As a subgenre UK Gospel Reggae has never really got the props it truly deserves.
It has as many (arguably more) players active on the international scene as the more high-profile Hip-Hop and ‘traditional’ gospel artists. But – like much of the wider contemporary Gospel music scene – it’s consistently under the shadow of its mainstream equivalent.
Still, the Reggae Gospel lot are a hardy breed, consistently putting out the music, regardless (perhaps that should be ‘in spite of’) the scant attention it gets in the UK gospel mainstream.
Ram 1‘s newest release, his first mixtape, put together by his label Riddim Culture (itself a creation of the unstoppable producer Edward Holland Junior) is a feast of the diverse subgenres Reggae offers: Roots, Dub, Dancehall and some of the more difficult-to-define styles.
Bob Marley fans will adore Ram 1‘s interpretation of the classic One Drop among the other delights on offer.
This 30-track free download set (17 music tracks, and 13 feature/shoutouts from personalities as diverse as genre-hopping acts like sammy., Jahaziel and Manchester’s Panache, as well as UK Gospel Reggae veterans like Birmingham’s Spanna, London’s Gyamma to Malta’s Living Waters) comes very highly recommended.
If you’re not a huge Reggae fan – or are in the market for a decent introduction to the genre – this a superb place to start!
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