Karamanti: Standing Tall in the Reggae/Dancehall Scene

The Reggae/Dancehall music scene is known to be saturated by men but Karamanti stands out as a strong Jamaican woman with distinct lyrics for a generation far from reality.


Karamanti has been creating music since she was eight years old. She first fell in love with rap (or hip-hop), then embraced Dancehall, and now passionate about Reggae. Besides the fact that she has been making music for most of her life, she only began to pursue it as a career in 2011.

Currently regarded by many as one of Jamaica’s best female lyricists, Karamanti writes her own songs and operates her own record company; Blakkwuman22 Music.

Karamanti has been consistent in releasing songs that focus primarily on social, political, religious, and spiritual issues. She has done several music videos and live performances both in Jamaica and overseas.

Karamanti’s voice can be heard on some of the biggest Reggae and Dancehall rhythms coming out of Jamaica: Heights Riddim (“Gye Nyame”), Rock Island Riddim (“Fake Rasta”), Life Triangle Riddim (“Hold On”), Reggae Land Riddim (“Domestic Abuse”), Love Bounce Riddim (“Da One Ya Fi”) and more.

In 2013, Karamanti released her first and only studio album entitled Dancehall Retaliates. It was released on her Blakkwuman22 Music label. Karamanti was nominated as the best female solo artist for 2013 by the Dancehall Industry Awards (held in the UK).

Karamanti has performed all over the world. She has graced stages in cities like Gothenburg, Stockholm, Hamburg, Prague, Copenhagen, Roskilde, Aarhus, Paris, Brussels, etc and of course, Jamaica in the Caribbean. Her latest 2021 afrobeat single is “Mi Nuh Bow”.

Partly culled from Karamanti music 



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