Reggae Music pays more than Dancehall Music

DANCEHALL is BIG. But the hidden truth is that, REGGAE is BIGGER. Reggae is far bigger than Dancehall in terms of intrinsic message and ratings, GLOBALLY. Dancehall is ONLY LOUD with youthfully exuberant lyrics, but REGGAE rates higher.


Reggae is the grandmother of dancehall just as Highlife is the grandmother of Hiplife. It is necessary that every Ghana Reggae/Dancehall artiste knows this fact. Reggae artistes play MORE PAYABLE SHOWS than Dancehall artistes. As a Dancehall artiste, in my personal opinion, it would be nice if you consider doing or infusing the Reggae aspect of it.

If you doubt my words, ask Busy Signal why he had to focus more on Reggae than Dancehall. REGGAE is the REAL MARKET. Dancehall is just a SHOW OFF style of music. The biggest shows across USA, Europe, Asia are played by Reggae artistes, not Dancehall artistes. Dancehall artistes only get to play SINGULAR GIGS AT A TIME. But the Reggae artistes play LINED UP CONCERTS that truly pay and grow their musical CVs.

Many Ghana artistes don’t know this so I have to blow the vuvuzela again so we direct our industry in the right path to fit us here in Africa. I am NOT condemning Dancehall though.

It is just nice and ADDS MORE VALUE to any strictly Dancehall act to create some part of their act for Reggae music as well. Big up every Reggae n Dancehall artiste in Ghana. Reggae music (Roots Reggae & Lovers’ Rock) represents a more marketable brand and Reggae represents generational music than Dancehall.

Because most of us are enthralled with the ‘extraordinary twists and turns’ of Dancehall, many people feel sweet in their head and think Dancehall is bigger than Reggae meanwhile in reality, Reggae sells more than Dancehall. How many Dancehall artistes globally have been able to break into mainstream American market apart from Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Beenie Man?

Even the highly talked about Vybz Kartel is not big in America or Europe in terms of ROYALTIES and STAGES. Vybz Kartel is a good brand and a real dope act in terms of Dancehall but I am sure if he would be true to himself he would admit that he earns far too less in Dancehall music he has recorded over the years.

Dancehall has a limited market – more pointing to the fact that many people think it is a “violent music” also is a factor that affects its market. More seriously, Dancehall music was NOT started on violence. The likes of Josey Wales, Barrington Levy, Yellow Man, Buju Banton, Burro Banton, Capleton who are known are the genesis or early pioneers of Dancehall music did not employ violent lyrics until the likes of Ninja Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel and many others began introducing “gun lyrics” into Dancehall where the genre swayed into what the world has come to describe as “Dancehall is violent.”

The messages in Reggae music are clearer and the music fights for causes. The greatest reggae performers consider themselves as messengers carrying a divine message.

Practically, at the biggest concerts in Europe, the organizers want to give fans something different because there are lots of people who don’t like the current mainstream music in every country. Some of those people are wealthy and they like reggae.

There are professors and big bankers who have no idea who these ‘loud’ Dancehall artistes are but they rather patronize strictly Reggae shows. We are beginning to have “same disease” here in Ghana where many upcoming acts think Dancehall is bigger than Reggae (all owing to the fact that Dancehall in Ghana is bigger than Reggae) but they forget that Reggae ON THE GLOBAL STAGE has MORE WEIGHT than Dancehall.

I have decided to voice my mind on this topic and advise my people doing mainstream Dancehall before it gets out of hand – especially the upcoming acts who fancy Dancehall.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Dancehall/Reggae music articles.

Custom Search

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Articles

  1. This Week's DRW Top Ten Chart (Week Ending February 24, 2017

    Feb 25, 17 04:13 PM

    1. Popcaan - Jungle Justice 2. Vybz Kartel ft. Ky-Mani Marley - Cool and Deadly 3. Money House Riddim 4. Spice - Who Sing it (Alkaline & Fabian

    Read More

  2. Popcaan Addictive Like Hennessy UIM Records

    Feb 25, 17 04:05 PM

    Get this club banger from danchall artiste Popcaan titled 'Addictive'. Addictive is produced by top produced Anju Blacks on his UIM Record Label. Stream

    Read More

  3. Name of this Dancehall Song

    Feb 25, 17 04:01 PM

    https://twitter.com/nutellaandpizza/status/734420570603958272 Does anyone know the song from this video? It's driving me crazyyyy! Any help would be appreciated

    Read More

  4. Skip Marley Is The First Marley To Score A Billboard Top 10 Single

    Feb 23, 17 10:10 PM

    Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100. The young reggae singers

    Read More

  5. Tilibop - Between Us Prod. by Free Worll Ent.

    Feb 23, 17 09:33 PM

    World Blast Premier Tilibop - Between Us Prod. by Free Worll Ent. Artiste Name : Tilibop Song Title : Between Us Producer : Free Worll Ent. DOWNLOAD LINK

    Read More






NEWS NEWS NEWS