Reggae gospel is musically identical to reggae, with singers making use of the traditional off-beat accenting endemic to the genre, but the lyrics substitute Rastafarianism for Christianity. Reggae gospel is seldom found outside of Jamaica.
Gospel reggae is a genre of music that originated in Jamaica, mixing reggae rhythms with Christian-themed lyrics.
Several reggae artists, many of whom were previously part of the Rastafari movement, have converted to Christianity and adopted gospel reggae as their primary style. Examples include Tommy Cowan, Carlene Davis, Nora Dean, Papa San, Sherwin Gardner, Sanchez, Lieutenant Stitchie and Kerron Ennis. Other major artists in the genre include Christafari. Lester Lewis has been described as a pioneer of gospel reggae, having won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Gospel Song Competition in 1989 with “Every Time I Read My Bible”.
DJ’s who specialize in Gospel Reggae include DJ Proclaima from the UK. He has been championing the music for the last 20 years and has millions of views on Youtube
The popularity of gospel reggae has been seen as a sign that reggae has taken broader hold in Jamaica, having previously been strongly identified with the Rastafarian community.
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