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Why Ziggy Marley Got His 8th GRAMMY

By Benn-i on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog , Interview , Music , Reggae , Riddims - 0 Comments

In one of my latest post I already announced that the 59th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released (New Reggae Instrumentals for January 2017). The Award ceremony was held on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles @ Staples Center. The Grammy is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievements in the mainly English-language music industry.

The Grammy award for Best Reggae Album was instituted into the awards in 1985. In that year Black Uhuru walked away with the award for their work on the album titled “Anthem”. Since then more artists and acts followed like; Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Shabba Ranks, Inner Circle, Shaggy and more.

But the one with the most Grammy Awards is 8-time award winner Ziggy Marley (Born David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley)…..

And the Reggae Grammy Award 2017 goes to….

The Grammy Award winner in the category BEST REGGAE ALBUM is Ziggy Marley for his self titled album!


Best Reggae Album Nominees 2017

Next to Ziggy Marley the following artists have been nominated for the Best Reggae Album

Devin Di Dakta & JL – Reggae for Her

Reggae for Her - Grammy NomineeSly & Robbie with Devin Di Dakta & J.L – Reggae for Her

Label: Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records

Funny fact is that Devin and JL are also the youngest reggae artists to be nominated for a Grammy!

Both Devin Di Dakta and JL are managed by Shelly-Ann Curran, who spoke to Loop News earlier today: “I am elated that Devin Di Dakta and JL’s collaboration with the legendary Sly & Robbie has been recognized. Both men are the youngest [entertainers] to be nominated in the Grammy’s ‘Best Reggae Album’ [category]. This nomination is very special considering that both Devin Di Dakta and JL’s songs are never played on Jamaican radio. It shows that good music speaks for itself.

Who are Sly and Robbie?

Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm sections and production duo, associated primarily with reggae and dub genres. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare teamed up in the mid-1970s after establishing themselves separately in Jamaica as professional musicians. Sly and Robbie are estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings, many of them on their own label, Taxi Records.

Find the full album “Reggae for Her” on the official SoundCloud of Taxi Records!

J. Boog – Rose Petals

Rose Petals by JBoogJ. Boog was also nominated with his album “Rose Petals” released by label: Wash House Music Group. Who is J.Boog? A singer who fuses reggae with R&B, hip-hop, and rock, J Boog is the stage name of Jerry Afemata, who was born in Long Beach, California but primarily raised in Compton. Of Samoan ancestry (his father was a tribal chief in his neighborhood), Boog’s first influence was his sister, who sang and played piano. When she got a book of Bob Marley’s classic songs, Boog began singing along, and when he was nine, the two performed a cover of Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time” at a family reunion, in front of an audience of 200. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of classic reggae, West Coast hip-hop, vintage R&B, and a dash of hard rock, Boog gravitated to the laid-back attitude but taut grooves of reggae, and he began writing and recording his own tunes during downtime from his job at an oil refinery.

The album Rose Petals features great artists like: Chaka Demus, Stephen Marley, Snoop Dogg

Listen to the full album here on the official soundcloud channel of J. Boog

2 months ago J. Boog also released his new album called “Wash House Ting”. This album also features some tracks from Rose Petals and features guest appearances from artists like: Lion Fiyah, Gappy Ranks, Aarahdna, Tenelle and Chaka Demus.

You can listen to the full version here:

Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley (Album)

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley’s self-titled sixth solo studio album.

David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley (born 17 October 1968) is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and the son of reggae icon Bob Marley. He also made the theme song for the children’s cartoon series Arthur.

Listen to the full album on the official YouTube channel of Ziggy, the playlist is curated by Reggaeville.

The song Ziggy performed live on stage during the Grammys was “Amen”

Raging Fyah – Everlasting

Raging Fyah - EverlastingRaging Fyah is a five piece reggae band from Kingston, Jamaica. Pele, Demar and Anthony Watson met while studying music at Kingston’s Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Ibo Cooper, former keyboardist with Third World. They joined forces with veteran guitarist Courtland “Gizmo” White and formed Inside Out in 2002 before changing their name to Raging Fyah in 2006.

“Humbled and honoured.” That is the sentiment expressed by Raging Fyah band following Tuesday’s announcement of their nomination for Best Reggae Album at next February’s Grammy for their project Everlasting.

Listen to the album “Everlasting” on their official soundcloud channel. The original album contains more songs, then featured on the soundcloud channel. For a full overview you can purchase “everlasting by Raging Fyah on iTunes“.

Rebelution – Falling Into Place

Rebelution - Falling into PlaceRebelution is a reggae music band formed in Isla Vista, California. The current members of Rebelution are Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and Wesley Finley, and each attended and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and renowned producer, DJ, and remixer Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) may possess different backgrounds, but they both travel the same creative road. Now, their paths—along with a myriad of musical genres riding shotgun—intersect in Unified Highway.

Falling into Place is the sixth album by California band Rebelution, released on June 3, 2016. Labels: 87 Music / Hill Kid / Raise Up Music / Easy Star Records

Listen to the full album on the official soundcloud channel of Rebelution:

Soja – Live in Virginia

Soja - Live in VirginiaLast but certainly not least, the final nominee for Best Reggae Album is the Reggae band Soja with their album “Live in Virginia

SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army) is an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington, Virginia. Formed in 1997, their music is currently produced under ATO Records. The eight-member band has released a number of singles, albums, and DVDs, including SOJA – Live in Hawaii. Their third full-length album Born in Babylon peaked at #11 on the Top Heatseekers chart, while their 2012 album Strength to Survive topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.The band continues to tour and record new music. Members of the band are; Jacob Hemphill, Bob Jefferson, Ryan “Byrd” Berty, Ken Brownell, Patrick O’Shea, Hellman Escorcia, Rafael Rodriguez, Trevor Young.

