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TORONTO’S Trailblazer award winning artist KAFINAL

Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, Kafinal has emerged as an entertainer and vocalist with diverse talents.


The singer/comedian/actor who is now based in Toronto, Canada credits his sometimes difficult upbringing with giving him his strong work ethic and sense of humour. The second of five children for his parents, he remembers how his mother worked hard to make ends meet. With that determination, he has decided to pay homage to her with his work.

Like many of the musical greats he started singing as a child in the church as well as in school and at community events. In 2001 while still living in Jamaica his professional musical timing had come and he released songs like “Cooking Dat Pwile” and “Drive By”.

Upon relocating to Canada, Kafinal began to make a name for himself on the Caribbean live show and performance circuits both as a singer and comedian.

The re-emergence of his first love, music, which Kafinal describes as “soul-filling”; presents him with an opportunity to entertain the best way he knows.

Influenced by all genres of music, he lists Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Beres Hammond among his musical influences.

For Kafinal the sky is indeed the limit as he plans to build on the exposure and fan-base he has garnered and take it to the highest level. He promises to continue to put out excellent music with the best production quality.

Lyrically he is definitely on his way as he has already released not only “catchy” but very relevant content. His latest project is titled “Road Tonight”, has been rocking the airwaves in Jamaica, Toronto, the Caribbean and North America.

Expect more from this talented brother of the Caribbean.


RSVP for parking pass and free admission until 11pm (rocksteadyatl @gmail.com) #RocksteadyATL 10.2 @S7ATL

Rocksteady ATL, the roots reggae event held regularly in the city of Atlanta, is now celebrated on the first Friday of each month inside Studio No 7, at 393 Marietta Street in Atlanta, Georgia 30313.

Friday October 2nd will be hosted by Cherrie Garden, host of Caribbean Focus TV, Emcee, Actress, Dancer & Miss Jamaica World 2012 Semi-Finalist. Our special guest DJ will be Rockers International representative out of NYC, Empress Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby. Resident selectors Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport bolster the event line-up, but there will be surprise performers in addition.

We @kahlilwonda @shannonsevans @thcintl @isisswabyintl @cherriegarden would like to share this with you. RSVP for parking pass and free admission until 11pm (rocksteadyatl at gmail.com) #RocksteadyATL 10.2 @studiono7

Rocksteady ATL has developed a strong reputation as an original old-school reggae soiree powered by some of the best reggae roots acts in the South and internationally. On a monthly basis guests enjoy world-class mixology along with critically acclaimed music in the same unique tradition that nightlife enthusiasts simply can’t find at any other spot in the city.

There is a $5 cover charge, with guests who RSVP admitted free until 11pm. For more information about #RocksteadyATL, contact 404-552-0492 or email rocksteadyatl@gmail.com.

Cherrie Garden of Caribbean Focus TV to host Rocksteady ATL in October

We @kahlilwonda @shannonsevans @thcintl @isisswabyintl @cherriegarden would like to share this with you. RSVP for parking pass and free admission until 11pm (rocksteadyatl at gmail.com) #RocksteadyATL 10.2 @studiono7

RSVP for parking pass and free admission until 11pm (rocksteadyatl @gmail.com) #RocksteadyATL 10.2 @S7ATL

Glory Inna Rub-A-Dub Style: King Stur Gav in ATL at Red Hills Ballroom November 21st

King Stur Gav in ATL at Red Hills Ballroom November 21st

The return of King Stur Gav to Atlanta, with U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, General Trees, Little Twitch, Anthony Malvo, and Ken Serious performing live.

The world’s original Rub-A-Dub sound system with Daddy U-Roy himself and the crew come to my town next month straight from Jamaica.  Big up all who respect foundation.

Culture and Lovers Rock Reggae Songs (2010 – 2015)

Maxi Priest brings reggae to the fans at Stage 48 in Manhattan, on March 31, 2013. Photography by Clyde Belcon

Maxi Priest brings reggae to the fans at Stage 48 in Manhattan, on March 31, 2013.
Photography by Clyde Belcon

This episode starts in 2015 with a couple new entries from Queen Ifrica and Archangel Superpec, but the overall selections focus on one-drop remixes, pop music covers, lovers rock, and roots reggae singles mostly from 2012 through 2014. The mix is filled with the sounds of today’s hottest producers and artists like ChronixxJah9, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure and more.


1 Queen Ifrica – Let Me Get To Know You
2 Archangel Superpec – There She Is
3 Maxi Priest featuring Stylo G – Easy To Love (Remix)
4 Beres Hammond – In My Arms
5 Them Island Boyz featuring Jah Cure – Kiss Me Girl
6 Romain Virgo – This Love
7 Sanchez – Now and Forever
8 Tarrus Riley – Young Heart
9 Gyptian – Love You Forever
10 Jah Cure – Love You Anyway
11 Rihanna ft. David Guetta – Right Now (J-Vibe Reggae Remix)
12 Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
13 Mavado – Soldiers (R.I.P Roach)
14 Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire / Jus Bus Reggae Remix)
15 Gappy Ranks – Carpenter
16 Jah9 – Steamers A Bubble
17 Tarrus Riley – For Me
18 Sean Paul featuring Damian Marley – Riot
19 Daville – Mirror
20 Tessanne Chin – If You Love Me
21 Shaggy featuring Beres Hammond – Fight This Feeling
22 Roots Queen – Fly With Me
23 Protoje – KIngston Be Wise
24 Busy Signal featuring Damian Marley – Kingston Town (Remix)
25 Jah Bouks – Angola
26 Amy Winehouse featuring Alborosie – Sweet Guitar (Remix)
27 Lutan Fyah – Diamond At Home
28 Tarrus Riley – Cold Girl

Essential Reggae Riddims that Originated at Studio One


studio1_Sir Coxsone Dodd‘s legacy is large and in charge here at the Reggae Lover Podcast. This episode was created to feed the demand for more Studio 1 sounds. Listen for remakes of foundation riddims like Far East, Boops, Entertainment, Love Bump, and more.


1 Wayne Wonder – Can’t Test Highlanda (dub plate)
2 Lady Ann – Informer
3 Yami Bolo – The Father Vex And Strike Back
4 Robert French – Meet Me By The River
5 Icho Candy – Selassie I
6 Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
7 Amazin Papa G (R.B.I Crew) – Miss Good Looking (dub plate)
8 White Mice – True Love
9 Andrew Bell – Listen To The Words (dubplate)
10 Mikey Melody – Highlanda A Big Bad Sound (dubplate)
11 Johnny Slaughter – Confusion
12 Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
13 Cocoa TeaRikers Island
14 Sanchez featuring Bounty Killer – Searching
15 J.C. Lodge – Love Rewind
16 Maxi Priest – Bonafied Love
17 Sanchez – Rearrange My Live
18 Gregory Isaacs – Greedy For You Love
19 Singing Melody featuring Mad Cobra – Your Wish
20 Busy Signal – Dem Nuh Care
21 Busy Signal – Dat Me Love
22 Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life

The Ladies of Reggae Rocksteady Foundation

The Empresses of Reggae Music’s Golden Era Featured


Recordings selected and mixed in this episode are by female singers, mostly from the magical golden age of reggae and rocksteady, the finest years of the genre. You will hear a great deal of songs from dominant labels of the period, Studio One and Trojan Records as well as the reigning prolific artists Phyllis Dillon andMarcia Griffiths among others. Certainly a unique listening experience, please enjoy this musical treat and keep your feedback coming in to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your listenership. One love!


1 Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
2 Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss Or Fight
3 Susan Cadogan – Fever
4 Nana McLean -Till I Kissed You
5 Doreen Shaffer – Try A Little Smile
6 Marcia Griffiths – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7 Phyllis Dillon – The Right Track
8 Hortense Ellis – I’m Just A Girl
9 Patsy Wallace – Moonlight Lover
10 Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
11 Marcia Aitken – I’m Still In Love
12 Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
13 Nana McLean – Have I Sinned
14 Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
15 Phyllis Dillon – Picture On The Wall
16 Judy Mowatt – She Kept On Talking
17 Marcia Griffiths – I Shall Sing
18 Phyllis Dillon – One Life To Live
19 Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
20 Doreen Schafer – I Don’t Know Why
21 Nora Dean – Barbwire
22 Charlotte – Banake
23 Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me
24 Rita Marley – One Draw
25 Norma Frasier – First Cut
26 Phyllis Dillon – Perfida
27 Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing
28 The Soulettes – Bring It Up
29 Phyllis Dillon – If You Knew
30 Phyllis Dillon – A Thing Of The Past
31 Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

Modern Hit Songs on Classic Studio One Riddims


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Welcome to another episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast. This installment takes us on a Studio One rhythm excursion, but instead of the original vault classics, here I feature songs produced and released in the last two decades. This mix highlights some of the best new recordings on remade versions of defining riddims recorded at Studio One such as “Answer,” “Love Me Forever,” “Vanity,” “Cuss Cuss,” and more.

