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I recently started listening to Reggae music, any suggestions for musicians?

Asked by RandomMrdan (7387 points ) March 19th, 2009

I downloaded pretty much anything and everything of Bob Marley’s and I’m loving it. I just play it in my living room, and just turn it loud enough that I can hear it anywhere in my apartment while I get stuff done. I find it to be very very relaxing music.

Any suggestions for other musicians that are really good?

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aviona's avatar

Slightly Stoopid is reggae-esque…

jonsblond's avatar

Peter Tosh
Bad Brains
Jimmy Cliff

AstroChuck's avatar

Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Cliff!!!
All other reggae performers are just posers.
(Yes, that even includes Bob Marley.)

TitsMcGhee's avatar

If you wanna go really really old school, Prince Buster is great. It almost sounds more like ska, but it still has that reggae feel to it. It’s great.

Also check out any of Bob Marley’s sons (Ziggy, Damien and Stephen specifically), Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Soldiers of Jah Army, Eek-a-mouse, Max Romeo, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer (original member of Bob Marley’s Wailers), Gregory Issacs, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Alpha Bondy (also one of the Wailers), Junior Kelley, Don Carlos, Jah Cure, The Gladiators, Lee Perry, Michael Rose, The Pioneers, The Upsetters, Desmond Dekker, Wailing Souls, the Abyssians, and, of course, Sublime (but they are also really ska).

Manu Chao and Matisyahu are both great artists who have incorporated reggae into their unique sounds.

AstroChuck's avatar

@Tits- How can you leave out Johnny Clarke, The Melodians, and Toots and the Maytals?
And of course, the man who introduced the world outside Jamaica to reggae, the aforementioned Mr. Cliff?

loser's avatar

I’d aslo add Rebelution and Steel Pulse.

jonsblond's avatar

@loser Love Steel Pulse! I haven’t listened to them for a long time. Thanks for the reminder! :D

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@AstroChuck: I left out Jimmy Cliff because I thought you made it pretty clear :P And those were just ones I could think of off the tp of my head…. but yes, those other three are wonderful as well.

loser's avatar

Oh, and John Brown’s Body, Groundation, and 20 Foot Ganja Plant!

Liztarsh's avatar

the aggrolights and toots and the maytals

DeanV's avatar

Try Michael Franti and Spearhead. It’s a little bit more upbeat.

RandomMrdan's avatar

hey, thanks everyone, this should keep me busy for a while =)

madcapper's avatar

Soja or Soldiers of Jah Army. Tribal Seeds is pretty Reggae. Of course Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, and Barrington Levy. Groundation! lurve at loser for that! Also some reggae like dub bands such as Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, Rebelution are really good too. And is you want Rock Reggae check out Fear Nuttin Band.

loser's avatar

@madcapper Groundation is awesome!!!

How funny! I just noticed my “wishful thinking” typo there!
It’s supposed to be 10 ft. Ganja Plant! LOL!!!

forestGeek's avatar

I personally love Lee “Scratch” Perry, though at time I’ll be he’s a little too experimental or “weird” for some people. Scratch Attack and Jamaican ET are my favorites.

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