#music · 1 year ago

Jamaican Music recommendations

Hello, I am a musician and public school music teacher in Canada. I have some Jamaican students and I would like to share some Jamaican music with them. Everyone in Canada knows who Bob Marley is already—I’d like to celebrate other Jamaican musicians and introduce them to my students. I’m open to music from any genre, though anything related to jazz scores high for sure. My students are from ages 5-14. Thank you!


Tarrus Riley


Barrington Levy


Damian Marley

Skip Marley




Christopher Martin

Romain Virgo

Morgan Heritage


Jah Cure

Beres Hammond

Basically, any Lovers Rock or conscious artists.

No dancehall!!!


My 14 year self old would have found ‘Move Mountains’ by Alkaline very funny, though thats probably not the best idea from a job safety perspective.

Jokes aside, I think some dub reggae produced by King Tubby or the previously mentioned Lee Scratch Perry would be great for a music lesson as your students might not be aware of the massive influence Jamaicans had on modern music and hip hop in particular through their innovation in sampling and remixing songs while creating dub reggae.

I’ll drop some favorites produced by these two:

Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown

Harry Mudie & King Tubby - Dub With A Difference

Lee Scratch Perry - Fisherman Dub (This dub version of Fisherman by the Congos is among my favorite reggae tracks altogether!)

Lee Perry & Mad Professor - Mad Man Dubwise

Since Halloween was just on, Dance of the Vampires by Scientist might also be a great introduction to dub befitting the spooky season, although I’m mostly linking this one cause I love the album art so much, just look at how awesome and detailled it is!


I’m a fan of everyone here but her students will have no idea who they are

If OP wants conscious music that her students will relate too and authenticity enjoy then she’s be better off with Koffee, Sevana, Chronixx, protoje, Jesse Royal and Lila Ike


Black Uhuru

Toots & the Maytals

Sly & Robbie

The Abyssinians

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Marcia Griffiths

Pluto Shervington

Peter Tosh

Horace Andy

Ernie Smith

Bunny Wailer

Ernest Ranglin






Oh my..Jamaican music for children..5 to 14..in Jamaica most children are exposed to everything in music daily..half is ok while the rest can be detrimental.. depends on what you really would like them to learn … because you can go as far as Harry belafonte and Desmond Dekker..find the good stuff that are easy to enjoy and remain human..start at the roots of the Jamaican music story..all the great ones before us..I think that you should be able to connect to other music teachers from Jamaica who could help more on the curriculum side..any or most music forms can work especially with the correct lyrical content that will help them realize their genius ability while appreciating that power in others..I would stick with reggae above all others since reggae music is more likely positive in most case.. Cynthia Schloss is a good voice to let children get a taste of just as much as I music from the recent performers..even other acts doing Jamaican music that are not Jamaicans like Gentleman or Jason Mraz..Sugar Minott is nice like Boris Gardener like Junior Kelly or President Brown or Sizzla and Turbulence even Jermaine Edwards..so.much to learn from in Jamaica and abroad..Thank you


Check this out: https://youtu.be/xHTcx_Em-R8

This song is great cause it shows the diversity of sounds that reggae can encompass. From chronixx heavy rnb to this song. All are accepted under the banner.

You should show them Bob Marley interviews as well I love his 1979 interview with WC Weltch. He really breaks down the music and cultural significance in a very easy to understand way.

Thank you for teaching the youth about our culture


Someone else mentioned them but since you said this will be played for children I would also like to second Black Uhuru. Their darker sound had my siblings and me hooked during the exact same age ranges you mentioned (and of course they more than hold up against time).


A good addition to the list of Jamaican popular music artistes listed by some persons , is the singer Etana. She is a talented young woman who sings beautiful music with clean, positive lyrics. They might also be given the opportunity to be introduced to other genres of Jamaican music including folk, traditional, spiritual, classical, patriotic etc. Practitioners of these other genes include The Jamaican Folk Singers, Carifolk Singers,The National Chorale, The University Singers, The National Dance Theater Company Singers. Videos of their music may be found online