Global Reggae Charts - Issue #3 / July 2017


Inside you can find the latest reggae album and single charts based on votes by radio DJs and music directors from around the world.

issue # 3 | july 2017


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featured voters

George Dread-


Joel Dittli-


featured artist



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Welcome to the third edition of the Global Reggae Charts! Only three months in, and we already

learned a lot. For those of you who haven‘t been following from the start, a little reminder of the

goal that drove us - and Felix in particular! - to create the Global Reggae Charts: We want to create

a trustworthy destination that helps everybody who‘s interested in reggae music to find out what

truly matters right now. A guidepost in the diverse jungle that is reggae and dancehall in 2017, so

to speak.

Because we aim to create global charts that reflect everything that‘s relevant in reggae - including,

for instance, free Soundcloud releases - we took a votes-based approach. For reasons I explained

in the first issue‘s editorial, we initially decided to limit the group of eligible voters to hosts of regular

reggae radio shows. Starting with the upcoming voting period, we are going to broaden that


From now on, we‘ll also accept votes from trusted reggae and dancehall media contributors. For

one, we want to increase voter turnout in order to make our charts ever more representative of the

global reggae community. Plus, it appeared somewhat arbitrary to exclude people based on the

medium they chose to publish in.

It goes without saying that there are potential pitfalls. As we are first and foremost committed to

creating a trustworthy representation of what‘s relevant in reggae, we want to protect our data

from manipulation. Everybody who spent some time in the reggae and dancehall scene knows this

is a potential issue. For now, we are going to ensure the Global Reggae Charts‘ integrity by being

selective about what applications we accept. Voters will need to have a track record of publications

on credible sites and/or in traditional media. Being that kind of gatekeeper is a thin line to walk and

we‘ll hopefully manage this balancing act well.

However, we don‘t intend to rely on this security measure for too long. The best protection against

fraud and corruption is scale. Once we have a sizable number of applications, we‘ll open up the

voting to every media member willing to participate. In blunt terms: You can pay five people to

vote for you but you can‘t pay a few hundred (and if you can, you almost certainly don‘t have to).

As always, keep in mind that we are still in the early stages and getting everything right will take

some time and experience.

That said, enjoy this month‘s edition of the charts! While we don‘t claim to paint a representative

picture yet, the results give us confidence. The single and album charts both contain many releases

you would expect there, but also some gems from across the globe. If we can continue that trend

while increasing our voter base, we are on track to develop the GRC into what they are supposed

to be.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement, please let us know!



Thomas Euler is founder of the German reggae & dancehall blogazine // feedback:


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Album single Charts | top 20


Ending 30/06/2017

Contributing voters: 43


# LM 2M Artist Song Label

1 1 - Damian Marley Medication feat. Stephen Marley Universal Music

+ 2 - - Kabaka Pyramid Can‘t Breathe Ghetto Youths International

↑ 3 16 - Csavi War Chant Joy Achinech Productions

↑ 4 6 - Chronixx Skanking Sweet Chronixx Music Group

+ 5 - - Nattali Rize Rebel Frequency Baco Records

↑ 6 9 1 Talisman Relijan Sugar Shack Records

↑ 7 19 - Dreadzone Mountain Dubwiser Records

8 3 - Protoje Blood Money Mr Bongo

9 7 - Chronixx Likes Soul Circle Music

10 10 16 Hempress Sativa Fight For Your Rights Conquering Lion Records

11 4 - Morgan Heritage

We Are feat. Kabaka Pyramid &

Dre Island

Cool To Be Conscious

Music Group

12 8 - Hempress Sativa Rock It Ina Dance Conquering Lion Records

13 11 2 Havana meets Kingston

Carnival feat. Solis &

Randy Valentine

Baco Records

14 5 19 David Lion Peaceful Warrior feat. Anthony B Sugar Cane Records

15 12 - Dactah Chando AfroCanario Achinech Productions

16 14 - Chronixx Majesty Universal Music

17 15 14 Don Carlos Peace and Love Jus Time Records

18 18 14 Jah9 Hardcore (Remix) feat. Chronixx VP Records

+ 19 - - Julian Marley

Are You the One

(Reggae Is My Name)

