Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s Your Viewers’ Choice: Top 20 Reggae & Dancehall Love Songs from Around the World

*Photos: Various Sources

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked all of you (the viewers)  to submit your favorite reggae and dancehall love songs from around the world.  Thank you everyone for your excellent song suggestions.  Although we couldn’t include every single video, we included the most requested songs.   In no specific order, here are your top picks for this lovely month of February (which is also National Reggae Month).  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alexus Rose “Left Out” (USA)

Romain Virgo “Soul Provider” (Jamaica)

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Katchafire “Best So Far”: New Zealand Reggae Veterans Release Greatest Hits Album on VP Records

Katchafire - The Best So Far

“Best So Far” available now on VP Records

*Photo courtesy of VP Records

With over a decade of hits in the South Pacific, legendary New Zealand reggae band, Katchafire, has released their greatest hits album, “Best So Far” (VP Records).  The record features their most popular songs from the early 2000s to the present.  Katchafire’s signature roots, culture and lover’s rock sound has influenced many of today’s popular Hawaiian and Californian reggae bands, including Common Kings, The Green and The Hot Rain Band.

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Bernard Uedre “Rawagu” (New Caledonian Reggae)

Country & Region: New Caledonia (South Pacific Islands)

*Photos: Various sources including National Geographic and Putumayo World Music

Hailing from the French owned New Caledonia, Bernard Uedre brings his fusion of reggae and kaneka music.  Kaneka blends vocal polyphonic singing styles, traditional Kanak music, pop and various world genres.  In New Caledonia, Jamaican reggae has influenced musicians and has shaped the sound of many local bands.

Uedre’s upbeat dancehall rhythms combined with optimistic vocals make “Rawagu” a massive party jam.   You can’t help but smile and envision yourself laying on a warm, sunny South Pacific beach.  Listen for yourself and take your brain, body and soul on a daydream vacation to New Caledonia …

What do you think of “Rawagu”?  Comment below!

Get a taste of The Green on their Liars and Lovers Tour 2013!

The Green Liars and Lovers Tour 2013

Photo courtesy of The Green

Come see Hawaii’s leading reggae band, The Green on their Liars and Lovers Tour!  Joining them, as their opening act, will be New Kingston.  You definitely don’t want to miss this.

With countless hits and successful albums, the The Green has caught the attention of reggae fans in the U.S. Pacific Coast and Caribbean.  Their unique rock and reggae fusion creates an organic sound like no other.  Get your tickets today before they sell out.  

Feb 22: Breckenridge CO – Three20South
Feb 23: Fort Collins CO – Aggie Theatre
Feb 25: Aspen CO – Belly Up Aspen
Feb 27: Boise ID – The Reef
Mar 01: Spokane WA – The Center Of Spokane
Mar 02: Tacoma WA – Jazzbones
Mar 03: Bellingham WA – Wild Buffalo

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Common Kings (feat. J Boog & Fiji) “No Other Love” (American Reggae)

*Photos courtesy of Common Kings, J Boog and Fiji

Country & Region: U.S. Pacific Coast/Hawaii/Oceania

The Common Kings‘ (feat. J Boog & Fiji) “No Other Love” is a wicked one drop reggae tune.  Don’t be fooled by the romantic lover’s rock rhythm; J Boog and Fiji have a few tricks up their sleeve later on in the bridge that are worth waiting for.  I won’t give it away … you just have to listen!

What do you think of “No Other Love”?  Comment below!

J Boog’s Rise to the Top

J Boog Solo Stage

J Boog has gained popularity across the world

When you collaborate with famous artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), you know you’ve reached reggae super-stardom.  If you haven’t heard of J Boog yet, then you’ve been missing out.  He blends both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae to create his own tropical style. Not only has Boog gained respect amongst the reggae elite, but he has also gained popularity all over North America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

J Boog was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up in the rough neighborhood of Compton, CA.  His loving family kept him in line and off the streets by instilling a strong awareness of Samoan culture and tradition.   He was soon to discover music at an early age and it would change his life forever.

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