Dancehall is one of the most widely listened to genre’s in the world. It originated in Jamaica in the late 1970s as brach of reggae music. The genre has since spread to the rest of the world. Popular artistes whi have made songs in the genre include American pop stars Rihanna and Drake.
Here are some of the best dancehall artiste in the world.
1. Vybz Cartel
Adidja Azim Palmer popularly known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican dancehall artist. He has been recognized as one as Dancehall’s most prolific and skilled lyricists. He is credited with further popularizing dancehall genre.
2. Sean Paul
Sean Paul Francis Henriques is a Jamaican rapper, singer and record producer. His hit singles “Get Busy” and “Temperature” topped the charts in the United States, and most of his albums have been nominated for the Grammy’s Best Reggae Album, with Dutty Rock winning the award.
Orville Richard Burrell, popularly known as Shaggy, is a Jamaican reggae musician, singer, DJ, and actor who scored hits with the songs “It Wasn’t Me”, “Boombastic”, “In The Summertime”, “Oh Carolina”, and “Angel”. He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning twice for Best Reggae Album.
Garfield Spence also known as Konshens Konshens is steadily growing to of the finest international dancehall artists. He teamed up with some of the biggest producers this year including Major Lazer and also collaborated with Chris Brown. Konshens held great shows this year and released hits such as “Turn Me On” and “Right Back” which lit up the dancehall scene in 2018.
5. Beenie Man
Moses Anthony Davis popularly known as Beenie Man, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste. He is referred to as the world’s “King of Dancehall’’ by some. Some of his popular songs include; Romie”, “Who Am I”, and “Girls Dem Sugar”
6. Busy Signal
Reanno Devon Gordon who goes by the stage name Busy Signal, a Jamaican dancehall artiste. His hit singles include Come Shock Out, Tic Toc, step out. He is a very influential name when it comes to dancehall music.
Popcaan popularly known as Andrae Hugh Sutherland is a Jamaican dancehall artist, singer and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas. His songs include; Only Man She Want, Everything Nice, Ova Dweet, El Chapo, and Family.
8. Sizzla Kalonji
Miguel Orlando Collins, popularly known by his stage name Sizzla Kalonji is a Jamaican reggae/dancehall musician. He is noted to be one of the most successful dancehall artistes in the world. Sizzla Kalonji has whooping 56 solo albums.
Earlan Bartley, professionally known as Alkaline, is a Jamaican dancehall musician. He is one of the most widely listened to dancehall artiste. His popular songs include Champion, Farewell Ft. Mavado and State A Emergency
10. Lady Saw
Marion Hall popularly known Lady Saw is a Jamaican Dancehall artiste and song writer she is also referred to as the Queen of Dancehall music. She is the first female deejay to be certified as a triple-platinum artist.
Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, is a Jamaican Reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter and rapper. She is among one of the few female artistes exploring the genre. Some of her song include; Rapture, Throne and Blazin
David Constantine Brooks widely known as Mavado is Jamaican dancehall artiste and songwriter. He is signed to We the Best Music Group, he was also previously signed to Cash Money Records. He has collaborated with the likes of Bounty Killer, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, French Montana and Alkaline. His popular songs include; I’m Sanctify” – ft. Sean Paul, Ghetto Bible and many others
13. Charly Black
Desmond Méndez known as Charly Black, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste. He has a huge fanbase who daily listen to his music. He is best known for his hit track “Gyal You a Party Animal”
14. Bounty Killer
Rodney Basil Price aka Bounty Killer is a veteran dancehall artist who is acknowledged as a very influential dancehall musician. Bounty Killer contributed to the careers of several big dancehall artists such as Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, and Mavado
15. Mr Vegas
Clifford Smith better known as Mr. Vegas, is a Jamaican dancehall musician. He began making music career in 1997 when he was 23 years old. Smith released albums such as Sweet Jamaica and Reggae Max. He has several hit tracks like Yu Sure, Latest News, and Jack It Up. He considered one of the best dancehall musicians.
Winston Foster, better known by the stage name Yellowman, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes. He is also known as King Yellowman
Dancehall Artiste Squash is a member of the G City crew based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Squash came into the spotlight with the 6IX movement Squash. Since then, Squash has taken the dancehall industry with a bang with hits such as “Trending “and “Money Fever”. He has collaborated with other prolific dancehall artists such as Vybz Kartel, Chronic Law, Jahvillani, and Bobby Six. He has great videos for jams such as “Beat Dem Bad “and “Cyah be the Same”.
Masicka is a multi-talented Dancehall artiste and songwriter in the Jamaican dancehall svene. Masicka is being touted as the next big thing in dancehall music. His music is steadily gaining international prominence. His music include; King inna earth, blessing, they don’t know
Grace Latoya Hamilton known professionally as Spice, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter. Her hit tracks include Romping Shop, complain and right there.
20 Shatta Wale
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr popularly known as Shatta Wale is a Ghanaian Afro Dancehall artiste. He was formerly known as Bandana before he rebranded to become Shatta Wale. He is considered the Dancehall king in Ghana. He has several awards including VGMA’s 3music awards amongst others.
Some information used in this article was culled from Wikipedia.