The Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs of All Time

We list our Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs of all time. Ras Jamal from Royal Ethiopian Sound joins the discussion to give his analysis.


We define what a revolutionary song is and how the music of the 70s differs from the messages in today’s music. There are different kinds of revolutions. The conversation takes us through some responses that have emerged as a result of today’s struggle for racial justice.

Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs with Ras Jamal from Royal Ethiopian Sound on Reggae Lover (podcast).


Anthony B, Sizzla, Jah9, Yeza, Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje, Akae Beka, Lutan Fyah, Warrior King, and Queen Ifrica are commended for their contributions to the movement. We each listed some honorable mentions in addition to our top 5 revolutionary reggae songs. Listen to the Pandora playlist inspired by this episode.


Kahlil Wonda’s Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs

  • Bob Marley – Burning and Looting
  • Bob Marley – Revolution
  • Peter Tosh – Equal Rights
  • Sizzla – Made Of
  • Bob Marley – Slave Driver

AGARD’s Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs

  • Bob Andy – Unchained
  • The Abyssinians – Declaration of Rights
  • Peter Tosh – Equal Rights
  • Dennis Brown – Revolution
  • Bob Marley – War

Ras Jamal’s Top 5 Revolutionary Reggae Songs

  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter
  • Bob Marley – War
  • Peter Tosh – Equal Rights
  • Dennis Brown – Revolution
  • Beres Hammond – Another Day In The System

We also debated:

  • Where is the revolutionary music of this generation?
  • What is the difference between conscious music and positive music?
  • Is reggae supposed to teach or help people?
  • Outside of revolutionary music, what tactics can lead to the results we seek?
  • Does an artist have to be a rasta to be conscious?

The Tastemaker

  • Protoje’s “In Search of Lost Time” album. Notable track, “In Bloom” ft. Lila Ike.
  • Sevana’s ‘Mango’ from the “Be Somebody” EP.
Listen to the Pandora Playlist inspired by this segment.

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Ras Jamal’s Recommended Books for Ongoing Learning

  • The Sankofa Movement: ReAfrikanization and the Reality of War by Kwame Agyei and Akua Nson Akoto.
  • Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior by Marimba Ani.
  • Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century by Amos N. Wilson.
  • Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams.
  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney.
  • Any books by Eric Williams, John Henrik Clarke, or Marcus Garvey.
Listen to the Pandora Playlist inspired by this episode.

Naro from The Fix JA

The Fix JA podcast has been a dominant force in media for quite some time now. The three co-hosts, Naro, Ari, and Javi, have dynamic chemistry and synergy.


The Fix JA features the best of the best of the Jamaican dancehall and reggae scene. They cover what’s hot and bubbling in Kingston from an objective point-of-view. The co-hosts interact with guests in a unique, honest, and real way.


We had the privilege of speaking with Naro, one of the dynamic hosts of The Fix JA, formerly Nightly Fix. From his base on the island of Jamaica, Naro keyed us into many aspects of the culture. If you have yet to check out The Fix, please do so as soon as you finish this episode.


Listen to Reggae Lover Podcast episode 205 – The Fix JA to learn:

  • Do Jamaican youth respect dancehall icons and history?
  • Are young people in Jamaica building sound systems any more?
  • What is the importance of quality media platforms and voices covering our music?
  • Why and how did The Fix JA podcast get started?
  • How did Naro, Javi, and Ari became the co-hosts and develop their chemistry?
  • How does Naro handle the controversy that surrounds him?
  • How does The Fix JA crew get the toughest dancehall personalities to be vulnerable?
  • Why is it important to give upcoming artists an outlet?
  • How does one stay up on the latest dancehall music?
  • What is the state of the Jamaican entertainment industry in this COVID19 era?
  • Why do people around the world have more reverence for reggae than people in Jamaica

It was a dope conversation. We look forward to linking up more in the future. As mentioned in the intro to this episode, we had to scrap the other segments for this week. Look out for more essential content curation in addition to some bonus episodes.

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Reggae Music Forever (Replay)

Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and Reggae Music Forever blog.

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Certainly, we discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture with Reggae Music Forever aka Shawn including topics:

  • Firstly, Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae.
  • Secondly, The overlooked conscious dancehall movement.
  • The American reggae scene.
  • Comparing white and black Americans taste in reggae.
  • Reggae Talk Podcast 1-year Anniversary event.
  • Other passions outside of reggae.
  • Is reggae music on life-support?
  • In conclusion, Predictions for the future.

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Why does Black America hate reggae?

Nick from the Jamaican State of Mind podcast joins the Reggae Lover crew once again to discuss the topic: Why does Black America hate reggae?

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We analyze different aspects of culture, education, travel, and politics in an attempt to come up with answers.
 
White America had somewhat embraced reggae music by the time Bob Marley’s “Legend” album dropped. Black America as a whole never really joined the movement.
 
We also discuss the reasons why we care about this in the first place. It is a very real conversation from the heart, and worth a listen.

Humble Beginnings | The State of Reggae Culture

Our guest is Fareal Di Realest, artist and co-host of the Reggae Talk podcast.

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Podcast Episode Summary:
  • Humble Beginnings Tour
  • Wanting to be an inspiration for youths
  • Recent releases
  • The state of Reggae/Dancehall – FaReal agrees with AGARD that genres are dead
  • Rapid Fire Questions
Quotes:
“The goal of the artist is to relate to people.”
– Fareal Di Realest
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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

 

Marlon (Reggae Vibes Radio) on the decline of quality in reggae music

One of the founders of Reggae Vibes Radio, Mr. Marlon Folkes (DJ Marlon), takes us through his reggae journey sharing insights learned along the way.

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  • Marlon built up a sound system called Nitty Phonic in St. Andrew, Jamaica in the late 80s.
  • Queens, New York became Nitty Phonic’s home in the 90s where they played out weekly.
  • In October 2011 Reggae Vibes Radio set out to serve as a conduit for upcoming reggae artistes to showcase their skills and talents.
  • A few years later the record label Reggae Vibes Music launched to carry out a similar mission.

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