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The 2016 Reggae Grammy…

Nominees Roll Call!

Reggae got soul

Got so much soul

Listen to the beat

Move your dancing feet

Rock your bodyline

Move in time

Toots & The Maytals

Reggae is the musical soul of the Jamaican people. It reflects the country’s cultural norms and is a lyrical form of commentary on the socio-economic political and other happenings in Jamaica.

Photo Credit: Dmileson CC BY-SA 4.0
Photo Credit: Dmileson CC BY-SA 4.0

Reggae as a music genre was first created in the late 1960s in the island. The music style is strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Today, reggae is popular all around the world, thanks in part to Bob Marley, Jamaica’s reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who not only achieved international fame and acclaim for himself, but impacted the music industry in general significantly and reggae music in particular.

Now, four Jamaicans have been nominated for the prestigious Reggae Grammy awards in 2016.

The National Academy of Recording, Arts and Sciences made the nominee announcement recently.

Vying for the top album award are Morgan Heritage for “Strictly Roots,” Jah Cure for “The Cure,” Barrington Levy for “Acousticalevy,” and Luciano for “Zion Awake.”

Also, competing in the category is Rocky Dawuni of Ghana for “Branches of The Same Tree.”

Grammy awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievements in the music industry. There are 83 total categories of awards.

The award ceremony will be broadcast on television from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan