established to evaluate the creativity and art of Reggae music creatives. It's simply not enough.
This music can be as nurturing and as calm as its classical associates or as raucous as the American rock, but whether you need a quiet evening of peaceful relaxation or a night of raunchy entertainment, reggae music is the desired guest.
"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,”
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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".