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State of Reggae Music 2013
October 02, 2013 01:47PM
How do you feel about where Reggae Music is at? Internationally? Nationally? Locally.

Personally with the rise of artist like Chronixx y Zinc Fence, Protoje and The Indiggnation, Kabaka, Kelissa, Jah 9, Jesse Royal etc I feel like reggae music has done a 360 in many ways. I don't really know where it was headed but I like the idea of artist coming back to the foreground and producers going to the back. What is wild to me is that in many ways it has been producers (at least one Don Corleon) while producing "what people wanted to hear) have always kept Roots reggae music "breathing". Now that people seem to want to hear people who actually sing and play instruments this is what we are getting. This is obviously an over simplification but a critique none the less.
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October 02, 2013 02:54PM
360 or 180 just to be clear?
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October 02, 2013 03:08PM
360... back to the Roots...

(current artist have done a 180)
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 02, 2013 07:16PM
Coincidentally I came upon this youtube video last night.

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October 02, 2013 08:21PM
Dre Island... Nice! Forgot about him.. Love that Micah Shemaiah as well...
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October 02, 2013 10:04PM
Iriiiie Biiig Up ...

Yes I Feel is Good & Verry Goood dat JAMAICAN New Artist come with POSITIVITY in dem MUZIK & it make dem come on top of the MUZIK VIBES ... LOOOOOVE IT ...
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 03, 2013 04:41AM
This lovers rock choon inna new roots style could reach the USA pop charts:

Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 03, 2013 04:45AM
On the other hand...

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October 03, 2013 04:19PM
While my ears have and remain tuned into the more rootsie and heartical music within the genre. Perhaps this trend could be a result of these bands relentless touring. Many of them go on a national tour comprised of ~50-60 dates every season eg: Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall and in doing so continue to build their fan bases.

I sure wish some of the Caribbean and European artists would tour the US much more and expose the youth to their music and message.

Mikey J.
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 03, 2013 05:12PM
Mikey J.
While my ears have and remain tuned into the more rootsie and heartical music within the genre. Perhaps this trend could be a result of these bands relentless touring. Many of them go on a national tour comprised of ~50-60 dates every season eg: Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall and in doing so continue to build their fan bases.

I sure wish some of the Caribbean and European artists would tour the US much more and expose the youth to their music and message.

Mikey J.

Too often, visa and other immigration issues make it a challenge for these artists to come to America and work.
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October 04, 2013 01:44PM
be straight... Many of these artists have sketchy past that are the reasons they can't get into the US. I don't just mean legal sheet. If you are a US citizen you can get away with certain things. IF you are not it is up to the "judges". NEVER leave it in the hands of the judges. They will get you everytime. They could care less if someone from a foreign land is denied an opportunity. Post 9/11 things changed for a whole bunch of people when it comes to getting into the US. It started to be treated as a reward vs normal business travel. IF you come from an island in the Caribbean, you are screwed. Why? because you government doesn't do enough legal business with the States to purchase your way in. It is simply easier for a German to come here than it is for a Jamaican. Why? Because people sterotype and discriminate.
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October 05, 2013 12:57PM
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October 05, 2013 01:48PM
Considering how little money is actually in reggae/dancehall music these days, especially on the production end, I'd say the state of the music is pretty damn good at the moment.
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October 11, 2013 12:22AM
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October 13, 2013 01:53PM

Chronixx puts Rastafarianism back into Jamaican reggae

Dancehall's brash braggadocio isn't the only sound coming out of Kingston, something that Diplo has been

Long before Snoop Lion was an unripe bud-dream in Snoop Dogg's bizong, Rastafarians were influencing and shaping Jamaica's notoriously prolific musical output. Count Ossie teamed up with the Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari (a Rastafarian drumming group), who provided the percussion for his 1962 ska prototype Oh Carolina (the same one that Shaggy sexed up in 1993). Meanwhile, acts such as Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, the Congos, Beres Hammond – plus some bloke called Bob Marley – all made sure Rasta culture remained synonymous with reggae music.

But dancehall's emergence in the 80s and 90s started to make roots and Rasta seem past it. Weed was replaced with cocaine as the drug of choice, traditional live takes of songs were usurped by computer-programmed instrumentation, and the message of a Rasta "Ital" lifestyle was ditched for brash braggadocio, face bleaching and dance crazes that mixed sexual contortionism with WWE moves (daggering).

But Rasta roots were never going to go quietly into the Kingston night, and now 21-year-old Chronixx (né Jamar McNaughton) has emerged as the figurehead of its latest revival. Son of roots head Chronicle, he was making tracks for dancehall royalty such as Konshens before he was out of his teens. But after playing at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant, it was Chronixx's own take on the roots sound that was touted as the jump-off point for a "musical revolution" in his home country.

Along with artists such as Proteje and Jah9, he's set about toppling dancehall's hegemony and filling the void left by Vybz Kartel (who's still in prison) and Mavado (who's still trying to make it in America). Mixing anti-war messages, calls for equality and using a live band, Zinc Fence Redemption, Chronixx is modernising reggae staples and breathing new life into the roots reggae movement. That might all sound a bit self-righteous but, like Damien Marley, he manages to marry the snarling attitude of dancehall with lyrics about social cohesion in a way that doesn't make you nod off. He soon caught the eye of reggae-culture magpie Diplo, who put out Chronixx's Start A Fyah mixtape under the umbrella of his Major Lazer project.

