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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Bob Marley’s Life and Legacy

As we approach the date that commemorates Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6, we take some time to talk about his amazing legacy. This episode is all about Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a The Legend a.k.a the king of Reggae.

As we approach the date that commemorates Bob Marley's birthday, February 6, we take some time to talk about his amazing legacy. This episode is all about Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a The Legend a.k.a the king of Reggae.

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We list some artists that have been compared to Bob or seen as the next Bob Marley at some point. Then we explore why there hasn’t ever been another artist quite like him. No recording artist has been as revered and respected. We also touch on conspiracy theories circulating around his assassination attempt, and death.
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Roots, Rock, Reggae A Bob Marley Celebration

What to Do on Mother’s Day in Atlanta – Reggae Music

Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother’s Day Tribute, Sun, May 14, 2017 at 6 pm

Come and join us to celebrate Mother’s Day. For this special edition of Rub-A-Dub Sundays, we’re bringing 3 female guest DJs juggling tunes for reggae sound system lovers! WildPitch Music Hall will be the place to pay tribute to the women in all of our lives and celebrate all mothers in ONE LOVE and harmony!
image: Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother's Day Tribute by Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen

Rub-A-Dub ATL presents: THE 2nd ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE | SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017

Sound System / DJ Sets: (6pm-12am)
  • Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda
  • Empress Movements
  • DJ Passport
  • DJ Hourglass
  • DJ Rasyrious
WildPitch Music Hall
255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303

Audio from the “Rub-A-Dub ATL” Bob Marley Tribute 2017

Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. Black Magic, Innocent, Highlanda, ĀGARD, DJ Passport and Natural Vibes

photo of Bad Boy Kurt from Black Magic Sound and Dappa Lee from Innocent Sound at Rub-A-Dub ATL Bob Marley Tribute 2017

Bad Boy Kurt from Black Magic Sound and Dappa Lee from Innocent Sound

Experience the Bob Marley tribute event (recorded live on February 12th) that showcased musical selections from some of Atlanta’s top DJ’s including Highlanda Sound, DJ Passport, Black Magic, Natural Vibes and Innocent Sounds and ĀGARD from Brooklyn, New York. It was a musical treat with conscious music flowing through the air.

photo of Highlanda Sound's Kahlil Wonda holding the microphone with DJ Passport (Right) and AGARD (left)

Highlanda Sound’s Kahlil Wonda holding the microphone with DJ Passport (Right) and AGARD (left)

 

Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen presents Rub-A-Dub ATL, 2nd Sundays monthly: A style of Jamaican Reggae, First there was Ska, which evolved into Reggae which has several styles: Rock Steady, Rub-A-Dub, Dancehall etc…

Wildpitch Music Hall -  255 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Wildpitch Music Hall – 255 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets and live music performances monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

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