Reggae stars had little to no global profile in the 60s and 70s, but a pair of Jamaican movies, ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘Rockers’, instigated a change.
It emerged from just one island in the Caribbean, but reggae music has become a worldwide phenomenon – so pervasive that you might not even know it’s there.
Whether fighting for the legalisation of cannabis or battling dark forces in politics, the best reggae protest songs spoke to their times yet continue to resonate today.
The Sting and Shaggy collaboration ‘44/876’ might have taken many by surprise, but the rock icon and reggae legend have more in common than you think.
A slice of militant reggae as potent as it comes, Burning Spear’s ‘Marcus Garvey’ album encouraged a generation to find its Rastafari roots.
From electro-skank to serious roots reggae, Dennis Brown was right on target with ‘Foul Play’, an early 80s classic worthy of rediscovery.
Dancehall was noisy and brash, but it stormed the charts in the 80s and is now embraced by everyone from Drake to Justin Bieber. Here’s how it happened.
The best reggae singers range from the soul- and gospel-influenced to unique voices that could only come from within. Here are 20 of the greatest.
Subtle and seductive, the man they called The Cool Ruler doesn’t put a foot wrong on ‘Night Nurse’, an album to cure the lovesick blues.
International DJ and TV host Jasmine Solano is one of dancehall’s biggest champions. Here she gives uDiscover Music an exclusive introduction to dancehall.
Their innovative music put Jamaica on the map as a global force in music… Here are the 10 best reggae producers in history.
A memorial to an era that was already passing when it was released, the ‘The Harder They Come’ soundtrack is an irrepressible record that gets you on your feet.
Individually and collectively, The I-Threes were a powerful and unique unit that helped lift Bob Marley’s music even higher.
With ‘Handsworth Revolution’, Steel Pulse proved they had plenty to say, creating a landmark release in UK reggae in the process.
If ‘Exodus’ was the breakthrough album for Bob Marley and the Wailers in the UK, ‘Kaya’ was the consolidation. It made its UK chart debut on 1 April 1978.