has reggae become today? "made in
" will expose two main themes present in reggae: the old school reggae
of the founders and that of the new generation.
Award Winner Toots, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer (Bob Marley’s brother), 2006
Grammy Award Nominees Third World, Shia and Cat Core, Beres Hammond, Sly Dunbar
and Robbie Shakespeare, Alaine Laugthon, Tanya Stephens, Bounty Killer, Blessed,
Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Joseph Current, Vybz Kartel, Brick and Lace, Dr.
Marshall, Capleton, Koolant, and Left Side & Esco.
Award Winner Toots
"Toots" born in Maypen, grew up singing gospel music at church. The
were his dream and arrived in Trenchtown barefoot and moneyless. He recorded
with Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Matthias, forming the original Maytals. In 1968,
their song "Do the Reggay"coined the phrase ‘reggae’. In 1973
Toots and The Maytals held their first concert in the
. It was the beginning of a successful career managed by Bob Marley’s producer
Chris Blackwell. The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for reggae for the
album "True Love". This album has some re-recorded versions of their
classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such a Bonnie Raitt, Willie
Nelson, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
performs “So Excited,” “Sweet and
Dandy,” and other compositions.
the 60’s Gregory grew up in the ghetto of
. Reggae offers him a way out of a life that like many others is caught between
addiction and jail. In 1987 he issued the record that was to turn his career
around but he remains entirely his own man, with a unique style. For his
personality and eccentric English dress, he is popularly known as the
performs “Night Nurse” and other
went to school with Bob Marley and became his half brother when their parents
remarried with each other. In 1963, Marley, Wailer and Peter Tosh started their
group "The Wailers". After Bob Marley’s death and the assassination
of Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer is one of the only original fathers of Reggae still
performs “No Woman No Cry” and other compositions.
"Cat" Core learned guitar and violin as a child by his mother, a music
teacher. At 13 years old, he joined the prestigious Inner Circle Band and
started his professional career. Cat Core was invited to play with Stevie
Wonder, Cindy Lauper, Santana, etc…His group "
" founded in 1974, including Bunny Rugs Clarke and Richard Daley is a great
’s current album “Black, Gold & Green” has received a 2006 Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album.
performs “96 Degrees” and other
in 1955, Beres Hammond grew up listening to his father's collection of American
soul music and jazz music. His career begins in the 1970s with his first
recording of "Wanderer". He reaches his greatest success in the 1990s
through the release of albums as well as several compilations, establishing
himself as one of the top lovers rock artist.
Killer was born in the Kingston Ghetto of Trenchtown where music is part of his
daily life. His recorded his first single "Gun Must Done" in 1990. At
eighteen years old, the maturity of his lyrics (condemning
's lawless gunmen) and melodic vocal style, singled him out as a rising star.
His debut album "
's Most Wanted" is released in 1993. This album cements his reputation as
the most outspoken dee-jay of his generation.
"Dumbo Elephant" at the age of 13, for having ears larger than
average, the name evolves later into Elephant Man. Elephant Man discovers his
talent at the age of 15 at school by using his desks to beat out rhythms and
rhymes. Despite threats from his mother who preferred him to "go look
work", Elephant knows that Dee-jaying would be his ticket to success. He
then formed his band, the"Scare Dem Crew" with Boom Dandimite, Harry
Toddler and Nitty Kutchie. Elephant Man is now producing and mentoring younger
artists in order to develop the music and assure his longevity.
Saw was born in 1972 in the small
. In 1994 she recorded the single” Want it Tonight” and established herself
as the First Lady of Dance Hall. With her attitudes and sex appeal, Lady Saw is
a Jamaican bad girl.
Stephens is one of the few women who proved to the Dance Hall crowd that reggae
music is not just a man’s world. Her words are rebellious and authentic, while
her music is a mixture of Reggae, rock, pop, disco, and country and western.
, was a very outspoken boy with profound views on social injustices. He was
surnamed by his family after a popular Jamaican lawyer, Capleton. Today, he is
also referred to as the Prophet. Capleton
is one of the best reggae music deejays of his generation. With his numerous
Dance Hall classics, he is constantly topping at the billboard.
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