Some Reggae #1

If you listen to reggae daily on the radio, then you’re probably Jamaican. Is it becoming a musical vestige anywhere else? Maybe. What is for sure is that there are many great songs and incredible rhythms out there unknown to most of us. I gathered here a few of these little treasures. Enjoy!

Ronnie Davis – I won’t cry | Ronnie Davis, who died in January this year, had a beautiful, deep voice. This tune is simple, far from clichés and full of emotions.

Eddie Murphy – Oh Jah Jah | Did you know the man could sing? Surrounded by great musicians, Eddie sings some good (though quite cliché) reggae. If you like this one, check his featuring with Snoop Dog!

Burning spear – Marcus Garvey | Burning Spear (AKA Winston Rodney), is a quite influencial Jamaican reggae singer. This song was obviously dedicated to Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican political leader and proponent of the Pan-Africanism movement. This long, repetitive and powerful song sounds like an incantation to me.

Tiken Jah Fakoly – Promesse Bla Bla | Tiken Jah is a singer and songwriter from Ivory coast. His Lyrics often condemn neo-colonialism and promote education, democracy, peace,… This song denounces the promises made to the people that never translated into action.

 

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