These reggae artists are known around the world for their unique talent and performances. Now reggae is known internationally and is recognized in the U.S. music industry at their annual Grammy Awards. Still visitors flock to Jamaica just to hear authentic reggae at the many festivals and dancehalls.
So let me present you with some information on a few of these influential Jamaican artists whose reggae music is like poetry, a great story telling and with their music you get to know what is reggae.
Born Mark Myrie in 1973, in Denham Town, and the youngest of fifteen brothers and sisters. He gained his nickname from his Mother. Buju is a Maroon word for breadfruit that correspond to his chubbiness when he was young and, Banton was in tribute to his hero, DJ legend Buro Banton.
Banton is a slang for great story teller, and he was only twelve when he began DJ-ing.
His first hit was "Love Mi Browning" that told of his love for his light-skinned girlfriend. Of course he had to make another song named "Love Black Woman" to squashed the complaints from darker skinned women.
In 1992, Buju had the fastest selling album of all reggae artists in Jamaican history and that was Mr. Mention which lead to his appearance at Reggae Sunsplash yearly up to 1994.
The ever popular "Murderer" was recorded in 1993 after two of his friends, DJ Pan Head and Dirtsman were gunned down.
As you know his songs are always telling you a story. Whether it is about his thoughts concerning homosexuals, which is reflected in his recording of Boom Bye Bye that nearly shattered his career.
He has now embraced the religion of Rastafarian.
Emanuel, the Crown Prince of Reggae was the nickname given to Dennis Emmanuel Brown with a talent unparalleled in the annals of Jamaican music.
musical genius at the tender age of eleven recorded his first hit in
1968, working with producer Coxsone Dodd on the hit album "No Man Is An Island". I am told that at this recording session Dennis had to stand on a box to reach the microphone.
Even Bob Marley recognized his talent when he described Dennis Brown as the best reggae singer in the world.
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It is estimated that he released over one hundred albums during his lifetime and was recognized internationally.
You remember that movie "The Harder They Come" the star was Jimmy Cliff. Born in St. Catherine in 1948 and named James Chambers is an accomplished child performer, that appeared before seven thousand people at a county fair performing Fats Domino's "Be My Guest".
He decided at age fourteen to change his last name to Cliff as an aspiration of the heights he was aspiring to.
Some of his most and still is memorable hits include "You Can Get it If You Really Want", "Many Rivers To Cross" a favorite of mine, and "Hard Road to Travel".
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This composer and performer of some of the biggest hits and consistent music star of Jamaica and the United Kingdom from the early 1960s. Chris Blackwell of Island Records released Cliff's music throughout the UK initially only to the West Indian community, but increased his exposure to the international market.
Currently, he is the only living reggae artist to hold Jamaica's third highest award for achievement in the arts and sciences. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Luciano is a must see performer. His lyrics are profoundly spiritual and it reaches out to you and embrace you. He single handed reintroduced spiritual consciousness and humanity into the dance hall scene.
If you ever get the chance to attend any of his shows I can personally tell you, you will not be disappointed.
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Named Jepther McClymont, but in the year 1974 he changed his name to Luciano that is Latin for "light and knowledge".
He once said before preparing to enter into the reggae music scene, that he purposefully avoided listening to the popular music of that time. Because he knew it did not contain what he wanted to hear and what he thought the audience needed.
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