The great news for Reggae artists is the shelf life of a Reggae fan is pretty much forever. That may sound like a bold or subjective statement if you have never been to a Reggae festival or listened to a Reggae band play trough skyscraper sized speakers while sipping a Red Stripe on a Caribbean beach.
Reggae distributors, artists, managers and promoters need to come together with a team approach to push bigger projects by committee and share in the success. If the egos can be left out of the equation everyone will win big.
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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.
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.
"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.
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.