British singer Joss Stone was named Reggae singer of the year by Billboard magazine.
Jamaican reggae artists can only sit and watch as the music that was created in the land of their birth is slowly wrestled from their grasp.
Not only did Stone win Reggae artist of the year, her album, Water for your soul, was named Reggae Album Of The Year.
We at 18 Karat Reggae strongly believe that both honors belong to Jah Cure but we are just an underground publication.
Finishing second to Joss Stone was Bob Marley and the Wailers for Easy Skanking in Boston ‘78, a live album.
Stone, who won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance with the song You Had Me, said she was encouraged to record Water For Your Soul by Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley.
The album did not impress Billboard magazine writer Steven Horowitz who described Stone’s ‘reggae experiment’ as “unconvincing”. It makes no sense that the same publication that called an album unconvincing, would turn around and call it album of the year; unless of course, it is a deliberate attempt by billboard to white wash reggae music.
To be fair to Joss Stone, her album did sell more than all the other reggae artists, so maybe billboard base their awards on sales alone.
According to sales monitor, Soundscan, Water For Your Soul has sold 27,473 copies since its release in July.
Several of the albums on the Billboard end-of-year list are by American bands. The Jamaican acts in the top 10 are Jah Cure (The Cure) at seven, Morgan Heritage (Strictly Roots) at eight, Ky-Mani Marley (Maestro) at nine with gospel singer Carlene Davis’ Dripping Blood completing the table.