Ghetto Youths International

+ 20 - - Million Stylez The Youths of Today King Horror / Chronic Ting

+ 20 - - Anthony B King In My Castle Reggae Callin‘ Records+

+ 20 - - Gondwana Si No Fuera Popart Discos

+ 20 - - Richie Stephens

Luv-A-Dub Style

feat. Bounty Killer

Pot of Gold

+ 20 - - Keznamdi Victory feat. Chronixx Keznamdi Music

Chronixx Kabaka Pyramid Keznamdi Csavi Gondwana

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Album Charts | top 10


Ending 30/06/2017

Contributing voters: 34


# LM 2M Artist Album Label

1 3 6 Hempress Sativa Unconquerebel Conquering Lion Records

+ 2 - - Morgan Heritage Avrakedabra

Cool To Be Conscious Music


↑3 5 - David Lion Mandala Sugar Cane Records

+ 4 - - Talisman Don‘t Play With Fyah Sugar Shack Records

+ 5 - - Mark Wonder Dragon Slayer Irie Ites Records

↑6 8 2 Spiritual Awakening VP Records

7 2 5 Inna De Yard The Soul of Jamaica

Wagram Music / Chapter Two


8 1 1 Nattali Rize Rebel Frequency Baco Records

9 7 3 Queen Ifrica Climb VP Records

+ 10 - - Keith & Tex Same Old Story Liquidator

Keith & Tex Hempress Sativa Talisman Morgan Heritage Mark Wonder

↑= signifies upward movement + = signifies new entry # = this month’s position on the chart

LM = last month’s position on the chart 2M = chart position two months ago

As a radio DJ and/or music director

vote once a month!


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2BOB Radio / Roots‘n‘Reggae Show

897FM / Ital Galore


Radio Centraal / Back 2 Bass


Radio Bumerang / Host


CFRU-FM / The Crooked Beat

Radio Regent / ItaL rOOts RaDio


UPTC Radio 104.1 FM / Legado Africano

Costa Rica

Radio Urbano 105.9FM / Di Docta Show

Czech Republic

Radio 1 / Reggae Klub


Station Amager / Reggae Moods


Radio Mille Pattes / Zion High Station


Kol Hanegev 106.4 FM / Ba Ba Reggae


Radio Popolare Network / Reggae Radio Station

Radio Popolare Verona / Exodus

Radio Web-Base / Reggae Music


Cabina420 RADIO / Music Director


Impact AM / Music Director

NPO FunX / Music Director


Radio Nova / Oslo Reggae Show


Polskie Radio Czwórka / Strefa Dread

Radio Oko / Reggae Jazda


Arco FM / La Concha Reggae Radio


Black Country Radio / Riddim Sessions

Radio St Austell Bay / Host

Vibes FM / Reggaemylitis


Antenne Münster 95.4 / Cool & Deadly

ByteFM / Forward The Bass

querfunk / DREADheadz AJ

Radio Against Babylon / Music Director

Radio Regentrude / Music Director

Radio StHörfunk / Sluggish Radio Show

Radio Top40 / Host

Radio Z 95.8 / Rastashock

Visador-Radio / ReggaeRoundUp


Radio Xanthi One / Music Director


Islandah Radio / Music Director

KDUR FM / Heart Beat of Zion

KPOV 88.9 FM / The Coop

KSMT/KPTE / Eggs over Irie

The TikiPod / Program Director

WBZC 88.9 FM / Sounds of the Caribbean

WORT 89.9 FM / Tropical Riddims

WZBC Boston College Radio 90.3FM /

Raggamuffin International


Radio Nacional de Venezuela / Desde El Ghetto

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featured voter


For this issue of the magazine, we talked to two

voters who present very different kind of radio

shows. The first voter we talked to is George Dread,

who presents his show ”Desde ElGhetto“ on the

national radio network in Venezuela since 1999.

Global Reggae Charts: Can you please introduce

yourself and your radio show!

