The home ground base: this was 2022 in the Reggae music industry
Updated: Dec 14, 2022
Jamaica is a melting pot of many musical influences. Then there is the dancehall, hip-hop, the trap dancehall which is actually growing fast, but the homeland of reggae cannot live without the original, the basic.
Koffee The Jamaican grammy girl has a talent that cannot be hidden. At the age of 22, Mikayla Simspon, she's already a global name that maintains its own uniqueness.
This year she released a masterful debut album called 'Gifted', with hits such as 'Pull Up', 'West Indies' and 'Run Away' and you can name the rest of them. she did not miss another nomination for the Grammy Awards, which will be announced early next year.
Koffee crosses borders, and continents, works around the greatest and gets a spot on celebrity playlists. Be sure that she will continue to reap success.
Blvk Hero Blvk Hero has continued to be productive and unique in his own way. During his long tour in the USA, he surprised even himself with his Grammy nomination for his collaboration alongside the Ghanaian artist, Rocky Dawuni, 'Neva Bow Down', a tune that get them into the Best Global Music Performance category.
The Waterford, Portmore native expanded his catalog with releases such as 'Rich & Blessed', featuring Teejay, and also in his beautiful song, ‘Thankful’ which was produced by Trouble Mekka.
Kabaka Pyramid With his Grammy-nominated album, The Kalling (pronounced Calling), Kabaka Pyramid It's a name that should definitely appear right here.
the artiste has a unique flow in the industry that combines reggae with hip-hop.
In his excellent project, Kabaka used to work with quite well-known names such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Buju Banton, Tifa, and Jemere Morgan. the entire production was spearheaded by Damian Marley so you can understand that this is such a quality product. And the well-deserved nominee for this prestigious award.
Bugle In his playground, he certainly deserves to get more recognition for his positive messages over the years.
Bugle, one of Jamaica's most prolific singers and songwriters, talks his mind over some of the most talked about topics and does it with his brilliant writing ability. Literally, As he does with the release of his new song, ‘Fully Bright’.
one of Jamaica's most prolific singers and songwriters (Riphotography)
This year he delivered his ‘Toxicity’' album including some refreshing versions of songs such as ‘Fire Burning’ alongside the Queen of reggae, Marcia Griffiths, as well as a cover for Wayne Wonder's remarkable hit, ‘Sadesst Day’ from 1993, which he voiced with Dexta Daps. Another well-deserved Grammy nominee?
Protoje Protoje cements his status as one of the top reggae purveyors of the past decade. last September he released his sixth studio album 'Third Time's The Charm', which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
on this project, he worked with the rising British Pop/RNB star, Jorja Smith ('Ten Cane Row'), gave another wonderful song with his protégé, Lila Ike (‘Late At Night’), and of course, Jesse Royal was also part of the album. The last three also spent time on their long tour in the USA.
Protoje cements his status (Riphotograpy)
Tarrus Riley It's not the quantity, it's the quality. Tarrus Riley, continues to deliver spectacular performances, positive messages, and grooves that cannot be missed year after year.
Singy did not provide many new releases, but worth mentioning is his single, "Baby Blue" from last July, and of course, a lot of performances around the world alongside the legendary Dean Fraser and the band.
Tarrus Riley, Reggae & style (drevinciwrks )
Lile Ike Lila Ike has a natural talent that has only increased in recent years. The Christiana native singer presented another active year despite some obstacles. The “Where I'm coming From” Singer did not provide a year of many releases, but everyone she dropped, was colorful. in June it was "wanted" to whom she added her latest release, the glorious song called ‘Dinero’. Did we say innate talent?
Imeru Tafari Grew up in a musical environment and is not new to this, but this year was the time he actually shows up his potential. Imeru Tafari, the son of the veteran singer, Queen Ifrica, started 2022 with a banger song, 'Elevate', alongside Popcaan, whoever can be argued to be his protégéé. the young rasta knew how to take this success one step forward with a couple more songs such as his latest release, ‘Memories’ produced by Droptop, and his future looks bright.
Ras-I He's been around for a while, but this year brought out Ras-I's unique musical talent. the 32 Years-Old singer, who was born as Immanuel Kerr, made his impact with his release of the wonderful tune, 'Somewhere Wonderful', which established himself as a promising name and one of the most prominent reggae artists of 2022. A wonderful song for a singer with great potential.
Ras-I, just something wonderful (Kyrosmoke)