The Chronicles of Reggae™


August 17, 1887
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey - 1887

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940), was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He founded the Black Star Line, […]

July 23, 1892
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Bunny Rugs

Haile Selassie I - 1892

Haile Selassie (Ge’ez: ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ qädamawi haylä səllasé; (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was a member of the Solomonic dynasty.

August 2, 1921
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa speech

Back to Africa - 1921

“If You Believe the Negro Has a Soul”: “Back to Africa” with Marcus Garvey, 1921

July 23, 1926
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Cedella Booker

Cedella Booker - 1926

Cedella Malcolm Marley Booker (July 23, 1926 – April 8, 2008) was the mother of Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley and a singer and writer.

January 15, 1929
Irie Magazine | Chronicle - Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. - 1929

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

September 1, 1938
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Alton Ellis

Alton Ellis - 1938

Alton Nehemiah Ellis OD (September 1, 1938 – October 10, 2008) was a Jamaican vocalist. One of the innovators of rocksteady who was given the informal title “Godfather of Rocksteady”. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame.

October 19, 1944
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh - 1944

Peter Tosh, OM (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963–1974).

November 22, 1944
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Max Romeo

Max Romeo - 1944

Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 November 1944) is a Jamaican reggae and roots reggae recording artist who has achieved chart success in his home country and in the United Kingdom.

February 6, 1945
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Bob Marley

Bob Marley - 1945

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

July 25, 1946
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Rita Marley

Rita Marley - 1946

Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Marley (née Anderson; born 25 July 1946), is a Cuban-Jamaican singer and the widow of Bob Marley.

March 4, 1947
Irie Magazine | Chronicle - Aura Lewis

Aura Lewis - 1947

Aura Lewis (born Aurelia ‘Aura’ Grace Msimang on March 4, 1947) was a South African singer who worked with Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and recorded an album with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in the late 1970s. Early Life and Career Aura was born Aurelia Msimang in Western Native Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. After growing up […]

April 10, 1947
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Bunny Wailer

Bunny Wailer - 1947

Bunny Wailer (born Neville O’Riley Livingston, 10 April 1947 in Jamaica), also known as Bunny Livingston and affectionately as Jah B, is a singer songwriter and percussionist and was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

February 6, 1948
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Bunny Rugs

Bunny Rugs - 1948

William Alexander Anthony “Bunny Rugs” Clarke (6 February 1948 – 2 February 2014), also known as Bunny Scott, was the lead singer of Jamaican reggae band Third World as well as recording as a solo artist.

November 23, 1949
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Marcia Griffiths

Marcia Griffiths - 1949

Marcia Llyneth Griffiths (born 23 November 1949) is a successful Jamaican female singer, also called the “Queen of Reggae“.

January 1, 1952
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Judy Mowatt

Judy Mowatt - 1952

Judy Mowatt OD (born 1952) is a Jamaican reggae artist who rose to fame as part of the trio the “I Threes”, the backing vocalists for Bob Marley & The Wailers.

October 5, 1953
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Puma Jones

Puma Jones - 1953

Sandra “Puma” Jones (5 October 1953—28 January 1990) was an American singer, best known for her involvement with the Grammy Award-winning group, Black Uhuru.

June 21, 1954
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Augustus Pablo

Augustus Pablo - 1954

Horace Swaby (21 June 1954 – 18 May 1999), known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularised the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used in Jamaica to teach music to school children) in reggae […]

August 6, 1955
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Earl 'Chinna' Smith

Earl “Chinna” Smith - 1955

Earl “Chinna” Smith (born 6 August 1955), aka Earl Flute and Melchezidek the High Priest, is a Jamaican guitarist active since the late 1960s. He is most well known for his work with the Soul Syndicate band and has recorded with many reggae artists, appearing on more than 500 albums.

February 1, 1957
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown - 1957

Dennis Emmanuel Brown (1 February 1957 – 1 July 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae. Bob Marley cited Brown as […]

August 4, 1957
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Dean Fraser

Dean Fraser - 1957

Dean Ivanhoe Fraser (sometimes appearing as Dean Frazer) (born 4 August 1957) is a Jamaican saxophonist who has contributed to hundreds of reggae recordings since the mid-1970s. He was awarded the Musgrave Medal by the Jamaican government in 1993 in recognition of his services to music.

August 6, 1962
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Jamaica's Independence

Jamaica Celebrates Independence - 1962

The Independence of Jamaica refers to the series of events which led to and the declaration of the Colony of Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962.

August 3, 1964
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube - 1964

Lucky Philip Dube (pronounced doo-beh) (3 August 1964 – 18 October 2007) was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist. Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of 18 October […]

July 25, 1965
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Prezident Brown

Prezident Brown - 1965

Prezident Brown (born Fitz Cotterell; 25 July 1965)

April 16, 1969
Irie Chronicles Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker & The Aces hit #1 in the UK - 1969

Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group, the Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), he had one of the earliest international reggae hits with “Israelites” (1968).

