First, let me say that for me a music video is 'Jamaican' only if:
If is sung by a Jamaican
If it is produces by a Jamaican
If it depicts Jamaica
Trevor Baille, Ras Kassa, Big Daddy, Kevin Lee, Ray Smith, Nordia Rose and Asha Mchail are some of the big names in the Jamaican music video industry. A fairly new industry that got started in the late 1980’s but has grown tremendously.
For me, and a lot of other Jamaicans, the TVJ’s Saturday programme "Where its’ at" back in the days , gave us the opportunity to watch music videos of our favorite tunes.
It was a one hour programme dedicated to just showing both local and international music videos. I think this was Jamaica’s first formal music video programme.
Of course you know that if an artist wants to increase sales on a particular song all they need to do is make a music video.What this does is take his or her music to an audience that would not normally be listening to that particular tune. So the competition now is who is able to produce a music video the fastest.
It is now a lot easier than before to get someone to produce a music video for you. The wealth of raw talent that is available is amazing. And the number of Jamaican cable companies that have designated slots or channels just for showing Of course, there is also the internet with several popular video sites, including youtube that offers free viewing.
Here is a list of some of my favorites...
...My Top Jamaican Music Videos:
Cut it off - DJ Nicholas
Bible in a di air - Prodigal Son
Praise I do - Jason Mighty
Step pon di ememy - Pappa San
Obeah man pappy show - Goddy Goddy
Rockaway - Beres Hammond
She is royal - Tarus Riley
Fly away - Christopher Martin
Unconditional - Jah Cure
How come - Morgan Heritage
Lioness on the rise - Queen Ifrica
System - Romaine Vergo
Free - Etana
Turn your lights down low - Bob Marley featuring Lauryn Hill
Live your life - Richie Stephens and Gentleman
In my life - Jah Vinci
Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
Queen Majesty - Heavy D
Kingston - Elephant Man
One by one - Laza Morgan featuring Mavado
Strength of a woman - Shaggy
Good ole wife - Wayne Marshall
Gimme de light - Sean Paul
Murder she wrote - Chaka Demus and Pliers
Tel me she - Tami Chynn
Solid as a rock - TOK
Frozen - Tami Chynn featuring Akon
Here comes the hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
This list is of course is no were near the growing list of great Jamaican music videos at are out there. Why don’t you find some time explore the Jamaican music and make a list of your own.