Give thanks to JAH for the song “cheerleader” by OMI. Without it, people outside of Jamaica may have been lead to believe that Jamaicans don’t make reggae music anymore. At least, that’s the way it seems when you look at all the various international reggae charts, with the most important being billboard.
It is not just Jamaicans that are not well represented on the reggae charts but it is melanin overall. The irony is reggae was created by people with the most melanin. But when you look at a reggae chart, it is almost like there is a subliminal sign that says, “Too much melanin, not allowed” or “the less melanin you have, the better your chance of success,”
United States-based alternative rockers band IRATION is now number one on the Reggae Billboard Chart, ousting United Kingdom-based singer Joss Stone, who held the top spot for the last three weeks.
Stone’s effort, Water From Soul, now sits at number two, Carlene Davis’ gospel song, Dripping Blood, has fallen out of the top 10 after last week’s article, which saw her manager and husband Tommy Cowan, praising the piece.
Also making the top 10 this week is The-Frighteners band, with the single, Inna Lovers Quarrel. This sits at the number-four position.
Meanwhile, on the Billboard Hot 100, OMI has fallen to number five. Frequent reggae/dancehall producer Major Lazer is the only other reggae-affiliated act in the Hot 100 top 10 with Lean On, featuring DJ Snake. As would be expected, DJ Snake is not from Jamaica; add to that, he and Major Lazer are on the lesser side of melanin.
So we know Jamaicans are making great reggae music; from Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Sizzla, Capleton, Tarrus Riley and others. We know the country produces great talent. At some point we must start asking the question: Why are Jamaicans failing to realize significant financial gains from reggae. While way lesser talents like SOJA, Rebelution, Sublime, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, just to name a few continue to reap huge financial benefits from Jamaican music.