10 Contemporary Jamaican Artists Promoting Black Consciousness

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jamaica artis sizzlaSizzla

Sizzla, born Miguel Orlando Collins in 1977, is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2011, he had released more than 70 solo albums.

Sizzla, along with reggae recording artists such as Capleton, Buju Banton and Anthony B, are credited with leading a movement to record material that is concerned primarily with spirituality and social consciousness.

Sample songs: Black Woman and Child, Like Mountains, No White God

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Mutabaruka

Mutabaruka, born Allan Hope in 1952, has established himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad.

His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing and stinging, Mutabaruka’s words are as potent on paper as on CD, and so the literary community needed to create a new term just for his works–meta-dub.

Sample Songs: Any Which Way..Freedom, Melanin Man, Columbus Ghost

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