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Gyptian’s heartfelt vocals detailing the island’s worsening crime, accompanied by the meditative drumming of celebrated percussionist Bongo Herman and melodious sax lines courtesy of veteran Tony Greene made “Serious Times” one of the biggest reggae hits of 2005/2006. The song topped several major Jamaican and international reggae charts; Vibe Magazine ranked it number 21 among the top 60 songs of 2006 and Gyptian was nominated as Best New Reggae Artist and named the Most Promising Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards held at New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater. At home, Gyptian was cited as the Best New Artist of 2005 by the Jamaica Observer newspaper and “Serious Times” tied with Damian Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock” for the daily’s Song of the Year honors.

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