Best of Reggae Music 2016

Best of Reggae Music 2016



Reggae (/ˈrɛɡ/) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora.[1] A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.[2][3] While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.[4] Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’, then ‘Ska’, later ‘Blue Beat’, and ‘Rock Steady’.[5] It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rock steady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.[6]

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a celebratory, rural folk form that served its largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing),[7] calypso,[8] African music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure. The tempo of reggae is usually slower than ska but faster than rocksteady.[9] The concept of "call and response" can be found throughout reggae music.

The genre of reggae music is led by the drum and bass.[10][11] Some key players in this sound are Jackie Jackson from Toots and the Maytals,[12] Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers,[13] Lloyd Brevett from The Skatalites,[14] Paul Douglas from Toots and the Maytals,[15] Lloyd Knibb from The Skatalites,[16] Winston Grennan,[17] Sly Dunbar,[18] and Anthony "Benbow" Creary from The Upsetters.[19] The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and Iyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics,[20] although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from the mainland South America countries of Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the United Kingdom, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, and has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, and there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe. Reggae in Africa was boosted by the visit of Bob Marley to Zimbabwe in 1980. In Jamaica, authentic reggae is one of the biggest sources of income.[21]

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Morgan Heritage
Ziggy Marley
voice actor
bornOctober 17, 1968
Falling Into Place
Falling Into Place is the sixth album by California band Rebelution, released on June 3, 2016.
Jah Cure
bornOctober 11, 1978

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Clifford Smith (born December 29, 1974), better known as Mr. Vegas, is a Jamaican dancehall musician.

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Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, namely Peter "Peetah" Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. In two decades, they have had a number of successful reggae albums.

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Album Releases this Year72

Artists with New Releases58

Chart-Topping Artists137

Chart-Topping Albums67

Chart-Topping Songs28

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs3

Best Reviewed Albums7

Best Reviewed Artists7

Top Albums by Best Reviewed Artists8

Top Songs by Best Reviewed Artists6

Award Winners1

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Up & Coming Artist of 20166

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artist of 20165

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Artists on Tour57

Popular Music Festivals8

Popular Record Labels29


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles168


Spotify - Featured Tracks41


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Esmeralda a gana “ Award Best Reggae Song of December 2016” Jah Will is the Last Will “na California, America
  –  March 16, 2017
Na final di october 2016 Esmeralda a lansa un cantica “Jah Will is the Last Will” cu e a graba na Claudius Phillips Jr. den Backyard Productionz. Durante e grabacion Patrick Solognier y Lenn Hernandez a pasa bishita y spontaneamente nan a cuminsa toca ...
Ziggy Marley Wins 2017 Best Reggae Album Grammy
  –  February 14, 2017
Ziggy Marley won the Best Reggae Album Grammy for his album “Ziggy Marley ... The group Morgan Heritage took the 2016 Reggae Grammy for “Strictly Roots.”
Billboard Picks 2016’s Ten Best Reggae Albums
  –  January 7, 2017
Reggae ... year in 2016, with an increase in dancehall popularity and the music tagged with labels like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass,” which bothered reggae aficionados. That said, Billboard selected the following as the ten best reggae ...
Vybz Kartel beats out Alkaline for best reggae album of 2016.
  –  January 3, 2017
It seems like there is absolutely no stopping Vybz Kartel. After five years in prison, the convicted murderer continues to dominate the dancehall scene. But the world boss is proving that he is more than just dancehall as billboard magazine has named his ...
“Theory of Reggaetivity” by Agent Sasco considered one of the best Reggae Albums for 2016 (@AgentSasco)
  –  December 28, 2016
As the year comes to an end, Reggae lovers, critics and enthusiasts are all weighing in on how the genre shaped up in 2016. As the Jamaican music continues to spread across the globe, it is constantly attracting new contributors. That being said ...
Billboard’s 10 Best Reggae Albums of 2016: Critic’s Picks
  –  December 24, 2016
A report by Rob Kenner for Billboard. The year 2016 has been the best of times and the worst of times for lovers of reggae music. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified ...
Self Contained Reggae Band Raging Fyah Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album | @Ragingfyah
  –  December 6, 2016
2016 has indeed been a whirlwind for Pele ... Proudly the top charting album received the highest honor in music with a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. Recorded live at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios producer Llamar “Riff Raff ...
International Reggae Poster Contest 2016
  –  November 26, 2016
The 5th edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 is open for entries through February 14, 2017. The 100 best posters will be selected by a jury panel comprising of design professionals and will be exhibited in the Art of Reggae exhibitions ...
Popcaan captures Best Reggae Act honour at 2016 MOBO Awards
  –  November 7, 2016
Dancehall star, Popcaan has captured another major accolade in his career as he earned the Best Reggae Act award at the 21st Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in Glasgow, Scotland this past weekend. “Much respect to all my producers in Jamaica and ...


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