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.

Articles You Might Have Missed ......

Dancehall and Reggae Music Articles


Subscribe to My Dancehall and Reggae Blog (no e-mail necessary), right-click on the orange RSS button (see bottom buttons to the left) and then paste the URL into your RSS reader. Or click on the Google, My Yahoo! My MSN button or Bloglnes button.

To have your projects featured on dancehallreggaeworld.com, Please email us at [info@dancehallreggaeworld.com] (WhatsApp 1876-370-0112)

Get your music sent to over 20,000 Subscribers now!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Custom Search

Search The Site

Custom Search

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Harry Toddler - Mexican

    May 28, 17 11:34 PM

    Artiste - Harry Toddler Song - Mexican Producer - J Small Records Distributor - JWonder 21 Purchase here

    Read More

  2. Munga Honourable Charged With Murder

    May 28, 17 10:46 PM

    Dancehall artiste Munga Honourable Charged with Murder

    Read More

  3. Cham Gets Drunk!

    May 26, 17 11:41 PM

    Cham Gets Drunk - Cham gives us a sweet, sexy, dancehall mixed with a little electronic feel for his new single 'Get Drunk'.

    Read More

  4. Patexx Tattoo - Anthony Records

    May 26, 17 10:42 PM

    Patexx Tattoo - Anthony Records Artiste - Patexx Song - Tattoo Producer - Anthony Records Promotional Download

    Read More

  5. Dennis Brown Inseparable Reggae Family - Tad`s Record

    May 26, 17 06:01 PM

    Dennis Brown Inseparable Reggae Family - Tad`s Record, Since the inception of Reggae music, the world has been very receptive to its profound words, artistic sound, and the talents behind the genre.

    Read More