10 Reggae Artists to Watch in 2018
Jamaica is known for many things, with one of its greatest products being Reggae Music. This music has won the hearts of people all over the world. The slow and steady pace, led by the drums, the smooth bassline, the guitar and the very specific strumming on the keyboard; this mixture is the genesis of music for the soul. Music is ever evolving; so, our roots rock reggae can be seen as a reggae fusion; even though some artists prefer the roots style of reggae. We love reggae, in it’s truest form and the fusion, and as such Carib Voxx would like to share some Reggae Artistes to look out for in 2018. Check out our list, it is in no particular order.
If you love lyrics with a message, Runkus is the artiste for you; his flows are spectacular, and the delivery is quite unique. One of his most recent projects is “Orientation” with six tracks, he subsequently released a single titled, “my Gf.”.
Dre Island has a nice voice with just the right amount of rasp to it; he can be seen most often with his keyboard during performances. In 2017, Dre Island released the track he produced, “We Pray” featuring Dancehall Deejay, Popcaan; this track gained major popularity, and could be heard on the airwaves in Jamaica, every day.
Lila Ike is known for her great freestyle abilities, especially as a woman. She brings a unique edge to the music scene, and when asked how? She’s just practiced. Lila Ike is signed to In.Digg.Nation Collective, and in 2017, she released two official singles, “Biggest Fan” and “Gotti Gotti”.
El Fuego ‘fi di gyal dem’! Royal Blu does great storytelling in his music, and a bonus is his lovely voice. He’s been doing music since 2012 and even toured Europe last summer. He recently released an EP with Foresta titled, “Sing with God”; listen to “Blu Mahoe” from the project.
Sevana, formerly known as Sevana Siren, she was rightly titled; this lady has a beautiful voice. She could lead people away with her enchanting and pure sound. One of her first performances was at Protoje’s annual concert, Live From Kingston. Years after, in 2016, she released her self-titled EP, “Sevena”. Take a listen to the song that she performed at that concert, and a crowd favourite, “Chant it”.
BLVK H3RO is an energetic one, he likes to interact with the crowd as he performs; we really appreciate that. He sings about a variety of topics, with marijuana being his favourite muse. He has an interesting voice that will have you hooked. In 2016, he released “The H3rb Connoisseur”, take a listen to a song that was released before the EP, and a highly requested one at shows, “H3rb”.
KnoLij is a reggae artiste that sings on a variety of topics, his music mostly on the militant side; ready to fight ‘Babylon’. His sound isn’t stuck to a roots reggae style, this varies as well, which we like about him; we need a variety of sound in life. Take a listen to “Raggamuffin in Love”.
Jane is an example of slow and steady wins the race, she has released two singles recently, and both times she came with immense impact. Two of our faves are “Babylon” and “Too Late”, both tunes will have you singing them out loud subconsciously, they’re catchy and relatable. Take a listen to her first single, “Babylon”.
Following the amazing legacy of his Grandfather, Bob Marley, and his Uncles, Skip Marley has secured a spot for himself in the world of Reggae Music. He released his first single in 2015, which gained international traction. In 2017, he performed at the 59th Grammy Award Show with pop artist, Katy Perry; they performed her song, “Chained To The Rhythm”, which he’s the featured artiste. Take a listen to his solo single released in 2017, “Calm Down”.
Koffee is the newest reggae act on the scene, and she may have been born with real star qualities, she’s just 17 years old. She is an amazing lyricist, and performer too, she released her first single in the latter part of 2017, and her second one last week. The first one is “Burning”, and the second one is “Raggamuffin”; take a listen to the former.