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9 Jamaican Artists to Watch Out For This Year

By Rachel George

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Reggae and Dancehall music will always usher in the greatest vibes in the summer time. With Jamaica leading the charge in the genres, it’s only right we share 9 of our favorite artists this year.

1.Shenseea

Jamaican Princess Shenseaa is beyond “Blessed,” taking over the Caribbean music scene with her first major label debut which blends Latin trap music and dancehall.

2. Busy Signal

Dancehall vet Busy Signal explores different sounds and styles of Caribbean music with hits like “Step Out, “Come Over” and more recently “Got To Tell You” from his upcoming album Parts of the Puzzle on VP Records. Wait Deh Man.

3. Popcaan

We need another hot summer joint from dancehall superstar Popcaan like “My Type“. Last month, he won Entertainer of the Year Award and beat out Shaggy and Sting’s ’44/876′ for Album of the Year.

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4. Jane Macgizmo

The only feature on Koffee’s Rapture EP was the captivating voice of independent singer/songwriter Jane Macgizmo. Her music background stems from attending Sybil’s Music School and studying film production at Northern Caribbean University.

5. Lila Iké

Her latest single, Second Chance, is slowly gaining as much momentum as her debut, “Biggest Fan.” Audiences all across the world, even as far as Sweden, have fallen in love with her sweet voice during performances.


6. Dee Dré

Rising dancehall artist Dee Dré hails from the streets of Kingston. He wins fans over with his hard-hitting lyrics, creative melodies, and dancehall riddims. He’s focused on his dreams of becoming one of the top artists this year and he’s well on his way.

7. Naomi Cowan

We’re just days away from Naomi Cowan’s first performance in London for the #XTheTracks Festival in Brixton. Part of her mantra is female unity, recently performing a Bob Marley tribute along with Lila Iké, Sevanna, and Koffee.

“It is up to us to break any stigma about the difficulties of being a female, and I have come to realize that we just have to show the unity,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

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8. NeeQah

Embrace your melanin with dancehall standout NeeQah. Steadily climbing her way to the top of the charts, her breakout single “Ms. Melanin” was an anthem for black women who love the skin they’re in.

9. TeeJay

TeeJay is staying in his ‘Owna Lane’ so one can steal his style. TeeJay wants to help other artists get through the struggles and challenges of the reggae/ dancehall industry he once faced. His breakout self-promoted single ‘Uptop’ solidified his place in the music industry, leading to a deal with Kingston-based production company Romeich Entertainment along with labelmates Ding Dong and Shenseea.




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