George Dread: I’m George Dread, a producer, broadcaster

and researcher, born and raised in Las Americas,

San Martin, Caracas, where back in 1985 reggae

was born in my country, Venezuela. I’m a History

graduate and a man of radio. Jamaican rhythms led

me to pay attention to the magic radio world in 1998,

and a year after getting to know the radio, “Desde

ElGhetto” (cultural reggae house) emerged with its

radio station “Perola”. This alternative radio from the

Caricuao state and the show are dedicated to the ska

and reggae sounds of my country.

The format of the show is like a magazine, where

we get into the history of Jamaican rhythms and the

genres that originated in Jamaica and are so alive

in the worldwide diaspora (Africa, Europe, Oceania,

Antilles, Caribbean, America). But it is not only a program

about the history of music. It plays an important

part in the different sections of the show, where

chronicles and important reviews show the evolution

of our rhythms, but we also have a close monitoring

of new talented artists worldwide as well as brand

new releases and so on.

We do interviews with national and international artists

alongside with live performances and sessions

with guest DJs together with the resident DJ: DunDumDread.

After 18 years of the radio show, “Desde

ElGhetto” is now also a production company involved

in album productions of “One Riddim” albums

with international artists and original instrumentals,

like the project “Rescatando la Raiz” and its four


GRC: How does the current political situation in

Venezuela influence you and your show. Is there an

interference with the reggae scene?

GD: The current situation of my country hasn’t been

easy for anyone. Fights everyday, no tolerance, hate

between two visions and positions which only see

their differences - this atmosphere has affected the

normal life of the population. For the reggae people

of Venezuela this has meant not the same number of

live shows, neither in private, nor in public places,

but we the producers, artists and promoters are still

working in what we love to do. Personally its difficult

for me to regularly do my shows and my other

musical activities, like production, but we are moving

forward with word, sound and power. As we say

in South America: “he who sings, keeps the worst



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featured voter

short FACTS

Station: RNV Activa 103.9 FM

Location: Caracas - Venezuela

Show: Desde ElGhetto

Host: George Dread

On air: Saturday 11:00 to 13:00 VET (UTC-4)


GRC: How did you get into radio and what was your


GD: I began in 1998: from childhood on I was fascinated

by the radio, I remember playing with old cassette

tapes and two recorders, not knowing that I was

producing. Once I’d sleeted a song, I brought guests

(family and friends) - all in good time - and so far, so

good for an 11 year old kid. Music has been in my

life since I was born, it’s the central theme running

through my life and is a way to communicate, in my

case through the radio which allows me to be involved

in all parts of the world of music (on-air presenting,

broadcasting, production, developing concepts

for programs, managing).

I’m actually a producer of the National Radio of

Venezuela, I’m doing “voice over” work, animation,

conferences, and have been working in radio for 19

years, 18 with “Desde el Ghetto”, and 2 years with my

new radio project “Raices y Cultura”, a space where

we deal with the history of afro music, especially

our Jamaican genres like Jazz, Soul, Salsa, HipHop,

Reggae, AfroBeat, Venezuelan music etc.

GD: In “Desde el Ghetto” we try to share all

Jamaican music genres through history: Mento, Ska,

Rocksteady, Early Reggae, Reggae, Roots, Heavy-

Roots, Lover, Digital, UK, Rub-A-Dub, Ragga, Dancehall

and more. We’re emphasizing the work of the

great producers in history and today, and our producers

have an eye on the music outside of Jamaica

in these genres too, for example the reggae that’s

been coming out of the island Saint Croix for some

years now and which has a unique sound, increasing

in quality and quantity. I’d also mention the Spanish

reggae scene with high quality productions that

bring together local and international artists and are

closer to the roots of Jamaican reggae, showing us

their re-interpretation of greatness. I’d also point out

the role of the recent “Reggae Revival” movement,

like Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah. They are

only a few of the artists of a new stage in Jamaican

rhythms, giving us the chance to revive the essence

of 70s and 80s reggae with the proposal of a new

world. Finally, I’d like to mention the role of women

in today’s reggae music, like Hempress Sativa,

Reemah and Jah9 among others.

Joel Dittli on stage

GRC: What spectrum of music do you play in your

show and which artists have you found most inspiring



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The second voter we talked to is Joel Dittli.

His show ”Groove Infection“ airs on a local youth

station in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Global Reggae Charts: Can you please introduce

yourself and your radio show!

