World Music Charts – Jamaica


Today the #1 single in Jamaica



Konshens is the stage name for Garfield Spense, a dancehall artist.  He started his music career in 2005.  he has had many hit singles in Jamaica and in 2005 his single “Pon Di Corner” was a major hit in Japan, and led to a month-long tour of the country and a Japan-only album release.  He has released three albums and his single “Do Sum’n” is the #1 single in Jamaica today.



Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica)

This week featuring Jamaica


Jimmy Cliff is “the father” of Jamaican music.  He was born in Jamaica in 1948.  He has released over 25 albums during his music career and is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences.  In 2010 Jimmy Cliff embarked on an extensive tour of the US and Canada and in 2011 he released an EP Sacred Fire.

Alborosie (Jamaica)

This week featuring Jamaica


Albert D’Ascola was born and raised in Italy in 1977, but is now residing in Kingston, Jamaica.  He goes by the stage name Alborosie.  Alborosie was in an Italian reggae band when he was 15, then in 2000 he decided to pursue a solo career and moved to Jamaica.  Despite some good tracks, most notably Burnin’ and Lootin with Ky-mani Marley, he would have to wait until 2006 to reach international recognition with Herbalist which was considered best song of the year by David Rodigan.  Alborosie becomes the first white artist to be distributed in Jamaica by Bob Marley’s label, Tuff Gong.  In 2011 he released his 6th album 2 Times Revolution and won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act.

Mavado (Jamaica)

This week featuring Jamaica


Mavado is the stage name for David Constantine Brooks, a musician from Kingston.  His debut single “Real McKoy” in 2004 provided him with instant success.  He had a follow-up album Weh Dem a Do and a string of hits.  In 2007 Mavado released the album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, two singles off this album gained heavy airplay in the US.  In 2008 Mavado was given the prestigious UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act and in 2010 won the EME award for male singjay of the year.  Mavado released two new singles in 2011 through his own label.

Iba MaHr (Jamaica)

This week featuring Jamaica


This young reggae artist has the #1 single, “Will I Wait” on the Jamaican charts this week.   He was given the name Mario Greaves at birth but has emerged with strong African culture, thus granted the name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ African name, meaning Humble and Calm while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning Mario of Harar, Harar which is a small province in Ethiopia.  Iba MaHr’s music ranges from reggae, lovers rock and soulful roots genre.

Bob Marley (Jamaica)

This week featuring Jamaica


No Jamaican music list would be complete without the mention of the great Bob Marley (1945 – 1981).  Most people know of Bob Marley and his music so I thought I would share some little known facts about this musician.

  • Bob’s father was a 50-year-old white British naval captain, and his mother a 19- year-old black country girl.
  • His father instructed his mother to name the child Nesta Robert Marley, so she did.  A Jamaican immigration official suggested to Bob’s mom that “Nesta” sounded too much like a girl’s name. So they switched his name to Robert Nesta Marley.
  • He left school at 15 to become an apprentice to a welder.
  • Until Jamaica gained independence from Britain in 1962, the radio stations played music for the white, upper class. Marley and other natives set up mobile sound systems to play the Reggae beats they were making.
  • Marley was a Rastafarian. As such, he was a vegetarian and believed that marijuana (ganga), is a sacred herb. Rastafarians do not cut their hair.
  • When Bob was twenty-one, he lived in Delaware for seven months. During that time he worked the night shift at a Chrysler plant (about which he wrote in his song, “Night Shift”).
  • Bob, who at twenty-one married a beautiful Trenchtown Sunday school teacher named Rita.  He also fathered an untold number of kids by an untold number of women.
  • Peter Tosh was a guitarist in The Wailers, and a very important reggae singer/songwriter in his own right, he was murdered in his home in 1987.
  • When Bob discovered that the reason he was still poor after being so famous for so long was that his long-time manager and friend Don Taylor had been robbing him blind, Bob beat Don to within an inch of his life.
  • Two days before a free concert scheduled to be given in Jamaica, Marley, his wife Rita, and his manager, Don Taylor were victims of a shooting by unknown gunmen. It is believed that the shooting was politically motivated, luckily Bob had only minor injuries to his chest and arm.
  • For a long time Bob drove a BMW—which, as far as he was concerned, stood for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
  • Bob died of cancer (brain, liver, stomach, lungs) on May 11, 1981. He was thirty-six years old. In one day, 40,000 people filed past his coffin as his body lay in state in Jamaica’s National Arena.
  • Even though he died in 1981, Marley still sells more albums each year than any other Reggae artist.

Music from Jamaica

This week I will be featuring music from Jamaica.  Seeing as the most popular genre in Jamaica is reggae/ska, I will be featuring artists of this genre to share with you the music of Jamaica.   Jamaican music has had great influence on music styles in other countries includes the practice of toasting, which was brought to New York City and evolved into rapping.  British genres as lovers rock and jungle music are also influenced by Jamaican music.