Greetings, reggae fans! Welcome to our blog where we will exploring the history and the culture of reggae music, one of the most influential and popular genres of Jamaican music. Reggae music is more than just a style of music, it is a way of life, a voice of the oppressed, and a vehicle for social and spiritual messages. Reggae music is also defined by its unique rhythm, which combines the one drop, the skank, and the bass line to create a groove that makes you want to move and feel the vibe. Let’s dive into the world of reggae music and learn more about its origins, its artists, and its impact. In this blog we will be exploring the Reggae rhythm.
A reggae rhythm is a distinctive pattern of beats and accents that gives reggae music its characteristic groove. A reggae rhythm typically consists of the following elements:
King 🤴🏽of One Drop rare footage of Carlton Barrett in 1987.
Bob Marley and the Wailers - One Drop - 11/30/1979 - Oakland Auditorium
International Reggae Day is an annual event that celebrates Jamaican music culture and its global influence. It is held on July 1st every year since 1994. The event was founded by Andrea Davis, who was inspired by a speech by Winnie Mandela on the role of reggae music in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. International Reggae Day features concerts, festivals, media broadcasts, and other activities that showcase the rich legacy and diversity of reggae music and its artists. The theme for 2023 is “Saluting the Global Influence of 80s and 90s Dancehall: From Brukins to Bogle”. Reggae music is a mix of rhythm and blues, calypso, African, and Latin American music, characterized by a heavy four-beat rhythm and a scraper instrument. Some of the most iconic reggae artists include **Bob Marley and the Wailers**, who brought reggae music to the international stage in the 1970s. In 2018, UNESCO added the “reggae music of Jamaica” to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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"The adventures of Micah Shemaiah and the dreaites"
Micah Shemaish internationally know reggae artist has ventured into the world of comic book creation. Please go out and support this positive vibration RastafariJAMS Fam.
Micah Shemaiah has been a spectacular Author and performer of songs over the years, writing many great lyrics for music fans all over the world, now he will venture into the world of comic book creation,
The adventures of Micah Shemaiah and the dreaites Is intending to show the Global journey of Micah and his band the Dreadites along with many characters who have and continue to be a great part of his journey.
The comic book will take readers on an adventure of music, magic and mystical powers.
Reggae music has never been seen in this light before and he aims to show that Roots reggae singers and players of instruments are truly superheroes fighting for the betterment of all people.
The comic book will also shed light on the existing hardships faced by people on this planet today and possible solutions to these many problems.
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Addis Pablo is a Jamaican reggae musician and son of the legend Augustus Pablo.
Addis and his sister Isis have carried on their father's musical heritage both on stage and off. Following in his father's footsteps Addis has been producing his own music and has been touring globally for several years Addis Pablo's debut album titled “In His Father’s House” was released in 2014 and was received worldwide with high ratings. The project featured other Jamaican artists such as Exile Di Brave, Earl 16, Prince Allah, Chezidech, and more. Some of his other projects include Suns of Dub x Walshy Fire Major Lazer Mixtape (2013), Sizzla x Suns Of Dub “Jah Jah Solve Dem” (2014), and Suns of Dub “Far East Mixtape” with Mighty Crown (2015), and his most recent project “Majestic Melodies” mixtape (2017).
Addis has toured globally delivering his father's music and memory to his father's fans as well as delivering his own music to a new generation of fans. He has toured throughout Europe, Japan, Germany, United States, France, and more. He has opened for acts such as The Might Diamonds and Earl Chinna Smith. Addis has been featured on major international reggae festivals including Garance Reggae Festival, Reggae Jam, Reggae On The River, and Berlin Reggae Vintage Night to name a few
The biggest and best reggae show on earth on earth, Reggae Sumfest turns thirty this year and if the recent media launch is any indication, we are in for quiet the celebration.
