Gospel reggae

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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.[1][2][3] Other major artists in the genre include Christafari.[4] 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".[5][6]

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.[7]


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  5. ^ Jebbinson, Andre (2006) "Lester Lewis pioneer of gospel reggae style", Jamaica Gleaner, 15 December 2006, retrieved 2011-07-08
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  7. ^ Edmonds, Ennis Barrington & Gonzalez, Michelle A. (2010) Caribbean Religious History: An Introduction, New York University Press, ISBN 978-0-8147-2235-0, p. 212