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Listen to the latest Reggae/Dub releases, updated August 29th, 2022. With Lee "Scratch" Perry, Protoje, Surfer Girl, Anthony B, Mellow Mood, Green Lion Crew, DENM, DMP, Tropidelic, Fantan Mojah, Cultural Warriors, Prince Far I, Daddy Freddy, Gentleman, Horace Andy, Shwayze, Mihali, Volodia, Big Red, Top Secret Music, Eesah, Queen Omega, Bumpin Uglies, Mica...

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Title Artist Album Duration

Bob Marley, Composer - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, MainArtist

© 2022 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2022 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

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Family
Protoje Family 00:03:01

Robert Marks, Mixing Engineer - Niko Marzouca, Mixing Engineer - Oje Ollivierre, Composer, Lyricist - Jesse Royal, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Protoje, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Grey, Composer, Lyricist - Jean-Andre Lawrence, Composer, Lyricist - Iotosh, Producer, Other - Jean-Andre "J.L.L." Lawrence, Other - Iotosh Israel Mykal Geister Poyser, Composer, Lyricist - Okiel McIntyre, Composer, Lyricist, Trumpet - Fumiaki "Superman" Ogata, Recording Engineer - Protoje feat. Jesse Royal, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 In.Digg.Nation Collective under exclusive license RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Doghouse Explicit
Surfer Girl Doghouse 00:04:07

Shwayze, MainArtist - Surfer Girl, MainArtist

2022 Surfer Girl under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Surfer Girl under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Champion Sound
Anthony B Champion Sound 00:03:34

Chezidek, MainArtist - Anthony B, MainArtist - Brother Culture, MainArtist - Keith Blair, Lyricist - Simon Fajemisin, Lyricist - Desbert Johnson, Lyricist - Nicolas Meury, Composer - Little Lion Sound, Producer, MainArtist

2022 Evidence Music 2022 Evidence Music

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Mr. Global
Mellow Mood Mañana 00:03:28

Kabaka Pyramid, FeaturedArtist - Mellow Mood, MainArtist

2022 La Tempesta Dub under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 La Tempesta Dub under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Nyabinghi Mountains
Green Lion Crew Nyabinghi Mountains 00:03:01

Addis Pablo, MainArtist - Green Lion Crew, MainArtist - Imeru Tafari, MainArtist

2022 Green Lion Crew under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Green Lion Crew under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Wild Trip
DENM Wild Trip 00:03:07

DENM, MainArtist - Landon McNamara, MainArtist

2022 DENM, LLC and Landon McNamara/Controlled Substance Sound Labs under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 DENM, LLC and Landon McNamara/Controlled Substance Sound Labs under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Long Way Home
DMP Ready, Set, Go 00:03:51

Iyaz, MainArtist - Dmp, MainArtist

2022 DMP under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 DMP under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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For You
Tropidelic All The Colors 00:03:22

Geoff Weers, FeaturedArtist - Tropidelic, MainArtist

2022 Tropidelic under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Tropidelic under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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So Many Problems (Edit)
Fantan Mojah So Many Problems 00:03:48

Mafia & Fluxy, Producer - Fantan Mojah, MainArtist - Dean Fraser, Composer - Henry Tenyue, Composer - Coxsone Dodd, Composer - Irie Ites, Producer, MainArtist - Leroy Heywood, Composer - David Heywood, Composer - Owen Moncrieffe, Lyricist

2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music 2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music

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Armageddeon Dub
Cultural Warriors Armageddeon Riddim 00:04:19

Cultural Warriors, Producer, MainArtist - pierre wichser, Composer

2022 Cultural Warriors Music / Evidence Music 2022 Cultural Warriors Music / Evidence Music

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Love and Wisdom
Prince Far I Love and Wisdom 00:03:16

Prince Far I, MainArtist - Krone, Producer, MainArtist - Michael James Williams, Lyricist - Ting-A-Ling, Producer, MainArtist - Kerebel Erwan, Composer

