Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!

Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!The lieutenant turned pastor converted the patrons that came out to the 2015 Rainforest Seafood Festival in Montego Bay last Wednesday night. With heavy rain pouring down the massive crowd cheered, danced and applauded as Lt. Stitchie delivered an entertaining, inspirational and humorous set.

When he arrived at the event, Lt. Stitchie and his team were advised that the time allotted to him initially would be reduced to 20 minutes due to the late start. With this in mind Stitchie had no choice but to shorten his performance, something the audience was clearly not happy about.

Stitchie took them on a musical journey, teasing them by doing snippets of some of his biggest hits; “wear yu size”, “natty dread”, “great ambition and more. The lieutenant also did some of his more recent releases, tracks like “man a pastor”, which had the crowd laughing at the comical story lines, “fast and pray” and “Lord Almighty” which captivated them. He also did some new exclusive pieces written specifically for the event.

At the end of his set the veteran Dancehall artist was flooded with requests to make additional appearances in Montego Bay (the city where he got some of his biggest breaks and made some of his biggest changes in music).

2015 Various Artists New Release: Soca Arena

Various Artists: Soca Arena

Various Artists – Soca Arena – Artwork

As excitement for Caribbean carnival season builds, everyone’s looking for the latest songs to run the road. Soca Arena, the new compilation from VP Records presents prime contenders form Soca’s hottest artists and producers. Kick off your carnival with these jump up winners!

Rocksteady Sunday March 1st 8pm @TheSoundTable #RocksteadyATL

SUNDAY 3.1.15 #RocksteadyATL

SUNDAY 3.1.15 #RocksteadyATL

Rocksteady with artist Dreggae making an appearance and guest selector Aba Shaka joining the residents DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound is coming up on the first day of March (this Sunday) at the Sound Table. One of the most anticipated events of the year, remember that early arrival is always suggested at #RocksteadyATL.  Enjoy!

Eddie Murphy: Oh Jah Jah

Eddie Murphy - Oh Jah Jah - Artwork

Eddie Murphy – Oh Jah Jah – Artwork

VPAL Music, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm for reggae music teams up with the revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release his new single “Oh Jah Jah,” which became available January 27, 2015.

This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. “Oh Jah Jah” follows his 2013 collab “Red Light” feat. Snoop Lion.

Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah,” which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Rolling Stone chats with Eddie Murphy and gets the exclusive scoop about the new single. Read more here.

Listen to Eddie Murphy’s “Oh Jah Jah” single now.

Karamanti releases video for “Big Woman Ting”

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While on tour in Europe Karamanti shot the video for her single “Big Woman Ting,” one of her more popular tracks in that region. The video features two of Scandanavia’s top female dance groups, the Vuvuzela Dance Crew and the Kazoo Dancers. As the beat was built by a producer from Zimbabwe, Karamanti was also fortunate to get an African model, Lea Monde, to play a key role in the video.

Check out the official video for “Big Woman Ting” on Karamanti’s youtube channel. DJs may download the song from a link placed in the description box.

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Jamaicans gearing up for Reggae Month 2015

As the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association gets ready to host several events across the island in honor of Reggae Month (February), Jamaicans are gearing up for what is expected to be a high energy, fun-filled series of live stage shows, dancehall sessions, panel discussions and more.

members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

Members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

The celebration of Reggae in the month of February is an annual event in Jamaica giving members of the public an opportunity to see their favorite Reggae and/or Dancehall artists perform live for little or in most cases, no cost. It is also an exciting time for the industry as the media and entertainers alike are usually engaged in one event or another.

Reggae month is also known as a major tourist attraction inviting Reggae enthusiasts from all over the world who would want to be in the home of Reggae not just for the entertainment but for the educational benefits as well.  JARIA is always sure to include ongoing information sessions that deal with the history, business and technical aspects of Reggae music.

Some of the artists that will be hitting the stage to celebrate Reggae in February are Marcia Griffiths, Exco Levi, Pentateuch, Jah9, Omari, Richie Stephens, Freddie McGregor and that is just to name a few. For a list of scheduled events check out JARIA’s website.

Maria Jackson Entertainment will be providing updates on Reggae Month every week until March 1st via www.mjent.net & www.mjmagazine.org.

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Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration

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Kahlil Wonda Birthday in Atlanta

Commemorating the legacy and 70th anniversary of the Bob Marley’s birth

Highlanda Sound will be hosting A Bob Marley Tribute event at Studio No. 7, an art gallery, craft bar, eatery, and lounge in downtown Atlanta, voted Best of 2014 by Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

The tribute event will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10pm-3am to commemorate Marley’s 70th birthday, as well as to honor the birthday of Highlanda Sound co-founder ĀGARD.  Highlanda’s Kahlil Wonda, who shares an Aquarius birthdate with his wife, will also be celebrating on this special occasion. Musical selections as global as Marley himself will be presented all night by Highlanda Sound’s other co-founder, SuperPEC Archangel alongside selector M.I.C and surprise guests.

Located at 393 Marietta Street near to The World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, the venue Studio No. 7 is billed as a space for creatives and will offer a blend of art, cuisine, cocktails and music for this event.  Tickets starting at $10 will be available online and at the door.

Although he passed away in 1981, Bob Marley’s music still accounts for over half of all reggae music sales, and his message continues to resonate across the globe as a beacon of truth, justice, and love.

