Words by Martei Korley, Photo by David Corio—
Today would have been the 56th birthday of Dennis Brown. The late Crown Prince of Reggae died in 1999 at age 42. Though his life was cut way too short, he fortunately left us with a massive catalog of music, recorded over 30 years—he was just 11 at the time of his first recording, “Lips of Wine.” So, instead of running all the big tunes you already know like “Money In My Pocket,” “Promised Land” and “Love Has Found Its Way,” we had our creative director, co-founder and chief Dennis Brown scholar Martei Korley break down his picks for DB’s most unsung gems.
Here’s 10 hidden Dennis Brown classics—+1 of his best combination tunes, and a hidden cameo you might not have known about.