So what is new? No surprise here. Congratulations are in order and 18 Karat Reggae sends out congratulations to Ziggy Marley. Ziggy Marley the son of Bob Marley has won the Grammy for best Reggae album at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. At the same time, we must say this is getting old and boring. Still no one should be surprise, we all know a Marley would win the award.
To be honest of all the nominees, I did not hear a lot of their music this year. I did not even know that Sean Paul or Shaggy had new albums and I normally have all Shaggy’s music in my collection. This means I have to go over to iTunes and download ‘Out of Many, One People’. I have never really heard of SOJA. I might check their music out to see what they are all about. Sly and Robbie are veterans in the reggae business but I always see them as being producers on other artists albums, not really releasing their own albums. Lee ‘Scratch” Perry, well he is a living legend, that goes without saying. I wouldn’t consider myself a Sean Paul fan, but I am a fan of the girls that he gets to go on the dance floor. Say what you want about the man, his music can get a club going.
I mention the nominees because I am 99.99% sure that hardcore reggae and dancehall fans would have a hard time naming three tracks from any of the nominees album. We were too busy listening to Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje and the other great reggae artist in the Reggae Revival Movement. I am not saying we should not be listening to these artists, but these artist must not be doing something right. The talent alone won’t do it. There is a business aspect to this thing that a lot of well talented reggae artists seems to be missing. Chronixx management themselves said that they only released an EP and therefore could not be considered for a Grammy since it was not an album. Why didn’t Chronixx release an album.
Some of the real reggae fans that really know reggae music will be angry at Ziggy winning, especially considering this is his third solo Grammy, plus another three with his siblings for a total of six awards. The truth is I can see why there might be some anger, it is heart broken to see a legend like Beres Hammond not ever winning a Grammy, not to mention Sizzla Kalonji who is arguably the best and most versatile reggae artist ever. But I think it is the reggae artist’s management team and maybe the artists’ themselves that are not doing something right.
What do you think? Is it the reggae artists’ fault or the Grammy’s fault why more talented reggae artists can’t seem to win a Grammy?
We see the same problems with Hip-Hop / Rap. Listen to what the Geto Boys has to say about it.