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I’m starting to get into reggae a little bit. I started listening when I got the chance to play guitar in a reggae band a few weeks ago. If you like reggae, please list your favorite artists and songs. The main artists I like so far are Bob Marley (One Love/People Get Ready) and Barrington Levy (Black Roses).

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The sound of it sets my teeth on edge too, although I've come to terms with the reggae influence in a lot of Rush's stuff. Part of what some of my friends enjoy about it is its function as protest music.
Even if I agree with the message, it has to be presented in a package that doesn't piss me off or the message is kind of invalidated for me. I haven't exactly explored the whole of the genre, but does it ever "do" anything? All I hear is "mm-shaka-mm-shaka" over samey and obnoxious vocals.

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I really like the song 'Dredlock Holiday' because there's a line that goes, "I don't like cricket, I love it", which resonated with me as a kid because I used to love cricket. That's the beginning and end of my reggae experience, but I think it would be pretty good with a cold beer or ten at a Jamaica beach. 

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Yeah I listen to it now and then. The Black Seeds - Dust and Dirt, they are not a traditional reggae band, but rather a mix of reggae, dub and funk so you get this pretty chill sound, the same with Fat Freddy's Drop. The album 'Based on a True Story' is pretty good to start with

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19 hours ago, SheepInSpace said:

Yeah I listen to it now and then. The Black Seeds - Dust and Dirt, they are not a traditional reggae band, but rather a mix of reggae, dub and funk so you get this pretty chill sound, the same with Fat Freddy's Drop. The album 'Based on a True Story' is pretty good to start with

Thanks for the album suggestions. I’ll listen to these soon.

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I think reggae is actually to blame for why I'm not much fond of rap music. The thing is, back when "punk rock" was a novelty (for reasons that are fairly obscure when viewed in hindsight), reggae served a kind of low-slow-beat function. "Everybody" was into both the hard and fast edginess of punk as well as the laidback, dopey vibe of reggae. That was the normal order of things. 

Modern reggae fans look at me in bewilderment ... because I have "roots rad" stuff like Count Ossie, Prince Far I, Ras Negus, King Tubby, Yellowman, Scientist and Eek-a-Mouse in my shelves ... but absolutely no "modern" stuff. Nor any of the more mainstream artists like Bob Marley and Toots. They can't quite wrap their heads around that, which is obviously because they just weren't there at the time. But what can I say? I like what I like, end of. Old school dub reggae is a thing for me. Dancehall, not so much.

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I don't listen to it all that much, but I love it and defiantly go through phases periodically. Much of it is pretty plastic, and just vocals done over generic music and you can tell is not really being done by a proper band, but when it is real it can be pretty awesome. I especially like certain African reggae, when the tonality of the vocals is sort of nasal. I really dig that. Mostly just know it, the African stuff, trough Putamayo recordings and long ass YouTube playlists.

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