With more than 40 decades in the Jamaican songs business, Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser has witnessed the rise and growth of superstars and slipping stars alike, even operating with most as an party organiser, artiste manager and songs industry insider.
Looking at worldwide and local impact, forex, professional success and tenure, Fraser ranks his top rated 7 male and feminine Jamaican artistes to day.
7. Vybz Kartel
6. Sean Paul
4. Beres Hammond
3. Dennis Brown
2. Jimmy Cliff
1. Bob Marley
Fraser’s rationale: “When you communicate about mega sellers and men and women carrying the songs from then until now, Bob is variety one particular. Jimmy nonetheless a have it from then until now and him even now a offer. You have so a lot of who have died who carry the songs but Dennis, to me, is the a person who nevertheless a get replayed now in each individual style of new music. Beres carry the music from then until now with electric power. Shaggy has been carrying it for a although, as well. Sean tek it to the intense for our songs, and Kartel a the very last a single who would seem supreme to me.
“You have Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Toots and so considerably names that could be named. But when you talk about the acquainted names in Jamaica and the globe, everywhere you get in touch with dem established a names deh, you would know them. Burning Spear would be enormous in the entire world but him nah go huge so in Jamaica like the other names. Even Sean Paul nuh get all the credit rating he must get in Jamaica but him a even now one of our most effective superstars because him have the most variety types to me across the earth weh do the job and still occur again to Jamaica one way or another and even now current following 20 decades.”
Women of all ages
7. Woman Noticed
5. Tanya Stephens
4. Diana King
2. Rita Marley
1. Marcia Griffiths
Fraser’s rationale: “Marcia has stayed existing all the way by means of. Rita generally haffi talk ‘bout due to the fact of Bob Marley and she do her tunes, way too, so we can look again at it. Patra mek this sort of a large influence pon our audio in the planet and her tunes even now stands out and ah craft round to other people so dem often haffi talk bout her. She carried the female new music to a serious substantial degree. Diana King do her work inna dah sense deh, Tanya also. Etana a the very first girl inna our songs fi have two Grammy nominations. Lady Saw (now Minister Marion Corridor) long gone for a pair several years but she’s nevertheless a legend due to the fact she stands predominant out of the ‘90s and appear suitable up, and all of her songs continue to a engage in just like Bob Marley dem. She’s one of our true female stars and will always be a person of our genuine woman stars.
“There are other people like Spice who have a electrical power and yuh have pair people weh do dem get the job done like Queen Ifrica and the youthful types now, but fi go earth phase, mi cya qualify dem but … Shenseea dem a come now and a complete lot of other ladies but dem haffi do dem get the job done and spend the time mainly because mi cya qualify you with out the time. You haffi at minimum do 10 dependable decades so mi can seh you do a thing inna di music…”
Typical comment about his lists: “Mi know all of these individuals inna dem time and chat to them. Mi know Bob Marley very good, much too, so mi been right here for a when and assume dem people today yah function and carry and retain our songs at the stage in which it is nowadays.”