Paying Tribute to the Crown Prince – Reggae Vault Classics 17

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This is the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.


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Dennis Emmanuel Brown (February 1, 1957 – July 1, 1999) recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the pioneers of the lovers rock sub-genre of reggae. Bob Marley cited Brown as his favorite singer, and dubbed him “The Crown Prince of Reggae.”

D. Brown also is my favorite singer of all time so in tribute I have compiled a mix consisting of 20 songs. The subject matter of the selected music here is varied and some tracks were commercially successful, whereas some are old dusty vault classics that give me goosebumps and I wanted to feature.

This is only part 1, so fans of the Crown Prince please make sure to download this one and subscribe to the podcast for automatic updates.

Click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to kahlil.wonda@gmail.com or feel free to comment here. 

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Playlist

1 Rasta Children
2 Live and Love
3 Should I
4 The Prophet Rides Again
5 Here I Come (Flat-Foot Hustling) featuring Dillinger
6 That Little Girl
7 Home Sweet Home
8 Concentration
9 To The Foundation
10 Liberation
11 We All Are One featuring Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor
12 Sitting And Watching
13 Friends For Life
14 Nice Bad Mind Friend
15 He Ain’t Heavy
16 No Man Is An Island
17 Show Us The Way
18 Cassandra
19 Revolution
20 Stop The Fussing And Fighting

Standing Soldier Demarco

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COLLIN ‘DEMARCO’ EDWARDS

As an artiste in the music industry, having a name that means ‘greatest lover’ leaves one to think that this person is a calm, soulful singer. But, with hit songs like Falling Soldiers and Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, one would have to think twice when it comes to 25-year-old singjay and producer Collin ‘Demarco’ Edwards.

When TEENage asked him why that name, with a boyish smile on his face he replied: “Well it means greatest lover still, also mi middle name is Demar and the ‘Co’ stems from my first name.”

Only seven years in the music industry and Demarco has already made his mark locally and internationally. Doing collaborations with artistes like Foxy Brown (Dreams); Free, ex-presenter of BET’s 106 & Park; Elephant Man (Over World), Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Lady Saw, Spice and Assassin, one could say he’s very versatile.

Demarco was not a model student, though he passed the Common Entrance Examinations for the school of his choice, Ardenne High. While at school he developed friendships with some ‘bad company’, he said, and that got him expelled. The same thing happened at Bridgeport High School.

His mother, who was abroad at the time, heard of her son’s reprehensible behaviour and promptly sent for him. At 16, Demarco migrated to the United States to live with his mother, unsure of what the future would hold for him there. Then along came music. His mother was, surprisingly, fully supportive of his efforts as a sinjay and producer.

Being a producer, he experiences the ups and downs of the music industry. Therefore, when he returned to Jamaica in December 2005, to finish what he started abroad, Demarco had no problem fitting into the Jamaican style of music management. Having signed to Starcut Records only good things are expected from this artiste.

TEENage later asked him what inspired him to write the song that got the most forward over the festive season, Falling Soldiers.

“A lot of my friends died so that was my main inspiration. Big up di people dem weh guaad mi,” said the singjay, who admires Lady Saw to the max.

TEENage then got ‘a little’ personal with the male singer and asked him about his personal life. With a smile that could calm any hurricane, he proudly speaks of his only child, “My daughter is the only one inna mi life”, he said, as the TEENage team looked on in anticipation. If only every man was like this about their child, one thought.

With the country’s high crime rate, Demarco feels that more conscious music will make a change. He hopes his song Betta Jamaica will have a positive effect on the crime rate.

When TEENage asked him if he was comfortable with present happenings in the music industry, he had this to say: “People start accepting the young artiste in the music business now, so it’s going positive.”

TEENage wants to thank Demarco for leaving a positive impact on dancehall music and wishes him all the best with his future plans.

SOURCE: Jamaicaobserver.com

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April Chart Toppers and New Releases – Dancehall Now Episode 21

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Dancehall Now
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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for April 27, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Playlist

1 No Goodbye – Beres Hammond
2 Lioness on The Rise – Queen Ifrica
3 Tonight – Jovi Rockwell
4 Come Breed Me – Vybz Kartel featuring Indu
5 The Youths (Guitar Mix) – Wesley Diamond featuring Red Rat
6 Good Love – Wayne Marshall
7 Versility – Vybz Kartel featuring Indu
8 Hit The Gas – Tanto Metro and Devonte featuring Selena Serrano
9 Call On Me – Jah Cure featuring Phyllisia
10 Cease Fire – Jr. King, Zebulun, Deciple, and Revelation
11 Gimme Likkle – Beenie Man featuring Sexy P
12 Affi Come Back – Vybz Kartel
13 Never Change (From Mawning) – Chino
14 Bad Boys – Laden
15 Shine On Jamaica – Cherine Anderson
16 Blame It On The Weed – Wayne Marshall
17 War Bridge (Remix) – Bounty Killer
18 Out and Bad Bogle Tribute – RDX
19 Inna Life (Refixx) – Laden
20 Good Girl – Tarrus Riley featuring Konshens
21 Tell It Like It Is – Stevie Face
22 Coming Home – Stevie Face
23 A Thousand Miles Away – Ras Penco

