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.
The fact that Jamaica is just now formalizing a lot of the agencies needed to support the industry in a meaningful way is simply indefensible. Artists who spent their lives being creative were never educated on the importance of aligning their estates.
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.
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".
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.