Reggae Sumfest first began in 1993 in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has evolved over the years to become the biggest and best reggae festival in the world, with tens of thousands of patrons from every corner of the globe making the trek to experience this annual legendary festival. Not only do patrons come to see a showcase of local and overseas artists perform they also are blessed to experience the local culture and the abundance of beauty that the tiny island nation of Jamaica has to offer. Reggae Sumfest is not only a reggae festival, but a celebration of all things Jamaican. The abundance of native food, dance, natural beauty, the vibe, beaches, waterfalls mountains and most importantly its nations people make Jamaica a unique experience. The people of Jamaica, who are among the most beautiful natured, creative, joyful, and friendly in the world really enjoy sharing their stories, culture, country and music with you, and Reggae Sumfest captures it all.
From the time of inception Reggae Sumfest has paid tribute and given exposure to so many artists in the genre of reggae and dancehall, as well as hosting cultural events that include Sound Clashes and Street Dance Party’s. The list of artists who performed over its duration is long and distinguished, from veteran reggae artists to up and coming dancehall performers. This year’s line-up is no different with up-and-coming dancehall artists on Festival Night 1 and legendary Morgan Heritage and Freddie Mc Gregor gracing the stage on Festival Night 2.
One of the highlights will sure to be seeing the 8th time World Clash Champions, Mighty Crown Sound System out of Japan as they officially perform for one of the last times since announcing their retirement to work on other projects. Starting out in Yokahama in the early 90s Mighty Crown Sounds System grew a worldwide following and received respect for their amazing skills while sharing Jamaica’s sound clash culture globally. Seeing Mighty Crown Sound System just one more time is truly going to be an emotional and memorable event. Be sure to catch them live on Festival Night 1 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay and cheer them on one last time as we celebrate two historic moments combined, the retirement of the world’s best Sound System and 30 years of Reggae Sumfest.
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Jamarie (aka Lucija M Visic)
Reggae fans from all over the world are booking flights and accommodation in anticipation of the 30th staging of Reggae Sumfest kicking of July 16th in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest has the reputation of being the greatest reggae show on earth, showcasing a stellar line up over its decades long in duration, this year’s decades long production. This year’s line-up includes is no exception, artists include Freddie McGregor, Morgan Heritage and Grammy Winner Kabaka Pyramid. There is an incredible line up over the week-long festival, from Sound Clashes to Street Dance Partys the atmosphere in Montego Bay will be electric. But there is one artist’s performance that I am looking forward to the most, and that’s none other than Minister Marion Hall., formerly known as Dancehall Artist Lady Saw. I had the pleasure of seeing Lady Saw perform on various occasions over the years, the most memorable being Reggae Sumfest 2013. The amazing voice, boundless energy, passion, color, and presence she brings to the stage, the Grammy Award winning artist is also credited as the first female deejay to be certified as triple platinum, travelling the world with her colorful performances, it was no surprise Lady Saw was officially crowned Queen of the Dancehall at the 20th staging of Reggae Sumfest.
Fast forward to 2023 where we will see the artist formerly known as Lady Saw return to the Reggae Sumfest stage as Minister Marion Hall. A transition that began following her baptism in 2015 where she embarked on a new music career writing and performing as a Gospel Artist. Now an established in her chosen genre Minister Marion Hall will be delivering a gospel only set, a first for Reggae Sumfest. New material, new image and new messages aimed at uplifting society and creating a ripple effect of positivity not only amongst Jamaicans, but on a global scale. This is something that has not come without some criticism and controversy from some in the music industry and religious circles. There has even been talk that she will be handing out bibles to some patrons in attendance. I for one can’t wait to see her performance, one thing I know for sure, this is history in the making, the performance will be delivered with the same passion, energy and flair that she has always delivered to captivate her audience.
I am looking forward to hearing more new material from Minister Marion Hall as well as some earlier gospel releases such as “Cup of Blessings” and “Sorry to Hurt Your Feelings”. I can only describe her music as Gospel delivered in a true Jamaican style, upbeat, with catchy lyrics, feel good vibes and most definitely danceable.
You can catch Minister Marion Halls performance on Night 2 of the 30th staging on Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
For more information and tickets head over to reggaesumfest.com and I will see you there for history in the making!