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Pure Lovers Rock Classics – Reggae Vault Classics 16

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of April 20, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

Episode 16 is all about pure lovers rock that you don’t hear everyday and as always I tried to stay away from songs that you can hear in any of the previous 15 Reggae Vault Classics shows on Highlanda.net. There are some nice blends between songs and a nice flow from Dennis Brown’s Silhouette at the top to the finale, Rockaway performed by Beres Hammond.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to kahlil.wonda@gmail.com or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Playlist

1 Silhouette – Dennis Brown
2 Wife and Sweetheart Dem A Friend – Barrington Levy
3 Curley Lox – Yami Bolo featuring Merciless
4 One In A Million – Razah
5 Your Love’s Got A Hold On Me – Dennois Brown
6 Baby I Need Your Loving – Anthony Johnson
7 Rocking Dolly – Cocoa Tea
8 Someone Loves You Honey – JC Lodge
9 Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley and The Wailers
10 Girl Of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
11 Give It Up – Benjy Myaz
12 Lead Me – Gregory Isaacs
13 Name Brand – Dennis Brown
14 How Could I Let You Get Away – Dennis Brown
15 Have You Ever – Dennis Brown
16 Commitment – Garnet Silk
17 Personal Delivery – Carol Gonzales
18 Whisper to Me – Cecile Campbell
19 Want You Back – Singing Melody
20 You Don’t Know – Tanya Stephens
21 She Love’s Me Now – Cocoa Tea
22 Lost and Turned Out – Shinehead featuring Olivia
23 Rockaway – Beres Hammond

Lauryn Hill To Charm Austria And Switzerland This Summer

Lauryn Hill is set to perform in Austria this summer. The Grammy Award-winning former Fugees singer will be the headline act at the Nova Jazz & Blues Night on 25 July 2009 in Wiesen, Burgenland. UK pop/trip hop format Morcheeba will also be part of the bill.Also, Lauryn Hill returns for one of Europe‘s most respected musical events this summer. Hill will play at the 43rd Annual Montreux Jazz Festival on July, 11th 2009.
Lauryn Hill Concert Dates 2009 Europe Festival Tour:

25. June 2009, Sala Kongresowa, Warsawa
Germany
29. June 2009, Tollwood Festival with Nneka, Olympiapark München

Italy
04. July 2009, Pistola Blues Festival, Duomo Square, Pistola

Switzerland
11. July 2009, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux

France
12. July 2009, Olympia, Paris

Austria
25. July 2009, Nova Jazz & Blues Night, Wiesen

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Idris Elba to host First Friday Atlanta At The New W Hotel Downtown

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On Friday, May 1st, 2009

The Southeast’s Leading Monthly Social Mixer Returns…

FIRST FRIDAY ATLANTA is the premiere, monthly urban social mixer in the Southeast. Over the last two years, a cadre of distinguished business professionals have emerged from Atlanta’s social landscape to celebrate the unique appeal of the city. First Friday Atlanta serves as the conduit for the collaboration of these minority professionals who personify personal vision, economic significance, and social responsibility.

FIRST FRIDAY ATLANTA partners with EXCLUSIVE venues that augment rare aesthetic principles with modern functionality and style. This May, the event will take place at the newest and most exclusive jewel of the W Hotel chain: The W Hotel Downtown. For the first time ever, this celebration will be spread over 3,430 square feet, encompassing all 8 meeting spaces of the 4th floor event level. There will be 3 main music environments: New School, Old School, and Caribbean vibes.

This month’s edition of FIRST FRIDAY ATLANTA features famed Hollywood actor IDRIS ELBA, who has starred in many projects including HBO‘s ground-breaking drama The Wire (2002), Rob Hardy’s The Gospel (2005), and Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007). Elba currently stars opposite Beyonce Knowles in the upcoming thriller Obsessed (2009).

Tickets for this event can ONLY be purchased online. You WILL NOT be able to purchase tickets at the door. RSVP NOW via this event invitation to receive additional info on how you can secure tickets for this exclusive event.

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5.1.09

5.1.09

First Fridays Returns to Atlanta!
May 1st, 2009

Master of Ceremonies: IDRIS ELBA
Actor & International DJ

For the 1st Time Ever
3 Ballrooms + 6 Event Spaces

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CARIBBEAN ROOM:
Featuring
HIGHLANDA + Special Guest DJ
Sponsored by Atlantareggae.com

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NEW SCHOOL ROOM:
Featuring ELLE DUNCAN On the Mic

And DJ Mars
Playing Every Hit Record 2002 – Today!
Sponsored by v-103 & Hot 107.9

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OLD SCHOOL ROOM: Featuring DEREK HARPER On the Mic

And DJ Big Sexy
Celebrating His Birthday

By Playing Every Hit from 1980-2000!