2022 Ting A Ling / Evidence Music 2022 Ting A Ling / Evidence Music

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Away With The Gun And Knife
Horace Andy Away With The Gun And Knife 00:03:35

R. Johnson, Composer - Horace Andy, MainArtist - Adrian Sherwood, Producer - L. Kenny, Composer - D. Gaudi, Composer

2022 On-U Sound 2022 On-U Sound

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Happy Hour
Hollie Cook Happy Hour 00:05:07

Sony Music, MusicPublisher - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Brad Ellis, Author - John Purcell, StudioPersonnel - Joe Price, Author - Hollie Cook, Author, Producer, MainArtist - Budde Music, MusicPublisher - Toby Davies, Author - Ben Mckone, Author, Producer, StudioPersonnel - James McKone, Author - Luke Allwood, Author, Producer

2022 Merge Records 2022 Merge Records

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Over The Hills
Gentleman Over The Hills 00:02:29

Daddy Rings, Author - Gentleman, Author, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hans-Philipp Graf, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phenomden, Author - Jopez, Composer - Sherieta Lewis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Jai, Composer - Meska, Composer - Jugglerz, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Gentleman

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Eternal Roses
L'Entourloop La clarté dans la confusion 00:04:05

KEN BOOTHE, MainArtist - Guy Thomas, Composer - L'Entourloop, MainArtist - XRP, MusicPublisher - Lion in bed, MainArtist - FLANDIN Damien, Composer - DeSsaulx Antoine, Composer - Sybelin Jimmy, Composer - TREILLE Clément, Composer - ROYOL Nicolas, Composer - BLANCHON Sébastien, Composer - PEYRIEUX Aurélien, Arranger

2022 Face B under exclusive license to X-Ray Production 2022 Face B under exclusive license to X-Ray Production

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Wicked Man
Jah Mason Wicked Man 00:04:04

Jah Mason, MainArtist - François Laclotte, Composer, MixingEngineer - Emmanuel Jaussely, MasteringEngineer

2022 Belleville International 2022 Patate Records

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Save Humanity
Anthony B Save Humanity 00:04:37

Anthony B, MainArtist - Freddie McGregor, MainArtist

2022 Anthony B / Neva Stop Booking under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Anthony B / Neva Stop Booking under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Sunrise
Surfer Girl Sunrise 00:03:20

Surfer Girl, MainArtist - The Elovaters, MainArtist

2022 Surfer Girl under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Surfer Girl under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

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Jamming (Live At The Rainbow Theatre, London / June 3, 1977)
Bob Marley & The Wailers Live At The Rainbow, 3rd June 1977 00:06:24

Frank Owen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Bidmead, Co-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Harper, Producer - Suha Gur, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Cobb, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Always
The Frightnrs Always 00:02:35

Victor Axelrod, Producer - BMI, MusicPublisher - The Frightnrs, Composer, MainArtist

2022 Daptone Records 2022 BMI

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Love & Fire
The Black Seeds Love & Fire 00:03:20

The Black Seeds, Producer, MainArtist - Native Tongue Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Barnaby Weir, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Weetman, Composer - Barrett Hocking, Composer - Nigel Patterson, Composer - Francis Harawira, Composer - Jarney Murphy, Composer

2022 The Black Seeds Ltd 2022 The Black Seeds Ltd

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Montpellier
Biga Ranx Eh Yo! 00:02:51

Blundetto, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Biga*Ranx, MainArtist - Gabriel Piotrowski, Composer

2022 W Lab / Wagram Music 2022 W Lab / Wagram Music

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Chainsaw (feat. Charlie P & Belén Natalí)
O.B.F Chainsaw (feat. Charlie P & Belén Natalí) 00:04:06

Charlie P, FeaturedArtist - O.B.F, MainArtist - Belén Natalí, FeaturedArtist

2022 Dubquake Records / Modulor 2022 Dubquake Records

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Treeline
Ob.Dub Treeline 00:03:45

