The Reggae Defenders

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This Reggae Lover Podcast episode opens with the leader of the reggae revival Protoje explaining that he makes music from his heart and not for the charts. Sizzla can be heard begging “Please do not mash up the dance.” George Nooks and Mikey Spice tell stories about having a good time in the dancehall. Alborosie excerpts that Reggae and rubadub music still rock the dancehall to this day.

Garnett Silk compares music to the rod that Moses walked with as he led the Father’s people to the promised land. Luciano sings about the many positive effects of reggae music on the body and mind. Richie Stephens and U-Roy sing out about the nicest times when real reggae music used to play.

Bryan Art describes the love and confidence that overcomes one when entering the dancehall. Christopher Martin paints the picture of a reggae road block where people are dancing in the streets, creating the perfect chill spot. Crooner Kashief Lindo shares a bit of his personal story on the song “Music Is A Part Of Me.”

Steel Pulse, Dubtonic Kru, Gramps Morgan, XO, Hero and Richie Spice all give their take on why Reggae music is so good and what it means to them. Busy Signal goes in about how everybody smiles and unites when positive reggae music is played.

Gentleman teams with Sugar Minott to reminisce about the good old days when there was no drama and the musical foundation imparted love and good vibes. Inner Circle alongside The Reggae Wave sing in defense of the genre.

Do you want this full track list or to make requests?  What kind of reggae do you want in the mix on an upcoming episode?

Side B of the Promo Mixtape for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Bash mixed by ĀGARD

Please enjoy the BOB MARLEY 70th BIRTHDAY BASH PROMO MIXTAPE – SIDE B mixed by ĀGARD out of Brooklyn, NYC.  The mix features Bob Marley along with many of the artists he has inspired: Gappy Ranks, Major Lazer, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Dillon Francis, So Shifty, Ariana Grande, We Chief, No Doubt, Konshens, Machel Montano, Sean Paul, RDX and many more.

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The Dominance of King Jammy and Biltmore Era Riddims

Reggae Lover Podcast 39The episode commences with the Sly and Robbie produced version of the Randy Newman song, "Baltimore" from 1979 sung by The Tamlins. Courtney Melody and Dennis Brown follow with big tunes on the Baltimore Riddim before the hit from mighty King Jammys catalog, Dennis Brown's "The Exit.”   Wayne Fire’s “Sexy Body” (1991) and “Come Down” by Super Cat from 1988 on the Wild Apache label launch the mix into the late 1980s. Listen for a Kenneth Hoo Kim produced version of the Hypocrite riddim released in 1984, and then almost every song after that point involves producers Bobby Digital, Steely and Clevie, and/or King Jammys.   The highlight is the Duck aka Duck Dance riddim from 1988. This was a time when Jammy’s label usually had 10 out of the top 20 songs on Jamaica’s charts and Admiral Bailey was the dominant artist in dancehall and on stage shows.   Tracklist  1 The Tamlins - Baltimore 2 Courtney Melody - In The Streets 3 Dennis Brown - The More I Excel 4 Dennis Brown - The Exit 5 Wayne Fire - Sexy Body 6 Super Cat - Come Down 7 Wayne Smith - Karma Chameleon 8 Tony Tuff - Gone Clear 9 Don Angelo - Settlement 10 Earl Sixteen - Come A Long Way 11 Midnight Rider - Hypocrite 12 Pad Anthony - Rub A Dub A Play 13 Johnny Osbourne - Gentle Is The Sound 14 Derrick Parker - My Heart Is Gone 15 Singing Melody - Hurry Back Home 16 Shabba Ranks - Gal Yuh Good 17 Shabba Ranks - Pay Down Pon It 18 Little Twitch - Watch Your Friends Them 19 Anthony Malvo - Run For Your Life 20 Josey Wales - Stamp Out 21 Tiger - The Dam Thing 22 Ninja Man - More Reality 23 Admiral Bailey - Them Have Fe Wait 24 Papa San - Style and Fashion 25 Chaka Demus - Bad Bad Shaka 26 Flourgon - Bounce 27 Red Dragon - Duck Dance 28 Singing Melody and Johnny P - Say You Love Me Baby 29 Bunny General - Must Get Defeat 30 Johnny P - Sound A Sound 31 Cocoa Tea and Charlie Chaplin - Lets Give Thanks 32 John Mouse - Me A Me 33 Chevell Franklyn - No One In The World 34 Lady Venus - Best Friend A Gi You Bun 35 Clement Irie - Loving 36 Johnny P - Cut Up 37 Lady Patra - Gun Inna Panty 38 Ninja Man - Heartical Don

Reggae Lover Podcast 39B

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The episode commences with the Sly and Robbie produced version of the Randy Newman song, “Baltimore” from 1979 sung by The Tamlins. Courtney Melody and Dennis Brown follow with big tunes on the Baltimore Riddim before the hit from mighty King Jammys catalog, Dennis Brown’s “The Exit.”

