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 NEW MUSIC OF JAMAICA.
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.
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 the CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. As a result, DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period subsequently 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, Lila Ike, 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.
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Perhaps – Anthony Malvo
You Girl – Neyo / Shaggy
Red Light – Eddie Murphy / Snoop Lion
Sunshine Lady – Orisha Sound / Wayne Daniel
No Other Like You – Red Fox / Rayvon
Hottest Man Alive – Beenie Man
Fi Di Jockey – Aidonia
Buss A Blank (Code Red Remix) – I-Octane
Corrupt System – Queen Ifrica
Take Me To The Moon – Chyna Nicole
Walk and Wine – Konshens
Convertible – Vybz Kartel
Good Love – Sizzla
Cold Girl – Tarrus Riley
To The Limit – Tarrus Riley
Angola – Jah Bouks
As Tears Go By – Michelle Gordon w/ The Stamina All-Stars
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DAREGGAESCENE (DRS) strives to recognize the best of the best among our local Atlanta celebrities. DRS Grammy Awards was launched in June of 2006, and has since been heralded as one of the premier Caribbean events in metro-Atlanta. Its goal is to serve as the voice of the people and award the tireless efforts of various individuals, events, businesses and/or organizations who make priceless contributions towards the positive growth of our diverse Caribbean community and culture.
Highlanda is honored to be recognized by DRS Grammy Awards with this nomination and would like to thank all the fans and lovers of Caribbean music, event promoters, and venue owners and managers who support and work alongside us on our stated mission to entertain and promote reggae worldwide.
We would also like to extend congratulations and good luck to the other nominees in this and the other eighteen (18) categories.