Five Jamaican artists have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards 2023.
The list is made up of top artsists and the competition is stiff with fans wondering who is going to take the prestigious award home.
Let’s have a break down of the albums and gauge who deserves to walk away with the award.
KABAKA PYRAMID – The Killing
The 14 track album features several celebrated artists like Buju Banton, Jemere Morgan, Stephen and Damian Marley.
A rendition of ‘Mystic Man’ originally done by the late Peter Tosh is also featuring as the album’s first track.
The album also features a refix of the timeless reggae hit ‘Red,Gold and Green’ originally done by Lutan Fyah.
The Killing was released on 30th September 2022.
Gifted is the first full-length album by Jamaican reggae singer Koffee. It was released on 25 March 2022 and produced by British-Ghanian record producer JAE5 and Canadian recor producer Frank Dukes.
The album was preceded by the single “Lockdown”, a commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic released in the summer of 2020.
Many of the album’s lyrics focus on themes of perseverance and overcoming struggles.
Gifted expands beyond the dancehall reggae of Koffee’s debut EP Rapture (2019), into roots reggae, pop, and R&B influences.
The album’s lyrics include homages to influential reggae musicians and Jamaican culture, and includes a prominent sample from “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley.
SEAN PAUL- Scorcha
Scorcha is the eighth studio album by Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, released on 27 May 2022 through Island Records.
It features collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Shenseea, Stylo G, Damian Marley, Nicky Jam, Tove Lo, Jada Kingdom, Pia Mia and Ty Dolla Sign.
Scorcha debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard Reggae Albums with 1,700 album equivalent units.
PROTOJE- THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
Protoje’s sixth studio album combines reflective lyrics with a wide-ranging sound that moves tradition forward.
The 10-track set’s first single, “Hills,” finds Protoje recounting an idyllic period of isolation during the pandemic lockdowns.
“The Charm” samples legendary Jamaican singer Dennis Brown in its intro and blurs an easy skanking reggae rhythm into vast dub effects.
A futuristic reggae feel runs through “Ten Cane Row,” which Protoje said was inspired by his meeting British soul singer Jorja Smith, whose smoky, sultry vocals on the song’s chorus contrasts with his descriptive, crisply chatted verses.
The album’s official release was on 23rd September 2022.
SHAGGY- Com Fly Wid Mi
The reggae and dancehall legend joined forces with English rock icon and actor Sting in this 11 track album.
The pair have once received a Grammy Award for their collaborative album, 44/876 and in yet another surprising chapter in their already unexpected pairing, Com Fly Wid Mi was born out of a “crazy idea” Sting had while on tour with Shaggy a few years ago.
The album boasts reggae interpretations of some of American Singer Frank Sinatra’s
most beloved songs and according to Sting the idea of having Shaggy sing ten iconic songs from Sinatra in reggae had been in his mind for a couple of years.
“This idea of getting my friend to sing ten iconic songs from the Frank Sinatra songbook in a reggae style had been brewing for a while…I know, it sounds crazy! But every time the idea crossed my mind, it made me smile. And what does the world need now, more than anything else…something to smile about!”
The pair finally put it to life and have earned themselves a nomination for the Best Reggae Album at the 65th Grammy Awards.
By Stella Anyango