Wayne Fire’s “Sexy Body” (1991) and “Come Down” by Super Cat from 1988 on the Wild Apache label launch the mix into the late 1980s. Listen for a Kenneth Hoo Kim produced version of the Hypocrite riddim released in 1984, and then almost every song after that point involves producers Bobby Digital, Steely and Clevie, and/or King Jammys.

The highlight is the Duck aka Duck Dance riddim from 1988. This was a time when Jammy’s label usually had 10 out of the top 20 songs on Jamaica’s charts and Admiral Bailey was the dominant artist in dancehall and on stage shows.

Tracklist

1 The Tamlins – Baltimore
2 Courtney Melody – In The Streets
3 Dennis Brown – The More I Excel
4 Dennis Brown – The Exit
5 Wayne Fire – Sexy Body
6 Super Cat – Come Down
7 Wayne Smith – Karma Chameleon
8 Tony Tuff – Gone Clear
9 Don Angelo – Settlement
10 Earl Sixteen – Come A Long Way
11 Midnight Rider – Hypocrite
12 Pad Anthony – Rub A Dub A Play
13 Johnny Osbourne – Gentle Is The Sound
14 Derrick Parker – My Heart Is Gone
15 Singing Melody – Hurry Back Home
16 Shabba Ranks – Gal Yuh Good
17 Shabba Ranks – Pay Down Pon It
18 Little Twitch – Watch Your Friends Them
19 Anthony Malvo – Run For Your Life
20 Josey Wales – Stamp Out
21 Tiger – The Dam Thing
22 Ninja Man – More Reality
23 Admiral Bailey – Them Have Fe Wait
24 Papa San – Style and Fashion
25 Chaka Demus – Bad Bad Shaka
26 Flourgon – Bounce
27 Red Dragon – Duck Dance
28 Singing Melody and Johnny P – Say You Love Me Baby
29 Bunny General – Must Get Defeat
30 Johnny P – Sound A Sound
31 Cocoa Tea and Charlie Chaplin – Lets Give Thanks
32 John Mouse – Me A Me
33 Chevell Franklyn – No One In The World
34 Lady Venus – Best Friend A Gi You Bun
35 Clement Irie – Loving
36 Johnny P – Cut Up
37 Lady Patra – Gun Inna Panty
38 Ninja Man – Heartical Don

Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash Promo Mixtape *Side A*

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Bob Marley Birthday 2015 Promotional Mix by Highlanda and Archangel

Bob Marley Birthday 2015 Promotional Mix by Highlanda and Archangel

Please enjoy this mixtape, a collaboration between Superpec and Kahlil Wonda comprised of music from Bob Marley, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, and Kymani Marley along with Sizzla, Capleton, Tessanne Chin, Trey Songz, Bobby Brown, Spragga Benz, and Queen Ifrica.

Also listen out for foundation reggae giants like Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Toots, Third World, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Ed Robinson, Gregory Isaacs, Willie Williams, Ini Kamozi, Papa Michigan, Johnny Osborne, Half Pint, Garnett Silk, and Steele Pulse.

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ROCKSTEADY w/ DREGGAE and selector ABA SHAKA, Sunday March 1st

RocksteadyATLMarchROCKSTEADY, Atlanta’s Monthly Roots Reggae Celebration will return on March 1st, 2015.

The event will be hosted by the super-talented Atlanta-based reggae star DREGGAE who will perform select songs from his latest project, a much anticipated roots reggae EP that will be released soon.  Catch this live exclusive preview.

Musical energy will be brought forth by Highlanda Sound System, DJ Passport and special guest selector Aba Shaka of Cosmic Love Beat.

This will take place on Sunday March 1st, 2015 at the Sound Table (483 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta).
Doors Open 8pm – Midnight and admission is complimentary.

Lovers Rock, Reggae classics from the dancehall over the years, Roots and culture, Dub, Rockers, new reggae revival scorchers, and more… #RocksteadyATL

See the ROCKSTEADY with DREGGAE & selector ABA SHAKA Event Facebook Page.