Joel Dittli: I’m Joel Dittli. Two years ago I took over

the radio show called Groove Infection on Radio

3FACH from Selecta Iray, who hosted the show before.

We set the focus on Caribbean music - from the

60s to the future - but you will also hear some soul,

funk, African and Latin sounds now and then.

Radio 3FACH is an alternative and very young radio

station in Lucerne, Switzerland. Everyone who works

at this station is younger than 25 years. So I’ve just

got one more year left :D We try to keep it young and

fresh. We are not allowed to broadcast commercials,

but we have a vinyl record store, we run a bar at the

lakeside during summer and we organise concerts,

parties and a pretty big festival called Funk am See

every two years.

GRC: How did you get into radio and what was your


JD: I regularly listened to the show when Selecta Iray

and my pre-predecessor played tunes, had live-interviews

and DJs who played their sets in the studio. I

really liked the vibe! And I‘ve always annoyed my friends

with reggae topics although they weren‘t into it,

so it was a great opportunity to take over the show.

GRC: You are a musician as well. Please give us a

little inside into what role reggae music plays in your


JD: When I first heard Bob Marley I forced myself

to like his music cause I thought it was kind of cool.

After some time I started to genuinely love the sound

and I stopped listening to anything else but reggae.

With some friends I founded a roots reggae band

called Basement Roots. I already was addicted to this

music before but the band and the radio show made

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featured voter

short FACTS

Station: Radio 3FACH

Location: Lucerne - Switzerland

Show: Groove Infection

Host: Joel Dittli

On air: Sunday 14:00 - 15:00 CEST (UTC-2)

me love offbeats even more.

GRC: Is there a correlation between the music you

play on the show and the music you make yourself?

JD: Yes there is. While my predecessor is well known

for selecting modern stuff from Jamaica and started

a real big Soca movement in Switzerland I also like to

play music from the 60s and 70s. But I try to keep it

diverse. It‘s nice to show the people that the Caribbean

has much more to offer than sunshine reggae!

GRC: Which artists have you found most inspiring


JD: I really like bands which fuse reggae with other

styles. It‘s not easy to do that. But there are some

great bands who mix styles skillfully like The Skints,

Dub Inc or the Pedestrians from Switzerland. And

I like artists who combine heavy reggae riddims

with flowing vocals like many artists of the „reggae

revival“ do. And of course I’m always happy to see

people doing authentic roots reggae and recording

it in full analog studios - Martin Zobel, Zvuloon Dub

System and the productions of Roberto Sanchez.


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The Soul Of Jamaica

Text: Thomas Euler | Photos: Baghir & Bernard Benant




This month’s highest new entry to the single charts

is Kabaka Pyramid’s Can’t Breath on #2. It is the first

single from his upcoming debut album Contraband.

You haven’t misread that sentence: Even though

Kabaka can certainly be regarded a household name

among reggae fans, he hasn’t released a proper

album yet. On first sight, this might appear strange.

But once you think about it, it not only makes sense,

it also tells the story of broader developments in

Jamaican and global music.

It’s currently fashionable in the music industry to

question if the concept of an album is still worthwhile

at all - after all, we are living in the streaming age!

Almost everybody agrees that contemporary music

is a track business. Why do an album if you can just

as well release a playlist a la Drake? And isn’t it better

anyway to release single tracks and get them onto

the streaming services’ featured playlists?!

Well, I don’t buy into that line of reasoning. While

the development of the “album” format is certainly

linked to the physical media on which music used to

be distributed - a bygone era, the vinyl resurrection

notwithstanding - the album has also developed into

an art form. At its best, an album isn’t just a random

collection of tracks but a thoughtful arrangement of

well-matched songs. A great album invites listeners

to come along on a musical journey. Regardless of

how the music gets to them, music fans are always

going to appreciate a coherent and captivating selection

of songs - aka an album - for its artistic value.

The fact that it took Kabaka - who appeared on the

reggae map in 2011 when he released his Rebel Music

EP - six years to release his first album, thus, is a

clear indicator that he has bigger artistic ambitions.

