Dancehall reggae gospel performer, Lieutenant Stitchie on stage.
Jam Link International will be hosting the governor of the dancehall, Lt. Stitchie, in Europe from January 28th through to March 16th. Though The Lieutenant already has confirmed dates in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Aarhus and several other cities, there are still some open dates that need to be filled. As such, venue operators and booking agents are being asked to contact Jam Link Intl. at email@example.com for information about Stitchie’s availability.
Hot off his UK tour, where he completely captivated audiences at big events such as Hootananny Brixton, Faith Chapel in London, Crystal Palace, Glory House and even Feltham Youth Prison, where he ministered to young offenders, Lt. Stitchie is promising a tour like no other. When asked what his fans in Europe can expect, he said:
“my last appearance in Europe was in 2013 so I am going there with vengeance to unleash a barrage of my old catalogue plus my new music.”
Read Lt. Stitchie’s biography here.
Here’s a great promo mix DJ Passport curated to get you ready for February 5th. Early bird tickets are still available!
Rocksteady ATL presents BOB MARLEY 71st BIRTHDAY BASH Promotional Mix by DJ Passport by Highlanda Sound on Mixcloud
“The entire world knows and loves Bob Marley!!!
Come out to Studio Number Seven on Friday February 5th to experience the splendor of Bob Marley’s 71st Birthday Bash!
Also celebrating their Earthstrong: Kahlil Wonda, AGARD, Mrs. Wonda and ALL their Aquarius friends.
This special edition of #ROCKSTEADYATL and Bob Marley Tribute, featuring the sounds of
Jah Prince, Highlanda Sound, and DJ Passport alongside Brooklyn’s own ĀGARD.
Be entertained by the magic and power of this music for one
night only, but keep the memories for a lifetime.
Studio number 7 is downtown Atlanta at 393 Marietta Street.
For information: ABobMarleyTribute@gmail.com or Highlanda.net”
Rocksteady ATL will partner with ĀGARD Music to host the 2nd annual commemorative event celebrating the birthday and legacy of late reggae legend, Bob Marley.
Image: 2nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration
ATLANTA, GA, December 31, 2015 –The event will take place at Studio No. 7 in downtown
Atlanta on February 5, 2016, between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am. In addition to observing Bob
Marley’s 71st birthday, the event will serve as a birthday celebration for fellow Aquarians, Kahlil
Wonda from Highlanda Sound, his wife Mrs. Wonda, and DJ/Producer, ĀGARD, who will be
traveling from New York City.
The Bob Marley Tribute will coincide with and be a special edition of Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen’s successful monthly event, dubbed Rocksteady ATL.
Studio No. 7, the venue which also hosted the 2015 staging of this event, offers a central and
spacious setting. Located at 393 Marietta Street near to the World of Coca-Cola and Centennial
Olympic Park in Atlanta, the venue has been voted Best of 2014 by the reputable Atlanta
Tribune: The Magazine. Tickets for the event can be purchased online in advance or the night
of the event at the venue.
With a number of performers on the 2016 lineup, the event promises to be bigger and better
than the inaugural staging, showcasing the best in music from Bob Marley and other great
artistes. In addition to a live set by the BRAP Band, patrons can expect selections from several
top-rated music curators, including DJ Passport, ĀGARD, Highlanda Sound, as well as special
guest Jah Prince. There will also be a live performance from reggae artist, Ken Serious, with
mixing from Kahlil Wonda.
People who are interested in attending the 2nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash and Aquarius
Celebration can purchase advanced tickets online beginning early in January. Additional
information about the event is available at AtlantaRootsReggae.com.
Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen presents “RUB-A-DUB”
The classics that introduced Jamaica’s music to the world, The new reggae revival movement, Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. Good vibes only by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Guest DJ set by DJ Lion The Turntable Bandit. 8pm-12 / No Cover.
Nothing but Good Vibes Sunday, January 10, 2016at 8 PM – 12 AM Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. With Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. No Cover!!!!!
I noticed the recent uproar caused by, and massive publicity being given to Billboard Magazine, who announced their best of 2015 recently. The initial blip that came on my radar was a Jamaica Observer article, but since then I have seen many of my peers in the reggae industry, especially those representing Jamaica, sounding off and voicing their disapproval of Billboard as if this was an objective award selection.
This controversy inspired my inquisitive mind so I did some research into Billboard Magazine’s previous year’s Reggae superlatives and found that it’s solely based on Reggae Album sales and these statistics have never been friendly to Jamaican performers. Check the history over the past 5 years:
No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine
By simply visiting Billboard’s website and reviewing the rankings I saw that what happened in 2015 – a non-Jamaican crowned Artist of the Year – also happened in 2014, 2013, and so on and so forth. No one slammed the magazine when California-based reggae group Rebelution, Israel’s Matisyahu, or American rappers NAS and Snoop Lion were crowned.