Studio One is one of Jamaica‘s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Learn more about Studio One here.


1 – Gappy Ranks – Put The Stereo On
2 – Chezidek – Far-I
3 – Luciano – Skank If You Skanking
4 – Sanchez – Praise Him
5 – Shinehead – Promises
6 – Burro Banton – Tek A Set
7 – Anthony B – Warrior
8 – Sizzla – Solid As A Rock
9 – Morgan Heritage – Reggae Music
10 – Sizzla – Jah Never Fail I
11 – Luciano – Where There Is Life
12 – Ray Darwin – False Alarm
13 – Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 – Beres Hammond – They’re Gonna Talk
15 – Buju Banton – Innocent
16 – Jamelody – Loving Drives Me Crazy
17 – Gappy Ranks – Pumpin Belly
18 – Macka B – Never Play A 45
19 – Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
20 – Warrior King – Melody
21 – Brian and Tony Gold – Sex Me
22 – Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (dubplate)
23 – Richie Spice – Youths Dem A Get Cold
24 – Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life
25 – Sanchez – Kiss Me Once
26 – Terror Fabulous – Can’t Stop Di Princess
27 – Sanchez – Chronic
28 – Doniki & Steady Ranks – Trod On
29 – Anthony B – One Thing
30 – Capleton – Can’t Sleep At Night
31 – Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
32 – Torch – I Need Your Love
33 – Anthony Cruz featuring Nikkiesha Barnes – Hold Me
34 – Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life
35 – Buju Banton – Lipstick Stains
36 – Etana featuring Vybrant – I Love U
37 – Eljai – The Leaders
38 – Luciano – Give Praise (dubplate)
39 – Garnet Silk – Kingly Character
40 – Chris Demontague – Love Is In The Air (Dub Mix)
41 – Gyptian – Never Seen Love Like This
42 – Tinga Stewart and Princess Jameli – Guilty

Dubplates, Ganja Tunes, and Studio One Riddims


This mix contains classics from some of the Studio One label’s biggest riddims. The dubplates selected here help to illustrate the story of Highlanda, an original sound system founded in Atlanta in 1999 by Guyanese and Jamaican selectors from Brooklyn, New York.  See tracklist and download link below.

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1   The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie
2   Early B – The Visit of King Selassie
3   Buju Banton – Concrete Jungle Rock
4   Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone Chalice
5   Luciano and Mickey General – Sweet Guyana (Dubplate)
6   Mykal Rose – Stalk of Sensimelia
7   Everton Blender – Bring The Kutchie Come
8   Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderalla
9   Imani – The Sweetest Sound I’ve Ever Known (Dubplate)
10  Sugar Minott – Soundboy Killing (Dubplate)
11  Sluggy Ranks – Sodom and Gomorrah (Dubplate)
12  Sugar Minott – Never Gonna Give Jah Up
13  Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (Dubplate)
14  Sugar Minott – Vanity
15  Warrior King – Highlanda Kill Your Sound (Dubplate)
16  Garnett Silk – Kingly Character
17  Luciano – Give Praise/Jah Blessing (Dubplate)
18  The Heptones – Were Gonna Fight
19  Mickey General – Amazing Medley (Dubplate)
20  Barry Brown – Give My Love A Try
21  Carlton Livingston – Here I Stand
22  Johnny Osbourne – Jah Righteous Plan
23  Sugar Minott – Don’t Fuss or Fight
24  Johnny Osbourne – No War
25  Carlton Livingston – Jam It Up
26  Sugar Minott featuring The Congos – Oh DC (Dubplate)

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Tribute to Studio One: Reggae Vault Classics

Tribute to Studio One by Highlanda on Reggae Vault Classics


Reggae Vault Classics presents Tribute to the legendary Studio One record label.  Nuff respect to the founding father, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd!!!


