It has been almost a year & a half with little to no live events, Covid has put a stop to all that. In the same breath, the unity amongst the UK dancehall artist is now at an all-time high, the talents have taken to Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and Twitch live to showcase talent and grow their fan base while maintaining relevancy.
Lady Danga a female artist on the scene does a Tuesday night call TagTuseday, Dj /Selector KJ from Black Knight Sound has a Tuesday night live called Leggo Mi Artist with various others doing things. Starpoint hosted the 1st UK versus dancehall style, this had a record number tuning in to see Shanti Force and Brain Tear Spookie go tune for tune, this was not a clash environment but the people were entertained. Magnum Fridays, Buzwakk studios, Reggae Star Factor, etc are all giving artists a platform to showcase their talent and entertain the mass at home. Now, 2021 we are looking forward to reopening the industry after 2020 was a complete write off so we have put together some artists you need to be listening out for.
Here are 10 artist we have our eyes on.
Flying the flag for Birmingham dancehall community this curvaceous female is fresh talent. She has a smooth voice and multiple flows with some punchy bars. Pretty Ex dropped her debut single and video for Epik Music Group, (they are a collective of DJs, Producers & Promoters worldwide) song entitled “Ice cream” with over quarter million (250k) streams globally despite being released valentine’s day, roughly a month before lockdown as her first single.
A Sing Jay that is steadily crafting a solid foundation in the industry by putting in some serious work with well put together songs, videos and a very impressive work rate is definitely one to watch as he is steadily building a solid fan base. He’s a favourite amongst many ladies.
This sultry female is a package, she has the look and the voice, she has been making steady strides dropping impactful and relatable music. Tre Bleu songs seem to mostly come from past experiences that resonate with females. She’s under the guidance of Flames Media Entertainment that has the support of Flames Radio’s wealth of experience and collective of DJs, definitely one to watch with that soulful RnB vibe fused with Jamaican dialect.
The ladies DJ/Selector as he’s more known on the club scenes in the UK/Europe is definitely one to watch as he has made the transition from Disc Jock to Artist in less than 2 years with a very impressive promotional work rate. With his releases targeted at the ladies he has found a formula and at the moment sticking to it as he questions the ladies or instructs them about bedroom affairs with songs like “Question “, “Roll and His latest release, a collaboration with fellow artist Marl E called Rock another one for the ladies as just been released with some stunning visuals. His song ‘Tick Like a Clock’ has amassed well over 5 Million streams globally and is in heavy rotation by dancehall and soca DJs worldwide after becoming a viral sensation on tiktok and instagram.
Tana Kimone is a fantastic female dancehall artist who debuted in 2017. She released “Blessing, Pretty Pretty and Calling”. Pretty Pretty ft Brain Tear Spookie created an online buzz with the ladies which lead to her being a supporting act at Caribbean Splash at the O2 arena London. Tana Kimone’s style of music is more laid back and smooth RnB elements fused in dancehall. Control is her latest offering featuring K More, she also released No Styling and Rough It Up in 2020.
The younger brother of QQ, who gave us songs like One Drop and Stuckie plus others. IQ seems to be following in his brother’s footsteps but with a slower RnB style somewhat like Dexta Daps. His songs are mainly for the ladies’ songs like Scream and Slow down; IQ is creating the UK Benchmark. In 2019, he dropped his debut EP, Jamaican Prince, then had a sold-out 1st headline show. With support from Tim Westwood and Seani B he has also been a support act for Popcaan’s Wembley show IQ is definitely on his way to becoming a household name.
A female artist that has been steadily increasing her notoriety over the years as a former member of Style Gs warning crew and now a part of Vybz Kartel’s camp she has been putting in consistent work over the last 2 years that has seen her bless many festival stages such as ‘Wireless’ and feature on global smash hit Cono remix alongside Sneakbo. Lisa Mercedez has a unique style that is able to fuse dancehall vibes with other genres and she definitely has the potential to accomplish great things in the business.
K More has been putting in consistent work for a while now building a solid foundation while perfecting his craft and it is all coming together now. The hard work is reaping rewards, having just released a body of work; Zinc Rain demonstrates his versatile, commercial appeal, and is making his presence felt. The EP is very solid with 5 tracks and features two collaborations. The name fitting as it is definitely one for the ladies. This London-based, Jamaican-born dancehall artist is one to keep a close watch on.
Based in West London Indie has a smooth soulful voice, the delivery of her lyrics illustrates confidence and self-belief with a crossover dancehall sound she effortlessly delivers her song. “Assurance” is Indie’s latest single as she confidently lets her companion knows how much they mean to her.
Producer, writer, and artist this south London-based musician is making his presence felt. In 2020, he released his debut Ep Kutti876 Live with 10 solid tracks showing his singing and pen skills. With songs like “Gold” and “Fall in Love” making there way through the dancehall underground Kutti876 is paving his path and stamping his mark. Keep an eye on him and your ears close to his sound.
Did we miss your favourite? Is there an up-and-coming artist who has earned a place on our list? Share your views in the comments!