Music is life

… and life is music. It is side by side of  love the most important thing in my life. I often sit and actively listen to music, not just having it in the background. I reflect upon the lyrics, I cry, I smile, I jump up and down, I dance or I just relax and let the music take me places I never thought I would experience. I don´t drink or take any kind of drugs, nor do I have a TV, instead I get high on music, sometimes falling into trance-like states of mind. Even though I understand seven languages I enjoy music sung in languages I do not understand. Music in itself is a language, speaking not only to your mind but also most definitely to your heart, and it transcends all boundaries and borders. Music is freedom and in someway music and love is the same.

I remember almost everything I have listened to in my life. Every song brings out memories of significant and unsignificant moments in my life both in urban Sweden, living or passing through other countries, and  in the mountains of Bosnia where I spent the summers shepherding with my grandparents from the age of five.

I got my first music cassette when I was three years old at the end of the seventies : James och Karin – Barnlåtar (which in Swedish means Children´s songs). I would describe it as psychadelic progressevie children´s singer/songwriter rock/pop. Now as an adult I wonder what stuff they must have taken to write this kind of music? There were songs about flying dogs biting children in the legs and swallowing the legs whole ; songs sung by a letter without a stamp that was lost; songs about animals demonstrating against roads being built through their forest, , songs sung by a toothbrush and so on …

When I was four my hippie mother came home from Morocco with a piece of music that would change my life and follow me through the next 30 years. It was the album Uprising by Bob Marley & The Wailers. Since then I have never stopped listening to Reggae. Whatever kind of music I have listened to through the years Reggae music has followed me patiently side by side with rock, pop, punk,  heavy metal, blues, hip-hop, rap, drum n´ base, ska, salsa, reggaeton, bachata, dub, dubstep, zouglou, mbalax,  so called world music and some stuff I really wouldn´t know how to categorize.

Lately I have been virtually travelling to most of the 55 countries of Africa by help of the music program Spotify. That program revolutionized my life as I all of a sudden have access to billions of songs from all over the world legally. You listen to one artist and the program suggests simliar artists to you. In that way I started in Gambia in western Africa and Zimbawe in eastern Africa with artists such as Youss N´Dour and Thomas Mapfumo and three months later I had several hundreds of songs from all over the continent that I really like. You just pick the best from each artist and put them in playlists available to you anywhere in the world where you have internet access. Before Spotify I had to go through strange music shops looking for Reggae that I never found or just finding one or two artists from outside of the so called western world. If you want to listen to some of my Spotify playlists go to the bottom of this post. (Spotify is available in Spain, UK, Finland, Norway, USA, France, Sweden and the Netherlands) Everytime you listen Spotify pays a small sum to the artist!

I´ll try to post when I find songs or music albums that moves me or from time to time write about great music that I have already stumbled upon.  Also, whenever I hear a thoughtful piece of lyrics I will share it with you in a short post. The focus of this blog will be on Reggae from all countries in the world but i will also post some of my favorite pieces of music from the 56 countries of Africa. i will gladly accept any music suggestions of local reggae bands more or less famous.

As a start without introducing all musicians/groups at this time I´ll list some favorite musicians/bands. Instead of genre I will begin with a list from country to country in alphabetical order.

The following is a list of favorite artist/group and one or two of their songs that I can think of at the moment (I´ll add more later) :  Please click if you would like to hear some of the songs below.

Songs/Artists in green are also clickable and will take you to that spesific song on youtube 🙂

