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Album Review

A landmark album on every level, Vibes of the Times announced the arrival of "conscious" dancehall and Tony Rebel, along with Garnett Silk, as its leading proponent. Armed with songs produced by legendary reggae producers Sly Dunbar, Steely & Clevie and Donovan Germaine, which shone with Biblical references and hopeful messages, this album lifted the genre up from the dominant muck of gun and sex lyrics and pointed it in a more positive direction. Using his pioneering "sing-jay" style, Rebel showcased his DJ and crooning skills on the classics "Chatty Chatty," "One Day" and "Sweet Jamaica." Guest appearances by Diana King and Garnett Silk add to the record's melodic sound. Released in 1993, when dancehall was still relatively new and spewing with arrogance, Vibes of the Times stands as an important symbol of what dancehall can aspire to.

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Reggae Classic from top to bottom

I remember this album so vividly from growing up with my mother in St. Thomas. This is one of the true pioneers of reggae music along with Garnett Silk, Bob Marley and so many others. Thinking about this album during my younger days brought tears to my eyes. I wish reggae music could go back to being good and wholesome all over again.


Born: January 13, 1962 in Manchester, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tony Rebel sings a peaceful, roots-oriented form of dancehall music designed to inspire his audience to take a more positive approach to life and social change. Born Patrick Barrett, Rebel is a Rastafarian, but rather than simply creating serious, philosophical tunes, he infuses his music with a lighthearted, liberal-leaning dose of humor. Prior to becoming a recording artist in the 1990s, he spent 14 years playing the local dancehall circuit....
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