Category:Reggae fusion artists
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This category consists of reggae fusion artists.
The following 103 pages are in this category, out of 103 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Reggae fusion – Reggae fusion is a fusion genre of reggae that mixes reggae or dancehall with other genres, such as pop, rock, R&B, jazz & drum and bass. Although artists have been mixing reggae with other genres from as early as the early 1970s, artists such as UB40 were described using terms that joined the various genres they performed. It was not until the late 1990s when the term was coined, the subgenre predominantly evolved from late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall music which instrumentals or riddims contained elements from the R&B and hip hop genres. Due to this, some consider dancehall artists such as Mad Cobra, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Buju Banton, for some of these artists, such as Buju Banton, reggae fusion became a staple throughout their careers. Therefore, Third World can be seen as arguably the original pioneers of reggae fusion leading the way for such as UB40. This led dancehall artists who were trying to break into the U. S, traditional dancehall acts, such as Shaggy and Beenie Man experienced commercial success in the American markets with the release of their albums in 2000. The early 2000s also saw Sean Paul achieve tremendous success internationally with singles such as Baby Boy, Breathe, Like Glue and Make It Clap, among many others. His albums Dutty Rock & The Trinity altogether spawned five top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 2002 and 2006, including number one hits, Get Busy & Temperature. In the early 90s, the evolution of reggae fusion reached another musical style in Europe with the worldwide #1 hits All That She Wants, The Sign, other Eurodance artists such as Dr. Alban, E-Rotic and the Vengaboys regularly fused their style with Reggae as well. The first reggae fusion-influenced riddim was produced in 2005 by Cordell Skatta Burrell, Reggae fusion is now a regular staple on Jamaican radio stations, especially Zip 103 FM, in the form of singles, mixes and remixes. This has led to more reggae fusion hits being produced as well as making waves on the Dancehall charts in Jamaica. One such single, Ramping Shop by Vybz Kartel and Spice, was one of the biggest reggae fusion hits in 2008, not to one of the top singles in Jamaica of that year. Holiday was also nominated and won for the Best Collaboration, in 2011, Shaggy established a reggae fusion record label called Ranch Entertainment. It is intended to be launched in the summer of 2012 and its growth locally, however, has not come without its criticisms as some feel that the subgenre only serves to dilute the raw sound of reggae and their musical culture. While On A Mission was recognized as the official song and was applauded by some. A popular dancehall artist, Mr. Vegas spoke out against the use of the song being quoted as saying It doesnt represent Jamaica 50, it doesnt reflect our culture or where our music is coming from. Stephens believed that due to ska not being at the forefront of Jamaican music for many years, combining it with something fresh could bring it back into the spotlight. Through other Caribbean-born artists such as Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Sean Kingston, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna who emerged during the mid-2000s, later in 2014, Canadian reggae fusion band, Magic
2. 2Baba – Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba or Tu-baba as his stage name and he is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa, innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the part of Benue State. He attended Saint Gabrielas Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State and he enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu, where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management. While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other schools such as the University of Nigeria. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career, while attending IMT, 2face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services in 1996. Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name 2Face and he cited the reason as trying to demarcate my personal life with my business life. He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper Blackface Naija and he had met BlackFace while attending IMT. With Blackface and with musician Faze, he went on to form the trio band Plantashun Boiz, Plantashun Boiz released two successful albums, Body and Soul and Sold Out under the Nelson Browns owned Label before disbanding in 2004. Relations were marred for many years during which the broke up. Long after the known as the Faze vs Tuface beef. After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers, 2face Idibia released his debut solo album Face 2 Face, which established him as a viable solo artist. Following the release of his album, he released his second album Grass 2 Grace in 2006. He is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment, in 2006, his song African Queen was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally. He released an album in 2008 called The Unstoppable releasing the single Enter the Place. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused as shift of the date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. 2face released two singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album
3. Aidonia – Aidonia is a Jamaican musician and head of the musical partnership J. O. P. which has a contract under The Alliance. He became active in early 2004, and has released albums on the labels, VP Records. Aidonia has also released in the mixtape Bolt Action, in collaboration with Federation Sound, Equiknoxx Music/Gerusalem Music and he took his stage name from the first two letters in his middle name Aitana, and Donia, a name which he earned while playing football. Aidonia attended Mona Heights Primary, then Meadowbrook High, after watching a tape of Sting 1993 with the clash between Beenie Man, and his icon Bounty Killer, Aidonia decided to become a deejay. He began re-enacting the clash for classmates and friends, writing his own lyrics, after being expelled, he relocated to the United States with his father, and worked at FedEx. For the next three years, he visited Jamaica regularly, and did a few things on the dancehall scene in New York. While in New York, he was encouraged by some to return to Jamaica in order to get his career going and he met Mr. G and recorded his first single Many a Dem in October 2003 on Goofys Young Blood label. Soon after, he working with Rod Pinnock of Orizen Entertainment. In the latter part of 2004, Aidonia was approached by Cordell Skatta Burrell who invited him to record at his studio, two months later, Aidonia had his first hit, the song Lolly which was done on Skattas Irish Dance riddim. In October 2005 Lolly was included on VP Records annual Strictly The Best compilation, in 2011 Artiste Aidonia has recently started pushing forward his J. o. P members Deablo, Shokryme, Jayds, Tanso, Size 10. The group has had a few hit collabs such as All 14, in 2013 Aidonia welcomed a baby boy from fiance Kimberly Megan. In addition, Aidonia continues to work hard in the industry and is leaving an indelible mark. In September 2016, Aidonia married his fiance Kimberly