If you have any suggestions for more music, please let me know 🙂

Algeria Idir Exil (Da Rib) Reggae/Other
Algeria/ France Gnawa Diffusion Révolution, Gnawa, Reggae
Algeria/Switzerland Sarazino Ecos de Radio Iguana Reggae/Saharan…
Argentine  Los Enanitos Verdes Eterna Soledad Alternative Rock
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Yo Quiero morirme Acá Ska/Reggae
  Soda Estereo La ciudad de la furia Rock/ Alternative
Australia  AC/DC Back In Black Heavy Metal
  Xavier Rudd Come Let Go Alternative
Austria Iriepathie One World Reggae
Mzuri Sana Definição Rap / Hip-Hop
Tribalistas Velha Infancia Alternative
Tribo De Jah Apartheid Social Reggae
Burkina Faso Victor Démé Sina, Djôn´maya  
Cabo Verde  Cesária Évora Riberonzinha  
  Maria de Barros Petit Pays  
Cameroon Richard Bona Dipita Jazz
Canada Neil Young Like A Hurricane Rock
Chile Gondwana Aire de Jah Reggae
Commonwealth of Dominica Nasio Fontaine Living In The Positive Reggae
Costa Rica / Mexico Chavela Vargas La Llorona Traditional, Rancheras
Côte d’Ivoire(Ivory Coast) Alpha Blondy Peace in Liberia, Ikafô, Jerusalem Reggae
Beta Simon Malian Way Reggae
  Magic system Ki Dit Mié, Premier Gaou Zouglou
  Tiken Jah Fakoly Africa, Ayebada Reggae
Côte d’Ivoire/ France Dobet Gnahore Djiguene  
Cuba Afro-Cuban Allstars Pío Mentiroso, Habane Del Este, Amor Verdadero Guaracha, Guajira Son, Mozambique,
Eliades Ochoa Ay PapacitoChan Chan Son, Bolero
Orishas Mujer, El Kilo Hip Hop/ Mix with  other Cuban styles
Democratic Republic of Congo Pitcho On Va Célébrer Hip-Hop
Congo Franco Kinsiona ?
Dominican Republic  El Chaval Donde Están Esos Amigos Bachata
Frank Reyes Princesa
Zacarias Ferreira La Avispa
England (GB) Alpha & Omega Rastafari Heavy Dub
The Animals The House Of The Rising Sun Classic Rock
Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) Fortress Europe Rap / Ragga-jungle / Indo-dub
Aswad I A Rebel Soul, Concrete Slaveship Reggae
(Cat Stevens)Yusuf Islam Wild World Rock / pop
Deep Purple Solider Of Fortune, Hush Hard rock
Dire Straits Romeo And Juliet,  
Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name, Children Of The Damned Heavy metal
Judas Priest Dying To Meet You Heavy metal
Steel Pulse Ku Klux Klan Reggae
Uriah Heep The Wizard, Lady In Black Progressive rock
England / India Talvin Singh ਤਲਵੀਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਮਠਾਰੂ Jaan, Sutrix Drum ´N´Bass
Eritrea Asmara All Stars Fhemsela, Haki Dub/Jazz / Local/ Reggae
Ethiopia Dub Colossus Azmari Dub Dub/Mix of different styles
France Daddy Mory Seigneurs de Guerre Reggae
  Sergent Garcia Poetas,Amor Pa´Mi, Los Desaparecidos Salsamuffin
France/Burkina Faso Yapa M´Mory, Kelemani  
France/Spain Mano Negra Mala Vida Punk, All styles
Mano Chao Me Laman Calle, Clandestino All styles
“Garifuna” / Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras Andy Palacio Baba  (Father), àmuñegu (In Times To Come) Garifuna
Gambia Rebellion The Recaller Take It Easy, Why No Food Hip-Hop/ Reggae
Ghana Reggie Rockstone Accra Allstars Hip-Hop
Guyane Energy Crew Change Your Mind Reggae
Jah Soldiers Oussama the Most Wanted Man
Natural Black Be Careful Of Your Enemies
India Alphonse Aaromale Film music
  Rakesh Chaurasia Gujarat Bhajan  
Ireland Rory Gallagher Bad Penny, Philby Blues / Rock
Thin Lizzy Dancing In The Moonlight Rock
Jamaica The Abyssinians Satta Massa Gana Reggae -from -roots -to -dancehall
Anthony B How do you feel, -Woman Of My Dreams, Striving
