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.
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Buzzworthy

Super Cat releases a new single, “Push Time” with production by Salam Remi. A new album is forthcoming.

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.
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5 Best Roots Reggae Songs from the 1990’s

Kahlil Wonda analyzing the top 5 reality tunes from reggae’s best decade.  Kahlil has pieced together his personal top-ranking 90’s culture selections. 

 

 

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Research Your Own Experiences

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD explore questions such as:

  • Is someone “closed-minded” if they choose a particular lane?

  • How does the music you listen to really affect you?

  • Should one consume all the forms of music or media available, or is it wiser to live in a self-imposed bubble?

 

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Roots in the West End – Saturday, Aug 31 @ Gallery 992

End of Summer edition of Roots in the West End featuring Highlanda Sound, Farinheits Creation, Cosmic Lovebeat and Buddy Folks!

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Gregory Isaacs Roots Reggae Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 117

This episode features roots reggae songs from the Gregory Isaacs catalog. I chose to curate his songs about the reality of everyday life and the strife of poor people.

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Gregory Isaacs was born in Jamaica on July 15, 1951. He made his debut in 1968 with a recording for Byron Lee. He then started the African Museum record label and shop along with Errol Dunkley. Isaacs recorded for other producers as well. His single ‘My Only Lover,’ is credited as the first lover’s rock song ever.
He released music throughout the 70s. In 1978 he signed to the Virgin Records offshoot call Frontline records. That led to his appearance in the movie “Rockers.” He also opened a record shop called Cash & Carry in Kingston. He performed yearly at Reggae Sunsplash from 1981 to 1991.
In 1982 he signed to Island Records and released the massive single, “Night Nurse.” Isaacs was only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley in touring. Gregory recorded and released at least 70 original studio albums. He has over 500 albums including compilations. He maintained an amazing standard of quality in most of his recorded songs.
Gregory Isaacs was nominated for four Grammy Awards, the last of which in 2010 and 2011. One of the things associated with Isaacs was cocaine use. He had many arrests during the years that he battled with addiction.
When you listen to this mix compared to my lover’s rock mix (Episode 116), you can sense a different vibration. Gregory’s passionate lyrical delivery on social issues is very believable. He passed away in 2010 to lung cancer.
I would love to hear what you think about this singer – the musical giant known as “The Cool Ruler.” Comment here, tweet @ReggaeLoverPod, or send an email to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com.

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