I actually wrote the blog post title on a piece of paper, put it in my pocket at one of my jobs back in 2012 and lost it. I will never know if anyone saw what I had written but I did not get the job. Below is my list of favourite “dance hall” and “reggae” songs. I’m not here to debate whether each song fits into each genre. Do that on your own time, yeah?
So these are five songs I play on repeat….
- Cham– Back Way
I sang “she want a man that can turn up the heat…” to my Mum’s amusement and now, it’s something we say from time to time because…what does that even mean? Also, do I want to know. Hats off to the woman who….takes of her wig for reasons unknown.
2) Bob Marley– Is This Love
“I want to love ya and treat you right….” not in 2018 they don’t. Someone said this to me and it is soooo true. Truthfully the words make me a little tearful. Just the idea of *sniff* being treated right. What must that be like. Oh well….
3) Beenie Man– King of the Dancehall
O.22 of the video is enough to make this one of my favourites. Now….I’m going to admit that half the time I’m not quite sure exactly what them a chat bout. Yet the beat is enough on its own. Beenie Man might just be the king of the dancehall….hmmm
4) Vybz Kartel– Ready Fi Work
Speaking of not understanding the lyrics fully. Oh wait, there is a word I know but I better not explain it. I love this song, it has a special place in my heart. I love Vybz Kartel. It’s weird not to have a whole list of just his songs on this post.
- Sean Paul– Like Glue
Now, we come to the king of all music. Sean Paul was the one who introduced me to dancehall and even though I have a basic understanding of what he’s singing about….this is part of my adolescence. I lurved Sean Paul, he wore a hoodie, he could sing in a mysterious language I could just about understand. What more could a girl need?
Ok, that was fun. Sean Paul was my king of dancehall. I don’t live in Jamaica and although the blood flows through my veins I feel far away from the culture. Even when I go to visit I’m called “English.” So, the opportunity to listen to “the music of my people” is a great one indeed.