By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

When someone mentions German music to me, I normally think either Wagner or Rammstein. There’s no in between. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that not only is reggae extremely popular in Germany, but that there are many German reggae artists who, although they may not be household names to those of us in North America, play to sold-out crowds of tens of thousands all over Europe.

Instead of focusing on one of the really big mainstream bands, I chose to showcase a musician signed to an indie label, Sebastian Sturm. He was born in Aachen, Germany to a German father and an Indonesian mother in 1980, and spent his youth between Germany, Belgium and Holland. At the age of 14 he started his first punk band, and stuck with music since. Soon afterward, he realized that punk was not his scene, and started a reggae band at the age of 20. In 2007, he was named Best Newcomer by Riddim, a German reggae magazine. He may not be Jamaican, but his focus on real instruments and roots reggae makes his brand of music authentic and head-bob inducing.

Sebastian Sturm – Be Righteous[audio:]