Music Style: Dancehall

Posted Feb 18, 2013
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  1. Rihanna
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    Rihanna

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    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known professionally as Rihanna (/riˈænə/ ree-AN), is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occassional actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip-hop producer and rapper Jay-Z. Both her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006) peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard 200; the former featured the commercially successful song "Pon de Replay" while the latter produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "SOS".


  2. Shaggy
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    Shaggy

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    Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968, Kingston), best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-Canadian reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me", "Hey Sexy Lady", and "Angel". He is said to have taken his stage name from his shaggy hair. He is also known in Canada as "Manitoba's First Son."


  3. Beenie Man
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    Beenie Man

    37,097 views

    Anthony Moses Davis (born 22 August 1973), better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist. He is referred to as the world's "King of Dancehall".


  4. Sizzla
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    Sizzla

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    Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla (born Miguel Orlando Collins, 17 April 1976, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2014 he has released over 70 solo albums.


  5. Maxi Priest
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    Maxi Priest

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    Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliott (born 10 June 1961), known as Maxi Priest, is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion, and became one of the first international successes who regularly dabbled in the genre and one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.


  6. Sanchez
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    Sanchez

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    Kevin Anthony Jackson (born 30 November 1964), better known as Sanchez, is a Jamaican reggae singer and record producer.


  7. Machel Montano
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    Machel Montano

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    Machel Jesus Montano (born 24 November 1974) is a Trinidadian soca singer, record producer and songwriter.


  8. Bounty Killer
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    Bounty Killer

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    Bounty Killer (born Rodney Price; 12 June 1972; Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. Allmusic describes him as having been "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk". He is the founder of a dancehall collective known as The Alliance with deejay Mavado.


  9. Morgan Heritage
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    Morgan Heritage

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    Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, namely Peetah Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. In two decades, they have had a number of successful reggae albums.


  10. Anthony B.
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    Anthony B.

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    Keith Blair (born 31 March 1976, Trelawny Parish, Jamaica), better known by the stage name Anthony B, is a Jamaican deejay and member of the Rastafari movement.


  11. Garnett Silk
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    Garnett Silk

    6,379 views

    Garnett Silk (born Garnet Damion Smith; 2 April 1966 – 9 December 1994), was a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his diverse, emotive, powerful and smooth voice. During the early 1990s he was hailed as a rising talent, however his career was ended by his early death in 1994, while attempting to save his mother from her burning house. Even today still hailed as a reggae prodigy, Garnett is considered inspiring and a credit to reggae music


  12. Barrington Levy
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    Barrington Levy

    4,450 views

    Barrington Ainsworth Levy (born 30 April 1964) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist.


  13. Beresford Hammond
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    Beresford Hammond

    4,728 views

    Beres Hammond OJ (born Hugh Beresford Hammond, 28 August 1955, Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a reggae singer known in particular for his romantic lovers rock and soulful voice. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.


  14. Chaka Demus & Pliers
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    Chaka Demus & Pliers

    3,869 views

    Chaka Demus & Pliers are a Jamaican reggae duo made up of deejay Chaka Demus (born John Taylor) and singer Pliers (born Everton Bonner), best known for their hit "Tease Me". As a duo, they enjoyed more commercial success with mainstream pop fans after their collaboration began in the early 1990s than either had in his previous solo career.


  15. Freddie McGregor
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    Freddie McGregor

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  16. Mad Cobra
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    Mad Cobra

    3,657 views

    Ewart Everton Brown (born 31 March 1968), better known by his stage name of Mad Cobra or simply Cobra is a Jamaican reggae musician.


  17. Yellowman
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    Yellowman

    3,701 views

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  18. Cocoa Tea
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    Cocoa Tea

    2,676 views

    Calvin George Scott (born 3 September 1959), better known as Cocoa Tea, is a Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ.


  19. Snow
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    Snow

    2,397 views

    Darrin Kenneth O'Brien (born October 30, 1969), better known by his stage name Snow, is a Juno Award-winning Canadian reggae musician. He is best known for his 1992 single "Informer", which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.


  20. Shabba Ranks
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    Shabba Ranks

    2,224 views

    Shabba Ranks (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, 17 January 1966) is a Jamaican dancehall musician.


  21. Marcia Griffiths
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    Marcia Griffiths

    2,543 views

    Marcia Llyneth Griffiths CD (born 23 November 1949) is a successful Jamaican female singer, also called the "Queen of Reggae". One reviewer described her by noting "she is known primarily for her strong, smooth-as-mousse love songs and captivating live performances".


  22. Super Cat
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    Super Cat

    1,974 views

    Super Cat (born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, Jamaica, 25 June 1963) is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, "Wild Apache", was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.


  23. Frankie Paul
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    Frankie Paul

    1,731 views

    Paul Blake (born 1965), better known as Frankie Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist. Born blind, he has been dubbed by some 'The Jamaican Stevie Wonder'.


  24. Ninjaman
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    Ninjaman

    1,156 views

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  25. Smiley Culture
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    Smiley Culture

    1,002 views

    David Victor Emmanuel (10 February 1963 – 15 March 2011), better known as Smiley Culture, was a British reggae singer and DJ known for his 'fast chat' style. During a relatively brief period of fame and success, he produced two of the most critically acclaimed reggae singles of the 1980s. He died on 15 March 2011, aged 48, during a police raid on his home. An inquest found that his death was a suicide.


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