When you think of reggae music, you probably think about Jamaica. And when you think of Spanish-language music, you probably don’t think about reggae! Nonetheless, Spanish reggae artists have made some of the greatest reggae music of the last 30 years. If you don’t believe us, just read on.
The fact of the matter is that a lot of great music has emerged from the Spanish-speaking world. Unfortunately, much of it gets ignored in the Anglosphere and elsewhere. But trust us–whether you’re looking for pop music, alternative music, dance music, or something else entirely, you can definitely find it in Spanish.
Today, however, is dedicated entirely to Spanish-speaking reggae artists. The list of great Spanish-language reggae artists could go on and on, but today we’ll be highlighting four of the genre’s most classic acts. These groups span countries, time periods and styles, but they all have one thing in common: they create fantastic, Spanish-language reggae music.
So if struggling through a Spanish-language short story has you stressed out, you’ve come to the right place. These Spanish reggae artists are perfect to relax to, or to listen to the lyrics and reflect. You’ll see what we mean in a minute.
Also, never forget that listening to music is a great way to pick up natural-sounding slang from around the world!
Now, without further ado, here it is: our list of four classic Spanish reggae artists.
Spanish Reggae Artists
Formed in 1987 in Santiago, Chile, Gondwana was the first reggae band to form in that country. They’re also arguably the first Spanish-language reggae band to achieve mainstream international success, and they’re unarguably pioneers of the reggae en español movement.
Funnily enough, bandleader “Locks Labbe” was initially drawn toward reggae music after a 1982 festival performance by The Police in Chile. At some point, he must have been turned onto more classic reggae music as well, as Gondwana is probably the truest “roots reggae” group on our list.
One of the earliest Spanish reggae groups, Gondwana (in our humble opinion) isn’t one of the genre’s most interesting or innovative artists. That being said, they’re doubtlessly a good starting point for new listeners. If you’re just getting into Spanish-language reggae, you have to at least check out Gondwana.