Buju Banton

Buju Banton

Jamaican music experienced a dramatic transformation in the mid-1980s. The popularity of roots reggae’s signature drum and bass driven beat receded with the development and rapid proliferation of digitally generated beats. The solo singers and harmony groups who ruled the Jamaican charts just a few years earlier were practically dismissed as patois chatting deejays (i.e. the Jamaican equivalent of rappers) dominated the country’s cultural landscape.

Some of the most celebrated deejays in the pioneering era of digital reggae (which soon became... more