Global Reggae Charts - Issue #19 / December 2018


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




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featured voter


The second voter we feature is Charli Urrego from

Colombia. He presents his show “Legado Africano” at

UPTC Radio 104.1 FM in Tunya, Boyacá.

Global Reggae Charts: Please introduce yourself

and your radio show to our readers!

Charli Urrego: High vibrations for all the sisters

and brothers who read the GRC, my name is Charli

Urrego from Bogotá, Colombia. I’m the founding

member, producer, and DJ of Legado Africano

Reggae Beat“ (African Legacy) – a radio show that

has aired for 11 years on UPTC Radio 104.1 FM from

the city of Tunja, Boyacá – a space dedicated to

sharing and promoting the knowledge and history

of Africa through the sounds mainly of the island of

Jamaica, as well as other sounds of the Caribbean

and African roots such as blues, jazz, and Afro-Latina,

and also the promotion of national and international

reggae groups.

GRC: What made you fall in love with reggae?

CU: It all started in 2002, when friends from my

neighborhood and school began to listen rap, punk,

and less-commercial music; I remember listening to

groups like Wu-Tang Clan, Born Jamericans, Gotas

de Rap, or even Vico C, little by little the first Alpha

Blondy cassette, then UB40. One day Peter Tosh,

Bunny Wailer, and Robert N. Marley arrived, with

“Get Up Stand Up,” “Stir It Up,” “Buffalo Soldier”,

and “One Love” part of the first reggae songs that I

heard. It was an indescribable connection that I keep

learning from every day, his message and sounds

were what brought me closer not only to want to listen

to more reggae, but also to look at it as a path of

life, with hope, joy, and a lot of gratitude. Today, I’m

sure that the reggae is an epidemic connection that

can continue to improve the whole world.

GRC: Could you give a little insight on the Colombian

and South American reggae scenes?

CU: Reggae in Colombia has grown tremendously

and will continue to do so. In 2004, I heard the

first bands from the country‘s central area, such as

Alerta Kamarada, 116 Roots, Nawal, Kilimanjahro,

Ras Jahonnan, CRC, Artefacto, and Orador MDC – the

ones that by now I can still remember; 14 years later

there are more than 200 musical groups, cultural

collectives, DJs, singers, dancers, who have found

themselves in reggae, dancehall, dub, ska, and even

blues – an important link to build their lives around

these urban movements. South America already has

an important reggae festival, the Jamming Festival

in Bogotá, Colombia, and I must emphasize a very

significant connection that emerged in previous

versions of Rototom Sunsplash when they opened

the doors to Latin artists with the Rototom Latino

Contest: in this process that lasted close to two or

three years we met many groups from every Latin

country. Argentina has the highest number of active

reggae bands, followed by Colombia now, Chile,

Uruguay, Venezuela, and Peru. Tiano Bless and Royal

Rudes performed in Bennicasin, Spain, a few

global reggae charts | issue 19 / dec 2019


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