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REGGAE AND DANCEHALL

History of Reggae Music

Beenie Man

Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis August 22 nd in Kingston, Jamaica), is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is well established dancehall reggae artist who created the phrase “zagga zow”.

Capleton

Capleton, born Clifton George Bailey III on 13 TH April 1967 in the parish of St Mary, Jamaica is a reggae and dancehall artist. He is also referred to as King Shango, King David, The Fireman and The Prophet. His music label/office/home for his direct supporters is David House (-Productions).

Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley (February 6 1945 – 11 th May 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist.   He is the most widely known performer of reggae music, and is famous for popularising the genre outside Jamaica. A faithful Rastafarian, Marley is regarded by many as a prophet of the religion.

Marley is best known for his ska, rock steady, and reggae songs, which include the hits “I shot the Sheriff”, No Woman, No Cry”, “Three Little Birds”, “Exodus”, “Could you be loved”, “Jammin”, “Redemption Song”, and “One Love”. His posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) is the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies.

Dennis Brown

Dennis Emanuel Brown (February 1 st 1957 – July 1 st 1999) was a Jamaican Reggae Jamaican reggae singer. He was one of the pioneers in the Lovers rock style of reggae, and with 78 albums to his name was one of the most prolific names in the business. Honoured with the title "Crown Prince of Reggae" by the great Bob Marley Brown was regarded by many as reggae's greatest singer after Marley.

Mr Vegas

Born Clifford Smith in Kingston, Jamaica, he was given the nickname Mr. Vegas by his cousin for the neon pink shorts he wore on the football field; in addition to his athletic skills Mr. Vegas also demonstrated musical talents early on. However an unfortunate dispute over the ownership of a DAT resulted in Vegas being hit in the jaw with an iron pipe; after the assault Vegas' mouth was wired shut so he was forced to create a unique method of vocalizing through his teeth. That style was first heard on "Nike Air", the song that initially positioned Vegas on the dancehall charts. Characterized by uplifting lyrics aimed (especially) at young women, he followed "Nike Air" with another affirming and very appealing tune "Heads High" which reached number one in Jamaica, hit the British Top Ten and found its way onto several urban stations across America.

Tanya Stevens

Vivienne Tanya Stevens was born in St Mary and attended St Mary's High School. After leaving school Tanya got involved in the music business, as she puts it, "I was supposed to go back to school and I needed an excuse not to so singing became it."

Her first released recording was "Big Things a Gwaan Fi Yuh" went straight into the playlists of every local radio station when it hit the streets in 1993. "I did not begin in the church or on the school choir or anything, when I told my friends that I was going to become a singer they were shocked."

Stevens who used to write love songs while going to school said she was too shy to even think of singing them. But after leaving school she started practising on her keyboard at home, and then she recorded some songs on her cassette and contacted Penthouse who referred her to New Name Music. There she met Noel Brownie who was impressed with her voice and soon took her under his wings.

Lady Saw

Lady Saw is a Jamaican singer, known as “the first Lady of Dancehall”. She is the first female deejay you win a Grammy (which she did with No Doubt for “Underneath It All” – Best Performance by a Duo or Group with a Vocal), to go triple platinum with the same single, to go gold (with Vitamin C for “Smile”), and to headline shows outside her native Jamaica.

She was born in Marion Hall in 1972 in a village in the parish of St Mary. At only 15, she took the name Lady Saw after famous Jamaican Deejay Tenor Saw, whose style she is said to emulate. She was soon signed to the Jamaican grassroots label VP Records, now a powerhouse, and debuted in 1994 with Lover Girl. At the time, she guested on the Shabba Ranks track, “Want It Tonight” and her star began to rise.

Vybz Kartel

Vybz Karyel (born Adidja Palmer in 1978) is a famous Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Tony Matterhorn

Tony Matterhorn – Dancehall Deejay – Feature track Dutty Wine

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