10 Bands for the New Reggae Fan
by Nick Calvino
1. Damien “Jr Gong” Marley
Son of Bob Marley, Damien Marley has a very rootsy-rap feel. There are very powerful lyrics and great beats to this young man’s music.
Whether you love reggae or not, this band brings a great message. The vocals of Vaughn Benjamin and the rootsy sound make them one mighty popular band.
3. Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters
Lee Scratch Perry and the Upsetters appeared on some of the most legendary records in reggae history, including the early hits of the Wailers. Perry is truly a legend in reggae music.
This band explodes with energy and positivity. With a huge following, S.O.J.A. has headlined in over 20 countries.
5. Nahko and Medicine for the People
Native American-Hawaiian, Nahko and Medicine for the People will make you wanna dance, with a rock and roll reggae vibe. Beautifully inspirational and positive with a little bit of bad-ass.
6. Pato Banton
Pato Banton delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. He has a very spiritual feel with a lot of hip-hop and reggae thrown in.
Rebelution has become a giant rock-reggae-world band in the last ten years. In 2014 Count Me In was Billboard’s best selling reggae album of the year.
8. Tribal Seeds
Tribal Seeds is a San Diego-based rock-reggae group that has won multiple world music awards and has a fan-base that ranges all ages. Fun-loving and very catchy songs. And E.N. Young, the keyboardist, is awesome.
9. Stick Figure
Stick Figure is the one man band—or so they say— of Scott Woodruff who plays all instruments when recording. An amazing blend of upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. He is a personal favorite of mine.
A roots-reggae band developed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham London. This band has a very rootsy feel with a very powerful political message. They are a reggae music staple.