Jamaican media veterans — Clyde McKenzie, Ralson Barrett, Rory Gilligan, GT Taylor, and Dr Dennis Howard have summed up a list of Jamaica’s top 10 deejays.
Clyde McKenzie was the founding general manager of reggae radio station Irie FM, where he also hosted the popular entertainment programme “Musically Speaking”. Today he is a director of Shocking Vibes Productions, a company that manages artistes and produces recorded music and live events.
Ralson Barrett is the CEO at Entertainment Konnections Ltd, a company that specializes in public relations, entertainment consultancy, artiste management, entertainment bookings, events production, music production and talent development. His experience in the music business spans almost two decades. He has dedicated his entire life to the music business. He is also a music producer and a publicist.
Rory Gilligan is synonymous with Stone Love Movements, arguably the most influential sound system in Jamaican pop culture. Since 1982, while a student at Calabar High School in St Andrew, Rory Gilligan has been a selector for this ‘immortal sound’.
Veteran IRIE FM radio personality George ‘GT’ Taylor is all about entertainment. Anyone who knows him well can tell you that he is always thinking about his next big entertainment project. GT Taylor made his name as a top radio personality in the 1990s on IRIE FM. Over the years, he has been involved with several entertainment ventures including the Occasions Nightclub, Club Classique Nightclub and the award-winning Christmas Extravaganza stage show which is held annually in Black River, St Elizabeth.
Dr. Dennis Howard is a trained broadcaster (television/radio), newspaper columnist, magazine editor, lecturer and author.
The List of Top 10 Jamaican Deejays are based on figures who established themselves as artistes, producers, and trendsetters.
Check out the list below — Top 10 Jamaican Deejays!
- Shabba Ranks – Lyrically, the most dynamic deejay and first to make a serious mark internationally. The two- time Grammy winner lay the foundation for Shaggy and Sean Paul.
- Bounty Killer – Despite his controversial personality, without doubt one of the greatest. With his vast catalogue of hardcore hits, ‘Killer’ is still an explosive live act after 20- odd years in the business.
- Buju Banton – His ability to fuse reggae, dancehall and ska produced outstanding albums. Dancehall’s renaissance man.
- Ninja Man – The ‘clash king’, hands down the most lethal deejay on stage. His sneer and wit has endeared him to dancehall fans.
- Beenie Man – The quintessential showman, his ability to create easy-on-the ear hits have made him one of the genre’s most successful acts.
- Capleton – The fiery ‘Prophet’. Does not need hits to ‘mash up the place’.
- Sizzla Kalonji – Possibly the only deejay other than Buju Banton to produce two or more great albums. Black Woman & Child (2007) and Da Real Thing (2002) are seminal works.
- Super Cat – Was at the peak of his powers in the early ’90s. Cat’s rude boy style influenced many contemporary deejays.
- Tiger – Before suffering extensive head injuries in a 2003 motor accident, Tiger was arguably the most versatile deejay. From 1985 to 2003, he produced a number of chart-toppers including Wanga Gut and When.
- Vybz Kartel – Love him or hate him, his unique lyrical flow and ability to create hits at a rapid rate, earns him a place among the best.
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