May 14, 2009, at 7:39 pm

Ragga 20

Online magazine Fact have an excellent 20 Best Ragga feature written by Droid of Weareie fame…

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

Check the full article here.

5 comments to Ragga 20

  • Peter Dalton

    The idea that raggae histories all come to a sudden halt with the ragga explosion of the late 1980s and beyond is not all together accurate. The Rough Guide To Reggae by Steve Barrow and myself included a chapter on this very subject (as well as sections within the UK and US chapters). Included in the last updating of the book (2004) are such figures as Admiral Bailey,Chaka Demus, Lieutenant Stitchie, Major Worries, Courtney Melody, Cobra, Cutty Ranks,Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Tiger, General Degree, Wayne Marshall, Red Dragon, Super Cat. Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Ward 21 – in fact everyone of importance in the field up to the date of publication that we had space for!

  • Peter Dalton

    Further to my last message, here’s my own pick of the ragga tunes (for today, anyway):

    Murder Dem, Ninja Man, Steely & Clevie
    Fade Away, Little John, Taurus
    Champion, Buju Banton, Suite 56
    You Nuh Kotch, Terror Fabulous, Mad House
    Ragamuffin Selector, Chicken Chest, Oneness
    Dangerous, Conroy Smith, Redman
    Tour, Capleton, African Star
    Miss Ivy Last Son, Bounty Killer, Uncle T
    Screechie Across the Border, Courtney Melody, Stereo One
    Trouble Again, King Kong, Jammy’s
    Zim Bam Zim, Sanchez, Vena
    Run Down The World, Nitty Gritty, Jammy’s
    Boops, Super Cat, Techniques
    Poco Man Jam, Gregory Peck,Steely & Clevie
    Retreat, Cutty Ranks, Steely & Clevie
    Young Gal Business, Chaka Demus,Skeng Don
    Respect, Shabba Ranks,Shang Muzik
    Natty Dread, Lieutenant Stitchie,Stereo One
    When,Tiger,Steelie & Clevie
    Nuh Tek It Up Back, Cobra, Sinbad Productions
    Bandlero, Pinchers, Jammy’s

  • Peter Dalton

    I tried to see the full article/chart, but without any luck. After clicking “check the full article here” above I found myself on a site devoted to various forms of dance music but with nothing (I could find) on Ragga. I’d still like to see it, so would appreciate any advice as to the next move after getting on to the site…or has the article been removed?

  • Tim P

    Hi Peter

    Thanks for the comments, your compeltely right about you and Steve’s Rough Guide of course, unfortunately most other publications haven’t been so inclusive.

    The article is still there on FACT though the graphics and youtube links are all gone now:


  • Peter Dalton

    Thanks fir the link. I’ve now read the piece had no argument with any of your selection – or comments.

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