The Barrington Levy Lovers Rock Experience

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A request from a die-hard fan and a follow-up to my Roots, Reality, and Culture 100% Barrington Levy mix (Reggae Lover Podcast #35), this episode presents the best of love songs from Mr. Levy’s extensive catalog.   Take a listen to experience the raw dancehall reggae vibe that ruled from the late 1970’s all the way through the 1980s. Barrington’s vocal delivery is like none other, and some of my personal favorite songs are included here such as "Shine Eye Girl" and "Moonlight Lover" from 1979’s classic 'Bounty Hunter' album released on the Jah Life label and recorded at Channel One studios.   Barrington Levy Playlist  1 Like How You Kiss And Caress Me 2 Super Star Girl 3 Mary Long Tongue 4 Shine Eye Gal 5 Sister Carol 6 If You Give To Me 7 Jumpy Girl 8 Dances Are Changing 9 Why Did You Leave Me 10 Wife and Sweet Heart Dem A Friend 11 Shine Eye Girl (alt. version) 12 True Love 13 Shaolin Temple (Pretty Looks) 14 Lonely Man 15 Trying To Rule My Life 16 My Woman 17 21 Girls Salute 18 Moonlight Lover 19 I'm Not In Love 20 Good Loving 21 Mini Bus 22 Love Someone 23 Pick Your Choice 24 She's Mine 25 Here I Come 26 Too Experienced  Direct download: 38_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

Episode 38 – Barrington Levy Greatest Lovers Rock Anthems

A request from a die-hard fan and a follow-up to my Roots, Reality, and Culture 100% Barrington Levy mix (Reggae Lover Podcast #35), this episode presents the best of love songs from Mr. Levy’s extensive catalog.Take a listen to experience the raw dancehall reggae vibe that ruled from the late 1970’s all the way through the 1980s. Barrington’s vocal delivery is like none other, and some of my personal favorite songs are included here such as “Shine Eye Girl” and “Moonlight Lover” from 1979’s classic ‘Bounty Hunter‘ album released on the Jah Life label and recorded at Channel One studios.Barrington Levy Playlist

1 Like How You Kiss And Caress Me
2 Super Star Girl
3 Mary Long Tongue
4 Shine Eye Gal
5 Sister Carol
6 If You Give To Me
7 Jumpy Girl
8 Dances Are Changing
9 Why Did You Leave Me
10 Wife and Sweet Heart Dem A Friend
11 Shine Eye Girl (alt. version)
12 True Love
13 Shaolin Temple (Pretty Looks)
14 Lonely Man
15 Trying To Rule My Life
16 My Woman
17 21 Girls Salute
18 Moonlight Lover
19 I’m Not In Love
20 Good Loving
21 Mini Bus
22 Love Someone
23 Pick Your Choice
24 She’s Mine
25 Here I Come
26 Too Experienced

Direct download: 38_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

Eddie Murphy: Oh Jah Jah

Eddie Murphy - Oh Jah Jah - Artwork

Eddie Murphy – Oh Jah Jah – Artwork

VPAL Music, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm for reggae music teams up with the revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release his new single “Oh Jah Jah,” which became available January 27, 2015.

This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. “Oh Jah Jah” follows his 2013 collab “Red Light” feat. Snoop Lion.

Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah,” which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Rolling Stone chats with Eddie Murphy and gets the exclusive scoop about the new single. Read more here.

Listen to Eddie Murphy’s “Oh Jah Jah” single now.

Karamanti releases video for “Big Woman Ting”

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While on tour in Europe Karamanti shot the video for her single “Big Woman Ting,” one of her more popular tracks in that region. The video features two of Scandanavia’s top female dance groups, the Vuvuzela Dance Crew and the Kazoo Dancers. As the beat was built by a producer from Zimbabwe, Karamanti was also fortunate to get an African model, Lea Monde, to play a key role in the video.

Check out the official video for “Big Woman Ting” on Karamanti’s youtube channel. DJs may download the song from a link placed in the description box.

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Access Granted DJ Kash Fridays New York Party – Jan. 23

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This Friday music by DJ Kash, John Wayne, King AP, Juggla, and Craig Lion

 

Jamaicans gearing up for Reggae Month 2015

As the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association gets ready to host several events across the island in honor of Reggae Month (February), Jamaicans are gearing up for what is expected to be a high energy, fun-filled series of live stage shows, dancehall sessions, panel discussions and more.

members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

Members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

The celebration of Reggae in the month of February is an annual event in Jamaica giving members of the public an opportunity to see their favorite Reggae and/or Dancehall artists perform live for little or in most cases, no cost. It is also an exciting time for the industry as the media and entertainers alike are usually engaged in one event or another.

Reggae month is also known as a major tourist attraction inviting Reggae enthusiasts from all over the world who would want to be in the home of Reggae not just for the entertainment but for the educational benefits as well.  JARIA is always sure to include ongoing information sessions that deal with the history, business and technical aspects of Reggae music.

Some of the artists that will be hitting the stage to celebrate Reggae in February are Marcia Griffiths, Exco Levi, Pentateuch, Jah9, Omari, Richie Stephens, Freddie McGregor and that is just to name a few. For a list of scheduled events check out JARIA’s website.

Maria Jackson Entertainment will be providing updates on Reggae Month every week until March 1st via www.mjent.net & www.mjmagazine.org.