Measured in the output of tunes, Kabaka could have

released several albums already. Yet, he opted to label

his former releases either as an EP (Rebel Music,

Lead The Way) or a mixtape (Accurate). He isn’t the

only young Jamaican reggae artist who took this

route. Chronixx, too, just released his debut album

Chronology. Both artists are well into their career

and both decided to wait before dropping an album.

It’s a decision that makes commercial and artistic

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featured artist

sense. Commercially it is sound because an established,

eager fan base drives sales (and streams!).

From an artistic point-of-view, the approach allows

an artist to develop his or her sound. While there

certainly is something to the rawness of an artist’s

early releases, the digital revolution has pushed the

first-release-point to ever earlier stages. A lot of the

music we find on Soundcloud these days would have

merely been a demo in earlier times. It’s great for

fans and artists that these early artifacts can be listened

to these days. Artists can start to develop a following

early on and fans can reconstruct entire careers

with more ease. However, not labeling the early

output an album comes at almost no cost. Arguably,

though, it increases the debut album’s quality.

Kabaka and Chronixx both choosing that path is interesting

for another reason. In the Jamaican music

tradition, the album doesn’t play as important a role

as in other musical traditions. Reggae and dancehall

were, from their very beginning, closely intertwined

with soundsystem culture. As such, Jamaican music

has always tended towards tunes (long before

the streaming era started; Jamaican music, always

pioneering). What matters on a dance are hits, not

long-form artistry. To be sure, there have always been

great albums made in Jamaica. But they were, arguably,

not the most important means to build your

profile at home (abroad, albums always mattered).

But times change. We live in a globally connected

world. Artists like Chronixx and Kabaka represent a

young Jamaican generation that grew up in the internet-world.

As such, both are very familiar with international

developments in music, in terms of sound

and business. The album is the essential artifact in

most genres. Therefore, it seems only logical that

reggae’s current generation is highly appreciative

of the format. If the two albums fulfill expectations,

it wouldn’t surprise me the least to see more artists

follow suit.

This broad-ranging influence of worldwide music is

also present in Kabaka’s sound. He sure is affluent

in reggae and dancehall, just listen to Can’t Breathe

(or dig a bit deeper into Kabaka’s catalogue, and find

songs like Well Done, Lead The Way or the Protoje

combination Warrior). At the same time, Kabaka

always drew inspiration from a broader range of

sounds. In his works, you’ll find hip-hop influences

(including full-on rap tracks like King Kabaka), bass

music elements (e.g. Liberal Opposer) and even a

feature with the Colombian indie-pop singer Kali


Thus, I think it’s fair to regard Kabaka as the poster

child of a broader trend among Jamaican artists. The

current generation shows the willingness to experiment

beyond narrow genre borders and possesses

the talent to turn this versatility into quality music.

While purists might disapprove, I prefer another

perspective: Change and experimentation are indicative

of a music scene’s vitality. Rap 2017 sounds

very different than rap from the 90s. Still, its current

protagonists carry the torch, reference the genre’s

forebears and keep the heritage alive. The same goes

for reggae. And this is great news. Kabaka Pyramid

and his peers are proving that Jamaican music is

well and as vibrant as ever.

Kabaka Pyramid’s debut album Contraband is set to

be released in October 2017.


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radio shows




Radio Regent

ItaL rOOts RaDio

with Sweet T & MAdCast-Fui

Tuesday - 3:00 pm EDT/UTC+4


Antenne Münster


with Roots Operator Wolle

4. Saturday - 8:00 pm CEST/UTC-2


Radio Regentrude


with Brigitte Reinert

Last Friday - 8:00 pm CEST/UTC-2


Radio Popolare Network


with Vitowar

Last Sunday - 11:45 pm CEST/UTC-2


Inselradio Mallorca


Last Wednesday - 8:00 pm CEST/UTC-2


Black Country Radio


with Kevin Moore

Friday - 1:00 am BST/UTC-1


Radio St. Austell Bay 105.6 FM

A-Z of Reggae

with Mark Norman

Last Sunday - 4:00 pm BST/UTC-1


Vibes FM


with Sarah C

Last Wednesday - 6:00 pm BST/UTC-1


Islandah Radio


with Duke Locario

Last Friday - 10:00 pm EDT/UTC+4


Radio Nacional de Venezuela


with George Dread

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