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10 Contemporary Jamaican Artists Promoting Black Consciousness

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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, 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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  1. All of these artists are greatly talented but I-Wayne stands out for me he is amazingly talented, yet very under-rated but he is the most organic, there is a truly authentic folk quality to many of his songs which are punctuated with deep meaningful messages. He has that once in a generation quality. Keep it real. Jah Bless.

  2. Nailia Thomas says:

    They forgot about Burning Spear

  3. Jr gong ah the one

  4. Keisha McKenzie says:

    Contemporary … that's the headline

  5. Nailia Thomas says:


  6. It is good that these artistes are promoting black consciousness in their music. Some of them may have gotten away from the hyper sexuality, violence, misogyny and homophobia of dancehall music. That is good, too.

    Sadly, Sizzla, Capleton and Buju Banton have long histories of writing and performing music that calls for LGBT people to be killed. None of them have ever backed away from the deadly messages in some of their songs.

  7. Amun Maat Zulu says:

    The most glaring omission is Luciano "Jah Messenjah". That oversight is absolutely puzzling.

  8. Castro Gray says:

    Promoting Black Consciousness in this time is a very good thing as black people as become much much more fragmented….NUFF RESPECT JAH BLESS!!!!

  9. What about Chronixx?

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