Various: Reggae Box Reggae is foremost a sufferer’s music, and has been so from its inception. It was born from the everyday struggles of the dispossessed, creative expression emanating from the ghettos of western Kingston, some of the harshest quarters known to man. Though initially dismissed even in its land of origin, this uniquely Jamaican sound gradually conquered the world. It has risen against the odds, created by the most disenfranchised of an Antillean island nation, to currently wield a tremendous influence on the popular music of global superpowers and developing nations alike. To reach its present state, the music has undergone a series of labyrinthine changes, part of a complex process of transformation that mirrors certain aspects of Jamaica’s cultural and political development. Jamaica is a Caribbean island with a particularly disturbing colonial history. The Spanish, who claimed the island when Columbus landed in 1494, decimated the original Arawak population before the British seized in 1655; a long alliance with lawless pirates subsequently helped the British keep the Spaniards at bay. Jamaica was pivotal to Britain’s imperial fortunes: the lucrative commodity of sugar was extracted from her plantations by slaves wrenched from West African homelands; the island was also the strategic point of entry of slaves bound for America and other colonial destinations. Though their overseers made every attempt to strip the slaves of their African culture, certain vital elements survived, in particular the sacred rhythms that would later re-emerge as reggae’s heartbeat. After a series of violent slave revolts, emancipation finally came in 1838. As freed Africans now typically refused to work the plantations, indentured labor was brought from Central Africa and India; Chinese later migrated in large numbers after working on the Panama Canal. Other ethnic groups are also represented on the island, such as Syrians and Germans, plus Portuguese Jews (who first came to the island while fleeing the Spanish Inquisition). Each would make a contribution to the foundation of reggae, but the root of the music always resounds with an African emphasis, despite the highly stratified nature of Jamaican society, which venerated the culture of the coloniser while denigrating that of Africa.


1.Derrick Morgan – Forward March
2.Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
3.The Baba Brooks Band – Bank to Bank - Pt. 1
4.Count Ossie – Count Ossie Special
5.The Maytals – Broadway Jungle
6.Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
7.Don Drummond – Eastern Standard Time
8.Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
9.The Skatalites – Confucius
10.Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
11.The Paragons – Tide Is High
12.The Jamaicans – Baba Boom
13.Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
14.The Techniques – Queen Majesty
15.The Pioneers – Long Shot
16.Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Israelites
17.Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
18.The Ethiopians – Reggae Hit The Town
19.The Uniques – My Conversation
20. 20.The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
21.Dave & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel
22.Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
23.Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
24.Ansel Collins & The Techniques All Stars – Stalag 17
25.The Abyssinians – Satta Massagana

1.The Wailers – Trenchtown Rock
2.Niney – Blood & Fire
3.Eric Donaldson – Cherry Oh Baby
4.Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
5.The Heptones – Book Of Rules
6.Dennis Brown – Westbound Train
7.Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So
8.U Roy – No. 1 in the World
9.Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
10.Big Youth – All Nations Bow
11.Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
12.Johnny Clarke – Don’t Trouble Trouble
13. I. Roy – War & Friction
14.Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair
15.Max Romeo – War Ina Babylon
16.Bob Marley & The Wailers – War
17.Third World – 1865 (96ฐ in the Shade) [single version]
18.The Congos – At the Feast
19.Gregory Isaacs – My Number One
20.Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
21.Sugar Minott – Black Roots
22.Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

1.Papa Michigan & General Smiley – One Love Jam Down
2.Triston Palmer – Entertainment
3.Dennis Brown – Sitting & Watching
4.Eek-a-Mouse – Ganja Smuggling
5.Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie
6.Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
7.Yellowman – Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
8.Johnnie Osbourne – Water Pumping
9.Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng
10.Barrington Levy – Here I Come
11.Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
12.Tenor Saw – Ring the Alarm
13.Anthony Red Rose – Tempo
14.Half Pint – Greetings
15.Super Cat – Boops
16.Admiral Bailey – Punanny
17.Red Dragon – Hol’ a Fresh
18.Gregory Isaacs – Rumours
19.JC Lodge – Telephone Love
20.Pinchers – Bandolero
21.Shinehead – Strive

1.Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote
2.Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin – Mr. Loverman
3.Mad Cobra – Flex
4.Beenie Man featuring Chevelle Franklin – Dancehall Queen [Delano Renaissance Mix]
5.Bounty Killer – Down in the Ghetto
6.Capleton – Tour
7.Luciano – It’s Me Again Jah
8.Buju Banton – Untold Stories
9.Anthony B. – Fire Pon Rome
10.Starkey Banton – I & I Saw Them Coming
11.Cocoa Tea featuring Luciano – Rough Inna Town
12.Dr. Israel – Armagideon Time
13.Tony Rebel – Warning
14.Morgan Heritage – Set Yourself Free
15.Everton Blender – Ghetto People Song
16.Stone Love featuring Ky-mani, Beenie Man, Buju Banton & Mr. Vegas – Party in Session [main mix]
17.Bushman – What’s the Matter with the World
18.Beres Hammond featuring Flourgon – I Love Jah
19.Sizzla – Taking Over

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