“Mr. and Mrs. Wonda and I wanted to organize a big Aquarius anniversary, meanwhile Highlanda’s supporters were asking for a special event on a weekend since many folks are unable to attend Rocksteady on 1st Sundays.  This all coincided with Bob’s 70th and Studio No. 7’s interest in hosting an event with Marley-inspired music.  More than just reggae, its an international music phenomena and a great way to infuse people,” said ĀGARD, founder of Highlanda Sound and ĀGARD Entertainment.

About Highlanda Sound

Highlanda Sound was started by DJ’s Superpec, Kahlil Wonda, and ĀGARD, who had a vision of creating an entertaining experiences and promoting reggae music world wide. Highlanda Sound launched in the spring of 1999. To learn more, visit Highlanda.net or call Kahlil Wonda at (404) 552-0492.

About Studio No. 7

Located between West Midtown and downtown Atlanta houses an art gallery, test kitchen, and lounge.  The space is reminiscent of a New York City loft with its exposed brick and high ceilings, and is the perfect place for drinks, great food and late night events.  To learn more, visit StudioNo7.com or call Earl Adams at (404) 549-9839.

View the event’s Facebook page here.

2 Bad Riddims: The Stalag versus The Sleng Teng

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stalag-sleng_teng

It’s brings me great pleasure to release this episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast which features two riddims that were suggested by my listeners: the Stalag version and the Sleng Teng rhythm. If you have ever been to a reggae dance or concert, you have definitely heard songs on one or both of these legendary riddim tracks which have had a dominating prominence in the dancehall for three decades.

I selected this 22 song playlist out of the hundreds of tunes that have been recorded over these versions. The mix is comprised mostly of the original cuts produced by Winston “Techniques” Riley and Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James. Please submit playlist suggestions and feedback to ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com.

In Jamaica, the Stalag version (or Stalag riddim) is a popular reggae rhythm, which came to prominence in the 1970s. It was originally written and performed as “Stalag 17″ (named after the 1953 war film) by Ansell Collins, and released by Winston Riley‘s Techniques record label in 1973.

It was mainly used for dub instrumental versions, often b-sides of records. The rhythm also influenced early hip-hop, and can be discerned on Public Enemy’s hit ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ as well as on Too Short’s Blowjob Betty.

Sleng Teng is the name given to the first fully computerized riddim in Jamaican music. The riddim, which was created by the collaboration between King Jammy and Wayne Smith, was titled “Under Mi Sleng Teng“. Wayne Smith found the computerized sound in Noel Davey’s keyboard, and together he and Davey arranged the riddim, slowed it down, matched it to Smith’s key, and rehearsed on it with lyrics inspired by Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” and Yellowman’s “Under me fat ting”, before taking it to Jammy’s studio in late 1984. The riddim itself is apparently an attempt to recreate Eddie Cochran’s 1959 rockabilly song “Somethin’ Else.” It is a pattern found in the Casio MT-40 home keyboard.

After the riddim was brought to the studio and Jammy heard it, he then slowed it further and placed piano and a clap on it. Jammy recorded a number of other artists on the original backing track including Tenor Saw (with “Pumpkin Belly”), and Johnny Osbourne (with “Buddy Bye”). The tunes were first unleashed at a now legendary soundclash between Jammy’s own sound system and Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road on February 23, 1985.

 

Stalag 17 Playlist

1 Frankie Paul – Don’t Worry Yourself – Volcano
2 General Echo – Arlene – Techniques
3 Admiral Tibett – Trouble To A Man – Techniques
4 Little Kirk – Whats Love Got To Do – Techniques
5 Yami Bolo – Take It Easy – Techniques
6 Cocoa Tea – We Do The Killing – Digital B
7 Super Beagle – Soundboy Dust Out – Techniques
8 Tenor Saw and Buju Banton – Ring The Alarm Quick – Techniques
9 Sister Nancy – Bam Bam – Techniques
10 Cutty Ranks – Rude Bwoy Game – Techniques
11 Nicodemus – Suzy Wong – Skengdon

Sleng Teng Playlist

1 Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng – Jammys
2 Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly – Jammys
3 Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting – Jammys
4 Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne – Jammys
5 Josey Wales – Cowboy Style – Jammys
6 Yelloman – Reggae Ambassador – Jammys
7 Tony Curtis – Weak – John John
8 Anthony Red Rose – Under Me Fat Ting – King Tubbys
9 John Wayne – Call The Police For Me – Jammys
10 Super Cat – Trash and Ready – Jammys
11 Frankie Paul – Cassandra – Steely and Clevie

Direct download: 36_-_Reggae_Lover_Podcast.mp3 (Right-click and select “Save link as…”)

A special reggae treat celebrating a new year. #RocksteadyATL

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Join us at the Sound Table  this Sunday January 4th for a mix of Early Reggae, Classic Dancehall hit music, Rocksteady and Ska, dub, the New reggae revival movement, roots and culture plus lovers rock Music by: Farinheits Creation, DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen and Highlanda Sound System from 8pm - Midnight.Join us at the Sound Table  this Sunday January 4th for a mix of Early Reggae, Classic Dancehall hit music, Rocksteady and Ska, dub, the New reggae revival movement, roots and culture plus lovers rock Music by: Farinheits Creation, DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen and Highlanda Sound System from 8pm - Midnight.

Join us at the Sound Table this Sunday January 4th for a mix of Early Reggae, Classic Dancehall hit music, Rocksteady and Ska, dub, the New reggae revival movement, roots and culture plus lovers rock Music by Farinheits Creation, DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen and Highlanda Sound System from 8pm – Midnight.