|The March issue of the Global Reggae Charts magazine is out now. Eesah has been bubbling up within the Jamaican roots scene, so his presence on the album charts at #11 for Masterpiece, is only logical. Likewise is his |
appearance on our cover, since we’re excited to see where his music
takes him from here! Otherwise, there’s a lot of great music on the charts – of course – plus, we’ve got the first in an ongoing series of interviews
examining who often controls the public’s perceptions of and experiences with reggae: talent bookers. To debut this, we’ve got an exclusive
interview with Dave Halchak, of Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in
Denver, Colorado, USA.
As for those charts, the single side is all about Koffee. A previously
featured artist, her newest track “Throne” – a Walshy Fire production
with a choice Aggrovators sample – edges out its predecessor “Toast” for
the top spot! From there, Tarrus Riley with “Guess Who,” Alborosie &
Chronixx on “Contradiction,” and Jah9’s “Field Trip” wrap up the top
five. Richie Spice makes a debut at #6, while former chart-toppers by
Lila Iké and Beres Hammond come in just behind.
Strong first-month showings seem to be the norm, perhaps as selectors
hunger for fresh vibes in the new year: Cali P & Teka are #9 for “Baddest,” Kabaka Pyramid is #10 for “Reggae Music,” King Mas’ posse cut “Definition of a King” is #13, Rocky Dawuni is #17 with “Beats of Zion,” the
Emeterians’ “Justice” is #19, and the Berlin Boom Orchestra is #20 for “Originaler Still. ”Unbreakable from Alborosie meets The Wailers United continues its domination of the album charts, now in its third month in
the #1 position! Jah9’s Feelings takes #2 in its first month, while
Groundation’s The Next Generation moves up to the fourth slot in its
fifth month. Manudigital’s Bass Attack remains solid, at #6; Gentleman’s Dub Club and Julian Marley break into the charts, along with the Italian collaboration To the Foundation by Forelock with Arawak & Paolo
Baldini DubFiles – #7, #8, and #13, respectively. Alpha Steppa and
Nai-Jah’s The Great Elephant brings a heavier sound to #15, and an
ex-number one from Protoje remains relevant at #19.
Riddims? Well, the Peng Peng Riddim continues its domination for
another month, likewise for the State of Emergency Riddim at #2. The Militant Step Riddim moves up into third, with new entries
Reggae Revolution Riddim and Love Vibration Riddim wrapping up
the charts.Thanks as always to our voters and readers; the reggae scene
thrives when our work as individuals creates community!