Global Reggae Charts - Issue #19 / December 2018

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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.

editorial

Welcome to the latest issue, and the final edition of 2018, of the Global Reggae Charts magazine!

This month we tip our proverbial hats to one of the legends of the genre, Dennis Brown, whose

work has been re-contextualized by plenty of talented guests on “King Jammy Presents: Dennis

Brown – Tracks Of Life”; topping the album charts made for an easy decision. We also feature an

exclusive conversation with General Zooz of the Reggae Rajahs, who shares a business-minded

perspective on the role the group’s 10,000 Lions Sound System and Goa Sunsplash festival have

played in the expansion of reggae across India. As always, we also hear from our voters: Hanover,

Germany, duo Zoë and P-Nut of the monthly radio show “Wha Gwaan,” plus Charli Urrego from

Bogotá, Colombia, who is the founder and host of the “Legado Africano” radio show.

Moving on to the charts, other notable releases on the album side include Protoje, down two spots

at #3, before Beres Hammond’s “Never Ending” debuts at #4. Groundation and Agent Sasco both

remain in the top ten for the second month, while Manudigital’s “Bass Attack” brings a retro digital

style to #8. Further debuts come from the supergroup Kingston All Stars, the heavyweight force

of Alpha Steppa & Nai-Jah, and the latest from the UK group Capital Letters featuring JB. Black

Uruhu climbed seven spots to #12, Dubmatix’s “King Size Dub Special” reentered at #19, and Etana’s

Reggae” Forever at #15 has now charted for an impressive eight months!

Beres Hammond’s “I’m Alive” leads the singles chart, with Lila Iké’s “Second Chance” and the

irrepressible Koffee’s “Raggamuffin” rounding out the top three. Two Chronixx collabs come next,

with Alborosie and Protoje, respectively; Mortimer also makes an impact with “Careful” debuting

at #9. Perennial act Third World’s new “Loving You Is Easy” is #11, just ahead of Bulby York, who fell

slightly to #12. Macka B – “Bad To Your Own” – and Tarrus Riley – “Guess Who” – also show up in

the latter half. Overall, Alborosie edges out Protoje and Beres Hammond with three tracks on the

chart to their two apiece.

The “Peng Peng Riddim” remains atop the riddim charts for the second month, with the reentry of

the “Wizzle Riddim” runner-up. Giddimani maintains a presence at #3, and Green Lion Crew contributes

the only new listing, the “Militant Step Riddim” at #4, just ahead of the “Artibella Riddim.”

It’s definitely my honor and pleasure to be taking over writing this opening editorial, just as it has

been to edit the magazine since the sixth issue. I hope my increased role goes as seamlessly as

possible, and I look forward to welcoming you to many issues to come! Since the Global Reggae

Charts magazine is ultimately about providing reggae radio hosts and DJs a platform to share their

taste-making voices, I want to thank all of our voters for their continued effort and support – we

truly couldn’t do this without you.

All the best from Colorado, USA,

Anderson

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