Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was 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.

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a celebratory, rural folk form that served its largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing), calypso, African music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure.

Reggae / Ska 7" Singles
Reggae / Ska 7" Singles

The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and lyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from mainland South American Caribbean from Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the UK, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, and has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, and there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe.


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Sizzla - Woman Dainty

Sizzla -

Dancehall reggae-ragga crossover artist releasing over 70 solo albums

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Ce'Cile - New Year New Love

Ce'Cile -

International female dancehall reggae artist, still continuing to release hits.

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Da'Ville - Can't Fight This Feeling

Da'Ville - (2005)

Clean Jamaican pressing from the Jamaican singer-songwriter and record producer.

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Capleton - Lack What

Capleton -

Rastafari roots-dancehall reggae vocalist, better known to his fans as The Prophet.

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Spanner Banner - Cry Cry

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Dancehall-roots songwriter-performer, responsible for writing Chaka Demus & Pliers' chart-topping "Tease Me".

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Tony Tuff - I Love You Baby

Tony Tuff -

Well presented example of the popular dancehall classic from the former African Brothers vocalist.

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Buccaneer/Devonte - Mad Dem

Buccaneer/Devonte -

Collaboration from the Jamaican dancehall reggae artists.

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Future Troubles/Lukie D. - Smooth Type of Love

Future Troubles/Lukie D. - (1996)

Written and performed by the prominent "love song" dancehall deejay Michael Kennedy.

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Doniki - Jah is For Real

Doniki -

Stunning original Jamaican pressing from the dancehall-reggae artist.

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Turbulance - Once Upon a Time

Turbulance - (2003)

Jamaican nationally celebrated reggae artist, who highlights political and social issues in his music

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Dillgin & Steve Machete - Hooligan

Dillgin & Steve Machete - (2004)

Roots-dancehall reggae collaboration with riddim flip-side

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Elephant Man - Caribbean Gangsta

Elephant Man - (2004)

Dancehall side written by former member of the Scare Dem Crew O'Neil Bryan (artist) and Nigel Whitfield

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Norris Man - Every Day

Norris Man - (2004)

Stunning Jamaican pressing of dancehall number and version

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Merciless - Chat Dem a Chat

Merciless -

Given the nickname Warhead after his high-profile on-stage battles with fellow deejays Beenie Man, Ninjaman and Bounty Killer

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Maxine Harvey - I Need Somebody

Maxine Harvey - (1998)

Polished 90's production from the female dancehall-reggae artist.

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Determine - Mama Mama

Determine - (2000)

Smooth dancehall-reggae production.

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George Nooks - Over You

George Nooks -

Former dancehall-reggae deejay performing professionally since 1974, also known as Prince Mohammed.

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Devonte - Right Way

Devonte - (1998)

Solo from the dancehall vocalist, best known for his duo releases with deejay Tanto Metro.

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Mikey Melody - Smile

Mikey Melody -

Male vocal dancehall with riddim flip-side.

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Capelton - Say What u Say (Zoom)

Capelton - (2001)

Rastafari dancehall-roots reggae artist known to his fans and friends as King Shango.

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Black Mice - Love Inna Di House

Black Mice -

Male vocal roots-dancehall crossover with instrumental version flip-side.

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Turbulence - The Truth

Turbulence - (2002)

Jamaican Rastafari reggae artist who's music regularly voices political and social issues.

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Twiggy - It Feels So Good

Twiggy - (1996)

Female dancehall-reggae production with alternate mix version

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Half Pint - Love Potion No. 9

Half Pint -

International dancehall, ragga and reggae vocalist, best known for his 1986 chart-topping single "Greetings".

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Bugle - Glock Town

Bugle -

Male vocal ragga-dancehall crossover with mix.

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Admiral Bailey - Winey Winey

Admiral Bailey - (1988)

Described by his contemporaries as "the hottest dancehall star of the late 1980's".

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Wayne Wonder - Baby

Wayne Wonder - (1996)

Versatile dancehall singer-songwriter who's later work included hip hop and rap.

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Matumbi - The Man In Me

Matumbi - (1979)

The British reggae band's breakthrough hit, covering the Bob Dylan song.

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Inner Circles - You Make Me Feel Brand New

Inner Circles - (1974)

Successful cover of the Stylistics song, featuring their new vocalist Jacob Miller.

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Bitty McLean - Never Let Me Go

Bitty McLean - (2005)

The popular British reggae/lovers rock vocalist, with instrumental flip side performed by Jerico Horn Section.

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Charlie Organaire & Randy's All Stars - Royal Charlie

Charlie Organaire -

Jamaican Ska re-press double sided with The Skatalites "Collie Bud".

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Conroy Smith - Model Pon Me - Version

Conroy Smith - (1988)

Elusive '80s dancehall reggae with flip side version performed by Steelie, Clevie & Danny.

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Bunny General - General Tour

Bunny General - (1988)

Popular '80s Jamaican dancehall-reggae dee-jay with flip version performed by artist/producers Steely & Clevie.

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General Danger - No You Go Look the Man

General Danger - (1992)

Dancehall with version flip side arranged and performed by Fire House Crew.

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Papa Beeto & Nayskie - Drugs Lesson

Papa Beeto & Nayskie -

Late '80s dancehall/reggae collaboration with version.

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Earl George - People Are Doing It

Earl George -

British pressing from the late '70s reggae/lovers rock singer-songwriter, best known for his work with Lee "Scratch" Perry and Bunny Lee.

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Chaka Demus - Everybody Loves Chaka

Chaka Demus - (1988)

The increasingly elusive original Jamaican Black Scorpio pressing (collaboration with Yellowman).

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Al Campbell - Cherry Baby

Al Campbell - (1983)

One of the Jamaican dancehall/lovers rock singers harder single releases in excellent condition.

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Sugar Minott - One Up

Sugar Minott - (1993)

Bababoum riddim with flip-side version, in excellent condition.

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Mega Banton - Gun Galore

Mega Banton - (1995)

Jamaican dancehall deejay who first came to prominence in the early 1990s.

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Hopeton James - Chances

Hopeton James - (1989)

Stunning example of late '80s dancehall produced by Phil "Fattis" Burrell.

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Birdy Culture - Biblical Man

Birdy Culture - (1988)

Late '80s dancehall reggae with flip side instrumental version performed by the Fire House Crew.

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Sugar Minott - Man Hungry

Sugar Minott - (1978)

Excellent original Black Roots pressing, increasingly hard to find, in this kind of condition.

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Daddy Lizard - Run Girl Run

Daddy Lizard - (1988)

Jamaican dancehall with instrumental flip-side version performed by Steelie & Cleevie.

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Ken Booth - A Man is a Man

Ken Booth - (1988)

Kingston vocalist having hits spanning Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dancehall and Lovers Rock.

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