Ob.Dub, MainArtist - Adrien Fagot, Composer - The Maucals, MainArtist - Killian Hallier, Lyricist - Louis Hallier, Lyricist

2022 ODGPROD 2022 ODGPROD

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Dub Weapon (Jerry Lionz Mix)
Joe Armon-Jones No Weapon 00:09:18

Asheber, Lyricist - Joe Armon-Jones, Composer, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Jerry Lionz, Mixer

2022 Aquarii Records 2022 Aquarii Records

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Wanted
Lila Ike Wanted 00:03:37

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Gregory Isaacs, Composer, Lyricist - Oje Ollivierre, Composer, Lyricist - Protoje, Producer - Jason Arthur Farmer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Lila Ike, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ziah, Drum Machine - Alecia Grey, Composer, Lyricist - Fumiaki Ogata, Composer, Lyricist, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2022 In.Digg.Nation Collective under exclusive license RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Fire House Rock (Prince Jammy 12-inch Mix)
Wailing Souls Fire House Rock 00:07:19

Wailing Souls, MainArtist - Henry Lawes, Producer - Winston Matthews, Writer

© 2022 VP Music Group, Inc ℗ 2022 VP Music Group, Inc

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The Game
Chezidek The Game 00:04:03

Chezidek, MainArtist - Desbert Johnson, Lyricist - Manuel Malhoeuvre, Composer - Irie Ites, Producer, MainArtist - Jérôme Baccar, Composer

2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music 2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music

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Never Leave Me Alone
Asha D The Pressure 00:03:38

Queen Omega, MainArtist - Jeneile Osborne, Lyricist - Renart Philippe, Composer, Lyricist - Asha D, Producer, MainArtist

2022 Artikal Music / Evidence Music 2022 Artikal Music / Evidence Music

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Desperation
Junior Dread Desperation 00:03:11

Nicolas Meury, Composer - Junior Dread, MainArtist - Little Lion Sound, Producer, MainArtist - Carlos Cresio, Lyricist

2022 Evidence Music 2022 Evdence Music

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Calme avant la tempête
Tomawok Calme avant la tempête 00:03:19

Keefaz, MainArtist - Tomawok, MainArtist - Manuel Malhoeuvre, Composer - Irie Ites, Producer, MainArtist - Francky Carlier, Lyricist - Thomas Perez, Lyricist - Puppa Nadem, MainArtist - Nadem Ben Ahmed, Lyricist - Jérôme Baccar, Composer

2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music 2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music

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CIRCLE Explicit
Intence CIRCLE 00:02:42

Intence, MainArtist - Damion Brown, Writer - Futuristic Music, Producer - Tashawn Gabbidon, Writer - Shakeen Webb, Writer - Sherwayne Cowans, Writer - M3 Production, Producer - Shelton Bloomfield, Writer

© 2022 VP Music Group, Inc ℗ 2022 VP Music Group, Inc

34
Nos héros
Dub Inc Nos héros 00:04:38

Chris Gehringer, MasteringEngineer - Guido Craveiro, MixingEngineer - Guillaume Basile, LeadVocals - Idir Derdiche, Keyboards - Dub Inc, MainArtist - Moritz Von Korff, Composer, BassGuitar - Balik, FeaturedArtist - Benjamin Jouve, Composer, SoundEngineer - Mathieu Olivier, Composer - Frédéric Peyron, Composer, Keyboards - Grégory Mavridorakis, Composer, Drums - Jérémie Grégeois, Composer, ElectricGuitar - Aurélien Zohou, LeadVocals - Hakim Meridja, LeadVocals

2022 Diversité 2022 Diversité

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High Priestess Explicit
Santigold High Priestess 00:03:13

Boys Noize, Producer - Santigold, Producer, MainArtist - Ray Brady, Producer - Chris Kasych, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Olson, Producer - Psymun, Producer - Brendan Morawski, StudioPersonnel

