Jamaica has brought the world rich culture, and renews its mark by producing amazing bands and music artists. Of course, Bob Marley is essentially the voice of Jamaica, but there are many modern artists who are writing amazing songs that represent the evolution and state of the island. Jamaica has a booming music industry, with renowned reggae and dancehall artists. Here are some of the best to come out of the country.
Chronixx is a huge Jamaican Reggae artist from the movement dubbed ‘Reggae Revival.’ His themes are anti-war, peace, romance and resiliency—themes that defined early Reggae from the likes of Bob Marley. He has worked with Major Lazer and reached wide acclaim with his 2013 hit “Smile Jamaica”. He is an Adidas ambassador, and he earned a Grammy nomination for his 2017 debut album Chronology.
This Jamaican-American singer comes from Reggae roots—his father was Jimmy Riley of the Sensations. He has garnered many awards for his work, and has most recently worked with Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding on the song “Powerful”. He tours Europe once per year, bringing his smooth and powerful voice around the world.
Romain Virgo is a young star who has garnered airplay through his covers of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” and of Michael Bolton’s “Soul Provider”. He earned his break in 2007, when he won the Digicel Rising Stars competition at 17 years old. His 2018 album Lovesick reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
So smooth and cool, Protoje has reached success in reggae, dub and dancehall. He has worked with reggae royalty, recording big hits. Listen to his live solo rendition of “Who Knows” for the BBC.
This infamous dancehall star has had major success across the Caribbean, and is one of Drake’s inspirations. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for the murder of his associate Clive Williams, but continues to release music from prison. Though a controversial figure, he has defined dancehall since the early 2000s and dominates Jamaican airwaves.