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Music Monday: Reggae Music

Photo by W Scott Chester via 100 Layer Cake

This week on Bridal Guide, DJ Kuato has given some advice when it comes to the style of music to play at your wedding! This week focuses on an often uncommon choice: reggae! Check out all his tips below and then head over to Bridal Guide to see the full feature and check out some of our other Music Mondays!

It is important for the reception music to speak not only to the bride and the groom but also to their guests. Many modern weddings include guests from a wide variety of ages, cultures, and lifestyles. Great wedding music can bridge these gaps, form connections, and blend a seemingly disparate group of people into one cohesive celebration.

Whether it’s cocktail hour or a post-reception dance party, reggae is an uplifting and surprisingly versatile genre for a wedding. It’s been called a “universal language ” by music aficionados, and historically it has appealing to the masses from all different cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, reggae’s influence can be found in pop hits, including songs by The Police, Blondie, Rihanna, Estelle, and many others.

Couples who ask me to pepper in a few reggae songs are always pleased with the reaction from their guests. It gets heads bobbing and feet tapping; it gets people grooving on the dance floor; and most importantly, it gets the entire room feeling good and smiling. Depending on what the couple asks for, I can do a mini- set of 4-6 reggae songs, or I can mix a few reggae songs into the cocktail and/or dance sets; both get great results.

Check out the songs below to find reggae tunes-both new and old-that will work great for cocktail hour, slow dances, or party songs. Like any genre, reggae has its contemporary jams, as well as old school party classics.

Cocktail Hour

  • “Boom Shack-A-Lak” – Apache Indian
  • “In The Summertime” – Shaggy
  • “Lottery Spin” – Zap Pow
  • “Cupid” – Amy Winehouse
  • “Magnificent” – Estelle ft. Kardinal Offishall
  • “Can’t Keep I Down” – Stephen Marley

Slow Dances

  • “La-La (Means I Love You)” – Alton Ellis
  • “Baby I Love Your Way ” – Big Mountain
  • “Many Rivers To Cross” – Jimmy Cliff
  • “Hold You (Hold Yuh)” – Gyptian
  • “No Games” – Serani
  • “I’m Still In Love” – Sean Paul ft. Sasha

Dance Songs

  • “Hot Steppa” – Ini Kamoze
  • “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” – Inner Circle
  • “No Letting Go” – Wayne Wonder
  • “Hot Hot Hot” – Crossfire
  • “Pon de Replay” – Rihanna
  • “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” – Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj