Being born in Jamaica it is almost impossible to have never heard the word reggae, or done a few “skanks” of your own to a smooth reggae beat. I am a fan of most genres of music but why reggae stands out to me is the medium it provided for Jamaicans to be heard during our time of oppression.
Reggae Fact: Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s.
Here now are my three favorite artistes whom I feel will continue to build this rhythmic, illustrative and message filled genre. Enjoy!
- Damian Jr. Gong Marley
I was not yet born when Bob Marley and his famous band walked the streets of Kingston, but his son Damian has taken up the torch from where his father left it and ran steadfast into the 21st century. His sly use of lyrics and the ability to tell a story in his music are just a few reasons why Jr. Gong made first on my list. He has taken reggae music world wide without diluting its content, that in my book is a plus x 3!
With hits like Still Searching, Welcome to JamRock and Recently Affairs of the Heart I see this young Marley making daddy proud.
Reggae Fact: There are over 200 Reggae Festivals worldwide each year.
Crash landing on the scene in 2010 with his smash hit JA, reggae new comer Protoje finds himself in the number two spot. This young artiste of musical background embeds himself deep into the culture of reggae music. What he brings to the table is an arsenal of lyrics able to riddle the brain with thoughts of self-worth and understanding ones roots. One of the most memorable Protoje tracks and a personal favorite is Rasta Love featuring Kymani Marley. Here is a snippet of his verse:
And she wants to be free
From all this captivity
So she’ll be who she will be
They cyan tell her who she need
They cyan tell her who she want
Who she cant, she’s have her owna chant
Chart har owna plot
And colour har owna art
Call mi over her own apartment
Know as I answer da phone that’s the tone she start with
She know seh she know doh fi par with
One like I, even though so much him part it
But she haffi do har owna thing
Cah she cyan never live life a dem
Knowing dat she will look back when
To the time when she couldn’t explain to him cause den [Protoje]
Reggae Facts: There are over 15 Music forms that have been derived from reggae.
Without second thought he is definitely the youngest member of this list, taking hold of the number 3 spot is Chronixx. He is only 21 years old but I’m sure if you know Jamaica you have heard his name recently. He is the perfect example of why age is just a number if you do what you love and do it from the heart. In what is still a young career Chronixx has won over the hearts of many reggae fanatics with his piercing melodies and songs of hope. His youthful image and character makes him an ideal soldier to march on, beating the conga and spreading the healing powers of reggae.
Reggae Fact: If Bob Marley was still alive he would be worth $130 Million.
There you have it, my 3 faves’ destined to make a difference and make Reggae a world renowned genre!
I hope you learned a thing or two about Jamaica and its music now go and show these artistes some love… of course they are on YouTube 😀