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Kabaka Pyramid & Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley @ Reggaeville Yearbook 2022

02/03/2023 by Gardy Stein

Kabaka Pyramid & Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley @ Reggaeville Yearbook 2022

The ebb and flow of life has washed us ashore upon another year - a prosperous 2023 to all of you, first and foremost! Thank you for every click, like and comment; for your cherished feedback and critique; for all the love you show to the artists featured on our channels; and for the love you show to us! As always in January, we take the time to look back on the past 12 months with our annual Reggaeville Yearbook, filled to the brim with concert and festival reports, interviews, articles, releases, photos and album reviews.

Rolling with the high tide, our ALBUM OF THE YEAR poll presents the TOP10 of the musical goodness we‘ve been flooded with in 2022. For the first time ever, we only hold an internal vote, with a panel consisting of 80 Reggae experts (journalists, media professionals, festival organizers, booking agents, radio moderators, DJs, producers, artists, Team Reggaeville…) delivering their 10 favorites. The album that received the most votes is The Kalling by Kabaka Pyramid and producer Damian Marley - congratulations! 

As you can see, these two amazing artists also grace the cover of this edition, as we are convinced that they deserve special mention for what they do to continuously uplift the genre to new heights. In an in-depth interview, Kabaka takes us through his year from January to December including some exciting behind-the-scenes information, so make sure you let his words wash over you! 

Also, we have once more asked several artists for their highlights, and their answers grant us a very personal insight into their 2022. Our own special moments are depicted above: the release of the Ganjaville Riddim, the Marleyville Exhibition, as well as the new series Take Me Places (hosted by Munchy with icons such as Sly Dunbar, Donovan Germain, Flabba Holt, Gussie Clarke and Jackie Jackson) were memorable projects that we feel proud to relive with you here.

Turning to the low tide of things, we have again lost some great artists and wonderful people to the waves of time – what is sad in the case of elders such as Tyrone Downie or Cecil „Skelly“ Spence becomes a tragedy when someone as young as Jo Mersa Marley leaves us. They all are commemorated in the RIP-section, and we express our deepest condolences to friends, fans and family. 

To close with the words of the great Bob Marley: „In high tide or in low tide, I‘ll be by your side!“ We hope you enjoy flipping through the following pages and, by doing so, you may wipe the slate clean for fresh memories. According to numerologists, 2023 is a 7 year… a „me“-year, focusing on introspection, growth and spiritual reflection. Add to that the peaceful, intuitive and patient energy of the water rabbit, who rules the year in Chinese astrology, and we are off to a good start!