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REGIONAL: Ghanaian Afrobeats star Stonebwoy says reggae is African

Source: Jamaica Observer – GHANAIAN Afrobeats star Stonebwoy is staking his claim to reggae music. In line with him, Jamaican music belongs to Africa.

“Reggae is rooted in the guts of Africa… It doesn’t belong to any Caribbean society from its core. It belongs to Africans and we’re having fun with it in diverse ways,” said Stonebwoy in an article quoted in The Cable Lifestyle.

“Keep in mind that Jamaicans are all Africans by virtue of the slave trade. So, it’s just the music that we’re doing back again…Whether reggae, dancehall, high life, or Afrobeats, all of them come from the identical source,” he continued.

Music insider Kingsley Goodison is, nonetheless, rubbishing Stonebwoy’s claims.

“Don’t come here with that foolishness. Reggae was formed in Jamaica in several stages. It was ska, then rocksteady, then reggae. Africa has nothing to do with that. Follow the history of the thing… But reggae is Jamaican,” Goodison told the Jamaica Observer.

Goodison, conceptualiser of Tributes To The Greats awards show, says it just isn’t the primary he has heard other people making claims on the reggae.

“There was one other guy in South Africa that said the identical thing years ago, but he died,” he said.

Goodison began Tribute To The Greats in 1998. Since its inception, near 200 individuals have been honoured, including producer Clement “Coxson” Dodd, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga (a pioneer producer), singer Alton Ellis, and Australian sound engineer Graeme Goodall.

Deeply linked with Rastafari, reggae originated in Jamaica within the late Nineteen Sixties with its political commentary and spiritual undertones. The word first got here to prominence in a 1968 single titled Do The Reggay by Toots and the Maytals which was the primary popular song to make use of the word reggae, effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a worldwide audience.

Stonebwoy, whose given name is Livingstone Etse Satekla, combines reggae and dancehall with traditional African beats. He is not any stranger to Jamaica. The singjay performed at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, in 2018.

He has also collaborated with Jamaican artistes and most recently recorded with ”Dancehall King” Beenie Man.

“I actually have an album out that has I-Octane. I actually have also worked with Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Agent Sasco, mi do a collaboration with Sizzla…whole heap a Jamaican artiste…Beenie Man, Christopher Martin, many of the Jamaican artiste dem. That is showing that the music all comes from one source,” said Stonebwoy.

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