The Top Reggae Bands of All Time | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 74

I curated some of the biggest hits from legendary bands: Third World, Israel Vibration, Inner Circle, Aswad, Black Uhuru, and Steel Pulse – groups who have presented fabulous reggae music performances and recordings for nearly half a century.

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Third World is a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk, and disco. Although it has undergone several line-up changes, Stephen “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members.

Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School – composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil’s brother Colin briefly on drums. Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album Anthem winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Aswad is a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. “Aswad” means “black” in Arabic.

Inner Circle is a Jamaican reggae group. The group was originally called The Inner Circle Band and formed in 1968. The band achieved major success in the 1970s with Jacob Miller as their lead singer but split up after his death in 1980. They reformed in 1986 and had a major hit with the 1987 song “Bad Boys”, which serves as the theme song for the long-running Spike (formerly Fox Network) television program COPS.[1] They are also well known for their song “Sweat (A La La La La Long),” a big hit in the U.S. in the early 1990s. The band is known for blending pop and rock with reggae.

Israel Vibration is a reggae harmony group, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Cecil “Skelly” Spence all overcame childhood polio and went on to be one of the most successful roots groups to form in Jamaica in the 1970s. The trio initially met as children at a rehabilitation center.

I would also want to make mention of bands like Fab 5, UB40, Big Mountain, SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Raging Fyah, and there are and have been 1000’s of musical ensembles that dedicated themselves to pushing the reggae music envelope. Big ups to all singers and players of instruments.

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Affairs of The Heart – 100% Buju Banton for the Ladies

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This is the another exclusively Buju Banton episode, this time focusing on the subjects of love and relationships.

Episode 28 - Buju for the Ladies

The Reggae Lover Podcast: Episode 28 – Buju for the Ladies

Always a favorite with the female fan-base, Gargamel sets a high lyrical standard with efficient delivery as he sings, chants, and raps to and about the ladies.

Buju Banton Playlist:

1    Affairs of the Heart
2    One to One
3    Make You Mine
4    Good Lookin’ Gal
5    I Wanna Be Loved
6    Love Sponge
7    Don’t Give Way Me Tings
8    Miss Ready Body
9    Can’t Be My Lover
10  Love Me Brownin
11  Love Black Woman
12  If Loving Was A Crime
13  Go If You Want
14  Girl U Know
15  Good Body
16  Try Offa Yuh
17  Buy Love
18  Paid Not Played
19  Champion
20  Gone A Lead
21  Water Man
22  Your Night Tonight
23  It’s All Over
24  Love Haffi Request
25  Be My Love Tonight
26  Love You Like
27  Make My Day
28  Red Rose
29  Sense of Purpose
30  Hush Baby Hush

“Just Can’t Deny” Bunny Rugs of Third World

Produced by Dean Fraser, “Just Can’t Deny” is a powerful lovers rock song that proves Bunny Rugs of Third World has one of the richest voices in Reggae music.  The single is a soulful and emotional journey topped off with a robust riddim.

In Time Album Cover

Bunny Rugs ‘Time’ Album Cover

“There’s no sense in running
I just can’t get away
Cause there’s no escape from love” … JUST CAN’T DENY

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Third World Band In ATL for 50th Ann. of Jamaica’s Independence – Rialto Series

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, Third World Band, one of the world’s longest-running reggae bands, will bring over three decades of their trademark “cutting-edge, positive, progressive, and internationally relevant” music to the Rialto stage.  Formed in 1973, the group has released 23 albums, amassing 10 GRAMMY nominations and being awarded the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal. Throughout their storied career, they have collaborated with acts ranging from the Jackson 5 to Bob Marley and The Wailers to Stevie Wonder.

This is a Rialto Series performance.