Rude boys and gyals in Singapore are on fiyah!
Jamaica’s biggest cultural export has left a remarkable impact on the music landscape throughout the decades. As we celebrate International Reggae Day (on July 1), we bring you some suggestions on how you can get your fix of that island sound right here on this Singapura island.
International Reggae Day Singapore 2016
Celebrate Reggae culture on July 1 at Mariko’s (4 Jiak Chuan Road) with a selection of Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and Ska music from 8pm. Hosted by Singapura’s reggae royalty Masia One with music provided by Yella Sky Sound System, Submerge, Rumshot and Adonis. Don’t miss the live acoustic set and jump on the #ThisIsMyReggae hastag while you’re there.
More details here.
Reggae Universe – Round 2
For some Latin, African, and Bass beats along with everything from roots and ska to dub and ragga, head over to Wine Universe Restaurant & Wine Bar (9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-109) on July 9.
Following the first edition of Reggae Universe in November 2015, you can also enjoy a scrumptious selection of wines, cocktails, and finger food.
More details here.
Singapore’s very own reggae band is famed for their monthly performances at Hard Rock Cafe where they play covers of our favourite reggae tunes and they’ve also put out original music over the past 20 years. You can also catch them performing at other venues (such as the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, pictured) from time to time. Get updates here.
Dub Skank’in Hifi
This collective of musicians, DJs, VJs, sound technicians, and producers plays old and new sounds of dub, ska, roots reggae, jungle, rocksteady, dancehall, and even world music at their monthly events.
Catch this homegrown dub sound system here.
Singapura Dub Club
Singapore’s premier Reggae & Dancehall platform brings together dub, reggae and bass music lovers in Singapore every first Sunday of each month to network, eat and dance. One of their signature events, the Great Singapore Jerk Off introduces Jerk chicken (Jamaican style BBQ chicken marinated with three different traditional Jamaican Jerk sauces) to Singapore accompanied with ska, reggae and dancehall in the background.
Find out when the next Jerk Chicken Festival will be here.
Lion Steppaz Sound
A Reggae sound system is an important part of Jamaican music and in Singapore, Lion Steppaz Sound blares roots reggae, rock steady, dancehall and dubstep at their monthly reggae parties. You’ll be guaranteed good vibes all around on a Sunday afternoon.
Keep a look out for their next event here.
With their blend of Reggae, Dancehall and Hiphop, the Irietones has captivated audiences in Singapore (including the 100+50 Bands Festival — a music community festival featuring the local music scene) and the region. The Ragga Waka Dancers occasionally join them on stage to add a little bit of bashment and dancehall moves to the mix.
Catch the Irietones spreading Reggae music around the world here.
Yes, Reggae and Dancehall are well and alive in Singapore in the form of dance classes offered at these studios:
Not sure if you’ll enjoy it? Keep a lookout for Esplanade’s “Footwork” series where they offer one-off basic dance workshops (of various genres including reggae and dancehall) as part of its yearly da:ns festival.
It’s not a wildly popular dance genre in Singapore (yet) but check out what our Dancehall Nation is capable of here. We’re not expecting Singapore to produce an International Dancehall Queen any time soon, but this is a good start.
We remember the days when they had a store at Far East Plaza, and today they’re still going on strong at Marina Square (6 Raffles Boulevard #03-132/133). Singapore’s only Jamaican-themed store stocks everything red, gold and green for that irie vibe in this part of the world.
By Muneerah Bee, July 2016