The Women in Reggae Mix

For this year's International Women's Day, Leonel Manzanares de la Rosa curates an incredible mix of reggae songs written by women.
By    March 6, 2020

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There’s a Chinese proverb, mostly attributed to Mao Zedong, which says: Women hold up half the sky.” Its intention is to acknowledge the equality between men and women, and to recognize that women are capable to achieve greatness. But in practice, our societies have done a remarkably terrible job at giving women their due; instead, we have built a system of oppression that silences their voices, obscures their achievements, and threatens their lives, every single day. We have a moral, historical duty to dismantle this dynamic, to change things in order to amplify and empower women. To achieve true equality. 

In spite of this shameful history of oppression and abuse, women have always been at the forefront of our social, scientific, and artistic evolutions. No human accomplishment would ever exist without the invaluable contributions of female pioneers, and some of them have single-handedly invented entire fields of study without which our current understanding of the world would be impossible. 

It was a woman who invented rock and roll. It was a woman who created science-fiction. It was a human who shaped the classical music of the entire 20th century. It was a woman who developed the notions that would come to define the totality of Western music. And there have been women in every nation, in every era, in every discipline, building our cultures from the ground up. Women don’t hold up half the sky, they hold the foundations of our entire existence. 

Reggae, of course, is no exception. Every stage in the development of the Jamaican style has seen a great number of talented and influential women pushing things forward; in mento and ska, in rocksteady, in roots and in dancehall, even in dub. This mix is a tribute to the women that defined the genre.  


  1. Norma Fraser – First Cut Is The Deepest
  2. Myrna Hague – What About Me
  3. Denise Darlington – Feel So Good
  4. The Webber Sisters – Come On Home
  5. Dawn Penn – No No No 
  6. Cecile Campbell – Leave Me In Misery
  7. Hortense Ellis – Secretly 
  8. Little Audrey – Sea Puss And Bammie
  9. Soulettes – Deh Pon Dem 
  10. Angela Prince – You A Fool Boy 
  11. Jennifer Lara – I Am In Love
  12. Claudette McLean – Give Love Another Try
  13. Delia Humphrey – Dream Land
  14. Jerry Jones – There’s A Chance For Me 
  15. Rita Marley – It’s Alright
  16. Marcia Griffiths – Working 
  17. Doreen Schaffer – Ain’t Gonna Change My Mind 
  18. Josephine Bryan – What Could I Do Without Jah 
  19. Marlene Webber – My Baby
  20. Elaine Monteque – Hurt So Good 
  21. Cherry Ann – Tell Me Something Good
  22. Pansey Scott – Top Of The World 
  23. Pam Reid – Mysterious You
  24. Carol Barnwell – One Day At A Time 
  25. Enid Cumberland – Town And Country Café
  26. Summertaires – You’re Gonna Leave Me
  27. Nome & Paulette (The Tonettes) – Everytime 
  28. Susan Cadogan – Fever 
  29. Sharon Forrester – Here Comes The Sun
  30. The Gaylettes – Son Of A Preacher Man 
  31. Joya Landis – Kansas City
  32. The Dreamletts – Really Now 
  33. Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing
  34. Marguerita – Woman A Come
  35. Paulette Williams – My Island
  36. Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia
  37. Norma White – I Want Your Love
  38. Cynthia Schloss – Cha La La, I Need You 
  39. Paula Clarke – Skip And Dance
  40. Carol Brown – Just Enough To Keep Me Hanging On
  41. Jennifer Day – Together 


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