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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Tea – Rikers 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 Queen of Reggae Music Marcia Griffiths featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
The QUEEN of Rocksteady Phyliss Dillon featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Wife of Bob Marley, Rita Marley featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Judy Mowatt featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Cecile Campbell featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Hortense Ellis, younger sister of the great Alton Ellis, featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Jennifer Lara featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Althea and Donna featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Marcia Aitken featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Nana Mclean featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Nora Dean featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
The Soulettes featuring Rita Marley featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Susan Cadogan featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
Doreen Shaffer featured on Reggae Lover Podcast 31
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 email@example.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
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
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.
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)
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.