Sponsored by Magic 107.5

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A portion of the proceeds from this month’s event will benefit Atlanta’s Young & Powerful, a subsidiary of The Young & Powerful Group.

The mission of the Young & Powerful Group shall be to involve its members as an organization dedicated to civic engagement, to encourage the highest and noblest form of professionalism, and aid the community in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status by continuing the change message through action.

These aims will be achieved by promoting civic involvement among politically minded adults, by building grassroots support for civic engagement opportunities, by supporting the advancement of future political leaders, and by providing social, leadership and professional development opportunities, all in an effort to institute a network of trained leaders dedicated to strengthening the bonds between grassroots efforts and young people locally and nationally.

RSVP NOW BY CLICKING HERE

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The KISS Launch Party A Big Hit

The launch party for KISS (Keep It Sexy Saturday’s) jumped off last night at Aliyah’s Caribbean Grill on Piedmont Rd in Atlanta. The event was a definite hit as the Atlanta dancehall crowd came out in full support of the new weekly event geared to both the mainstream and Caribbean music motivated partiers.

The night started out with a comedy show as people came in to dine and socialize early. Later in the night the party was held down by Highlanda, King AP, and Vybestarr Movements with Dancehall, Hip Hop, Soca, R&B, and 80′s music.

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Highlanda Sound at the K.I.S.S Launch Party

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

Shooks of SLR Ent, ATL Kings, and Elements Studios

Shooks of SLR Ent, ATL Kings, and Elements Studios

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

The K.I.S.S Launch April 18th, 2009

Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound

Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound

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Reggae Vault Classics 15

This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound for the week of April 13, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format with no talking.

The Crown Prince of Reggae himself, the late Mr. Dennis Emmanuel Brown kicks off this week’s freestyle mix with Whip Them Jah, Here I Come, and Money In My Pocket. Since last week’s show was devoted to the music of just one artist, I wanted to make sure I covered all other bases this time around. Therefore, this week’s episode features all singers and gives you some Studio One selections, but also includes labels like Trojan Records, Joe Gibbs, and Techniques. The playlist spans from the 1960s with original John Holt, Derrick Morgan, and Sugar Minott through the 1990s with Buju Banton, Beenie Man, and Terry Ganzie. There’s even a bonus mix of Highlanda dubplate specials for the dubplate fans. Hopefully you will want this one to be stored safely in your Ipod where you can listen and share with others.

Right Click the file link and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment right here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Playlist

1 Whip Them Jah – Dennis Brown
2 Here I Come – Dennis Brown
3 Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown
4 Rude Boy Shufflin – Israel Vibration
5 Send Them Come – Terry Ganzie
6 Murderer – Buju Banton
7 Up Park Camp – John Holt
8 No Man’s Land – Cornell Campbell
9 Wolves And Leopards – Dennis Brown
10 Population – Burning Spear
11 A Love I Can Feel – Dennis Alcapone featuring John Holt
12 When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
13 Love You Still – George Scott
14 Don’t Fuss Or Fight – Barrington Levy
15 Never Gonna Give Jah Up – Sugar Minott
16 Collie Weed – Barrington Levy
17 Trodding Through The Jungle – Carlton Livingston
18 Sensimelia – Barrington Levy
19 Entertainment – Tristan Palmer
20 Under Me Sensi – Barrington Levy featuring Beenie Man
21 Cuss Cuss – Lloyd Robinson
22 Roll Call – Tenor Saw
23 Natural Mistic – Jennifer Lara
24 Tougher Than Tough (Rudie in Court) – Derrick Morgan
25 Oh DC – Sugar Minott

26 Bonus Dubplate Mix

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Official Music Video for Etana – Blessings feat. Alborosie

YouTube – Etana – Blessings feat. Alborosie. The subject is love, we love the song, we love reggae stars Etana and Alborosie, and now we love the video too. Need I say more?

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ATL’s Best Kept Reggae Secret – Sunday’s On Da Drive (SODD)

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The event is known as Sundays On Da Drive and has been going on in Atlanta for approximately 3 years.
Club Xpose, located at 6013 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain has hosted this reggae music weekly event for the last 2 years. Sundays On Da Drive

I popped in this past Sunday (April 12th, 2009) to check out the vibes and as usual, was not disappointed. The highlight of S.O.D.D for me is John Wayne’s segment, usually between 2 and 4am. The selections this time were very nostalgic – I heard songs I haven’t heard since I lived in Kingston, J.A. over 20 years ago!

Selector John Wayne, who I first met while he worked on Atlanta and Virginia based sound, King Eternity, has a long and distinguished music industry resume. John showcased classics from the 80s and 90s in fine style before turning the stage over to Mix Master David who brought the vibes up to the current time again and juggled into the early Monday morning hours.

I would recommend Sundays On Da Drive especially to anyone who enjoys listening to Reggae Vault Classics, likes foundation, conscious, or lovers rock reggae. Not having to wake up early on Monday would be an added bonus.

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