January 1, 1972
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru - 1972

Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album Anthem winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae […]

February 8, 1973

The Harder They Come (US Release) - 1973

The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican crime film directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor D. Rhone, and starring Jimmy Cliff. The film is most famous for its reggae soundtrack that is said to have “brought reggae to the world”.

January 1, 1974
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - I Threes

I Threes - 1974

The I Three, commonly called “I Threes”, were a Jamaican reggae singing group that was formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley & The Wailers, after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — the original Wailer backing vocalists — left the band.

January 1, 1976
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Peter Tosh - 1976 - Legalize It

Legalize It - 1976

Legalize It is an album and song by Peter Tosh. Legalize It was Tosh’s debut album as a solo artist after leaving The Wailers. It was recorded at Treasure Isle and Randy’s, Kingston, Jamaica in 1975 and released in Jamaica in the same year.

April 30, 1976
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Bob Marley & The Wailers - 1976 - Rastaman Vibration

Rastaman Vibration - 1976

Rastaman Vibration is a reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers released on 30 April 1976.

September 8, 1976
Irie Magazine's Chronicle - Bunny Wailer - 1976 - BlackHeart Man

Blackheart Man - 1976

Blackheart Man is the debut album by Bunny Wailer, originally released on 8 September 1976, in Jamaica on Solomonic Records and internationally on Island Records.

January 1, 1978

Rockers - 1978

Rockers is a 1978 Jamaican film by Theodoros Bafaloukos. Several popular reggae artists star in the movie, including Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Dillinger, and Jacob Miller. Rockers was originally intended to be a documentary but blossomed into a full-length feature showing the reggae culture at its peak. With a budget […]

February 4, 1978
Irie Magazine presents Chronicle - Althea and Donna

Althea & Donna hit #1 in the UK - 1978

Althea Rose Forrest and Donna Marie Reid, better known as Althea & Donna, are a Jamaican reggae singing duo best known for their 1977 single, “Uptown Top Ranking”, which reached number 1 on the UK Charts on February 4, 1978.

January 7, 2013

By The Rivers – ‘Take Control’ Official Music Video - 2013

By The Rivers ‘Take Control’ Official Music Video By The Rivers aren’t a band to be easily defined. Their eponymous debut album demonstrates influences of the melodies of Soul & Motown, the grooves from Funk & Afro-Beat, and the fun from Ska and Pop. A blazing brass section, which accents, stabs, and sways its way […]

December 26, 2013

IRIE Magazine launches - 2013

The inaugural issue of Irie Magazine launched today featuring Reggae Ambassadors, Third World, on the cover in illustrated format.

January 25, 2014

Shuga – ‘Ebony’ Official Music Video - 2014

Shuga ‘Ebony’ Official Music Video Misty Campbell is a Jamaican international recording artist and winner of the competitive national TV program, Jamaica Digicel Rising Stars (J.D.R.S – 2009). Best known as ‘Shuga’, the artist adapted her moniker depicting the sweet sugary sound of her vocal ability. Embodying the spirit of a rebel with positive messages, […]

March 11, 2014

Shanty – ‘Blackout’ Official Music Video - 2014

Shanty ‘Blackout’ Official Music Video Shanty are a seven piece reggae collective from northwest London; they describe their sound as ‘stomping bass, soulful hooks and party vibes’, with cross influences ranging from Soul, Electronic and Hip Hop embedded in their sound. New to the scene and making a significant impact after the release of their […]

April 21, 2014

By The Rivers – ‘Vulture’ Official Music Video - 2014

By The Rivers ‘Vulture’ Official Music Video By The Rivers aren’t a band to be easily defined. Their eponymous debut album demonstrates influences of the melodies of Soul & Motown, the grooves from Funk & Afro-Beat, and the fun from Ska and Pop. A blazing brass section, which accents, stabs, and sways its way alongside […]

May 19, 2014

Notis & Iba Mahr – ‘Diamond Sox’ Official Music Video - 2014

Notis & Iba Mahr ‘Diamond Sox’ Official Music Video Notis NOTIS, the riddim duo of Wayne ‘Unga’ Thompson on drums & Jason ‘big bass’ Welsh are the heavy rhythm foundation of ‘Notis’, one of Kingston Jamaica’s premier live band and cutting edge production crews. Heavy reggae, neo roots, dub and future alternative. Renowned for studio […]

July 7, 2014

Tuff Like Iron – ‘Keep Your Head Up’ Official Music Video - 2014

Tuff Like Iron ‘Keep Your Head Up’ Official Music Video Born May 28th, 1986 in NYC, Tuff always had an international spirit and gift to connect with people of many walks of life on a human level. After dropping out of prestigious Columbia University, Tuff chose to follow the path of Self-reliance and began her […]

August 11, 2014

The Hempolics – ‘Green Line’ Official Music Video - 2014

Pentateuch ‘Green Line’ Official Music Video Hempolics debut music video. A prelude to the hugely anticipated forthcoming “Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1” album due spring 2015; featuring Paolo Nutini, Maxi Jazz and an all star cast of international talent. Did You Know… The original track “Green Line” was written and performed by Garnett Silk, […]

