Reggae In the Age of the Internet

Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby‘s dubs or Prince Far I‘s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.

In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.

The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”

Kingston Be Wise - Protoje

Kingston Be Wise – Protoje

This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7.

Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.

 

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Best of Dennis Brown Lovers Rock

The Ultimate Dennis Brown Lovers Rock Mix

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Reggae Lover #6 features 15 of the best Dennis Brown lover’s rock classics.  This is an essential mix highlighting “The Crown Prince” even though it does not include big hits ‘Silhouette,’ ‘Money In My Pocket,’ or ‘Your Love’s Got A Hold On Me.’

There are literally hundreds of other solid love songs from Dennis Brown’s catalog that are worthy of a spin, but since a new Reggae Lover podcast episode will be released weekly you can rest assured, there’s a great deal more in store.

If you love the vibes message us with the hash tag #ReggaeLover on TwitterFacebookGoogle +Instagram, or Pinterest.  Also you can email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com for requests and more information.

 

Dennis Brown reggae artist

Playlist

1   Dennis Brown – Caress Me Girl

2   Dennis Brown – Coming Home Tonight

3   Dennis Brown – How Could I Leave

4   Dennis Brown – Have You Ever Been In Love

5   Dennis Brown – Joy In The Morning

6   Dennis Brown ft. John Holt – Wildfire

7   Dennis Brown – A Love I Can Feel

8   Dennis Brown – Its Magic

9   Dennis Brown – Hold On To What Youve Got

10  Dennis Brown – It’s Not The Way

11  Dennis Brown – Friends For Life

12  Dennis Brown – Take Me To The Top

13  Dennis Brown – Love By The Score

14  Dennis Brown – Hit And Run

15  Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, U-Roy – Night Nurse

Direct download: 6_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3

 

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Super Stars of Reggae (1987-1989)

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Episode 5 – Late 1980s Super Stars of Reggae

Thanks for joining me on this Reggae Lover journey.  This is the 5th episode of the podcast in 3 weeks and I’m truly thankful for the feedback coming. It has been very encouraging.  Each episode has a brief intro andoutro, but I do not talk over the music, nor do I place sound effects over the mixes.  You can actually hear all the songs, the mixing and blending clearly as they are recorded live.Within today’s episode I feature the Super Star Riddim from 1989, the I Need You Riddim from 1987, a nice Delroy Wilson off the More Ideas Riddim (1988), the Enquirer Riddim from 1988 with Sanchez covering Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative,” and finally ending off with Singing Melody and Shabba Ranks on the Gal Yu Look Good riddim.

Late 1980s Super Stars of Reggae

Late 1980s Super Stars of Reggae

I have many ideas and themes for upcoming episodes, some already recorded, and some still in my brain.  If you too have ideas of stuff you would like to hear me put down in a mix feel free to hit me up using the hash tag #ReggaeLover onTwitterFacebookGoogle +Instagram, or Pinterest.

Also you can email me at ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com.

Tracklist

1 Gregory Isaacs – Love Contract
2 Ken Booth – Call Me
3 Colin Roach – Oh Girls (Don’t Be Cruel)
4 Thiller U – Have Fun
5 Brian and Tony Gold – Bullseye
6 Cocoa Tea, Home T and Shabba Ranks – Who She Love
7 Tiger – Boombastic
8 Cocoa Tea – Come Again
9 Al Campbell – Easy Loving
10 Chuck Turner – I Need You
11 Super Black – Got To Be Careful
12 Cornell Campbell – Mix Up Family
13 Pinchers – Champion Bubbler
14 Little John – Block Traffic
15 Delroy Wilson – Ease Up
16 Sanchez – My Prerogative
17 Carl Meeks – Rawborn Rub A Dub
18 Ini Kamoze – Stress
19 Sugar Minott – Jah is the Way
20 Singing Melody – Hurry Back Home
21 Shabba Ranks – Gal You Good

Direct download: 5_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3
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“Word and Honor” from Vocal and Lyrical Champion Chrisinti

Rastafarian reggae singer, Chrisinti, who’s magnificently performed cover of Angie Stone‘s No More Rain (In This Cloud) was featured on VP RecordsStrictly the Best, Vol. 28 compilation album has released a new single called “Word and Honor.”  Preview the song below.

Reggae singer CHRISINTI

Reggae singer CHRISINTI

His recent hit entitled “Heart of a Champion” and the latest release “Word and Honor” have been getting favorable reviews on Reggae radio programs worldwide.

Music video for “Heart of a Champion

CHRISINTI SOCIAL MEDIA

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep) #reggaelover

Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep)

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Christopher Martin delivers a brand new single entitled “Secret Love (Creep)“.  Christopher just finished up a New York promo run where he made stops for interviews at Sirius XM, Randy’s Reggae Radio and Radio Lily (Miss Lily’s), before his appearance as a Co-headliner at Irie Jam’s Ladies Ball Stage Show at the legendary night club Amazura in the heart of Jamaica Queens.