Lady Saw came, she saw, and she conquered, Minister Marion Hall is sure to do the same.
Love & Blessings
Jamarie (aka Lucija M Visic)
Self taught lyricsist known as www.instagram.com/azalineage/Aza Lineage, Dana Bernard was born in Kingston 7, Jamaica, to teenage parents. She grew in an extended family with her Grandmother being the head of the household. Aza was influenced by Reggae and Dancehall Music from an early age via Serious Gold, a Sound System that was owned and operated by her cousins. With the upcoming of cable TV in the '90s, Hip Hop and R&B music were broadcasted in Jamaica, and Aza instantly fell in love with both genres: „My style of music is a combination of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, R&B, Revival and Sound System Culture". Her art is about "decoding the Roots" by drewing great inspiration from Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and The Fugees. Her way of "honoring and continuing the works and the legacy of Reggae and Dancehall‘s movers and shakers, is about reaching out and making heartical connections", she claims, by manifesting and spreading "total self awareness, self acceptance and selflove".
FITZROY emerged on the Reggae music scene in the mid 90’s regularly MC’ing on the ‘Ghetto Rock’
soundsystem in West Negril Jamaica.
His raw lyrical wordsmithing gained the respect of acclaimed Reggae artist Lisa Danger who he
collaborated with on his debut EP ‘Soul Inspiration’ at Bust Out studio in Kingston.
Since moving to Australia in 2007 Fitzroy has been sharing his culture and the spirit of roots
Reggae on his popular radio show ‘Reggae Mixtape’ from the 2NVR radio station based in the
Nambucca Valley. Fitzroy draws inspiration from Reggae greats such as Tenor Saw, Chaka Demus
and Yellowman, who he grew up listening to on the radio when he was a kid.
In 2021 Fitzroy released a heartfelt EP entitled ‘More Spirit’ with Bellingen based music producer
Alex Richardson. Fitzroy’s lyrics often reflect on the day-to-day struggles that came with living in
the ghetto in Jamaica and the life lessons he has gained from overcoming those challenges.
Fitzroy’s latest album ‘Nu Roots’ is a celebration of the strength of the human spirit. After dealing
with the global challenges we have all been faced with in recent years Fitzroy said that it’s
important for him to lay down new roots. He hopes that the album uplifts peoples’ spirits so that
everyone can come together to celebrate love and joy and send out a message of hope and unity.
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New Zealand recording artist Lion Rezz has the whole world rockin' to a sweet Roots Reggae riddim with his latest single entitled "Rockin".
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Jamaican Reggae artist King Mental 7 reminds us all to trust an depend on the Most High no matter what challenges you may face in life, with his new single "JAH Never Fail I"
Watch the official music video below and learn more about King Mental 7 by following him on his Instagram account at @Mentalarize
We ask one and all to join Rastafari JAMS with celebrating JUNETEENTH, a day to honor Black emancipation from slavery in the United States and the hope of human equality globally!
The origins of celebrating JUNETEENTH can be traced back to June 19th, 1865 - the day that the news of the "Emancipation Proclomation" of 1863, finally reached over 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas who were informed that they now free from slavery! There's currently a 5000 square foot mural in the exact spot where General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and read "General Order Number 3" which notified Texans that all slaves were now free!
The 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden has recently signed a bill that was unanimously passed by the US Senate, which acknowledges June 19th as a federal holiday to be recognized as "JUNETEENTH"! This marks the first US holiday created since MLK Day in 1983, a holiday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to this week, Juneteenth had only been established as a state holiday in the Texas since 1979.
The legislation that signed the holiday into law was influenced by the several decade long commitment, resilience and persistence of Black activists who have fought tirelessly for federal recognition of the holiday! Especially Texas born "Grandmother of Juneteenth", 94 year young, retired teacher and counselor Opal Lee (the daughter of Otis & Mattie Flake)
The Flake family is a Black family that purchased their home at 940 East Annie Street in Forth Worth, Texas in June of 1939 and 4 days later (during a Juneteenth celebration) were forced out of their home due to preservation of life. Opal was only 12 years old when she witnessed & survive the mobbing and attack of over 500 white racists who invaded, vandalized & burned down her family's house! Although they lost their home, her parents, two younger siblings and her were all able to safely escape without serious injury.
Also referred to as Black Independence Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day or even Emancipation Day, as of June 17th 2021, JUNETEENTH is officially been signed into US law as a federal holiday that will now be celebrated annually on June 19th.
This federal holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States! Additionally, it's intended to celebrate the freedom of millions of Black Americans who had been enslaved in the U.S. for nearly 250 years by the time of receiving the news of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation to abolish slavery in America (which was executed by way of the "13th Amendment" to the United States constitution). That said, as we continue to celebrate emancipation & liberation, it is equally important for us to remember the lives of those who have spoke up, stood up, fought and even sacrificed their life for the causes of "Freedom" & "Absolute Equality" for every member of the human community, acknowledging Black people as humans! JUNETEENTH is also about recognizing, that although physical slavery was legally abolished in the United States in 1865, Black people in America still have had to deal with the new forms of slavery for over 156 years since - racism & inequality!
From several American slave revolts, to Marcus Garvey's "UNIA" movement, to the Civil Rights movement which included the countless marches, protests, boycotts, and litigation cases that overcame Jim Crow. To the Black Panther Party of Self Defense's "Black Power" movement, along with Chairman Fred Hampton's "I Am A Revolutionary" movement & assassination, as well as Malcolm X's "By Any Means Necessary" philosophy, to Dr Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, even to the daily revolts that happen currently across the country and world. These examples all serve as reminders to us all of the fight that Black people have had on our "long walk to freedom", and should inspire us all to remain mindful of doing our part to assure that everyone has a chance to exercise their human right to freedom and equal opportunity! This collection of historical facts explains the purpose of why JUNETEENTH should be a significant holiday for every American, especially Black people in America
In 2016, Opal Lee organized a walk that was planned to be a 1400 mile walk from Fort Worth, Texas to the nation's capitol to pay a surprise visit to former U.S. President, Barack Obama and bring significance of Juneteenth to his attention (Opal's Walk 2 DC). Since then she has continued with pursuit, which includes executing another part of her plan with the walk to DC, to get a petition signed by 100,000 people to support her request for JUNETEENTH to become recognized as a federal holiday. Let it be known by everyone following her journey, even prior to the federal bill be signed, she had accumulated more than 1.5 Million signatures!
Opal's ultimate idea is for the celebration to extend from June 19th/JUNETEENTH (Black Independence Day) through July 4th (American Independence Day) as a 2 week long reflection of independence, liberation, freedom and absolute EQUALITY!
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Raggadat Cris New Single "Nay Sayers" Is OUT NOW! (On all platforms) ???
As 1 of the next rising stars, Raggadat Cris is focusing on positive vibes and letting go of the negative voice that we have in our own minds stopping us from shining. As shown by his new track "NAY SAYERS" is OUT NOW & available on all platforms today 30th October 2020
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MUSIC FOR THE HEART,MIND & SOUL
The genre of reggae music, hailing from the tiny island nation of Jamaica packs a powerful and positive message, from Africa to Australia, Germany to Japan, reggae music and it's messages has truly touched every corner of the world.
For every occasion in life , be it positive or challenging there is a reggae song to suit or guide an individual in the right direction. Personally I believe that the messages brought forward in many reggae songs can only be described as songs to live your life by. Whether it be the globally known messages of the Honourable Bob Marley or the more recent creations by artists such a Koffee , the messages are positive, strong and clear.
There are countless influential lyrics in reggaes message music, one such example that resonates is the Bob Marley celebrated song "Three Little Birds" it contains the perfect message for the times we are currently living in. The chorus of "Don't worry, about a thing , because every little thing, gonna be alright" is the a reminder of how we can change our mind set or views when times are challenging.
