“Cool Runnings,” from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots

“Cool Runnings” is the lead single from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots, in stores September 23rd.

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Duane Stephenson – Dangerously Roots – Artwork

Check out Duane’s retro flavored video that pays tribute to the song’s writer and original artist Bunny Wailer.

 

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Demanding Equal Opportunity for Female Entertainers

Shuga has released a new song in which she tackles the subject of getting no love as a female artist in a male-dominated industry.   The song, entitled “Ride Di Riddim” was produced by Studio One/ Penthouse Records.

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Watch reggae singer Shuga performing inna deejay style over the classic Studio One “Bobby Babylon” riddim in this video produced by Cliff Productions/SKS LTD, directed & edited by Swiss (SKS LTD).

 

Re-Introducing the Mystic Revealers: Crucial Cuts

Billy Mystic & The Mystic Revealers are back with a new collection of hits titled, ‘Crucial Cuts’ instores September 16, 2014.

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Mystic Revealers – Crucial Cuts – Artwork

The album features 13 of their best loved songs including; ‘Rasta Man’, ‘Space & Time’, and ‘Tell Them’ featuring Sizzla. ‘Crucial Cuts’ will introduce a whole new generation of reggae fans to the music of the Mystic Revealers.

Preview Reggae Gold 2014 Various Artists Compilation

Reggae Gold 2014 contains commercial radio hits, core reggae winners, critical favorites and exclusive picks for the ultimate summer reggae groove.

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Various Artists – Reggae Gold 2014 – Artwork

“Jack Hammer” is the summertime hit from QQ (“One Drop”), already a hit in the Caribbean and now breaking through in the States. The track is supported by consistent club play and a strong social media campaign through YouTube videos and Instagram @qqworld.

“Richest Girl” is the lead single off of Etana‘s forthcoming album, I Rise (autumn 2014, VP Records). Produced by legendary Jamaican arranger/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt, “Richest Girl” is a song about recognizing the truly important things in life, with the “Strong One” voicing the sentiment “I could lose it all, but one thing that is true, if I wake up next to you, I’m the richest girl.”

Fay Ann Lyons new hit “Catch Me” is primed to take the Soca Queen to whole other level.  Already getting play with Caribbean outlets, the lead single from her debut VP Records album showcases the vocalist against an EDM flavor that is catching on everywhere.

The No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

the No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

Artwork for the No More War Riddim,

For an uplifting experience, check out these singles from the new “No More War” riddim, in stores now.

 

Fall In Love With Trinidadian Diva Fay Ann Lyons

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Fay-Ann Lyons: Catch Me

Fay-Ann Lyons: Catch Me

The first single from Fay-Ann Lyon’s forthcoming debut album “Catch Me,” produced by Richie Beretta will be featured on Reggae Gold 2014 (dropping August 12). The official genre is listed as Soca, but the track’s POP, EDM and dance music elements are all undeniable.

Various Artists: Pacific Reggae Vol. 1

Reggae is universal, and that certainly includes the west coast of The United States and the islands of the Pacific ocean.  If you are a reggae lover, you will not be disappointed by this various artists compilation from VP Records, “Pacific Reggae Volume 1.”

Various Artists: Pacific Reggae Vol. 1

Various Artists: Pacific Reggae Vol. 1 Artwork

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Chronixx Takes the Stage in Atlanta and Does not Disappoint

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His long awaited first show in the Atlanta area promised to be epic and it was indeed as Chronixx along with his Zinc Fence Redemption band rocked the Atrium event center in Stone Mountain, Georgia this past Saturday night.
Kahlil Wonda and Chronixx backstage at The Atrium  (Stone Mountain, GA)

Kahlil Wonda and Chronixx backstage at The Atrium
(Stone Mountain, GA)

I arrived at the almost-sold-out venue just after Chronixx entered the stage – approximately 2:30 a.m.  There was a sea of people congregated to see the world’s current top reggae act live in person, but this was no ordinary Atlanta reggae concert crowd.  I saw diversity!  Every race and age group seemed to be represented and Chronixx was apparently poised to back up all the hype that has surrounded his name for the past year and a half.