4. Cherine Anderson – Cherine Tanya Anderson is a Jamaican actress and dancehall/reggae vocalist. Andersons acting career began in the film Dancehall Queen as the role Tanya, she is known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film. Anderson has worked and performed with Sly and Robbie, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Bootsy Collins, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Franti, good Love appeared on the 2008 Grammy nominated album, Anniversary, by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. In 2006, Anderson collaborated with Chuck Fenda on the single, Coming Over, which rose to #1 on the Jamaican charts, and remained on the Top 30 for 26 weeks. She also collaborated with Britney Spears on the Sly and Robbie remix of Piece of Me. Anderson made her debut in 2007 when she directed the video for Kingston State of Mind. The song would top the Caribbean video charts and remained in the Top 10 for 4 months. In late 2007, Anderson collaborated with Michael Franti and Spearhead on their All Rebel Rockers album and she was also featured on the single Say Hey, as well as the tracks Sound System and Little Bit of Riddem. In 2008 through 2009, Anderson toured extensively with Franti and Spearhead as their act in North America, Australia. Anderson is the first Jamaican female artist to hit the Billboard Rock charts featured on the song Say Hey, the song simultaneously peaked six Billboard charts and was placed on the soundtrack of numerous films and TV commercials including the EA2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Music Soundtrack. She dominated both local and international charts with her single Shine on Jamaica from her EP The Introduction-Dubstyle EP. Shine On Jamaica peaked at number 1 for four weeks on both the NY Reggae charts and South Florida reggae charts, the EP also produced reggae hits such as Talk If Yuh Talking and Kingston State of Mind. Shine On Jamaica was also featured on the 2011 Grammy-nominated album for Sly & Robbie One Pop Reggae. As a result, she was honored with the award for Best Female Vocalist of the year 2010 at the Jamaica Excellence In Music Awards as well as Female Vocalist of Year at Stone Love Awards. Cherine continues to dominate Jamaican radio and stays relevant in the dancehall with the smash hit Haffi Come Back as well as the collaboration Rebel with D. I. She has toured with such as John Mayer, Counting Crows, Slightly Stoopid, Sly & Robbie. Andersons first official product, The Introduction-Dubstyle EP, was released in March 2009, the EP included reggae chart toppers such as Shine On Jamaica, Talk If Yuh Talking, Kingston State of Mind, Shine on Jamaica and Coming Over Tonight. Coupled with the success of dominating both dancehall and reggae charts, she has also tapped for an array of A-list philanthropic projects. Anderson was also aligned with the United Nations-backed Way Out Project, an initiative to end violence and endorse gender equality, which is run jointly by the UN and the Bureau of Womens Affairs
5. De Apostle – De Apostle is a roots reggae, dance hall artist hailing from St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. He started performing at the age of six in school talent shows and his music is in the tradition of the reggae music of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, which has a distinct roots feeling and is strongly rooted in Rastafari. De Apostles first album Genesis was released in early 2001, to follow would be numerous albums and songs culminating with The King Of The VI, which was submitted for nomination in 2009 for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 in the category Best Reggae Album. He has collaborated with artists such as multi-platinum recording artist Juvenile. Also, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Turbulence, Pressure Buss Pipe, gensis Book of Fire Renegade Music Xtreme-All or Nothing Island Heat Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3 The Ultimate Collection Armed & Danerous King of the V. I
6. Buju Banton – Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. Banton has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as dealing with sociopolitical topics. He released early dancehall singles in 1988 but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr. Mention, which became the album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year, by the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Buju Banton was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a poor neighborhood called Salt Lane. Buju is a given to chubby children that means breadfruit in the language of the Maroons in Jamaican and was given to him by his mother as a child. Banton is a Jamaican word that refers to someone who is a storyteller, and it was adopted by Myrie in tribute to the deejay Burro Banton. It was Burros rough gravelly vocals that Buju emulated and ultimately made his own, Bujus mother was a higgler, or street vendor, while his father worked as a labourer at a tile factory. He was the youngest of fifteen children born into a family that was descended from the Maroons of Jamaica. Banton has homes in Jamaica and Tamarac, Florida, as a youngster, Buju would often watch his favorite artists perform at outdoor shows and local dancehalls in Denham Town. At the age of 12, he picked up the microphone for himself and began toasting under the moniker of Gargamel, working with the Sweet Love and Rambo Mango sound systems. In 1986, he was introduced to producer Robert Ffrench by fellow deejay Clement Irie, and his first single, The Ruler was released not long afterwards in 1987. This led to recording sessions with such as Patrick Roberts, Bunny Lee, Winston Riley, and Digital B. In 1991, Buju joined Donovan Germains Penthouse Records label and began a partnership with producer Dave Kelly who later launched his own Madhouse Records label. Buju is one of the most popular musicians in Jamaican history, having major success in 1992, with Bogle and Love me Browning. Controversy erupted over Love Me Browning which spoke of Bantons penchant for light-skinned women, I love my car I love my bike I love my money and ting, some accused Banton of promoting a colonialist mindset and denigrating the beauty of dark skinned black women. In response, he released Love Black Woman which spoke of his love for dark-skinned beauties, Mi nuh Stop cry, fi all black women,1992 was an explosive year for Buju as he broke Bob Marleys record for the greatest number of number one singles in a year. Beginning with Woman fi Sex, Bujus gruff voice dominated the Jamaican airwaves for the duration of the year, Bantons debut album, Mr. Mention, includes his greatest hits from that year
7. Beenie Man – Anthony Moses Davis, better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is referred to as the worlds King of Dancehall, Davis was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston in 1973. He was involved in the industry from a young age, starting toasting at the age of five, and was encouraged by his uncle Sydney Knowles. Beenie Man continued performing and honed his craft beside the then dominant dancehall figures including Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey and he found his artistic home at the Shocking Vibes studio where he continued to record singles with only moderate success in the early 1990s. The rivalry was captured on the 1994 album Guns Out, with the two artists settling the feud with a soundclash. Beenie Man had his first number one single in Jamaica in 1993 with Matie and he won the DJ of the Year Award the same year, I was baptised an Ethiopian Orthodox and at the age of 10 I became a Judah Coptic. In 1994, he was signed by Island Records and released the acclaimed album Blessed. In 1995 he toured the UK and joined up again with Barrington Levy to record an updated version of Levys Under Mi Sensi. In 1995, Beenie Man collaborated with Dennis Brown and Triston Palma to release Three Against War and Mad Cobra and he also collaborated with Lady Saw on Healing, Sanchez on Refugee, and Michael Prophet on Gun n Bass, further establishing his reputation. He took another step up the ladder in 1996, releasing the seminal Maestro, produced by Patrick Roberts, Beenie Mans first real break into the United States came in 1997. He heard an instrumental rhythm by a producer named Jeremy Harding. So this was the birth of his first international hit, he recorded Who Am I and it opened the doors for the world to see a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. The same year, Beenie Man topped the Jamaican singles chart with seven different singles, Beenie Man appeared as himself in the 1997 film Dancehall Queen. In 1998, Beenie Man headlined Reggae Sunsplash and signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States and his first American offering was The Doctor. During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, Romie, Who Am I, and Girls Dem Sugar, which featured American R&B singer, Mýa. During this time he received a number of international music awards including a MOBO Award for Best International Reggae Act in 1998. In 2000, Beenie Man released Art & Life, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean, in the same year he co-produced the debut album by actor Steven Seagal. Beenie Man, like many artists, is outspoken on a number of social issues, as exemplified by songs such as Steve Biko