2022 Little Jerk Records 2022 Little Jerk Records

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Love Power
Alpha Blondy Eternity 00:05:31

Alpha Blondy, Producer, MainArtist - The Solar System, MainArtist - Stonebwoy, MainArtist - Alphalliance, MusicPublisher - Koné Seydou dit Alpha Blondy, Composer

(C) 2022 Alphalliance (P) 2022 Alphalliance

37
Wicked Heart
Lyricson Wicked Heart 00:03:50

Lyricson, MainArtist - Manuel Malhoeuvre, Composer - Irie Ites, Producer, MainArtist - Souleymane Boukara, Lyricist - Jérôme Baccar, Composer

2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music 2022 Irie Ites Records / Evidence Music

38
Lock Down
Nadia McAnuff Nadia McAnuff & The Ligerians 00:03:44

The Ligerians, MainArtist - Emmanuelle Hocquellet, Composer, Producer, Keyboards - Gabriel Bouillon, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Chorus - Jakub Trzepizur, Composer, Producer, BassGuitar - François Lattouf, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Nadia McAnuff, MainArtist, LeadVocals

2022 SoulNurse Records 2022 SoulNurse Records

39
Traveling Man
Earl Sixteen Higher Than I 00:03:58

Earl 16, MainArtist - Serge Guelon, Composer, MixingEngineer - Emmanuel Jaussely, MasteringEngineer

2022 Belleville International 2022 Patate Records

40
Light My Fire
Sean Paul Scorcha 00:03:22

Sean Paul Henriques, ComposerLyricist - Sean Paul, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Athens, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doug Fenske, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - GWEN STEFANI, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Gudwin, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - AC, Producer - Allan Peter Grigg, ComposerLyricist - Rosina Russell, ComposerLyricist - Rob Cohen, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Saul Alexander Castillo Vasquez, ComposerLyricist - Emily Warren, ComposerLyricist - KooolKojak, Producer, Additional Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gamal Kosh Lewis, ComposerLyricist - Shenseea, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chinsea Lee, ComposerLyricist - Nyann “News” Lodge, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Jigzag Henriques, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2022 SPJ Productions Ltd

41
Champion
Chezidek Champion 00:03:34

Chezidek, MainArtist - Desbert Johnson, Lyricist - Nicolas Meury, Composer - Little Lion Sound, Producer, MainArtist

2022 Evidence Music 2022 Evidence Music

42
Bass It
Mysticwood The Mystic Way of Dub 00:03:11

Mysticwood, MainArtist

2022 Dubquake Records / Modulor 2022 Dubquake Recorrds

43
Living is the Lesson
Mihali Effection 00:04:02

Iration, MainArtist - Mihali, MainArtist

2022 Mihali under exclusive license to Ineffable Records 2022 Mihali under exclusive license to Ineffable Records

44
Profilin
The Frightnrs Always 00:02:42

Victor Axelrod, Producer - BMI, MusicPublisher - The Frightnrs, Composer, MainArtist - Preet Patel, FeaturedArtist

2022 Daptone Records 2022 BMI

45
Incient Stepping
Protoje Incient Stepping 00:03:49

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Oje Ollivierre, Composer, Lyricist - Protoje, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Goldfine, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Zion I Kings, Producer - Andrew Stoch, Composer, Lyricist - Andrew Herrick Bain, Composer, Lyricist - Romaine Oreliano Arnett, Composer, Lyricist - Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer - Romaine "Teflonzincfence" Arnet, Programmer - David "JAH David" Goldfine, Guitar, Bass - Lauren Paul Alfred, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2022 In.Digg.Nation Collective under exclusive license RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

46
Purple Sky
Stand High Patrol Purple Sky 00:03:38

Stand High Patrol, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Stand High Patrol (P) 2022 Stand High

47
Change
Skip Marley Change 00:02:48

Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fareed Salamah, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oscar Holter, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michael Richards, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Skip Marley, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bryce Bordone, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jermi Thomas, A&R - LaRoi Larkin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Morning In Gideon (Remix)
Cezar Morning In Gideon [feat. Sizzla] 00:03:43

Sizzla, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Cezar, MainArtist - Cezar Cunningham, ComposerLyricist - DJ Buddha, Producer - Miguel Orlando Collins, ComposerLyricist - Rodney H Hill, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Wonda Duplessis, Producer, ComposerLyricist

2022 Wonda Music 2022 Wonda Music

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Rumours
Jah Tung Rumours 00:03:32

Gabriel Calcott, Composer - Paul Bimler, Composer - Jah Tung, MainArtist - Kane Luschwitz, Lyricist

2022 Reality Chant Productions 2022 Reality Chant Productions

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Proud
Goodvib'z Things Riddim 00:03:39

The Tuff Lions, MainArtist - Charles Guillou, Composer - Delarue Xavier, Composer, Lyricist - Goodvib'z, MainArtist - JAH V, MainArtist

2022 Goodvib'z Production / Evidence Music 2022 Goodvib'z Production / Evidence Music

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Listen to the latest Reggae/Dub releases, updated August 29th, 2022. With Lee "Scratch" Perry, Protoje, Surfer Girl, Anthony B, Mellow Mood, Green Lion Crew, DENM, DMP, Tropidelic, Fantan Mojah, Cultural Warriors, Prince Far I, Daddy Freddy, Gentleman, Horace Andy, Shwayze, Mihali, Volodia, Big Red, Top Secret Music, Eesah, Queen Omega, Bumpin Uglies, Micah Shemaiah, HIRIE, Nation Boss, Hollie Cook, L'Entourloop, Jah Mason, The Frightnrs, The Black Seeds, Dub Inc, Santigold, Alpha Blondy, Lyricson, Stand High Patrol, Skip Marley, Cezar, Jah Tung, JAH V, Tetra Htdro K, Beenie Man, O.B.F....

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10 Unsung Heroes of Jamaican Reggae

by Smaël Bouaici

Behind the huge international success of figures like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Shaggy, Jamaica’s local scene has always been a vibrant one. The sound is constantly changing. One star succeeds another. Here, Qobuz explores 10 local Jamaican reggae heroes who have all too often slipped under the radar.

Marcia Griffiths

Early bloomer Marcia Griffiths started recording at the age of 11. Over the years she’s surrounded herself with Bobs: Bob Andy first, forming the duo Bob & Marcia from 1970 to 1974. Together they wrote the hit Young, Gifted and Black (a Nina Simone cover). Rearranged with a string section by the Trojan label, the song was huge in England. In 1974, she met up with another Bob – Bob Marley this time. She joined the I-Threes, The Wailers famous choir, created to make up for Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer’s departures. After Bob Marley died, she went back to performing solo and recorded a strange song in 1982 written by Bunny Wailer: Electric Boogie, which was released in 1990 on her album Carousel. Based on a video of a group of young people dancing the “Electric Slide”, the song became a slightly kitschy classic in the United States where it is apparently still popular at weddings and one of Marcia Griffiths’ biggest sellers. Though reggae fans mostly remember her for her cover of Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, released on her album Play Me Sweet and Nice, which is only made up of covers (Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Neil Diamond...). A must for fans of the sensational 70s soul reggae period.


Linval Thompson

Linval Thompson was one of those musicians who could do it all. Well, almost. After starting out as a singer for the producer Keith Hudson, he first made a name for himself with the track Kung-Fu Man, recorded by Phil Pratt at Lee Perry’s Black Ark. A singer turned producer, Phil Pratt was a model for Linval Thompson who soon took matters into his own hands by setting up his own label Thompson Sounds. Using King Tubby’s studio (singing for him for free in exchange) he released his first big hit in 1977: Jah Jah Guiding Star. It was produced by a young man named Henry Lawes who would be known as “Junjo” a few years later, the key producer of the early 80s. Together they created Thompson’s classic I Love Marijuana, one of the most popular ganja songs of all time. He also signed with Bunny Lee’s hitmaking label (including Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks and 12 Tribes of Israel) and was eventually swept away by the arrival of digital reggae. Linval Thompson has made his mark on reggae by producing for some of today’s most popular artists, from Freddie McGregor to Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and Cornell Campbell.