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The backing band was sonically flawless all night long, delivering the bass lines and melodic accompaniment that Chronixx demands on the road. He only performs with his Zinc Fence crew and together they are a killer performance team – a musical force to be reckoned with.  This time around they created a synergy that lasted for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes on stage at the Atrium.

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2013’s Reggae artist of the year, credited with being the catalyst of the present Reggae revival controlled the crowd like a veteran, injecting more energy and understanding into the audience with relevant speech in between musical sets.

Chronixx offered singles from the “Dread and Terrible” EP and all were graciously received by the Atlanta onlookers. To the delight of fans, he served up songs that helped solidify his title as leader on the new school such as “Odd Ras (Nah Follow Nobody),” “Behind Curtain,” and “Smile Jamaica.” He infused Bob Marley and Super Cat lyrics as a part of the whole package, which all came off very well. After returning for an encore set, Mr. McNaughton finally closed out and bid the Atlanta people farewell.

Even though for many reasons (which I will not list right now) the Atrium is far from being my favorite concert venue, I will give the “Dread and Terrible” tour’s Atlanta show extremely high ratings. This was one of the best performances I have seen here in a very long time (think 1990s). Kudos to the promotion team of Pak Entertainment and Webba Promo. For Chronixx, the future is bright, and reggae is in good hands.

Dread & Terrible (download)

NEW Sizzla Kalonji Culture Mix with 49 Songs Is Solid As A Rock

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This Sizzla mix was suggested by a fellow Reggae Lover, Kris in Atlanta, and truthfully I am grateful for such a suggestion.  The messages in Sizzla’s music have aroused and inspired many people over the past 20 years including myself.  This mix goes through the best of Kalonji’s catalog from 1995 to now and includes singles from ‘Radical,’ one of 2014’s Sizzla albums – a real “throwback” and a surefire treat.  Listen now, and spread the download link around when you get a chance.

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The Reggae Lover Podcast Sizzla Salute Mix – 20 years of Kalonji. Mixed by Kahlil Wonda, Highlanda Sound System

The Reggae Lover Podcast presents Sizzla

SIZZLA PLAYLIST

1 No White God
2 Really and Truly
3 Praise Ye Jah
4 Solid As A Rock
5 Smoke Marijuana
6 No Wicked Man
7 Dem Ah Wonder
8 Babylon A Listen
9 Jah Never Fail I
10 Radical
11 One Love
12 Clean Up Your Heart
13 Made Of
14 Blaspheme
15 Babylon Homework
16 Jah Blessing with Luciano
17 Freedom
18 Kings Of The Earth
19 Police in Helicopter with John Holt
20 Do You Ever?
21 Good Ways
22 Real
23 Gwaan Star
24 Like Mountain
25 Juvenile
26 Good Things
27 Dem Ah Try Ah Ting
28 Lovely Morning
29 Freedom Cry
30 Render Your Heart
31 Chant Dem Down
32 Take Myself Away
33 To The Point
34 King In The Jungle with Jah Cure
35 Holding Firm
36 Explain To The Almighty
37 Azanldo
38 Till It Some More
39 Show Us The Way
40 Love Is Always There
41 Beautiful World
42 Give Them A Ride
43 Trust and Love
44 Sad Mistake
45 Blaze Fire Blaze
46 No Other Like Jah
47 Collie with Sugar Minott
48 Dem Ah Gaze
49 Hardcore

All Vinyl Everything [Day Party] returns Sunday 6.22.14 at Noni’s 3pm-9pm #allvinyl #ATL

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Join us OUTDOORS Sunday June 22nd at Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta) 3pm-9pm with The best DJs in ATL spinning all wax all day.

All Vinyl Everything, Sunday 6.22.14

All Vinyl Everything, Sunday 6.22.14

The Music starts at 3pm sharp and goes till 9pm.  EARLY ARRIVAL IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED. Sangria specials + Indoor + Outdoor Bar + Grab something off the grill!

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