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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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

Spanner Banner -

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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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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Maxine Harvey - I Need Somebody

Maxine Harvey - (1998)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Earl George - People Are Doing It

Earl George - (1977)

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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Singer Jay - Eye Water Fe Sugar

Singer Jay -

Dancehall with flip-side version, in strong excellent condition, suggesting few plays.

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Shabba Ranks - Punany Full We Head

Shabba Ranks -

Self written dancehall number with version, from the popular Jamaican dancehall-ragga crossover artist.

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Marcia Griffiths - Running Away

Marcia Griffiths -

Dancehall cover recording of Bob Marley song, produced by Sly & Robbie - Stunning!

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Ashman - Doctor Say So

Ashman - (1987)

"Strong excellent" original Jamaican pressing, suggesting few plays.

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Leroy Smart - Lover Smart

Leroy Smart - (1987)

King Jammy produced dancehall with flip-side version.

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Plyers - Tell the World

Plyers - (1989)

UK pressing of self-written dancehall number with flip-side version, in excellent condition.

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Pliers - Thief

Pliers - (1989)

Self-written dancehall with version from one of the popular Bonner brother reggae artists.

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Pliers - Mini Skirt

Pliers -

E.J. Robinson produced dancehall from the Bonner brother, best known for his work with Chaka Demus.

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Capleton - Salvation

Capleton - (1997)

The rastafari movement Jamaican reggae dancehall artist and deejay, known to his fans as The Prophet.

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General Trees / Echo Minott - Cork Up De Party

General Trees / Echo Minott - (1988)

Late '80s dancehall deejay collaboration in excellent condition.

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Sugar Minott - Get Up and Dance

Sugar Minott -

The rarer of the two presses on Jammys Records - Stunning!

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Bootielero - Ghetto Youth

Bootielero - (1995)

Jane Reid produced '90s dancehall rarity, in stunning condition.

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Scotty - Mi-Ha-Fi-Chat It

Scotty - (1988)

Jamaican singer and deejay/toaster prolific in the '70s, best known for his hit "Draw Your Brakes".

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Tuffest - No Batty Man

Tuffest -

Elusive rarity from the Jamaican dancehall dee-jay.

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Bigga Featuring Papa San - Fly Like An Eagle

Bigga / Papa San - (1992)

Dancehall cover version of the Steve Miller song, hard to find on the Cuja Productions Inc. label.

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Tony Tuff - Sweet

Tony Tuff -

Former member of The African Brothers in the 1960s and 1970s with Sugar Minott and Derrick "Bubbles" Howard.

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