The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

Reggae Lover Podcast 140 - The New Music of Jamaica

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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Social Responsibility (RIP Nipsey Hussle)

The community involvement of fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle lead to today’s topic: What is the social responsibility of the reggae artist who has gained notoriety in their community?

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Kahlil Wonda argues that artists should first clean up their lyrics. This way word and sound equals the power to influence others.

AGARD argues that artists should organize people and perform good deeds in the community to effect positive change.

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Why We’re Now All Talk

This podcast is a dedication to reggae lovers. In 2019 we changed from a mix show format to a talk show of the same theme. We are tackling reggae music topics, the business, and its culture.

This podcast is a dedication to reggae lovers. In 2019 we changed from a mix show format to a talk show of the same theme. We are tackling reggae music topics, the business, and its culture. Highlanda Sound will continue to release live audio and mixes that you can access on SoundCloud. Also, you'll find archives of the previous "Reggae Lover" seasons with 100+ mixes.

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Highlanda Sound will continue to release live audio and mixes that you can access on SoundCloud. Also, you’ll find archives of the previous “Reggae Lover” seasons with 100+ mixes.

In a podcast, you’re not allowed to use music that you don’t own. Any copyrighted material that you use in a podcast is copyright infringement. One reason for our format change was to avoid negative repercussions.

This season we have been able to engage with our audience to a greater degree. Thanks to everybody that’s been hitting me up. I’m grateful for the comments and messages.

This episode acknowledges the creativity and success of individuals in the reggae biz. Along with that, we explain the lack of documentation of these successes. There is insufficient coverage of reggae music history.

We need more writers and content creators to cover the events that take place. We need to tell the stories of the individuals involved in making the music. That side of the business is severely lacking.

Popular artists and sound systems have had thriving, successful careers for decades. It is very hard to find clean pictures, video, and even quality audio of many of them. Doing research for this podcast and my previous radio productions has been difficult. Oftentimes you can’t find biographies, write-ups, and interviews.

Listen to the discussion of these issues as we attempt to offer possible solutions. We may not have mentioned everyone who is doing their part to stem this, but you know who you are. We take our hats off to you and thank you.

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Mentioned in the episode: On Stage, Nightly Fix, Rumble Talk Thursdays (Drew and Ninja Crown), Unsung (Vh1), Ce Ce Peniston, Shaggy, Sting, Idris Elba, Coxsone Dodd (Studio One), Killamanjaro, King Jammys, Stone Love, Unity Sound (Cross Fire), Black Assassin Sound, Channel One, Saxon, Jack Ruby, King Tubbys, Jackie Mittoo, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Doctor Dread, Beth Lesser, Roger Steffens, Bob Marley, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Tony Screw (Downbeat the Ruler), David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Michael Dawson, Russel Simmons, Bullwakies, RAS Records, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, Tupac, The Notorious BIG, Jam Master Jay, Vibe Magazine, Chronixx, Koffee, Aidonia, Popcaan, Early B, Sammy Dread, Freddie McGregor

 

Love After | Jacinth Headlam joins the Reggae Lover Podcast

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Jamaican actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book “Love After.”

"Diary of a Badman" actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book "Love After." Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then 'til now.

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Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then ’til now.

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