Ghanaian Reggae

... read more Contemporary Ghanaian Reggae is a blend of Jamaican Roots Reggae musical aesthetics and West-African stylistic influences, and is typically sung in a mixture of borrowed Jamaican patois, Twi and Ga. This musical style has had a very tumultuous yet exciting course of history: since Bob Marley’s early 1970s African tours, various Rastafarian sects...

Contemporary Ghanaian Reggae is a blend of Jamaican Roots Reggae musical aesthetics and West-African stylistic influences, and is typically sung in a mixture of borrowed Jamaican patois, Twi and Ga. This musical style has had a very tumultuous yet exciting course of history: since Bob Marley’s early 1970s African tours, various Rastafarian sects had established themselves in Ghana and Jamaican musical influences could be detected in the early Highlife scene in the music of groups such as Classic Vibes. However, lack of exposure by mainstream media as well as negative perception of the Rastafarian lifestyle had kept Reggae and Dancehall mainly underground. By the 2010’s however, a waning Hiplife scene began to make way for a strong generation of Ghanaian Reggae artists. Leveraging the internet and social media, as well as taking advantage of emerging cultural trends and increased commercial support, Ghanaian Reggae artists have since led the musical style to blossom in popularity in the country. Amongst the most well-known musicians in Ghana who perform in the Reggae style are Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini, Sheriff Ghale, Shasha Marley, Kojo Antwi, Blakk Rasta and Grammy nominee Rocky Dawuni.
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