Tracklist :

  • Intro – SuperPEC
  • 1  No No No (You Don’t Love Me) – Dawn Penn
  • 2  Truly – Marcia Griffiths
  • 3  Love Me Forever – Carlton And The Shoes
  • 4  Love Won’t Easy – The Heptones
  • 5  I’ve Got The Handle – The Heptones
  • 6  Breaking Up – Alton Ellis
  • 7  Girl Of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  • 8  Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
  • 9  Mr. BassieHorace Andy
  • 10 Unchained – Bob Andy
  • 11 Skylarking – Horace Andy
  • 12 Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
  • 13 Tribute To Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
  • 14 Pretty Looks – The Heptones
  • 15 I’m Just A Guy – Alton Ellis
  • 16 Vanity – Sugar Minott
  • 17 Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
  • 18 Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
  • 19 No Man Is An Island – Dennis Brown
  • 20 Soul Power – The Heptones
  • 21 Real Rock Instrumental 
  • 22 Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  • 23 Let Them Say – Bob Andy
  • 24 Rock Me – The Heptones 
  • 25 Sea Of Love – Marcia Griffiths
  • 26 Money Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osborne
  • 27 Too Experience – Bob Andy
  • 28 I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
  • 29 I Dont Know Why – Doreen Schafer
  • 30 DC – Sugar Minott
  • 31 DC (Highlanda Dubplate) – Sugar Minott
  • Outro – Kahlil Wonda and SuperPEC

Theses tunes are foundation!!!  Studio One still rules!!! Nuff Respect!!!

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Omi’s official music video for his new single “Hula Hoop” (@omimusiconline)

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Pre-order OMI’s debut album ‘Me 4 U’ today and get the new single “Hula Hoop” and the #1 hit “Cheerleader” instantly

Originally posted on mjmagazine:

00-omi-hula-hoop-videoJamaican singer Omi premiered the official music video for his new single “Hula Hoop”, which is lifted from his forthcoming debut album “Me 4 U”, on Wednesday, September 16th. “Hula Hoop” is the official follow-up single to Omi’s US #1 hit, “Cheerleader”.

“Hula Hoop” is another reggae-dance upbeat record from Omi that will certainly make listeners feel like it’s still summer. The official “Hula Hoop” music video sees Omi hosting auditions to choose the group of talented and beautiful ladies that will star in his “much-talked-about” “Hula Hoop” clip. Eventually, the selected few will put on some Rio de Janeiro festival-like costumes for the video shoot, and Omi will throw a house party nobody will be able to forget. 

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Bunji Garlin ft Damian Marley - The Message - Artwork

Bunji Garlin ft Damian Marley – The Message – Artwork

A Powerful New Anthem Rallying For Social Change Available October 16, 2015 on VP Records

Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin and Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley team up on “The Message,” a passionate forward-thinking song fighting for the souls of our youth and the future generation.

Listen: Bunji Garlin’s “The Message” feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley:

The two Caribbean artists merge soca, dancehall and reggae into a universal sound on this world cry anthem, produced by Philip “Jr. Blender” Meckseper. They go verse for verse addressing society’s illls and Marley delivers a powerful hook aspiring for change. “There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don’t let the good things spoil, oh no.”

Bunji Garlin gives more insight behind the collaboration.”We recorded this song at Gong’s studio in Florida. It was a 4am studio session after we spent about an hour and a half just talking and getting a vibe off of each other’s knowledge, views and energies. I appreciate the project and artist because we were able to let both our musical backgrounds work for us to execute this. It is almost a fable to see the son of reggae legend and also a legend in his own right and artist of the soca genre meld so effortlessly.”

Marley is slated to perform in Garlin’s homeland on October 30th, 2015 in Tobago at Pigeon Point (Colours Of Reggae) and October 31st, 2015 in Trinidad at Hasley Crawford Stadium (Reggae On The Bay Presents Hennessy Artistry).

Various Artist: The Biggest One Drop Anthems 2015

The Biggest One Drop Anthems 2015 - Artwork

The Biggest One Drop Anthems 2015 – Artwork

Biggest One Drop Anthems 2015 puts a new spin on the longstanding compilation series with 13 all new one drop productions from famed producer Clive Hunt.

The album features new and exclusive songs from reggae legends Luciano and Capleton plus emerging artists: Raging Fyah, Jah 9, Iba Mahr, Jah Vinci, Yahsha and more.
The album release date is October 23, 2015.