Is Jamaica losing reggae?

Is Jamaica losing reggae?

There are 28 comments on the Jamaica Observer story from Nov 25, 2009, titled Is Jamaica losing reggae?. In it, Jamaica Observer reports that:

Few Jamaicans chart in Japan, US and Europe signalling, as pundits suggest, that international reggae doesn't need Jamaica.

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Orange, CT

#1 Nov 25, 2009
I dont think Jamaica can completley lose reggae,bacause no other nation will ever able to captur the culter and the roots of that music.and lest.we as Jamaican are plaing or performing it internationaly.other people will come close,and sound good too,but they could naver captur the esseness.In know, bacause I am reggae artist from before Jamaica became dont worry Jamaica is the root.
Sebastian Mensah

Accra, Ghana

#2 Dec 1, 2009
respect the rastar man cause he is the only one left in Jah creation
Sebastian Mensah

Accra, Ghana

#3 Dec 1, 2009
support reggae music


#4 Dec 15, 2009
Buy the book "Les Histoires de la Brousse" by Catherine CARDON, U won't be disappointed!!!!

Since: Dec 08

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#5 Dec 18, 2009
I don't think Jamaica will ever lose the music that come from there, Reggae, Lover's Rock, Dancehall etc..
The Caribbean is full of talented artist and some have sucess in the Asian countries but the US majority of the "Reggae" artist come from Jamaica so we will have a lil"niche" .
W Francis

Hartford, CT

#6 Dec 19, 2009
What Jamaican artist need to do is behave themselves, yeah you have an image to uphold but at what cost. Loosing your right to travel limits your income and contact with fans.

Since: Dec 08

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#7 Dec 23, 2009
W Francis wrote:
What Jamaican artist need to do is behave themselves, yeah you have an image to uphold but at what cost. Loosing your right to travel limits your income and contact with fans.
I agree that they need to behave themselves, My biggest problem is shows, Why is that you can book these artist and everything is cool till the last min , all of a sudden dem visa "outdated"...i mean couldn't u fix that issue knowing you have to perform.

I use to live in Hartford, is there still a Sportsman Club up there?
Obeah Man


#10 Jan 11, 2010
Jamaica will never lose Reggae but Reggae will be on it's death bed by end of this decade. Dancehall already died a few years ago and doesn't even sound like Jamaican music anymore apart from the vocals. Reggae is becoming so watered down because anybody can put crappy music out there now and it will get play if said person has connections. The talent levels have gone way down and I think Coxsone,King Tubby,Bob Marley and Dennis Brown are all rolling over in their graves.


#11 Jan 14, 2010
Jamaica will never lose reggae, its a big part of our identity. We need more artists from jamaica to become internationally known. Instead of just focusing on the same lot year in year out.

In the USA new artist become established, so jamaica need to do something, like start promoting new artists alongside, sean paul, beenieman and so forth
Ras Creation

Kearny, NJ

#12 Jan 15, 2010
No Jamaican wants to hear that Jamaica is losing reggae and I do not blame them. I do not think Jamaica is losing reggae and never will. Roots Reggae really belong to the Rastaman and there are many more Rastas ouside Jamaica today so the Rastas have made Reggae stronger outside Jamaica while some home based Jamaicans experiment with crossover reggae sounds.
Ras Creation

Kearny, NJ

#13 Jan 15, 2010
Sebastian Mensah wrote:
respect the rastar man cause he is the only one left in Jah creation
True...Everybody's talking about Reggae Reggae Reggae and no one's giving the Rastaman credit....Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Burning Spear, Big Youth, Steel Pulse, Third World and many more Rastas put Jah first then Reggae and Jamaica on the map and no repect for the Rastaman...All we have now is a whole lotta foul mouth( not musicians) entertainers benifitting from the Rastas struggles.

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#14 Jan 26, 2010
Check this guy out his name is ISHAICH his cd is online worlwide.Also check out midnite band from st'croix and queen ifrica.
This guy dont hustle it seen JAH ispiration in their music ISHAICH is heavy and deep...
The true reggae fans dont listen to gimmicks and nice face that make cash register rings payola.

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#15 Jan 28, 2010
Queen Ifrica, i had a chance to see her and Etana perform and the both of they were excellent as far as there US sells, didnt do so well .Thats why some think we are losing Reggae .

United States

#16 Jan 28, 2010
Here is the truth without any apologies. The best reggae Roots music to ever come out of JA was through the 1970's - early 80's just before the whole bashment dancehall craze came about.

The vibrations that came out in the 1970's are not and shall never be the same as the current music coming out of JA. It was just a very unique time in history! Yet the work the foundation reggae artists did in that time is priceless and sad to say we are loosing these classics daily from the most recent death of Yabby you to the great Joseph Hill of Culture.

What will happen when all these greats have passed on and it's up to the new generation of Reggae artists?

What is with all this madness with Buju Banton who recently got caught with extreamly large ammounts of cocaine ? Or Sizzla who has had many problems with Gun issues and has recently been locked up for firing guns in Judgement yard?

Are these the Legends of the future generation?

I personally do not think so..

I look to other parts of the world for good roots and dub music, there is surly amazing works happening across the world. Look at Japan look at bands like the Cultivator or the Killa Sistas or Uk Soundsystems and producers like Jah Shaka , Aba Shanti I , Keety Roots , Ras Muffet , The Disciples , These people are capturing some of the revolutionary moves the Legends once did in the 1970's.

For me it's rare I buy things produced out of JA and most of my stuff comes from Japan , France , London , or other parts of europe.


United States

#18 Jan 28, 2010

Since: Feb 10

Etobicoke, Canada

#19 Feb 24, 2010
nah ahpin!!
winston gordon

Brentwood, NY

#20 Mar 12, 2010
yes sports club is still here jagan but not as nice as before respect
cool runnings


#21 Mar 13, 2010

Silver Spring, MD

#22 Apr 11, 2010
reggae is who we are and it is our identity to the core. We could never lose it, we just need more creative artists and the old roots reggae, and GOOD dancehall music to come back in full force. Not this gun talk and foolishness that I hear now a days. I'm talkin bout artists like coa coa tea,king yellow man, pliers,shabba,beenie,supercat, sean paul, but with that old skool bashment reggae sound. The original sound, not that nonsense now a days that sounds like pop music LOL REAL bashment chune!!...also mi wann' hear sum ruff' roots chune dat soun' like the bob marley and the wailers,israel vibration,aswad,might diamonds,black uhuru, real roots reggae!! JAMAICA NICE UP DEH PLACE AGAIN WIT SUM REAL REGGAE...BIG UP YARD ONCE AGAIN!! BLESSSS

Mckinleyville, CA

#23 Apr 12, 2010
Look to Jamaica, as there are still good roots artists coming out, everyone looks too much tword Bennie , and Buju and Sizzla, but these artists are going the wrong way , i talked to Beenies aunt a Nyahbinghi and she is even disappointed with him. But there are many great artists that no one here is mentioning coming outta Ja, how bout Jah Mason, Chezidek, Tarrus Riely, Kari Kill, Natty King, Gyptian, Queen Ifrika, Duane Stephenson, Lutan Fyah, and now that Alborosie is in JA hes ben doing great reggae, Anthony B, Etana, Queen Omega, Natural Black, These artists will be the ones to take reggae forward and keep the culture they just ned to be supported. Instead of alll this dancehal fuckery

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