Ajamu Mystery Babylon
Black Roots War, Juvenile Delinquent
Bob Marley& The wailers So much trouble in the world, One love, Redemption Song
Bugle Journeys
Bunny Wailer Who Feels It
Burning Spear No more war, Cultivation
The Congos Fisherman
Culture Too long in slavery, I´m not ashamed
Delroy Washington Wake Up Jamaica
Don Carlos Love Jah
Duane Stephenson August town
Earl Sixteen Babylon Walls
The Gladiators Dreadlocks The Time Is Now
Gregory Isaacs Mr. Cop
The Heptones Mama say, Cool rasta, Revolution
Horace Andy Love Love Love
Hugh Mundell Greaat Tribulation
Ijahman Levi Jah Heavy Load
Israel Vibration The Same Song, Why Worry
The Itals Me Waan Justice
Jacob Miller Roman Soliders of Babylon
Jah Mason No matter the time,Love Is The Answer
Jimmy Cliff Lonely Streets
John Holt Strange Things
Jhonny Clarke Ites Green and Gold
Junior Byles Fade Away
Junior Kelly Rasta Should Be Deeper
Keith Hudson Rasta Took The Blame
Ken BootheLittle Roy Freedom Time (aka Freedom Day), Is It Because I´m Black
Lee “Scratch”  Perry Babylon Falling Version
Linval Thompson River Jordan
Lutan Fyah What A Woe, Stress Free, Our World
Morgan Heritge Live To The Fullest
Perfect Rasta Rebel
Peter Tosh I Am That I Am
Pressure Modern Pharao, Be What You Want To Be
Queen Ifrica Far Away
Richie Spice The World Is A Cycle, Take It Easy, Brown Skin
Sojah Wake Up
Sylford Walker Burn Babylon
T.O.K Guardian Angel
Tanya Stephens These Streets
Tarrus Riley Let Peace Reign
Third World 96 ° In The Shade
Tony Rebel Jah Is By My Side
The Twinkle Brothers Babylon Falling
YT Mr. Politician
Kenya Stan Nganga Wageci Soul
Mali Afel Bocoum Alasidi ? Blues
Ali Farka Touré Tulumba Blues
Habib Koité Saramaya, Kumbin :- )
Kiakeya Project, Various Artists Red Ladies Tent Jam Electronic / Tamashek
”Viux” Farka Touré Slow Jam Blues
Mexico       Maná Selva negra, Mis ojos Rock
 Caifanes Nubes Rock/Alternative
Los De Abajo Mateme Amor, El Loco Ska/Traditional/Rap… mix
Mexico/USA     Santana Black Magic Woman Rock/Alt.
Nepal Sur-Sudha Rajamati  
Nigeria/UK Ben Okafor Raise your Conscience Reaggae
Nigeria Majek Fashek African Unity Reggae
Northern Ireland Van Morrison Days Like This Rock
Pakistan Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Mustt Mustt (- Lost In His Work Remix) Quawwali, Ghazal
Pakistan / UK State of Bengal Flight IC408 Drum´N´Bass, Dub, Electronica …
Puerto Rico Calle 13 No Hay Nadie Como TúLa Perla Reggaeton y más
Don Omar Pobre Diabla, Bandoleros Reguetón
Ismael Rivera Traigo Salsa, El Nazareno Salsa
Tego Calderon Quiéreme Como Soy Reguetón
(Julio) Voltio El Mellao Reguetón
São Tomé e Príncipe Izék Costa Mácu Reggae/ zouk
Senegal Abass Abass Africa Child Hip-Hop
Awadi Sunugal, Zamouna Hip-Hop
Carlou D Sen Regal :- ) His own style, Mbalax
Cheickh Lo Set, Sant Maam,N´galula, N´Jariñu Garab Mix of mbalax, jazz, salsa, …
Daara J Esperanza Rap/ Hip-Hop
Ismael Lo Manko, Tadjabone, Talibe Mbalax and more
Omar Pene Woma, Fari, Mbalax and other
Orchestra Baobab Hommage Á Tonton Ferrer, Aduna Jaruul Naawo Specialists in all styles
Pape & Cheikh Mariama, Yaay ?
Positive Black Soul Taara Hip-Hop
Sister Fa Milyamba Empowering Hip-Hop
Youss N´Dour Birima All styles
Senegal (south part) Daby Balde Waino Blues Blues
Toure Kunda Sama Dio :- )
Senegal/France Diogal Sore ?
Serbia Hornsman Coyote Hornsman Cry Reggae
Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša Stastopojo Alternative, Reggae
Sierra Leone   Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars Global Threat, Living Stone Reggae and other
Somalia/USA K´naan Take A Minute Hip-Hop Positive
South Africa Proverb Stop Think, Say Something Hip –Hop/Rap
Hugh Masakela Vasco Da Gama Jazz/ funk / soul
South Sudan Emmanuel  Jal Warchild, Emma Hip-Hop Spoken Word
Spain     Amparanoia En La Noche, En La Ciudad All styles
Bebe Malo, Ella Rock/Pop
Los Delinquentes El Aire De La Calle Flamenco nuevo
Macaco Con La Mano Levantá Flamenco nuevo
Mala Rodríguez La Niña, Jugadoras-Jugadores Hip Hop
Morodo Mas Yama Reggae
Skalariak Guantanamo Ska
Sweden Chords Knocking On my Door Hip-Hop
Helt Off Babylonsjukan, Säg som det E, Det Brinner I Paris Reggae
Kapten Röd Trasig, Blommor Vid Oscarsleden, Ta Inga Order, Ju Mer Dom Spottar Conscious Reggae
Kultiration Babylon Faller, Ur Jord, Propaganda, Sparkar & Slag Reggae / traditional
Labyrint Kärleken Hip-Hop
Looptroop Long Arm Of The Law Hip-Hop
Looptroop Rockers Joseph, Fort Europa Hip-Hop
Peps Persson Copenhagen Blues, Hög standard Blues / Reggae
Promoe Long Distance Runner, Songs Of Joy, Lullabies to Myself, Dog Day Afternoon Hip-Hop /Rap
Skaburbian Collective Stressa Av Reggae
Svenska Akademien Cttrl+Alt+Del Hip-Hop / reggae
Timbuktu Jag Drar, Dynamit Det löser sig Hip-Hop / reggae
Sweden / Holland Cornelis Wreswijk Lasse Liten Blues Singer songwriter
Sweden / South Africa Zoro Jabulani, Azania Reggae + ?
Tanzania / Congo Ndala Kasheba Refugees Session 2 Sokous and other
Uganda Geoffrey Oryema Makambo ?
Madoxx Fed Up, Ngolabye Reggae
USA Alice In Chaines Rotten Apple Grunge
Alex Theory Voodoo Dub Electronic chill
BB King Ghetto Woman, Help The Poor Blues
Ben Harper Excuse Me Mr. Singer songwriter
Blind Melon Change, No Rain Alternative
Blue Oyster Cult Don´t fear The Reaper Rock
Bob Dylan All Along The Watchtower Singer songwriter
Chicago 25 Or 6 To 4 Rock
Cunninlynguists Georgia, Close Your Eyes, Valley of Death Conscious Hip-Hop
Groundation Music is the most high Reggae
Guns N´Roses Sweet Child O Mine, Civil War Hard rock
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile Blues Blues rock
Mr. SOS Die For You Hip-Hop / Progressive
Lou Reed Dirty Blvd. Rock
The Outlaws (Ghost) Riders In The Sky Southern rock
Pearl Jam Indifference Grunge
Smif N´Wessun Wrecktime Hip-Hop
Soliders of Jah Army   (SOJA) Rasta Courage, True Love, Mother Earth Reggae
USA/Dominican Republic Aventura El Malo, Un Beso, Obsesión Bachata
USA/ Romano/Russia / Spain / Latvia / Israel / Ukraine / China / Italy / Sweden / Trinidad and Tobago / Ecuador /Ethiopia  Gogol Bordello Immigraniada ( We Comin´ Rougher) , Alcohol Punk world Romano ?
USA/ South Africa Young Nations Get It Good Got It Good Rap / Hip-Hop
Yugoslavia Azra Balkan Rock
Bijelo Dugme Lipe Cvatu Progressive  rock
  Електрични оргазам   (Električni Orgazam) Igra Rok’ En’ Rol cela Jugoslavija, Zlatni Papagaj Rock/Punk
  Ekatarina Velika (EKV) Sinhro, Oči boje meda Rock/Alternative
  Шарло Акробата Ona Se Budi Punk/Rock
  Smak Ljudi Nije Fer 70´s rock
(Zaire)/Tanzania Remmy Ongala I Want To Go HomeOne World Soukous, Ubongo…
(Zaire) D.R. of Congo Lokua Kanza Nakozonga  
Zimbabwe Thomas Mapfumo Juanita, Kuvarira Mukati/ Suffer in Silence Chimurenga
Oliver ”Tuku” Mtukudzi Neria, Ndima Ndapedza ”Tuku Music”
Winky D Say No Reggae/ Dancehall
USA / Senegal / Mali / Ivory Coast Africando Mandali Salsa
Virgin Islands (St. Croix) Midnite Pagan, Pay Gone Reggae

