Ghanaian Reggae & Dance-hall superstar Shatta Wale, Ed Sheeran’s cousin Jethro Sheeran (a.k.a. rapper/producer Alonestar), Tommy Lee Sparta, Vybz Kartel and several marquee names in Jamaican music including Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton, Elephant Man, Mojo and Peetah Morgan are all featured on the new Reggae collectors edition of Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica.
The 25-track album, digitally released by Contractor Music Group (based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica) and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group. The tag ‘tropical house’ has been used in recent years to identify pop hits influenced by Jamaican reggae/dancehall and Trinidadian soca, including several Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers: Omi’s “Cheerleader,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Billboard’s 2017 Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” also the Hot 100 Song of the Year.
Executive Producer Sean “Contractor” Edwards, managing director of Contractor Music Group, named the compilation Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica based on his observations of recent developments within the reggae industry. “The biggest things that have impacted reggae music in the last five years are the emergence of the tropical house genre and Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, which became so successful that competitors created The Love and Harmony Cruise.
Following a blockbuster year for Shatta Wale steered by his dancehall-tinged, his inclusion on Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica should bring far-reaching attention to the diverse talents onboard and the birthplace of one of the most frequently used enhancers in contemporary music. Having Shatta Wale on a primarily Jamaican artist compilation brings a focus to the place where reggae and dancehall was created and reminds the world that we are still here and can put together compilations in Jamaica.