Filipino reggae is reggae music created in the Philippines. The country has several bands and sound systems that play reggae and dancehall music in a style faithful to its expression in Jamaica. Reggae in the Philippines comprises the many forms of reggae and its subgenres, and at times combining traditional Filipino forms of music and instruments in their music.
Cebu, Manila, Quezon, Pampanga, Marinduque and Boracay are some of the cities that reggae has found a base, with many artists residing in these cities and performing at local bars and clubs. The Visayas region of the Philippine islands has had the largest concentration of reggae groups, with the Visayan city of Cebu even being dubbed The Reggae Capital of the Philippines. In Early 2007 Ziggy Marley performed in the MTV Philippines Reggae Fest by the Bay festival in Manila. Marley played with local reggae talents and the big names in Filipino reggae.
Jamaican Reggae was introduced to the Philippines in the late 1960s, however the first recognized Filipino reggae bands didn't appear until the late 1970s. Cocojam is known as one of the first Filipino reggae bands. Ska also found its place in the Philippines, with many bands forming, especially in the Visayas island region. Places like Cebu and Dumaguete became the hub of Filipino ska. Dub music also found its place within the islands, with bands like Junior Kilat popularising the genre with songs like "Sigbin". Local folklore, tales and traditions were a noticeable influence on songs. The subgenre called dancehall has been popularized in Cebu by Coolie dread and The Microphone Commanders. Bands like Badjao Roots and Tropical Depression displayed cultural awareness by using traditional instruments in their songs. With the commercial success of groups like Brownman Revival, Tropical Depression, and Hemp Republic, the Filipino reggae scene has seen more popularity, to the point that more reggae festivals are being introduced and expanded around the country.
Notable Filipino reggae artists and producers