September 13, 2014

Irie Love – ‘Step Up’ Official Music Video - 2014

Irie Love ‘Step Up’ Official Music Video Irie Love (her birth-given name) is a Hawaiian R&B Reggae singer, songwriter and performer. She was born and raised in Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii. She first gained notice as one of the finalists on the “Brown Bags to Stardom” competition in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1999. She was signed […]

November 10, 2014

Pentateuch – ‘Pressure’ Official Music Video - 2014

Pentateuch ‘Pressure’ Official Music Video Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Kingston, Jamaica, sits the relative oasis of the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts, the mecca for many young Jamaican artistes looking to hone their skills in the rich indigenous art forms Jamaica has to offer. Among this group of […]

November 14, 2014

Raging Fyah – ‘Brave’ Official Music Video - 2014

Raging Fyah ‘Brave’ Official Music Video Raging Fyah’s “Brave” is featured on their 2nd studio album, “Destiny”. Released in 2014. Raging Fyah is one of the most talented and dynamic groups ever to hit the Jamaican music scene. Divinely united in 2006, five stunning musicians- Anthony Watson, Kumar Bent, Courtland White, Demar Gayle and Delroy […]

November 20, 2014

No-Maddz – ‘Romance’ Official Music Video - 2014

No-Maddz ‘Romance’ Official Music Video They are all Jamaica Prime Minister Youth Awardees for Excellence in the field of Arts and Culture; the highest state award for youth in Jamaica. The group hit single ‘Rise above Profanity’ is featured on the PUMA FAAS global campaign. The No-Maddz plays the characters ‘Rocker’, ‘Flex’, ‘And’ and ‘Groove’ […]

December 23, 2014

Terra Prometida – ‘Vaso de Barro’ Official Music Video - 2014

Terra Prometida ‘Vaso de Barro’ Official Music Video Terra Prometida (Promised Land) was formed in 2001 in Brasilia under the name RastaFire. In 2006, the group decided to strengthen their Brasilian identity and changed their name to Terra Prometida. The group performed in major events and festivals, opening shows for renowned bands and artists such […]

August 10, 2015

ChainSka Brassika – ‘Knowledge is King’ Official Music Video - 2015

ChainSka Brassika ‘Knowledge is King’ Official Music Video This mischievous rabble from Lewisham have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK and beyond. Chainska have set stages and faces alight at festivals and during recent ‘Grandslam’ tour support for Madness, and won the first ever World Reggae […]

September 9, 2015
Irie Magazine | Cali Reggae Inaugural Issue - September 2015 #01-01

ZOOLOOK launches Cali Reggae Edition of Irie Magazine - 2015

The California Reggae Edition of IRIE Magazine launched today featuring Sacramento-based cali-reggae band, Arden Park Roots, on the cover in illustrated format.

November 28, 2015

Sheldon Senior – ‘Wise Up’ Official Music Video - 2015

Sheldon Senior ‘Wise Up’ Official Music Video Sheldon Senior is a fresh and dynamic artist out of Mandeville Jamaica who is making his presence felt on the world music scene, assuring him a future in the global reggae industry. This extraordinary singer/songwriter has been creating deeply meaningful and thought provoking songs that capture the essence […]

April 7, 2016

Delphine – ‘Music’ Official Music Video - 2016

Delphine ‘Music’ Official Music Video “Music” is a song full of meaningful, whose colors talk about a story experienced by Delphine, in Madagascar off the African coast, in a remote part of the world. A human adventure full of emotions, where the music takes all its senses to become a single language. It is the […]

April 14, 2016

The Hague Reggae All Stars – ‘Stop That Train’ Official Music Video - 2016

The Hague Reggae All Stars ‘Stop That Train’ Official Music Video The Hague Reggae All Stars is a collective of renowned musicians who have earned their spurs. Fingahs is a popular Jazz pianist. Riddm is a an inventive Rhythm guitarist. Perc is an excellent percussionist who has a lot of experience with Brazilian music. Big […]

April 21, 2016

Iba Mahr – ‘Haile’ Official Music Video - 2016

Iba Mahr ‘Haile’ Official Music Video Iba MaHr, the young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/ lover’s rock genre. Iba has survived the many dangers and harm of his volatile community through advocating love, peace, righteousness and spiritual consciousness. As his name represent, he is quite humble, and does not let anything or anyone trouble his […]

May 2, 2016

Prablem The Substance – ‘Righteous Path’ Official Music Video - 2016

Prablem The Substance ‘Righteous Path’ Official Music Video feat. Strykk, Inphared, Emanuel Stain & Fyah Roiall Prablem’s music is described as soulful, deep, connecting with people’s emotion and sense of being. On the other hand, his lyrics sometimes rips and tears similar to that of a canine tooth. Attacking social commentary and Society’s issues head […]