Miami's Ten Best Reggae Acts of 2014

Even Bob Marley left a South Florida legacy.
Even Bob Marley left a South Florida legacy.
Photo by Adrian Boot/Island Records

Down in Florida City, Rasta Rick used to live in an air conditioned tree house, serve bricks of good outdoor ganja, and jam reggae tapes all day.

Dade County is both a downtrodden Babylon, and a Rasta's paradise. And many of the world's greatest reggae artists, bands, and performers can be found right here in Miami, Florida.

From pioneers who helped write and record some of reggae's first hits to the youth of today that's learning from the legends, the genre is still as active, exciting, and infectious as when it appeared on the world's stage in the late 1960s.

Here are Miami's ten best reggae acts of 2014.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Ska Bands of All Time

Miami's Ten Best Reggae Acts of 2014
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10. The Resolvers

Percolating with a big-band confluence of island riddims and Storyville jazz, the Resolvers pack a walloping sound that hits right in the hips and keeps everyone dancing all night. Brother and sister co-founders, Ojay and Sahara Smith, are the progeny of international reggae superstar Ernie Smith, and it shows in their high-concept originals and straight-up jams that keep the swing in your step.

Miami's Ten Best Reggae Acts of 2014

9. Inna Sense

Based on cash flow alone, Mango's Tropical Café on Ocean Drive is one of the top venues for reggae music in America, and it's the Miami Beach spot where Inna Sense has sharpened its stage skills for the last 15 years. Band leaders Jimi Dred and Vibert Chang know how to read and rock a crowd so well, they can spot the inner freak in a Pasadena soccer mom from a mile away. Three songs into their show, she's up and singing to every word. And before it's done, the rest of the audience is too.

See also: Bob Marley: The Story of Selling Reggae's Biggest Star to "the White World"



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