. The Ten Best Real Reggae Bands | - Part 2

Feb 03 2012

The 10 Best Real Reggae Acts I Know Of

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Steel Pulse

This is probably my favorite Reggae band other than listening to Bob Marley.   Steel Pulse definitely has a sound of their own.   Personally I love the song “Man no Sober.”   But all of their albums are rich in traditional reggae sound and their lead singer has an incredible voice.

Jimmy Cliff

Anyone who knows Reggae knows who Jimmy Cliff is.


The only band on this list with a white singer.   How he’s white is still something I don’t understand to this day.  But I think everyone knows who UB40 is.

Black Uhuru

This group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Duckie Simpson always maintaining group control and ownership.  Their album Anthem, featuring the hit single “What is Life?” won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Israel Vibration

Israel Vibration is a reggae harmony trio, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Cecil “Skelly” Spence all overcame childhood polio, and went on to be one of the most successful roots groups to form in Jamaica in the late 1970s

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  • 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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