If anything, Jamaican reggae artists, supporters, and the media alike should be reporting that 2015 was the best year in recent history for Jamaican reggae acts as evidenced by releases from Morgan Heritage, Protoje, Jah Cure, and Kymani Marley all selling well enough to be on the 2015 Reggae Album charts. Yes, Joss Stone (UK) sold more, but in prior years only the Marley name could be found consistently among the top selling reggae albums reported by Billboard.
Congratulations to the aforementioned artists carrying the reggae banner in 2015. How can we continue this resurgence of Jamaican reggae and secure a place for artists from the genre’s homeland on international music charts, and concert stages? Start by putting your money where your mouth is. Vote for the artist you love by buying their album.
Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport #RocksteadyATL
Every first Friday, Rocksteady ATL explores the sub genres of reggae music: dub, lover’s rock, roots and rocksteady. Kick off 2016 with us, reggae style.
#RocksteadyATL artwork, December 2015
#ROCKSTEADYATL is keeping Atlanta enthusiasts satisfied with Roots Reggae Every First Friday at Studio No. 7 located at 393 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta.
Enjoy a special night of Reggae, Lovers Rock, Dub, and Roots on Friday December 4th with Music by Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport alongside guest sounds Lion of Judah with Ras Irate and Empress Movements.
Atlanta-based reggae singer LITTLE PINCHERS has officially signed on and as he has become know for, promises to deliver yet another stellar live performance “inna rub-a-dub style.”
Doors open 9pm-2am. Free Entry Until 11 with RSVP. Email your guest list names to RocksteadyATL@gmail.com
by 5pm on Friday December 4 for a confirmed RSVP.
Born Trexton Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, Smokey Hype started his musical journey when he was merely in Primary School. Smoke Hype always knew that music was his destiny for if there was a talent show that was going on then you could expect him to be a part of it. Smokey Hype grew up listening to Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Shabba Ranks just name a few. As the years went on Smokey Hype continued to perfect his craft.
Smokey Hype has been seen performing since Sting 2004 in Jamaica and has also had the pleasure of working with artists such as Bounty Killer.
Smokey Hype brings a lot of diversity to the table for he is not only a DeeJay/Singer but he is also a Music Production Engineer and much known for his musical writing skills. Smokey Hype currently has 5 artists that he writes songs for.
When was the last time that you met an artist who could do it all?
Smokey Hype currently is working on one of the largest projects to come out of his Parish which will consist of the 5 top Dancehall artists from Spanish Town, Jamaica.
This young man definitely has the drive & determination but more importantly he is very much focused when it comes to perfecting his music. Smokey Hype has a promising career in front of him. Get very familiar with his name because Smokey Hype is definitely going places.
Reggae Vibes Music presents the Reggae Vibes Riddim featuring 15 all new one drop productions from Reggae Vibes Music / Warriors Musick Productions. The Riddim features a new song from reggae legend Sizzla, strong entries from Lutan Fyah, Jah Mason, and Fantan Mojah along with emerging singers Devano, Deego, Dreama, Shane Hoosong and more.
Reggae Vibes Riddim artwork
Sizzla Kalonji bolsters the riddim with “Greatest Mother,” a song in which he channels his inner synthesizer while bringing forth words of appreciation reminiscent of the vibe on his popular “Thank You Mama.” Kana Stone performs a festival ready anthem for reggae music with a simple, yet passionate delivery on “Love the Reggae.”
Ginjah delivers a fresh marijuana ballad with a catchy refrain on “All This Time.” In a love song about his island nation entitled “So In Love,” Guche London pledges allegiance to Jamaica convincingly. Turbulence infuses his voice with the melodic notes of the riddim in the most soulful way as he sings of a love written in the stars on “For Me.”
Harlem, New York Hip Hop artist Charlie Clips combines with Delus on “They Don’t Know,” the most natural-sounding combination between rapper and singer over a one-drop reggae riddim. This joint is laced with conscious lyrics which would resonate with real hip hop heads and hardcore reggae enthusiasts alike.
The official release date is November 6th, but the Reggae Vibes Riddim will be available for Preorder on iTunes on October 23, 2015.
Rebel Sound recording artist Ras Fraser Jr., the son of legendary Reggae singer Phillip Fraser, brings you his new single “Vacation For Two“.
Vacation For Two by Ras Fraser Jr. – Artwork
Many people from Jamaica never get to see many of the island’s beautiful wonders that the tourists see everyday when vacationing there. “Vacation For Two” is about a Jamaican couple taking a vacation on their own island and seeing its amazing sights for the first time.
“Vacation For Two” is currently doing well on the radio in Jamaica and is in the Hot Tracks section on the iTunes Reggae Page. Download “Vacation For Two” now.