5 Female Reggae Artists to check out
Some people still think it’s a man’s world but we’re not sure that can be applied to the world of Reggae. These female Reggae Artists deliver just as much fire as the men.
With roots firmly secured in the Rastafarian faith, Queen Ifrica is one of the top cultural artists in reggae, swarming the airwaves with hits for almost two decades. As an active community leader, Ifrica is involved in several outreach programs for children in Jamaica’s inner-city and charity shows where proceeds are donated to the cause.
Reggae soul songstress with an uplifting message and inspirational sounds. Ranging from performances on a full live band to an up-close and personal acoustic set with a guitarist and her vocals. always leaving fans on a natural and spiritual high. Singer/Songwriter/Activist, Inspiring and changing lives through music and philanthropy.
Judy Mowatt could be considered to be one of the first female reggae artists. She was also associated with Bunny Wailer in the early 1970s and wrote some of the tracks he recorded. In 1974, she got her big break by joining Bob Marley’s backing vocal trio the “I Threes”.
Her Black Woman album (1980) is considered by many critics to be the greatest reggae album by a female artist. It was also the first reggae album recorded by a woman acting as her own producer. She became the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of reggae music when her Working Wonders album was nominated in 1985.
Queen Omega hails from San Fernando in Trinidad. Raised in a musical family, she grew up listening to soul artists like Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker and Whitney Houston, as well as jazz and the traditional music of Trinidad.
Queen Omega is well on her way to creating a sort of consistency the roots side of reggae needs from a female artist.
Marcia Griffiths is a Jamaican singer known primarily for her strong, smooth love songs and captivating live performances. She has been recording and performing music for over 50 years which I think should earn her the title of ‘Queen’ at the very least. Her recording of Bunny Wailers ‘Electric Boogie’ remains the highest-selling single by a female reggae singer of all time.
There are certainly more female Reggae Artists out there. Who is your favourite?