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Cutty Ranks - 82% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Philip Thomas, 12 February 1965, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Thomas began his working life as a butcher, and it is tempting to suggest that he continued his DJing career as if he was still working with his cleaver - cutting through rhythms and rivals like slices of meat. Cutty is a friendly and personable character, but his style is strictly no-holds-barred, and his care Read more

Bounty Killer - 66% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
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Beenie Man - 55% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Beres Hammond - 52% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Beresford Hammond, 1955, St. Mary, Jamaica, West Indies. Success came late to Hammond in the form of numerous awards for Best Male Vocalist during the early 90s. He joined Zap Pow as a teenager after singing on local talent shows. By the time Hammond left the group in 1980, he had already recorded his debut, Soul Reggae, which was produced by Willie Lindo, and was working on Read more

Buju Banton - 51% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mark Anthony Myrie, 15 July 1973, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Banton was raised in Denham Town and began to learn the craft of the DJ at the age of 13 with the Rambo Mango and Sweet Love sound systems. The name Buju, meaning breadfruit, was given to him by his mother when he was a baby because of his chubbiness. DJ Clement Irie introduced him to Robert Ffrench, who produ Read more

Frankie Paul - 49% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Blake, Jamaica, West Indies. Blind from birth, Paul had his sight partially restored as a child on a hospital ship. When Stevie Wonder visited Paul’s special school, he was encouraged by his school friends and teachers to sing for him. Legend has it that Stevie was so impressed by the youth’s precocious talent that from that point, Paul Blake decided to make s Read more

Lady Saw - 49% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Marion Hall, 18 September 1972, St. Mary’s, Jamaica, West Indies. Lady Saw began chatting on the microphone at the age of 15. Being located some distance from the recording studios, she served an apprenticeship on local sound systems before appearing on vinyl. Inspired by the popularity of the slackness style, she performed lewd songs, which earned her a reputation as a Read more

Mr. Vegas - 47% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Clifford Smith, 1975, St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies. Smith spent his adolescence nurturing his soccer skills, and his tackling proficiency led to the nickname of Vegas, a reference to the twisting skills of the go-go dancers at the local Las Vegas Club. Smith began his musical career in 1986 when he visited a recording studio in Kingston. His recording career was put on h Read more

Papa San - 39% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Tyrone Thompson, 1966, Spanish Town, Jamaica, West Indies. Papa San spent most of his early years in Spanish Town, and began his career with the Small Axe and Creation sound systems. He is one of the most creative DJs in the world and probably the fastest. ‘Animal Party’ on Black Solidarity and ‘Talking Parrot’ for Rosie’s Uprising were two of his ea Read more

Cocoa Tea - 37% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Calvin George Scott, 3 September 1959, Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Cocoa Tea began his career while still a child in Kingston in 1974, singing on a couple of obscure records for an equally obscure producer, Willie Francis; ‘Searching In The Hills’ was issued under the name of Calvin Scott. He vanished again until 1983, when, sporting dreadlocks an Read more

Sizzla - 36% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Miguel Orlando Collins, 17 April 1977, Jamaica, West Indies. Sizzla served his musical apprenticeship on the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system, and in 1995 he released his debut through Zagalou before joining the Firehouse crew. He released a number of singles in Jamaica, notably ‘Judgement Morning’, ‘Lifes Road’, ‘Blaspheme’ and a combination with Sha Read more

Capleton - 35% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Clifton George Bailey III, 13 April 1967, Islington, St. Mary, Jamaica, West Indies. Bailey earned his future stage name by virtue of his sharp reasoning skills, which led his friends to name him after a lawyer in his home town. By 1994, Capleton’s work for the African Star label had led to him being regarded as one of the most innovative cultural DJs of his generation. Read more

Tony Rebel - 34% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Patrick George Anthony Barrett, 13 January 1962, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. Rebel started out as singer, winning local talent competitions as Papa Tony or Tony Ranking on Destiny Outernational, Thunderstorm, Wha Dat and Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion sound systems, but he is perhaps better known as one of the few dreadlocked ‘cultural’ DJs of the ragga Read more

Ward 21 - 34% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 2000s
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The increasing popularity of crews such as T.O.K. , ARP and the Innocent Crew led to the formation of Ward 21 touted by the media as ‘the mentally disturbed ones’. In the late 90s the crews ruled the dancehall, although they were unable to equal their achievements when working in the recording studio. They overcame this problem when the line-up identified as Rumblood Read more

Freddie McGregor - 33% match to Shabba Ranks

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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c.1955, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. McGregor entered the Jamaican music business at the precocious age of seven, singing backing vocals with ska duo the Clarendonians at Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One. He stayed with Dodd throughout the rest of the decade and into the early 70s, acting as a session drummer and backing singer as well as cutting sides such as ‘Why Di Read more


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