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Jesse Royal/Kabaka Pyramid/Max Glazer
While dancehall has risen to become the most popular lane in Jamaican music, a new generation of roots reggae artists carries the torch for the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, making music promoting socially conscious messages and the Rastafari faith. Jesse Royal took his singing talents from church to the recording studio after befriending Ziggy Marley’s son Daniel. Rapper/singer/producer Kabaka Pyramid, whose debut album Kontraband, executively produced by Damian Marley, blends hip-hop’s lyricism with dancehall’s energy and reggae’s soul.