Who are the best Non-Jamaican Reggae Artists?

This Reggae Lover Podcast Episode (118) highlights the global reggae phenomenon. Take a listen – Full Show notes below.

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Nasio Fontaine was born on the Caribbean island of Dominica to a Carib Indian mother and Father of African descent. He later moved to St. Maarten where he became influenced by Rastafari and reggae artists such as Burning Spear and Bob Marley. He recorded his first single in 1986 and has since released 5 albums to critical acclaim. He has performed at festivals in Africa and the UK.

 

Alpha Blondy was born in the Ivory Coast to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He sings for unity and peace between all religions. He has recorded reggae music in English, French, Baoule, Hebrew, Arabic, Ashanti, Dioula, Malinke, and Wolof. He recorded with the Wailers at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica. He has worked with Sly and Robbie among other international musicians. From 1982 until now, he toured Europe and Africa and is known by his fans as “The Bob Marley of Africa.” He received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2003.

 

Joe Pilgrim and the Ligerians. Benin-born singer Joe Pilgrim spent his childhood in France.

 

Lucky Dube was a multi-platinum, award-winning South African Rastafarian reggae artist. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English, and Afrikaans over a 25 year period. Lucky Dude toured the world sharing stages with the likes of Sting and Sinead O’Connor. He appeared at the 1991 Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. Dube gave Africa a voice and took its culture to the global stage. He raised conversations about the struggles faced by the people in his homeland. He will be remembered and honored for his contributions made to South Africa, bringing African reggae to the mainstream, and bridging cultural gaps throughout the diaspora.

 

Midnite was a roots reggae band from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The band was started around 1989 by brothers Vaughn and Ron Benjamin and released its debut album in 1997. The Benjamin brothers went their separate ways at some point and the group reformed in 2015 around Vaughn Benjamin as Akae Beka. Reggae news website Midnight Raver referred to Midnite as “the most referred, influential, and prolific reggae act in two decades.”

 

J Boog was born of Samoan ancestry in Long Beach, California but grew up mostly in Compton. He went to Hawaii in the 2000’s and launched his singing career fusing reggae, R&B, hip-hop, and rock. His 2nd of 3 full-length albums rose to the top of the US Reggae Albums charts in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

Collie Budz was raised in Bermuda but was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a Jamaican mother and Bermudian father. I included songs by Pressure Buss Pipes from the US Virgin Islands. Khari Kill and Zebulun hailing from Trinidad and Tobago are showcased.

 

Natural Blacks, the Guyanese-born reggae singer delivered some solid hits.

 

Stick Figure is an American reggae band based in Northern California. E.N Young from South of San Diego California near the Mexican border, former lead singer in the group Tribal Seeds.

 

The Simpkin Project, a reggae rock band from Huntington Beach, California contributes to the mix.

 

Hear songs from Katchafire, a New Zealand roots reggae band and City Kay, a French reggae band.

 

Matisyahu is a Jewish American reggae singer, rapper, and musician from Pennsylvania who grew up in White Plains, New York. He is known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae and rap. In 2006 Matisyahu was named Top Reggae Artist by Billboard.

 

“Rock right through Electric Avenue,” the biggest hit single by Eddy Grant who was born in Guyana and later moved to England and then Barbados.

 

Mista Savona is Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer. Listen for his collaboration with Julito Pardon, a Trumpet player from Havana, Cuba. The single is featured on the album “Havana meets Kingston” released by VP Records.

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Interview – Zack Reed (Rebel Sound Records) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 111

Listen to the precious gems dropped by my guest, Zack Reed, CEO of Rebel Sound Records, and top man at EN Young‘s Roots Musician Records.

When I asked Zack which of his upcoming projects we need to look out for, his response took about ten minutes because the list was so long.

Listen to gems dropped by my guest, Zack Reed, CEO of Rebel Sound Records, and General at EN Young's Roots Musician Records.  I was amazed at how long the list was when I asked Zack what upcoming projects people need to look out for.  Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 111  Apple Podcast (iTunes)

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

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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.

E.N Young of Tribal Seeds releases “Eye of the Storm” on Roots Musician Records

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Roots Musician Records is celebrating the release of E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm”, available on all digital outlets on NOVEMBER 18TH!

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E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm,” will give listeners a taste of his upcoming sophomore album, ‘Live Love Stay Up.’ The single includes an original, acoustic and dub version and the album will follow suit. Each version stands on its own and highlights a different strength within Young’s wealth of talent as both an artist and producer. His vast knowledge of reggae’s Jamaican roots is demonstrated by the song’s upbeat rhythm section and dub inspired delays. An uplifting message of hope is expressed by the song’s lyrics and strengthened by the reassuring tone of his calm voice. Intricate layers of sustained electric piano, pulsing bubble organ and percussive synth are accented perfectly by Young’s signature melodica and will only help to solidify his standing as one of reggae’s most sought after producers.

Check out the JUST RELEASED music video for “Eye of the Storm” below!

Also a member of Tribal Seeds, E.N Young’s keyboard and studio skills are featured on the band’s new album, ‘Representing’. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes, Amazon and Billboard Reggae Album Charts and won Best World Music Album at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.

Gonzo of Reggae Band TRIBAL SEEDS Releases 2nd Album “Red”

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Gonzo, aka Ryan Gonzo, the newest member of Tribal Seeds (guitar/background vocals) released his sophomore albumRed, on iTunes June 3, 2014. Fresh off his performance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, the follow up to his debut album, Rocksteady, is highly anticipated and features guest performances from E.N Young of Tribal Seeds, Pedro of True Press, Koa of Inna Vision and Beyond I Sight.Gonzo - Red - Artwork

His new album consists of nine original songs written by Gonzo and produced by himself, E.N Young and Alex Gammill. Gonzo’s vocal and songwriting skills are also featured on “Rock The Night”, “Fill It Up” and “Undercover Lover” from Tribal Seeds’ new album, Representing.

Tribal Seeds’ video for “Fill It Up” features Gonzo and has received over 66,500 views on YouTube. It has helped their new album to debut at #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Reggae Charts. Gonzo is ready to hit the road again this summer for a national tour with Tribal Seeds and head out this fall as Gonzo and Beyond I Sight to perform music from his new album, Red.

Check out the video for “Couldn’t Take My Love”:

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Junior Reid, Luciano to headline Reggae in the Hills 2014 in Northern California #festivals #reggae

This year will be the third consecutive year for one of the most highly rated Reggae festivals to take place in California, Reggae in the Hills.

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Reggae in the Hills 2014 takes place in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills at the Calaveras County fairgrounds June 13-15, 2014.

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