Listen to their album “Live in Virginia” on their official soundcloud channel;

1,2,3, 8? How Much Grammy’s did Ziggy win?

Ziggy Marley accepted his 8th Grammy Award on stage in Los Angeles @ Staples Center. Ziggy won three Grammy’s with Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers and for his solo work he won 5 Grammy’s! Which make a total of 8 Grammy’s for Bob’s son. Here is the complete list of Ziggy Marley’s Grammy Awards:

  1. 2017 – Ziggy Marley
  2. 2015 – Fly Rasta
  3. 2014 – In Concert
  4. 2010 Family Time (which also won the category: Best Musical Album for Children)
  5. 2007 – Love is my Religion
  6. 1998 – Fallen is Babylon
  7. 1990 – One Bright Day
  8. 1989 – Conscious Party

Morgan Heritage

Earlier this year (2016) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Morgan Heritage walked away with the award for Best Reggae Album (Strictly Roots).

Ziggy Marley’s Acceptance Speech for Winning Best Reggae Album

See the acceptance speech of Ziggy Marley, how wins for Best Reggae Album at the 59th Grammy’s (YouTube)

Shortly after receiving his Grammy Ziggy posted on Social Media (Facebook and Instagram) together with his family;

Give thanks to the @recordingacademy for the honor, to my family, and all the artists keeping #reggae alive and well. LOVE #GRAMMYs #ziggymarley @johnvarvatos

Een bericht gedeeld door Ziggy Marley (@ziggymarley) op

What are the requirements for Nominations?

For the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. Recordings must be commercially released in general distribution in the United States, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order/retail sales for a nationally marketed product.

Which other Reggae artists are nominated?

Sean Paul was nominated in the category “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”: Sia ft. Sean Paul – Cheap Trills

Skip Marley & Katy Perry performed their brand new single “Chained to the Rhytm“.

Skip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and grandson of Bob Marley, made his television debut at the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Together with Katy Perry he performed the brand new single release Chained To The Rhythm to approximately 25 million viewers. It was not only Skip’s debut television performance, but also the first time Marley and Perry performed the song live. The single is out since Friday – February 10th.

A few hours earlier Skip Marley’s uncle Ziggy received a Grammy for his self titled album in the category BEST REGGAE ALBUM

Check out this video where Katy Perry and Skip Marley having fun backstage at the Grammy’s

Considerations for Grammy’s?

BET Award Winning dancehall musician Stonebwoy has hinted his Livingstone Ep is liable to be nominated for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Although the website reported that the news was fake.

Black prophet also announced via his Facebook platform calling on all and sundry to support him on this. He wrote: ” CALL TO ACTION!!!
The album ”Stories of Life” has an opportunity to be consider for nomination for the 59th Grammy Award 2017 for Best Reggae Album. To reach this destination,We have to make some noise, Push, Buy the album, Share the posts, videos, Worldwide.
Facebook ,Tweet, Instagram to your friends, US Voting members do
Consider Black Prophet.
Lets bring a Grammy back to Africa”

(Source: Jullie Jay-Kanz and

And last but not least:

Why half of this years best reggae album Grammy nominees are NOT Jamaican!

The following article was posted to the official Billboard website. The article explains; Why Half of This Year’s Best Reggae Album Grammy Noms Are Not Jamaican.. 🙂

And off course if you want to read more about the Grammy’s, find more info on the following websites:

2017 Grammys: What happened and who won?

New this month and upcoming

Stay tuned, because at the moment im working on an awesome remix of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Side to Side. “Side to Side” is a reggae-infused track about pursuing a love interest regardless of what your friends think, or how they feel. Top producer Max Martin (who produced the original Side to Side song) was also nominated in the category “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” with awesome and unique recordings like;

• Can’t Stop The Feeling! (Justin Timberlake) (S) • Dangerous Woman (Ariana Grande) (S) • Into You (Ariana Grande) (S) • Just Like Fire (P!nk) (T) • Rise (Katy Perry) (S) • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (Adele) (S) • Side To Side (Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj) (T)

Who is Max Martin?

Since 1999, Max Martin has written and co-written 22 Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits (most of which he has also produced or co-produced). Martin is the songwriter with third most number one singles on the chart, behind only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). As a producer he holds the record for second-most number one singles on the chart with 20 behind only George Martin (23).

The producer that won this year Grammys is Greg Kurstin, the producer of Adele and Sia.

But like I said, stay tuned because my awesome Reggae Remix allready got some major feedback, people love it.. 🙂

See here for a small preview on Facebook:

Holly Day Riddim

In the meantime more new riddims are coming up. Stay tuned for this week new Dancehall Riddim “Holly Day Riddim”;

Here is a small preview on Instagram;

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Een bericht gedeeld door 🎼 ɮΞᑎᑎ-! at ❤💛💚.ws (@buyreggae) op

ReggaeVille – Spotify playlist (63 songs!) – Grammy Awards – Best Reggae Album 2016

Check out this awesome playlist curated by Reggaeville (Maad, Sick)

See you soon.

Best, Bennie

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