If you want to listen to some of the music on the list just click the link above to my playlist on youtube.

Perfect love!

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!”

Bob Marley

New favorites:

Ghana – Chizzy Wailer – Change the Constitution

Turkey –    – Dinle

Puerto Rico – Calle 13 – Latinoamérica (click here and you come to a plece where I translated the lyrics and you can listen to it as well)

Pakistan – Ali Zafar – Nahi Re Nahi, Jee Dhoondta Hai

Old favorites I had forgotten 🙂

I can’t believe I left out John Lennon – Working class hero 

Nigeria – Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy (Thanks for reminding me @friquan):

South Africa – Lucky Dube – Together as one

The World – Manu Chau – Clancestino, Me llaman calle

Venezuela – Oscar de Leon – llorarás

Spotify is available in  Sweden, Spain, USA, France, Holland, Norway, UK, Finland for free

 Here is some music from the 55 countries of Africa for the people that can access Spotify  , , you can also go directly to my Spotify profile for all my playlists.

The good thing about Spotify is that they will pay the artist a small sum every time their song is played

Spotify Playlists:

Africa, west, east and south (soft)

Africa 2000 on the move (All styles 55 countries music explosion )

Beautiful Africa (Soft, soft, soft) (55 countries)

Hip Hop Africa (one continent – 55 counties)

Africa Reggae (one continent 55 countries)

Africa Blues (Mostly Mali region)


Africa/Europe dance (Two continents many countries)

East Africa

Tiken Jah Fakoly

Alpha Blondy

Africa (whole albums)

Here are also some reggae playlists on my Spotify

A) Stand up and fight, Never give up

Gammal hederlig Reggae

LOVE songs, broken, true, stolen…all REGGAE of course

All reggae until 2010 from roots to dancehall

Reggae in your face

Enough is enough (Reggae) World gone crazy

Conscious reggae

Roots Reggae Modern and Old

David roots

Positive – Musik med niceness och glädje!

Uppsala Reggae Festival 2011

Babylon fall

Rasta music


Who, What, When, Why…?


Mother Earth

Reggae gems found 2011

Jah Mason 


Lutan Fyah

Kapten Röd 

Queen Ifrica

Morgan Heritage 

Anthony B Lutan Fyah

Richie Spice


Duane,Tarrus I octane

Reggae – Svenskt

Bob Marley old school

Roots De Guyane

And also a playlist with over 1000 songs in cronological order that I have listened to since I was 3 Musik jag lyssnat på sen jag var 3 i kronologisk ordning tom. 2010

Perfect love and good listening,

Rasta Teacher


About Rasta teacher

The two most important things in life are love and music. I would almost say that they are the same; love is life and life is music. Perfect love!
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4 Responses to Music is life

  1. marleyrkives says:

    Greetings Bredda! I linked to your blog from my Blogroll. Maybe you could do the same? Bless.

  2. marleyrkives says:

    I see on the Blogroll, you link to my website Much thanks! Was wondering if you could instead link to my blog The Midnight Raver at Give thanks!

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