Hugh Mundell

Jamaica’s prodigy left us too quickly. As a promising competitive runner in his teens, Hugh Mundell first tried his luck at singing at Joe Gibbs’s studio, recording Where Is Natty Dread - a track that was never released. Fortunately for him, Augustus Pablo, the king of melodica, came along and offered him a second chance. A week later, Hugh Mundell recorded his velvety voice over the first tracks that would make up the album Africa Must Be Free By 1983. Released in 1978, it’s an essential record for any self-respecting reggae fan. With his youthful timbre and his innocence-filled lyrics, Hugh Mundell was like a diamond in the rough. His sound was polished by producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes, who had just brought out a series of hits with Barrington Levi, Yellowman and Eek-A-Mouse on his label Volcano. Junjo brought the singer into the studio and put him next to Israel Vibration’s legendary backing band – the Roots Radics. They came out with the album Mundell, another classic with hits like Jacqueline and Rasta Handle, two tracks that were supported by the new “rockers” rhythm invented by Sly Dunbar. At the age of 19, Hugh Mundell became the new star of Kingston – one of the world’s most violent cities. Two years later in 1983 he was killed in his car in front of his protégé Junior Reid’s very own eyes, adding to an all-too-long list of Jamaican geniuses who have died before their time.

 

Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller is the only man who can compete with Bob Marley in Jamaicans’ hearts. As Kingston’s idol number 2, he was one of the few local artists who tried to open up to pop and international music. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing. His first single Love Is A Message released on Studio One in 1968 was a flop, though he returned six years later with Augustus Pablo. In 1974, he brought out the essential album Who Say Jah No Dread, rearranging Love Is a Message and Keep On Knocking which started with the lyrics: “Never can say goodbye to me, Love is a message that I must send to you...” Baby I Love You So, the album’s other hit, was released as a 45 rpm with the dub version King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown on the B side, a track which was so popular that the record was reprinted with dub on the A side! As the writer of several roots reggae classics (Tenement Yard, Healing of the Nation, Peace Treaty, Standing Firm...), Jacob Miller was also recruited as the lead singer for Inner Circle. Influenced by New York guitarist Joe Ortiz, the group tried fusing reggae with rock and pop, especially on the album Everything Is Great which appeared in 1978. Despite sounding a little kitschy today, the album bears witness to his goals. Gaining fame after starring in the reggae cult film Rockers, his aura spread even further after he participated in the One Love Peace Concert in 1978. At the height of his fame he died in a car accident with his son in 1980 at the age of 27, just one year before Bob Marley's death, leaving Jamaica heartbroken.


Barry Brown 

As a star of Bunny Lee’s label in the 70s alongside names like Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell and Linval Thompson, Barry Brown didn’t have a long career but it was a prolific one – 11 albums between 1979 and 1984 and a series of hits. Hits like Step It Up Youthman from the eponymous album, Big Big Pollution and Politician. They were political songs which brought about change alongside Horace Andy (to whom he is often compared for the timbre of his voice). He then recorded for all Kingston’s big studios – Studio One and Channel One with the hit Far East, Prince Jammy (who hadn’t yet become King) on the dancehall record Showcase and even Linval Thompson’s Thompson Sound label… Mired by health and drug problems, his album releases became more sporadic at the end of the 80s, though he did work with the British dub pioneer Jah Shaka, lending his intoxicating voice to soundsystems, as well as on Mafia & Fluxy's the “new Sly & Robbie”. Barry Brown passed away in 2004 but remains one of reggae's favourites to this day.

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