8. Brick & Lace – Brick & Lace are a Jamaican R&B reggae fusion musical duo consisting of sisters Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne. Originally Brick & Lace consisted of three sisters Tasha, Nailah, and Nyanda, Tasha left the group, but she continues to work behind the scenes and co-writes songs for her sisters. The group released their first album, Love Is Wicked in 2007, Brick and Lace were signed by hip hop singer-songwriter Akon to his record label, Kon Live Distribution. They were born to a Jamaican father and their mother is a native of New York, the duo has toured internationally, including Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Their debut album, Love Is Wicked, had a release in various countries on 4 September 2007. The album spawned four singles, Get That Clear, Never, Never, Love Is Wicked, Love Is Wicked was listed on six different charts, including the Sverigetopplistan, the Sweden Singles Top 60 and the Franced SNEP Singles Top 100. It reached number 6 on the Finland and its highest entry was number 9 in the France Singles Top 100. Never, Never was a hit in Finland, performing well in Kenya. Brick & Lace performed in Gwen Stefanis The Sweet Escape Tour on 24 May 2007, in Camden, New Jersey, filling in for Lady Sovereign, who failed to attend. In the year 2009, Brick and Lace released their single called Bad to di Bone which became a track in European and African countries. A French collaboration was even presented hence popularity and this new single was intentionally pinned out to appear on a new upcoming album, but instead was re-based on Love is Wicked, which was re-released for a second shot at fame and success. In July 2009, the duo penned another hit track called Room Service, starting off the year 2010 with releasing four new songs in March, the Brick and Lace Summer 2010 European Tour was soon announced straight after. An upcoming second single and music video to promote their album was said to be imminently soon when the girls were interviewed in December 2009. They released Bang Bang, Ring The Alarm, and Shackles as buzz singles for their upcoming album, soon after May 2010, they revealed to African press that Nyanda was pregnant and was expecting a baby soon. There has been a buzz on the internet stating that the girls will be releasing an album in 2011–12. Starting off the year 2011, Brick and Lace toured in January and February internationally across Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Soon after Nyanda, the elder of the two, who was already in late pregnancy, has gone on a break for health cares, Brick and Laces younger sister Candace has currently filled in for her for any tour representation. Latest news is that Brick and Lace will be touring Europe yet again in April, May and it has been revealed that Nyanda has already given birth to her baby and is already two months post-pregnancy
9. Dionne Bromfield – Dionne Julia Bromfield is an English singer, songwriter, TV presenter and television personality. Bromfields debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield, was released in 2009 by Amy Winehouses Lioness Records label and she first came to public attention after performing on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing with Amy Winehouse on backing vocals. She is known for being one of the presenters on Friday Download. Bromfield was born on 1 February 1996 in Tower Hamlets, East London to a white English mother and a Jamaican father. She has two brothers, Bromfield grew up in Chislehurst, South London, and attended Gatehouse School in Victoria Park, London, Bromfield first appeared on YouTube singing a cover of Alicia Keys song If I Aint Got You with her godmother Amy Winehouse. Bromfield attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Westminster, in September 2009, Bromfield was the first artist to be signed to Winehouses record label, Lioness Records. Her debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield, was released on 12 October 2009, on 10 December 2010, Bromfield performed at the Young Voices concerts at the Manchester M. E. N. Arena, on 12 January 2011 in London at the O2 Arena and this album consisted of cover songs and contained no original material. On 28 January 2011, it was announced that Bromfield has recorded a new single called Yeah Right, co-written with Eg White, the album is composed completely of original material, written by Bromfield and many song writers. A second single featuring Lil Twist, Foolin, was released on 17 June and this album has been promoted by Bromfield appearing on television shows such as Blue Peter and Fern. Dionne is the new face of Gio-Goi jeans since 2011, Bromfield has uploaded two episodes of a web show with Will Manning called Down With Dionne on YouTube. Episode 1 - The first episode was uploaded to YouTube on 6 April 2011, in this episode, Will helps Bromfield hunt down her fashion favourites, and she performs an impromptu performance of her hit single Yeah Right on Oxford Street. Episode 2 - The second episode was uploaded to YouTube on 15 April 2011, in this episode, Bromfield is challenged to hunt the pockets of witting Londoners, she meets Jessie J, and Will does an Irish Jig. It was announced that she would present a show called Friday Download on CBBC, the 13-part series will address themes such as music, dance, TV, comedy, movies, and lifestyle. Bromfield said, I did the audition and there were loads of well-known actresses auditioning, I didnt think I stood a chance. Id forgotten all about it until my mum came in to tell me Id got the job, I didnt believe her at first. Its so exciting, and I cant wait to get started, on 1 July 2011, Dionne Bromfield and Tinchy Stryder’s collaboration, Spinnin for 2012, was confirmed as the first official song for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The lyrics for the song, originally written and recorded by Speech Debelle, have been re-written by Tinchy, the song was released 23 September 2011
10. Collie Buddz – Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is an American/Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single Come Around. Although born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was raised in Bermuda and he studied audio engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He performed on Shaggys 2007 album Intoxication on the track Mad Mad World, in 2008, he performed the song SOS on WWE The Music, Vol.8 as the entrance theme for wrestler Kofi Kingston. He also appeared in a 2009 remix of Kid Cudis single Day n Nite and his name is based on slang for cannabis, and he has been photographed flaunting a device commonly used for its consumption. He launched his own record label Harper Digital, Buddz has built an extensive touring machine, selling out venues across the US and worldwide. In 2013, he was an act with Rebelution, Matisyahu. Colin married Zarah DeSilva in 2010. Collie Buddz –2007 Playback –2011 Blue Dreamz EP –2015 Good Life –2017420 Mixtape –2007 On The Rock –2009 The Last Toke –20102006, S. O. com Bernews, Collie Buddz Bio, Photo Gallery, Videos
