2012 was a better year for some local artistes and a trying one for others. Dancehall seemed to have reached its pinnacle in Jamaica, which boded well for rising dancehall acts like Konshens and Tommy Lee Sparta.
These two artistes dominated airwaves in 2012, and now everyone is waiting to see what they have in store for 2013. There are a few other artistes, though, that are looking to make 2013 their year. Here are five talented reggae acts that you should keep your eye on this year.
Poised to release his debut album this year, this rebel music advocate has been on the rise, securing a fan base in Europe and Africa where he revealed his music has been getting recognition.
Kabaka Pyramid is the co-owner of Bebble Rock Records and is also credited as a producer, but it is his profound lyrical adeptness and lethal delivery that makes him a standout among other up-and-comers.
The artiste describes his style as a reggae/hip-hop fusion. His free Rebel Music EP is still making the rounds and tracks like Free From Chains and Ready Fi di Road are timeless tunes that reveal a talented and experienced artiste.
The self-proclaimed 'baddest lyricist' collaborated with reggae star ProtojÚ, for Warrior, arguably his most recognisable track. Hopefully 2013 will further nurture Kabaka Pyramid's inevitable rise to success.
This reggae-fusion artiste is not only talented both lyrically and vocally, but his style is refreshingly one-of-a-kind.
OMI first broke the barrier of obscurity with his hit single Cheerleader, which has been making waves worldwide and even held the No. 1 spot on a few international charts. The music video for his follow-up single Standing on All Threes was released in August of last year and has also been seeing growth in popularity.
This blooming artiste is now looking to bolster his already fast-growing fan base with last month's release of his latest single, Firweworks.
The track features instrumental performances from a few of Jamaica's greats, including Ernest 'Ernie' Ranglin and Sly Dunbar, who complement OMI's smooth vocals and sharp lyrics with their skilful playing.
Pentateuch has been stirring up quite a buzz in the underground music circuit with their transcending and powerful music.
The young roots-reggae band first started tongues wagging with the release of Blackface. Now the band of five talented Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Alumni is looking to go mainstream with the release of its debut studio album, aptly entitled Genesis.
Genesis is a great introduction to the world stage. The album is an ode to roots reggae music of yesteryear with a contemporary spin. The band's lyrical prowess is channelled into uplifting and inspirational tracks which, when paired with the lead singer's soulful vocals, produce an overwhelming aural experience.
What is even more commendable is the band's live performance, which is on par with acts that have had years of experience.
Pentateuch's next video, for their gritty single Kingston, is slated for release in March.
With every live performance, this reggae act extends his already fast-growing fan base.
This is because Chronixx, is undoubtedly, a talented reggae musician.
At the recent Superjam concert where the artiste performed to a crowd of fans, DJ Sanjay boldly declared that the artiste's single, Odd Ras, will be his breakthrough single, and many would agree.
Odd Ras is a catchy single declaring the artistes individuality as he boldly states "mi naah fallah nuh baddy". The spirit of revolution and defiance in the track is sure to bring the artiste even more fans in 2013 and act as a stepping stone.
Included in his repertoire are signs of a good performer. If Chronixx continues to be as sensational as he was during his set at Usain Bolt Tracks and Records where he was part of the Behind the Screen series, then success is but an inevitability.