Chronixx isn't just content to harp on about Rasta life though; he takes aim at those who promote vacuous poppy dancehall, such as Vybz Kartel's former bezzy mate, Popcaan. Chronixx took him to task on his 90s ragga throwback tune Odd Ras, where he literally told him to pull his pants up and made it clear he wasn't interested in new trends such as tattooing or face bleaching. Snoop Lion might claim to be "born again", but Chronixx is dishing out lessons in the real three Rs: Rasta, and roots reggae.

Chronixx plays The Drum, Birmingham, 12 Oct; Scala, N1, 13 Oct
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October 20, 2013 11:07PM
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October 21, 2013 12:32PM
No disrespect to Chronixx, I don't know that I agree that Chronixx put Rastafari back into reggae. I agree that the Reggae Revival of young educated youths, many coming from well known musical families, have made a bigger impression due to their collective and supportive efforts. They are talented and are putting out some serious music. The three radio shows I have featured recently covered the artists of the RR.

The American market is what is hurting. Europe will pack the festivals and venues, no problem. The USA needs serious a serious reboot. It would take a collective of reggae supporters to make this happen. California certainly has played the biggest role but the rest of the US needs to emulate the energy Cali brings to the nation.

By the way, don't forget Iba Mahr, Raging Fyah, Pentateuch, as part of the growing collective!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/22/2013 11:53AM by Sista Irie.
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October 21, 2013 06:25PM

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Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 22, 2013 07:28PM
Sista Irie

The American market is what is hurting. Europe will pack the festivals and venues, no problem. The USA needs serious a serious reboot. It would take a collective of reggae supporters to make this happen. California certainly has played the biggest role but the rest of the US needs to emulate the energy Cali brings to the nation. !

Greetings Sista Irie, Yes, this is one of the reasons I frequent the SNWMF phorum, respect everytime.
Hopefully one day I (or ones in this geographic area) can forward with more solid offerings towards this "collective" in terms of providing more consistent routing and additional venues in the south, to make this region more supportive for artists on U.S. tours. Several artists tend to travel from Austin to New Orleans en route to St. Louis. There is a lot of space in between with lots of potential, including Baton Rouge, Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN. I've mentioned this before but until I get past this student wage, there is not much I can offer besides a voice. All things in time.

Nuff respect to all supporters and doers within the community.
Jah Bless,

Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 23, 2013 02:14AM
Mark, your comments and input is most appreciated. I hope one day in the US there can be another organization similar to RAW pulling all the serious interested parties together to help make those things such as dependable routing, honesty, integrity and consistent support by fans jumpstart what was once a more lucrative environment in the US. We need our own reggae revival!
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 23, 2013 12:14PM
The difficulty for artists to get work visas in the US is the main hindrance. Add in their own tendency to not pay taxes either to their visiting or home country and it's on a lot more than the fans to make reggae more prominent in the USA.
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October 23, 2013 12:28PM
True, Chimino- but fans are made up of all professions including Entertainment Attorneys. I think everything is possible but it takes a unifed group setting standards for performances, artists and promoters and working with government entities to reduce the issues that create the negative law enforcement. Could be a long road but well worth it. There are still plenty artists who can get into this country- granted the visa can take a long time but that is where early organization can withstand the demands of the system.
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 24, 2013 12:12AM
In my opinion the recording industry aspects of Reggae (i.e. record sales) are at an all time low. It is true that the global recording industry has suffered great losses in physical sales that have not yet been made up by increased digital sales and new income streams. I do however think that sales of recorded Reggae music seem to have fallen way more than sales of other genres. I would therefore say that Reggae is in a VERY BAD state locally, nationally and internationally when it comes to record sales.

In terms of touring and live performances, I think Reggae is in a better place today than it has been for the past 15 - 20 years, due mainly to the emergence of a new group of young musicians and vocalists who are writing, producing, and performing great songs, and delivering their live presentations with REAL musicians on stage. Its called the Reggae Revival by many. This resurgence of Roots Reggae music has caught fire inside Jamaica and is being spread and embraced throughout Europe. The USA still appears however to be lagging behind.

I think there are numerous issues that continue to affect the state of Reggae in America. For sure easy access to allow for constant touring is definitely a major challenge, and is due mainly to stringent visa requirements. I also do think that negative stereotyping of artists and managers from Jamaica and the Caribbean is an issue that needs to be addressed.

The USA remains the largest single market for popular music (as a country), and also one of the most important markets. It is however by no means the only market in which Reggae can be a viable business. I do agree with Sista Irie that there is need for more organization and business networking between like-minded Reggae music enthusiasts in the USA with the objective of increasing awareness and bringing more professionalism to the way we market and present Reggae.
Re: State of Reggae Music 2013
October 24, 2013 04:27PM
Sista Irie
The American market is what is hurting. Europe will pack the festivals and venues, no problem. The USA needs serious a serious reboot. It would take a collective of reggae supporters to make this happen. California certainly has played the biggest role but the rest of the US needs to emulate the energy Cali brings to the nation. !

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