11. Bunny Rugs – William Alexander Anthony Bunny Rugs Clarke OD, also known as Bunny Scott, was the lead singer of Jamaican reggae band Third World as well as recording as a solo artist. He began his career in the mid-1960s and was also at one time a member of Inner Circle, born in Mandeville and raised on Johns Lane in Kingston, Clarkes father was an Anglican preacher. He joined Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, the resident band at the Kittymat Club on Maxfield Avenue and he was also a member of The Wild Bunch before returning to New York and taking over as lead singer of Third World from Milton Prilly Hamilton in 1976. His planned 2008 album Thinking Bout You was due to be released on 6 February, to coincide with Bob Marley Day celebrations and he contributed to the Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band album in 2009, contributing a version of Lovely Rita recorded with U-Roy. In 2012 he released the single Land We Love, with going to the charities the Jamaican Childrens Heart Fund. The single was taken from the album Time, released in September 2012, later that year he received a Caribbean American Heritage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Reggae. Health problems forced him to some of the shows on Third Worlds fortieth anniversary tour in 2013. In early 2014 he was hospitalised in Orlando, Florida, where he was treated for leukaemia, a memorial service later that month included tributes from Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, opposition culture spokesperson Olivia Grange, and former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson. He is survived by his wife and eight children, in 2016 it was announced that Clarke would be posthumously awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for his contribution to the countrys music
12. Busy Signal – Reanno Devon Gordon formerly Glendale Goshia Gordon, better known by his stage name Busy Signal, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist. Gordon was born in Saint Ann Parish, living in areas in West and East Kingston such as Tivoli Gardens, Papine and he is a past student of Browns Town Comprehensive High School. Known as one of the leading the contemporary dancehall movement. His first hit single, Step Out, was one of the most popular songs in 2005. A music video for Step Out was released shortly afterwards and he was nicknamed Busy Signal by his friends because of the fact that he is constantly busy. He has released a hit dancehall album entitled Step Out, the artist announced the introduction of a self-styled clothing line in 2011. On 21 May 2012, Gordon was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica due to a warrant from the United States. He was extradited to the US on 19 June where he faced cocaine-related charges, in September 2012 he received a six-month prison sentence. He was released in November, and promptly released the single Come Shock Out, BBC Music ranked Reggae Music Again No.7 on their Top 25 Albums of 2012 listing. Busy Signal appears on the No Doubt album, Push and Shove, collaborating with the band and he also appears on Major Lazers second album Free the Universe, in the track Watch Out For This, which was a hit single in several European countries
13. The Cleopatra Complex – The Cleopatra Complex is an American rock band from Miami, Florida, United States. The band was formed in 2012 by Gea Gamboa and Paul Trust shortly after a project they were working on named All The Pretty Cars dissolved. Gamboa and Trust have worked together since 2003, when at 15 she started her first band, Faces of March, for which Gamboa was the lead singer/writer and Trust was the producer/writer. Trust has also produced or written for artists as Atom Smash, Say Anything, Diecast, Endo. The Cleopatra Complex has a sound influenced by the cultural landscape of South Florida and incorporates elements from rock, reggae. The bands first video for the song Killing Time was shot and edited entirely on an iPhone 4 by director Keith Douglas Charles Moore and it was screened at the 2013 Macworld iWorld event in San Francisco, California. The band is signed to Working Group Artist Management and has performed on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Gea Gamboa - Lead and background vocals, writing Paul Trust - keyboards, drums, guitars, writing, production Matt Beach Nick LaNave Thecleopatracomplex. com Workinggroupmgt. com Iphoneff. com Zerogeemusic. com Vanswarpedtour. com Altpress. com
14. Jah Cure – Jah Cure, or Iyah Cure is a Jamaican reggae musician, who was raised in Kingston. He was given the name Jah Cure by Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston, Jah Cure is also known as the King of Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae. His first big break came in March 1997 when he released the single King in this Jungle which was a duet with Sizzla, the single was produced by Beres Hammond who went on to become his mentor. He then released a stream of singles that won him critical. Beres Hammond eventually took Cure under his tutelage and began mentoring him, in 1998, Cure performed on a European tour and visited several Caribbean Islands with Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Family. In November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and he was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Cure was transferred from the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and it was there that Cure released three albums and a number of singles, some of which have topped the Jamaican chart. His first album Free Jahs Cure The Album the Truth was released in 2000, it was followed by Ghetto Life in 2003, more recently Cure has released the songs Love Is, Longing For and True Reflections, showing his unique voice and lyrical ability. He was released from jail on parole on 28 July 2007, three days later, his fourth album, True Reflections. A New Beginning was released. His first concert after he was released took place at the Reggae Sumfest in August 2007 and he was the last and headlining act. He is signed to Iyah Cure Productions and VP Records, in 2008, Jah Cure released Hot Long Time feat. Universal Cure, Jah Cures 5th studio album, was to be released on 25 November 2008, the Universal Cure was released in the US on 14 April 2009. The album features Hot Long Time, as well as Mr. Jailer, the album was the first recorded album since his release from prison. Jah Cure married TV Host/Producer Kamila Mcdonald on 7 August 2011 in Sandy Bay Hanover, on 20 February 2012 the couple welcomed a baby girl named Kailani Belle. Their daughters name means Beautiful Chief from the heavens, on 11 December 2012, SoBe Entertainment released Jah Cures 6th studio album, World Cry, digitally to the world. The physical release was scheduled for 29 January 2013 and his album The Cure was released in July 2015. It topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in its first week of release and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2016, Free Jahs Cure The Album the Truth Ghetto Life * Freedom Blues True Reflections
15. Teacha Dee – Damion Darrel Warren, best known as Teacha Dee, is a Jamaican reggae singer and former educator. He is best known for his hit singles “Smoke and Fly”, “Reggae Souljahs” and he was a full-time employee for the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture in Jamaica when he recorded all three songs. His stage name was derived from the Jamaican creole for “teacher”, Warren was born on September 21,1980 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He grew up in a district called Bath where he attended the Unity Primary School. Being successful in his Common Entrance Exams, he was rewarded a place at the prestigious Manning’s School from which he graduated in 1997 before relocating to Montego Bay to live with his mother, Warren then attended the Sam Sharpe Teachers College secondary programme to pursue his teaching career. In September 2000, Warren was employed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture to teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology. He worked at the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School located in Montego Bay, up until his resignation in May 2012, in May 2005, Teacha Dee began his professional recordings with The Mighty Powpow Productions a major German production label. He recorded Life Goes on which is a song sung in the melody of The Beatles hit. This song was released in 2006 as part of a compilation CD titled First Sight Riddim, however, life goes on was not published as Teacha Dee but as Damian Warren. This resulted in the song listed on many reggae database sites as belonging to a separate artiste. In late 2006, he recorded a song titled Them A Play for Dasvibes Productions and this was released on a riddim compilation called Gloria Riddim. The single was the first song on which he was recognized as Teacha Dee. All songs recorded after this date were released as Teacha Dee, in 2007, he recorded Smuggling Weed for Powpow Movements which became his first popular song within the European scene. However, his most successful song at that time was Smoke and this was recorded as a sound system dub on the Kingston Town instrumental made popular by an Italian reggae superstar Alberto Dascola aka Alborosie. This song quickly became a sound systems favorite and a hit within the reggae clubs. Early 2008, Teacha Dee recorded Blaming Game for Master J Productions and this was a record label based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Blaming Game was the first single that was in circulation on the stations in Jamaica. Prior to this, his music was gaining a lot of attention outside of Jamaica without the knowledge of many Jamaicans, Teacha Dee also recorded Reggae Souljahs later that same year that quickly became a popular reggae anthem in Germany
16. Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N. W. A and he has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoops debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including Whats My Name. and Gin & Juice. In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case and his second album Tha Doggfather, also debuted at number one on both charts with Snoops Upside Ya Head, as the lead single. The album was certified platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, and Tha Last Meal. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss and he then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G, The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin. Malice n Wonderland, and Doggumentary, were released on Priority, Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Doggs Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth league and high school football team. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records, in 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released an album, Reincarnated. His fourteenth solo album, Coolaid, was released in July 2016. Snoop Dogg holds the distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win. Snoop Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California and he was named after his stepfather, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr. His father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, as a boy, his parents nicknamed him Snoopy because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975, when he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping, as a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach, shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the following three years, was frequently in and out of prison
17. Dreamhouse (band) – Dreamhouse were a British dance/pop group which consisted of members Paul Barry, David Riley, and Jules Tulley. They released their album, first in Asia in 1997, and then in Europe. The band released four singles, including a version of the Maurice Williams. David Riley, a native of Jamaica, was a collaborator on remixes with such as R. Kelly. Jules Tulley worked as a musician and television presenter, while vocalist Paul Barry was new to the music industry. After the trio met in a London recording studio, they formed Dreamhouse and were signed to Trauma Records and their self-titled debut album mixed dance-oriented covers of 1960s pop songs with original compositions rooted in reggae. The groups rendition of Stay, the 1960 number-one song by Maurice Williams, three years later, Stay was released in the US as the albums lead single. The Asian release of their album slightly differs from the Europe/US version, included is the song Sha La La plus two mixes of the song, a mix of Lets Live for Today, and the two extra tracks Walk Like a Man and Lightnin Bar Blues. The only track on the album release which isnt included in the Asia version is an extended mix of Stay. 1997, Sha La La 1998, Dreamhouse
18. Elephant Man (musician) – Oneal Bryan, better known by his stage name Elephant Man, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started out his career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew. His acoustic trademark is a light lisp, Bryan had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single All Out for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004. His song Willie Bounce appeared on several mixtapes in early 2006 and it used the first few bars from I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Willie Bounce has been described as one of Elephant Mans most recognizable songs, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Lets Get Physical on 6 November 2007. The first single was called Five-O and featured Wyclef Jean, another track on the album featured Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair. Many of Elephant Mans songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and he performed on popular riddims such as Diwali, Coolie, Stepz, and Bubble Up. In 2009, Elephant Man released a cover of the song We Are The World in tribute to Michael Jackson and he also plays one of the following song Ooo La La La by Teena Marie. In 2013 he did a cover of Eminems song Berzerk, also he first appeared on BET Awards where he sang with Beenie Man. He was invited to sing on the album Free the Universe by Major Lazer, where he collaborated for the song Wind Up. On Jamaican Cribs, his house was featured, displaying its 20 rooms,1 bar,4 chefs,1 jacuzzi,1 shark,15 dogs,1 pool,6 rabbits and it was named one of the largest houses in Jamaica. Bryan has been criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against gay people, in 2003 British LGBT group OutRage. Called for the arrest and prosecution of several stars including Elephant Man, Bounty Killer. In 2004, he was dropped from the MOBO awards, since then pressure from his record company and agreement with gay rights groups to avoid songs with lyrics deemed to incite homophobic violence have allowed him to perform in the UK. In 2009, his appearance at Torontos Caribana festival was cancelled for similar reasons. A concert in Munich was cancelled in February 2015 after LGBT rights groups had asked the police to make sure he would not perform songs which call upon people to murder gays. In January 2012, Bryan was arrested and charged with the rape, in February 2016 the case was dropped due to the death of the complainant
19. Michael Franti – Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in musical projects, including the Beatnigs. He is also a supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues. Michael Franti was born in Oakland, California and his mother, Mary Lofy, had Irish, German, and Belgian ancestry, and his father, Thomas Hopkins, was of African-American and Native American descent. However, his mother put him up for adoption because she was afraid that her racist family would not accept him. He was adopted by Carole Wisti and Charles Franti, a Finnish American couple in Oakland, Charles Franti was a professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and died in 2003. Michaels four adoptive siblings are named Rebecca, Sara, Dan, Michael spent his grade 9 school year at Highland Junior High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He then attended Davis Senior High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco, during his time at school there he met a priest who taught him how to tell a story on paper, and soon he was writing poetry. He purchased a bass at a shop and started creating music inspired by hip hop, punk. Franti also has four siblings, Thea, Thomas, Charles. Franti began his career in 1986 as part of the industrial punk/spoken word band The Beatnigs. While attending the University of San Francisco and living above KUSF he developed a fascination with music, the Beatnigs included dancer and percussionist Rono Tse, the band released a self-titled LP and an EP Television on Alternative Tentacles records. The records received some acclaim but little fame beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. The 1988 LP release The Beatnigs was recorded at Dancin Dog Studio in Emeryville, in addition to Michael Franti and Ron Tse, the band included Henry Flood on percussion, Andre Flores on keyboards, and Kevin Carnes on vocals. All of the members made multiple instrumental contributions, including industrial percussion. The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy wrote politically charged lyrics that railed against the injustices of the world, set to a fusion of industrial music and hip hop. Their first album, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury, won plaudits for its social commentary and it is important to note that this album is one of Frantis remarkable works as an artist activist. The first song of the album Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury is Satanic Reverses and it satellite links, our United States of unconsciousness, apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
20. Stylo G – Jason McDermott, better known by his stage name Stylo G, is a British reggae fusion recording artist known for his three hit singles My Yout, Call Mi a Leader and Soundbwoy. Soundbwoy peaked at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart and he also featured on the hit song Come Over by the British electronic group Clean Bandit. McDermotts family relocated to London at the age of 12, following the murder of his father, artist and he currently resides in South London. On 26 May 2013, he released the single Soundbwoy, his first UK Top 20 single, the song also reached number 29 in Scotland. In 2014, he appeared on the Clean Bandit song Come Over which peaked at number 45 on the UK Singles Chart, in September 2014, he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category. Official website Video Interview with Stylo G
21. Gentleman (musician) – Tilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician. Gentleman lives in the Neubrück area of Cologne and he is the son of a Lutheran pastor. Gentleman has been travelling to Jamaica regularly since he was 18 years old and his career began with the collaboration of the band Freundeskreis which produced the song Tabula Rasa. After beginning his career as a deejay, he based his style to the form of the reggae genre like that of Bob Marley. He sings mainly in English or Jamaican Patois, with songs like Send a Prayer, Gentleman expresses his deep belief in God, without referring to a particular religion. His album, Confidence, climbed to number 1 on the German album charts in 2004, in 2005, Gentleman performed with Mamadee with the song Lass los representing North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005, placing 15th with 10 points. After ten years of making music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010. com
22. Haha (entertainer) – Ha Dong-hoon, better known by his stage name Haha, is a South Korean singer and variety show host. He is best known for being in the sitcom, Nonstop and he has also hosted his own show, titled Ya Man TV on Mnet in 2015. Haha was born on August 20,1979 in Stuttgart, Germany and moved to Seoul and his parents are both Korean and he has an older sister, Ha Juri who is a pianist. Haha graduated from Daejin University, where he had obtained a degree in Drama. He later became a trainee for Seoul Records and debuted as a singer and rapper in 2001 with boy band, despite excessive promotion, Z-kiri failed to get popular and was quickly disbanded. In 2002, Haha became a co-host for the show, Whats Up YO. alongside MC Mong, the three later became known as the Whats Up Trio because of their strong friendship on-screen. Haha later joined the main cast of the season of Nonstop. He remained a part of the cast up until 2003 which managed to gain him recognition for his acting, Haha later became the producer and presenter for his own radio show with MC Mong, known as Haha and Mongs Journey in 2004 for SBS Power FM. After leaving Nonstop, Haha spent two years alongside singer Taw, to prepare and record his album titled, The Beautiful Rhyme Diary. The album was released on February 18,2005 alongside his debut single, Love Song and he eventually guested on X-man on May 22,2005 and became popular for his imitations of close friend, Kim Jong-kook. His sudden popularity spike allowed him to become a regular guest for X-man, thanks to his rising popularity, Haha was added to the cast of MBCs Infinite Challenge by December 2005 as the part of the programs format changes under new the PD of the program, Kim Tae-ho. Since December 2,2006, the program has received the highest ratings of prime-time lineups for Saturday evening, in his final episode before entering the service, Haha performed at a guerilla concert at Yeouido Park that was secretly organized by his fellow co-hosts. He also returned as a guest for the sixth and final season of Nonstop in 2006, in 2007, Haha released his second single, Youre My Destiny which took samples from the song Stand by Me by Ben E. King. The single managed to reach number one on the Gaon Chart, Haha later joined the show, Happy Shares Company as a co-host until February 2008. In February 2008, Haha temporarily left Infinite Challenge in order to serve his national service in the army, previous reports had stated that he had been attempting to evade his military service. However, these reports were confirmed to be false and Hahas service had only been postponed, during his service, he collaborated with a new group Davichi in their song Love and War. After 24 months of serving the military, on March 11,2010, after finishing his military service, Haha returned as a cast of Infinite Challenge following requests from his fellow co-hosts, Yoo Jae-suk and Noh Hong-chul. Since 2010, Haha is one of the co-hosts for SBS variety show, on December 30,2011, Haha received the award for Best Entertainer during the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards for his work on Running Man
23. Heavy D – The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. In the early 1970s, his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, in an interview, his mother stated that he spent most of his childhood hanging out with his brother Floyd and his childhood friend Mo. Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman, Eddie F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers and their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a success, Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall on July 15,1990, dixons death led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called They Reminisce Over You which is regarded as a hip hop classic, in 1989 Heavy D performed a guest rap on Janet Jacksons hit single Alright. It and Blondies Rapture, recorded in 1980, were notably the first pop singles to feature a rapper and it was also the highest peaking song which he had performed on in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992 he appeared on Michael Jacksons single Jam and he gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv. Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in television shows before returning to the music charts with Nuttin But Love. After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, in 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B. B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild, rapping in the song Keep It Coming. Heavy D was referred to in the song Juicy by the Notorious B. I. G. while still an artist at Uptown Records, Myers was instrumental in convincing Andre Harrell to originally hire Sean “Diddy” Combs for his first music business gig as an intern. In the early 90s, he is credited for convincing Andre Harell to sign Jodeci. Then, also to his credit, in the mid-1990s, Myers became the first rapper to head a major label when he became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the boy band Soul for Real and he later became senior vice president at Universal Music. He fathered a daughter in 2000 during a relationship with chef Antonia Lofaso, Heavy D and Eddie F performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 11,2011. It was their first televised performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance. Myers died on November 8,2011, in Los Angeles, California and he collapsed outside his home in Beverly Hills, California, and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
24. Inner Circle (band) – Inner Circle are a Jamaican reggae group. The group was originally called The Inner Circle Band and formed in 1968, the band achieved major success in the 1970s with Jacob Miller as their lead singer, but split up after his death in 1980. They reformed in 1986 and had a hit with the 1987 song Bad Boys. They are also known for their song Sweat, a big hit in the U. S. in the early 1990s. The band is known for blending pop and rock with reggae, the band was formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis with then 12-year-old Stephen Cat Coore and Michael Cooper. In 1970 the band was expanded when they were joined by drummer William Stewart, percussionist Irvin Carrot Jarrett, the band played on Eric Donaldsons hit single Cherry Oh Baby and recorded their own version as Red Cherry. Jarrett left the band in 1972, with singer Clarke leaving the year when he moved to New York. Clarkes replacement was Milton Prilly Hamilton, but this line-up was short-lived as the split in two with Coore, Cooper, and Hamilton leaving to form Third World in 1973. Coore and Cooper were then students of the University of the West Indies, studying for degrees and were soon joined in Third World by fellow Inner Circle departees Clarke. Meanwhile, Inner Circle re-tooled the lineup by recruiting keyboard players Charles Farquharson and Bernard Harvey, as well as drummer Calvin McKenzie as a replacement for Stewart. The band played the hotel and club circuit in Kingston, playing a mixture of reggae, pop and soul hits, and released their first album, Dread Reggae Hits, in 1973 on Ian Lewiss Top Ranking label. After recording with singer Funky Brown, they recruited Jacob Miller as a permanent vocalist, some of Millers work with the band was credited to Miller alone, including the Tenement Yard single. The band were signed by Capitol Records, who issued the albums Reggae Thing and they toured the United States with American guitarist, Ed Elizalde. The band was joined by New York session guitarist Joe Ortiz, dubbed Gitzy by the band, who added the first touches of hard rock, jazz, and blues to the group and to Reggae in general. Ortiz recorded at Compass Point Studios for the Everything Is Great album on Island Records and he was also lead guitarist on the title track New Age Music on the album of the same name. Lester Adderley joined the group for the New Age Music album on guitar, also released in the late 1970s were two dub albums based on Millers solo albums Killer Miller and Wanted but credited to Inner Circle. The band gained further exposure via their performance in the film Rockers, at his peak in the 1970s, only Bob Marley was more popular in Jamaica than Miller, and as a live act nobody equaled their popularity. After Millers death in 1980, the band had one more American tour, in 1981, with Bay Area lead guitarist, Mark Castro, they recorded the album Something So Good
25. Samantha J – Samantha Gonsalves, better known by her stage name Samantha J, is a Jamaican model and singer-songwriter signed to Columbia Records. She is known for her 2013 hit, Tight Skirt, which has topped international charts and she released an international single in 2015 called League of My Own featuring Dej Loaf. Samantha Gonsalves was born in Kingston, Jamaica and she resides in Saint Ann Parish and attends the Heinz Simonitsch School in Saint James Parish. She was discovered by the Si Mi Yah Agency, while attending a model & talent casting in Ocho Rios, in 2016, she was featured in the single Light It Up, a song by Norwegian duo Marcus & Martinus. The song charted both in Norway and Sweden peaking at #9 on the Norwegian VG-lista chart and number 23 on the Swedish Sverigetopplistan chart,2013, Tight Skirt 2015, Bad Like Yuh 2015, League of My Own Featured in Official website Samantha J at the Internet Movie Database
26. Ini Kamoze – The single topped the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as record charts in Denmark and New Zealand, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart. He made his first single, World Affairs, in 1981, Kamoze then released a 12-inch single Trouble You A Trouble Me/General in 1983. His self-titled debut album was released in 1984 as a six track mini-LP on Island Records, the album was recorded with and produced by Sly and Robbie, with whom he toured internationally along with Yellowman and Half Pint. Kamoze was known for his presence and sinuous vocal style. By 1988, however, he had disappeared from the music scene. Kamoze founded his own label, releasing a compilation album Selekta Showcase which featured a popular Kamoze single titled Stress, four years later he released his next album,16 Vibes of Ini Kamoze, which sold well. In 1994, he released Here Comes the Hotstepper, Kamoze would become known as the Hotstepper, from the patois for a man on the run from the law. The song was recorded with Philip Fatis Burrell and later remixed by Salaam Remi. The remixed version of the track incorporates the bass line from Taana Gardners 1981 single Heartbeat. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the fashion-industry satire feature film Prêt-à-Porter, Here Comes the Hotstepper remains Kamozes only U. S. number one hit. The success of the single sparked a bidding war with several major labels hoping to sign him. Kamoze signed a seven album deal with Elektra Records in November 1994, damian Marleys 2005 hit Welcome to Jamrock uses samples from Kamozes 1984 track World-A-Music. In 2005, Kamoze recorded and released an album, Debut. Debut was released on his own 9 Sound Clik label, the artists most recent album release is 2009s 5150 Rule. The album includes such as Rapunzel and Hungry Daze. The album also had some guest features from Sizzla, and Busy Signal and this was his second album released on the 9 Sound Clik label. Kamoze wrote a book on the history of Port Royal, and a play, Runnings
27. The Kemist – Errol Thompson, better known as The Kemist, is a Jamaican-American Deejay, Producer, recording artist and songwriter. His music is a mix of wide range of genres which incorporates elements from Reggae, Dancehall, Trap, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Hardstyle, the Kemist began his music career as a member of the production duo Black Lion. Co-written by The Kemist, Trouble entered UK Music Weeks Top 30 Urban Club Charts in Week 7 and remained in the charts for 7 Weeks, nyandas 1st official single, Slippery When Wet, was produced by Black Lion and co-written by The Kemist. Slippery When Wet entered UK Music Weeks Top 30 Urban Club Charts in Week 27 and remained in the Top 30 for 5 weeks, Slippery When Wet Won the Award for Best Reggae Song at the 2014 Lipstick Radios Indie Music Awards. The Kemist co-wrote the single Adrenaline Rush by DJ LBR featuring Mr. Vegas that was released by Space Party on April 16,2015, the French version of Adrenaline Rush which also features Papa London, was released on July 17,2015. The Kemists 1st release as a vocalist was Assets, a collaboration with Yellow Claw, released on Diplos label, Mad Decent, Assets is a track that twists its vocals in a way that winds through the most bass-hungry, whimsical quarter of your imagination. Mad Decent premiered The Kemists 1st Mixtape, Party Animals on December 10,2014, the mix itself is truly indicative of the The Kemist and Tropic Electric’s unique sound, a fusion of the classic Caribbean genres of Reggae and Dancehall with Electronic music. It’s high-energy, big drops, heavy lines and seamless transitions between tracks of varying tempos bare strong resemblance to his counterparts DJ Fresh and Major Lazer. February 2,2015 marked the release of The Kemists single FIRED UP alongside LNY TNZ. The song was 1st played at Tomorrowland 2014 by Dj Carnage, the song contains huge kicks and melodies topped off with super catchy vocals and powerful lyrics by The Kemist
