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What is a Qobuzissime? It’s an award presented by Qobuz for a first or second album. Pop or Reggae, Metal or Classical, Jazz or Blues, no genre is excluded. More often than not the award is presented to a newly discovered artist. Sometimes it might be a particularly quirky or a crossover album from a discography. The important aspects are uniqueness, sincerity and quality. We look for these things in the recording, the project and the sound identity.

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Skatalites: Independence Ska and the Far East Sound – Original Ska Sounds from The Skatalites 1963-65

Various Artists

Reggae - Released May 26, 2017 | Soul Jazz Records

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On The Beach With The Paragons

The Paragons

Reggae - Released January 1, 1967 | Gorgon Records

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Empire Soldiers

Brain Damage

Reggae - Released October 14, 2013 | Jarring Effects

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High Damage

High Tone

Dub - Released March 26, 2012 | Jarring Effects

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Bass Température

High Tone

Dub - Released October 11, 2001 | L'Autre Distribution

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High Tone

Dub - Released April 22, 2002 | L'Autre Distribution

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Mister Yellowman

Yellowman

Reggae - Released March 23, 2001 | Greensleeves Records

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Zentone

Zenzile

Dub - Released January 1, 2005 | Jarring Effects

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Boombastic

Shaggy

Reggae - Released July 11, 1995 | Virgin Records

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Boombastic confirmed Shaggy's status as one of the most popular dancehall acts of the '90s, and for good reason -- the record is an infectiously entertaining collection of deep, funky grooves that celebrates good times. Featuring the major hit title track, the album also sports a great guest appearance by Grand Puba on "Why You Treat Me So Bad," as well as a hot duet with singer Wayne Wonder on "Something Different." Despite a silly cover of "Day Oh," Boombastic keeps the funky reggae coming and is Shaggy's best album to date. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Forces Of Victory

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Dub - Released January 1, 1979 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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If Dread Beat An' Blood brought Johnson and initial flush of notoriety, then Forces of Victory was the record that cemented his growing reputation as a major talent. Bovell and the Dub Band swing hard on this set, especially on the album's opening track "Want Fi Goh Rave." This contains some of Johnson's most memorable songs/poems, such as the heartfelt prison saga "Sonny's Lettah" and the confrontational "Fite Dem Back," which he delivers in his trademark sing-song Jamaican patois. Dramatic and intense to the point of claustrophobia, Forces of Victory is not simply one of the most important reggae records of its time, it's one of the most important reggae records ever recorded. © John Dougan /TiVo