A more recent messenger comes in the form of up and coming young artist Koffee , her hit song "Toast" a daily reminder the we need to be thankful for all the little things we have in life as she sings "Gratitude is a must, yeah"
The uplifting beats and riddims attached to powerful, positive message is what makes reggae music such a global language, perfectly uplifting for the heart and soul.
Listen to the lyrics , mediate on the messages, let it be your guide.
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Greetings to one and all,fresh of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise for 2017 and while there were so many amazing experiences,it was veteran artist Cocoa Tea that stole the show,taking performing to another level.
Born in the late 1950’s in Rocky Point Clarendon Jamaica, Cocoa Tea began to make waves in the Jamaican music scene in the mid 1980’s before breaking into the international scene in the early 1990’s.
I first heard the sweet sounds of Cocoa Tea in 1991 with the release of Rikers Island. His captivating riddims and sweet soulful voice was just captivating,and needless to say I have been a fan ever since,seeing him perform live was definitely a dream come true. His performance being the first of the crusie was felt with much anticipation ,and he did not disappoint. Performing a vast amount of hits from over the decades he had the crowd dancing and singing along in harmony.
His energetic stage presence and the quality and style in which he performed was so polished and perfect. Performing hit after hit I was in awe from beginning to end,but when he performed my favourite track,Good Life,it had dawned on me that this was something really special to experience. It was the consensus on board the ship that his performance was on another level and he had set the bar so high it would truly be hard for anyone to beat it. PURE REGGAE MAGIC!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Cocoa Tea while on the cruise. He was absolutely adorable,so very humble,happy to have a quick chat and take a photo, Finally seeing one of my favourite artists perform was one thing,but having the opportunity to meet him was pretty amazing. That’s the fun thing about the cruise,you just never know who you will literally bump into.
Love & Blessings
Bless up to all my Bredrens and Sistrens who have gathered humbly to check out some conscious thoughts for the day.
Through reggae music, we unite near and far and understand the message in our hearts as we continue to open our minds and keep our eyes woke.
I have often wondered how many people have become distracted by all the negativity that surrounds us daily as we continue to see so much heartache on our televisions.
Don’t let the foolish acts of others interfere with your Livity and continue to spread love and positivity. Keep defueling hate and ignorance as you walk your path of righteousness, as only Jah knows your true understanding of love and purpose.
Bless up and much Raspect,
Like most reggae lovers, for many years I had dreamt of heading to the little island nation of Jamaica to see and experience all the many things that Bob Marley sung about and to immerse myself in the culture I had always read about. Jamaican is such a little island,but it’s so full of culture and adventure,and no trip to Jamaica would be complete without making the pilgrimage to the birth & resting place of the king of reggae!
The journey from Montego Bay was around 2hrs on bumpy roads with many potholes,and the occasional goat or two running across the road causing havoc ,but what the road conditions lacked the scenery more then made up for. The beautiful green scenery of Cockpit Country on the winding roads to the Village of Nine Miles coupled with informative and humorous commentary from our guide made for a memorable journey.
The closer we got to Nine Miles the more you could feel the excitement building ,for every reggae fan this journey is a right of passage.
An abundance of things to explore greets your senses once you are inside the compound, from gallery’s, awards and memeorabilia, the one room shack on the top of the hill where Bob was born from humble beginnings ,then full circle to the tiny Chapel that houses the marble mausoleum where he was laid to rest with his guitar. Walking in to the chapel to pay your respects truly is spiritual journey,you can feel the magic in the air. Take your time as you circle the musoleum admiring all the gifts left by fans,soak up the atmosphere and feel the vibes.
What could be more perfect then reasoning with a group of rastas while partaking in the sacrament of herb at the resting place of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley?
My spiritual journey is complete
Love & Blessings
As the excitement builds for reggae fans worldwide for the upcoming voyage on the reggae ship of dreams(aka The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise) it poses the question,what is it about reggae music that is so special that it will draw the masses from thousands and thousands of miles away and from all corners of the globe?
P.J. Cannon Jr.