28. KeyLiza – Her stage name is an anagram of her two firstnames and the passion for playing Keytar and Keyboards. Kisita was born on December 11,1989 in Hanau, Germany, both of her parents are from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo her Mother was born in São Salvador, northern Angola and she is a part of the Kingdom of Kongo. At the age of four she moved with her family to Frankfurt am Main and she get her first attention to hip hop music and rap when she listens to Tupac Shakur, Bone Thugs N Harmony and Orishas. Since the age of 14 she creates and compose Songs, Instrumentals, Soundtracks and Theme music, kisita knows one band-mate since childhood and they were close friends. In a school club they sang, took dance lessons. In 2004, they met the third member and created the group Black Supremes, the band went on to regional competitions and recorded demos. In 2005 they met the production team Noizemakers, which took the Black Supremes under the new name Sistanova under contract, in 2006, the band was signed to Warner Music Group. On September 21,2007 they released their first single Was ist los, a dance-R&B song produced by Thomas Troelsen which entered the German Singles Chart at #76 and German Urban Charts at #24. The video premiere was on VIVA Germany and MTV Germany, in November 2007 they were the opening act for Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her European Good Girl Gone Bad Tour in Germany. In the same time they was on tour with the group Rapsoul throughout Germany, kisita and her bandmates join the NRJ Music Tour in Stuttgart with Craig David, Monrose, Culcha Candela & The Boss Hoss and they performed in front of over 8.500 People. In 2008 they wrote and composed the ballad Mama for the Mothers Day, to which a video was shot and they also composed and sang the soundtrack song Ziele for the childrens book The HelleWecks with Thomas Anders from the popular pop-duo Modern Talking. During the recordings of the album they performed with four-time Breakdance World Champions Flying Steps at the Tuning World Messe Bodensee. They also got a contract for the German Playboy Magazine to promote their second single Sexy Girl, but family members didnt agreed with that and the contract with Playboy was cancelled. On December 8,2008 they released their debut album Unglaublich, in 2010 they were in the German Cinema Movie Homies with actor & singer Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht which was released in August 2011. According to their MySpace page, all members will go on a solo career. In 2011 KeyLiza also known as DJ Queen of Beats was composing and producing jingles, songs and beats for artists and she also created her own Entertainment company called Key Palace Studios for TV/Film music composition, musical short, films, musical films and commercials. Shes currently working on new projects and music, since a child she grew up with Afropop, Cuban son, Reggae, Jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Rock and Pop music. Her father invited in the 1990s Congolese rumba musicians like Bozi Boziana, Zaiko Langa Langa and she learned her first dance choreography at the age of 6 with the song Thriller by Michael Jackson
29. Sean Kingston – Kisean Anderson, known professionally as Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007. Kisean Anderson was born on February 3,1990, in Miami, Florida, and moved to Kingston, Jamaica and he attended high school in Ocho Rios. His grandfather was the noted Jamaican reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, who worked under the stage name Jack Ruby, Kingston was discovered on Myspace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony. At Beluga we essentially refine the talent so that its more of a marketable product, in a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single Beautiful Girls in May 2007. The song peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Beautiful Girls was a success internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, the song spent four weeks at the summit of the UK Singles Chart, in 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefanis The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncés The Beyoncé Experience Tour. In 2008, he was one of the acts for the Australian leg of Kelly Clarksons My December Tour. Since Sean is a Jamaican singer, he got his name from the capital of Jamaica called Kingston. The album Tomorrow was released on September 22,2009, producers involved in the album included former Fugee Wyclef Jean, RedOne, plus Seans original mentor, J. R. Rotem. Fire Burning, and Face Drop were released as singles, additionally, five promotional digital singles were released leading up to the album. Kingston co-wrote Jason Derulos Whatcha Say and he also found the R&B-reggae singer Iyaz on MySpace and signed him to his record label. He also recorded the track Miss Everything for the UK girl-group Sugababes studio album Sweet 7 which was released March 15,2010, Kingston and DJ Khaled are being featured on Bow Wows new single For My Hood, from the movie, The Lottery Ticket. The album features T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Flo Rida, Soulja Boy, Wyclef Jean, Cher Lloyd, Akon and Dr. Dre. The first single from the album is Eenie Meenie featuring Justin Bieber, released on March 23,2010 and this collaboration with the young star has been the source of much disapproval from the rap community. The second single from the album is Letting Go, which features a verse from Nicki Minaj and it was released on iTunes August 3, while the third is Dumb Love and was released on iTunes September 8. Sean Kingstons new song She Moves samples Irena Caras What a Feeling from the film Flashdance and this has not been release as a single. A fourth single Party All Night was released on December 21,2010, Kingston represented the continents of North and South America to sing the Official Theme Song of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Everyone. However, Kingston was unable to attend the Singapore Youth Olympics 2010 opening ceremony due to passport mix ups, Sean was invited to be featured with Cash Money Records/former So So Def member Bow Wow on his single For My Hood
30. Lady Saw – Marion Hall is a Jamaican singer-songwriter whose career has spanned over two decades. Widely known as the Queen of Dancehall, she is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award, Hall was born in Galina, Saint Mary, Jamaica in 1972. As a child, she attended Galina Primary School, during her teen years, she had a sewing job at The Free Zone in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of fifteen, she performing with local sound systems. She went on to work with the Stereo One system in Kingston, in 1987, Hall took the name Lady Saw after the famous Jamaican singer Tenor Saw, who inspired her music. Her performances brought her to the attention of producers and she recorded her first single for producer Piper. She had her first hit with If Him Lef and she topped the Jamaican charts with Find a Good Man, after her music success on Jamaican radio, she began recording her first studio album. In August 1994, Saw released her first album entitled Lover Girl, the album spawned the hit Stab Up De Meat. In 1996, Saw released her second album Give Me the Reason, the album became known for its explicit sexual lyrics which was showcased on songs Life Without Dick and Name Nuh Stand Fi Sex. The album spawned the singles, Give Me a Reason, Good Wuk, in June 1997, Saw released Passion. The album charted at number 8 on Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart, the album spawned the singles, Healing and Sycamore Tree. In February 1998, Saw released her first greatest hits album entitled Raw, in December 1998, Saw released her fourth album 99 Ways, which charted at number 10 on Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart. In 2002, her collaboration with No Doubt, Underneath It All, the track won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group. In August 2004, Lady Saw released her fifth album Strip Tease, the album charted at number 84 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 14 Billboards Top Reggae Albums chart. The lead single Ive Got Your Man garnered much worldwide success, the album also spawn the singles, Man is the Least, Move Your Body, and Loser. In March 2007, Saw released the single No Less Than a Woman, the song addressed the many problems that women have involving infertility. In April 2007, Saw released her sixth album Walk Out, Saw released two more singles, Chat to Mi Back and Me and My Crew. Later that year, she performed on the stage at Jamaicas annual Reggae Sumfest