Reggae Pioneers in Puerto Rico
Reggae Pioneers in Puerto Rico - During the 1990's artists from the Virgin Islands made Puerto Rico their permanent home, singers and bands like Jomo Pemberton and the Jah Seed Band from St. Kitts and The Zioniers band from St. Croix and St.Lucia were among the notables.
Freeman, a singer/songwriter from Nevis- Tortola formed the first
Reggae Gospel band Obedience in the mid 1990's.
It was during the 1990's
and 2000's that the Roots Reggae scene in Puerto Rico established
itself, virtually every Jamaican, British and African Reggae act performed on the island.
handful of local bands such as Cultura Profetica, Millo Torres y El
Tercer Planeta, Filosofia and Gomba Jahbari made a name for themselves
and had relevancy in the Virgin Islands, and U.S. cities with high
latino rastafarian population such as Orlando,Florida, Santa
Cruz,California, Virginia, Washington D.C. etc and Latin America.
of this success was due to crucial albums that were released such as
Ideas Nuevas from Cultura Profetica, Sonando Realidad from Millo Torres,
El Ciego from Los Goyos, Naturalistico from Filosofia and Sentemonos
from Gomba Jahbari. In 2002, Roots Natty, backed by The Zioniers band
performed in the Monterey bay reggae fest and toured the west coast of
the United States, this being the first reggae act from Puerto Rico to do so.
reggae and Virgin Island roots reggae has had a huge influence in
Puerto Rican reggae. There are however caracteristics that makes it
original such as complex horn arrangements and chord progressions. Salsa music and jazz have also influenced their music.
Rican reggae musicians and producers have long fought for due respect,
venues to perform in and especially radio airplay in the island due to
resistance from older generations who were not exposed to reggae before.
by Junior Bailey
(Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas, USVI)
Comments for Reggae Pioneers in Puerto Rico
Jun 24, 2013
Amazing Spanish Reggae
Didn't even know they was reggae coming out of Puerto Rico, that's great news!!
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