Jaqee, The Kokoo Girl

“I grew up with African Gospel, in sad and turbulent environment, for me, this means I grasp and totally understand the reggae and its non ending struggle for the common man.”

Born in Uganda, moved to Sweden, and nowadays rippling her music back to the African continent, thirty-four year old Jaqee possesses a special talent able to range across reggae, soul, jazz, hip-hop and more. She strikes me as squaring an African, reggae version of Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill and M’chelle N’degeocello.

She’s an unsparing, and droll commentator in this video.

Jaqee‘s conscious African music provides strong messages in charming wrappers. Land of the Free, a re-sequenced, widely available version of Kokoo Girl, both from 2009, followed on the breakout of Blaqalicious.

It takes but a few moments with her music to realize she’s the total, advanced, musical package.

Jaqee home page | Myspace
Get to Know Jaqee @Afripop

, AIM magazines

Dub Collision mix: Is There A Message?


The Harder They Come was the first reggae record I ever bought. The next two were Catch A Fire by Bob Marley, and, Funky Kingston by Toots and the Maytals. I discovered King Tubby and Lee Perry a few years later. And so it came to be, my vibration with the classic old school roots, rockers, reggae. In compiling the index of Dub Collision mixes, I noticed there was no reggae in the collection. Until now.

h/t Roots Archive (a great source for reggae recordings)

Is There A Message?

1. The Pioneers – Sample Man
2. Alton Ellis – The Winner
3. Melodians – It’s My Delight
4. Burning Spear – Get Ready
5. Keith Hudson – In the Rain
6. Congos – Days Chasing Days
7. Cornell Campbell – My Conversation
8. Yabby You – Take My Hand
9. Scientist – Separation
10. Leroy Smart & Bunny Lee – Dub You Madly
11. Junior Byles & the Upsetters – Beat Down Babylon
12. Sandra Cross – Is There a Message/Dubwise Message
13. Niney the Observer – Tribulation Version
14. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Running Away + Crazy Baldhead (live)

60m 320kbs 144mb | download Megaupload