Scene historians, music journalists and academics have produced reams of text and dozens of books dedicated to reggae, from ska/rocksteady and Studio One, 70’s dub and roots to early dancehall and the digital revolution (even UK variants like Lovers Rock and Fast Chat get a look in), but these narratives come to a sudden stop once you hit the late 80’s… a time when an uncompromising and often misunderstood new sound emerged from the studios of Kingston. This was the birth of one of the most exciting periods of dancehall music – the Ragga era.
While reading, and yes it is worth reading, you can listen to the tunes via the youtube type video links. It’s hard to argue with any of the choices given as they are for the most part the biggest tunes or at least the biggest artists of the era (Cutty Ranks, Admiral Bailey, Tiger, Shabba etc etc). Of course no list of this type would be complete without the mighty Supercat and for this time at least he gets the pick of the selection with this little tune…
Super Cat – Ghetto Red Hot (Official Music Video) – Click here for more blooper videos
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