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Feb 03 2012

The 10 Best Real Reggae Acts I Know Of

Published by at 7:20 am under Music

And when I say real I’m referring to steel drums, nice beats, and none of that mixing into rap and hip hop that you see today.   It’s not that I have anything against mixing different styles to form a new one.  It’s just when I think of classic reggae I don’t really consider hard beats with a reggae background to be the classic variety I might be used to.

And I don’t consider guys like Shaggy or Buju Banton to be classic reggae types.   Hopefully you understand what I mean here.  With that said, here are the 10 best “real” reggae acts….

Bob Marley (and the Wailers)

Clearly Mr. Marley is number one here.   Marley pretty much set the tone for all of reggae becoming famous.  Not to mention he was a great person, peaceful, activist and easily one of the most influential musicians of all time.  Oh yeah, his music is pretty good.

Burning Spear

This has a “fun” type of sound.   My personal favorite song of his is “Burning Reggae.”  It’s got a fun beat and just puts you in a great mood.  A lot of his music is kind of like this.  Very light, fun, airy, and awesome.

Third World

One of their most classic hits is “96 Degrees in the Shade.”   This song is about as classic reggae as you can get.   However, most of their stuff has got that kind of feel.   Great vocals, fun stuff.   Real reggae.


Vocal trio Culture helped define the sound and style of Rastafarian roots reggae, thanks largely to charismatic singer, songwriter, and leader Joseph Hill. True to their name, Culture’s material was devoted almost exclusively to spiritual, social, and political messages

Peter Tosh

Perhaps one of his most famous tunes is “Legalize It.”  But Tosh, after Bob Marley is easily one of the most famous Reggae musicians of his or anything generation.

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One response so far

  • RootsManSkanking

    Hmmm, there are some questionable picks on this list. Like Steel Pulse. Then there are some that are just flat out wrong, i.e. 3rd World, Jimmy Cliff, UB40, and I-Vibe.

    In terms of bands alone, these selections stand in the shadow of giants. The Gladiators. The Congos. The Itals. What about the Upsetters? Or evenn the Meditations. The list goes on and on before we get to the likes of Jimmy Cliff.

    Then there are all the great artists like Augustus Pablo, Hugh Mundell, Cornell Cambell, Jacob Miller, Horace Andy, Max Romeo, etc. And what about a guy like Lee Perry? How about Sugar Minot of Youthman Promotion?

    You get the drift. Lots of places to get more information. ebreggae.com, rootsarchives, etc., etc. The google can help you.



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