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The “Here We Go” Riddim Featuring Da’Ville and Mr. Lexx

DaVille, Bella, Future Fambo, Mr Lexx, Chris Palmer, LADEN and many more are featured on this new production from D. Thomas, upcoming producer out of Jamaica and son of the legendary ‘Jah Thomas‘ The ‘Here We Go‘ riddim is available via VPAL Music and iTunes now.

DaVille, Bella, Future Fambo, Mr Lexx, Chris Palmer, LADEN and many more.

Here We Go Riddim – Artwork

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Various Artists: “Zion Train” One Drop Reggae Riddim

A solid production released on March 11, 2014, check out the new Zion Train Riddim by Livity Records featuring tracks from Tarrus Riley, Christopher Martin, AlborosieJah Cure, Zagga, and Tony Frass.

Check out the new Zion Train Riddim by Livity Records. Download the riddim now!  Tracks Feature: Tarrus Riley Christopher Martin Alborosie Jah Cure Zagga Tony Frass

Zion Train Riddim – Artwork

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New Reggae R&B Fusion from MS PAIGE – “THREE TIMES”

For grown folks only…Ms Paige releases THREE TIMES, a seductive lovers rock reggae and R&B fusion featured on the Illusive Riddim produced by Enos Peniston (a.k.a. Mandrike) of COZMIKNATION PRODUCTION.

Written and performed by Ms Paige, THREE TIMES is a fusion of the grimy dirty south vibe and a passionate love song, mixed with some Caribbean flavor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MumXugq3y-U&feature=youtu.be

“Think Janet meets Ciara meets Rihanna and welcome to MS PAIGE – THREE TIMES.”

~ Ms Paige

 

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Uzman’s CLUB FOCUSED’ EP with Junior Reid and Jah Mason

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Toronto’s #1 crossover artist, Uzman, blends a unique fusion of hip hop and Jamaican dancehall music to the delight of radio deejays and club goers all over North America.  His EP, Club Focused, is set to hit stores April 20, 2014. The EP includes smash hit single “Night Life,” featuring reggae superstar, Jah Mason.  Night Life has already topped New York City’s Funk Master Flex Franchise Record Pool reggae charts and the anticipation is high for Uzman’s follow up tracks: Party Right, Stress Less, Tek Time, and Wine & Grind featuring Junior Reid and the remix produced by DJ Power the NYC Remix King (produced Mims’ platinum “Why I’m Hot” remix).

Uzman, born in Toronto to Jamaican parents has always been heavily influenced by the melodic vibrations of reggae music and the dancehall culture in whole. Add a distinctive blunt force flow, killer punch lines, and head banging club beats – and there’s the recipe for a memorable album that takes listeners from the club to the after party to the after after party! Uzman gives an energetic performance and lights up the microphone, especially on tracks, Wine & Grind and Party Right.

After major success with his Canadian Bar Hop Tour in 2013, Uzman is scheduled to embark on its US/Caribbean leg, stopping in at venues in New York, Miami, and Atlanta in the United States in April. The rapper also plans to visit Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica on a 2-week promotional media tour in support of the EP release and to perform Night Life live with Jah Mason. Night Life has been blazing up Jamaican radio since its release in late 2013; the song remains on heavy rotation on the island’s two most popular stations, IRIE FM and FAME FM.

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Sanchez and Friends – Reggae Lover #4

This installment of the Reggae Lover podcast is comprised of mostly lovers rock vibes with the likes of SanchezThriller U and Singing Melody, among others featured.

The selection here remains almost exclusively inside of the 1980′s era so you will hear covers of R&B hits from that period in abundance.

These tracks all share a very danceable tempo and are meant to keep you rocking, swinging, skanking, and bouncing throughout.  Please download and share!

Thank you for listening!  Requests? Feedback? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.

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Jamaican reggae singer, Sanchez

TRACKLIST

1   Sanchez – Love Me Forever
2   Beenie Man – Show Fi Flop
3   Sanchez – Lonely
4   Thriller U  - Just Once
5   Admiral Tibett – Destroy A Sound
6   Wayne Wonder – Ebony Eyes
7   Thriller U – Ribbon In The Sky
8   Singing Melody – In This Love Together
9   Super Cat and Chuck Turner – Dolly My Baby
10  Pinchers – Request To Denise
11  Sanchez – Joy
12  Singing Melody – Groovy Kind Of Love
13  Frankie Paul – I Wanna Rock
14  Alton Black and Blacka Ranks – A Gal A Watch You
15  Admiral Bailey – Girl Your Body Good
16  Shabba Ranks – Wicked Inna Bed
17  Shevell Francis – Dreaming
18  Trevor B – Tears On My Pillow
19  Pad Anthony – Slow Dancing
20  Clement Irie and Robert French – Bun and Cheese
21  Copper Ranking, Sixy Morris, Mark Wonder & Johnny Lee – Friends
22  Johnny P and Pliers – Money Bribe

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