I grew up in Jamaica, so I was not raised listening to Michael Jackson. I was however raised on Michael Jackson’s music. Jamaicans and reggae fans all over the world know what I am talking about. When we danced and say “brap brap” to “The girl is mines” by Yellowman and Peter Metro, we were dancing to a Michael Jackson’s song. What about “Human Nature / Junior Nature” by Junior Reid? That is a classic song by Junior Reid that helped to launch the “One Blood” singer’s career.
I thought Sanchez butchered “Ben”, at least the lyrics but it was a huge hit in reggae/dancehall in the late eighties. Without Michael Jackson there would have been no Ghost, it would take me an entire article to post all the Michael Jackson songs covered by Ghost.
Little Kirk made is mark as a good singer in dancehall but his most memorable song is his cover of Michael Jackson’s man in the mirror.
A few years ago Tarrus Riley did another cover of “Human nature”.
When I came of age and started experiencing other genres of music outside of reggae, I know I was listening to a genius when I heard Michael Jackson.
Great artists of great influence in their specific genre of music but I don’t think any other artist has had the influence on music outside their respective genre the way Michael Jackson did.