The island of Jamaica, West Indies continues to make noise, and we love it!
Noisey introduces #NoiseyJamaica II with appearances by Walshy Fire, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Jah9, Keznamdi & more! #ReggaeRevival
The second edition of Noisey Jamaica is a look into the revolutionary new young reggae movement led by charismatic artists like Chronixx and Jesse Royal.
Presented by Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire and also featuring controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline, Noisey Jamaica travels from downtown to the beaches to report on one of the most exciting periods in Jamaica’s rich musical history, including a look at the influence of Vybz Kartel, currently incarcerated for murder.
Checkout Season 1 of Noisey Jamaica.
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Reggae artist Tranquility
Tran-Quility means “calm” which basically says a lot about this upcoming artist and songwriter that is on a journey to become one of reggae music’s great. Though his genre of music is mainly cultural Reggae, TranQuility is incredibly versatile as he pulls his inspiration from many different artists such as; Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Jah9. TranQuility is inspired by POSITIVENESS AND LIFE and this is what his music reflects.
He defines his music as relaxing, realistic, while at the same time, youthful and fun. His goal is to send a Positive Message to today’s Youths. TranQuility’s songs can be found on ITUNES, AMAZON, and other online music stores. Anyone wanting to work with him should contact his manager; Christine Dinel (Chrissy fox) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out TranQuility’s latest video here.
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Rocksteady, a recurring festive occasion now being celebrated on 1st Sundays in downtown Atlanta’s re-born Old Forth Ward neighborhood presents a retro Caribbean soundtrack at a now classic locale, The Sound Table, located at 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
This is a unique old-school style themed reggae soiree powered by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Enjoy world-class mixology infused with crucial music selection you won’t get at other spots in the city.
More on the genre Rocksteady:
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1960s, after SKA and before REGGAE. Rocksteady and the early reggae that followed, was built around the “one drop” drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the second and fourth beat of every bar, played by the bass drum and the snare together. The bass line eventually became one of the most recognizable characteristics of Jamaican music.
Despite its short lifespan, rocksteady’s influence is great as most of the reggae artists started out in Rocksteady and/or SKA. Many reggae songs became focused less on romance and more on black consciousness, politics and protest. The release of the film “The Harder They Come” and the rise of Jamaican superstar Bob Marley brought reggae to an international level that rocksteady never reached.
Although rocksteady was a short-lived phase of Jamaican popular music (about 2 years), it was hugely influential on reggae, dub and dancehall. Many bass lines originally created for rocksteady songs continue to be used in contemporary Jamaican music, such as the rhythm from “Never Let You Go” by Slim Smith (sometimes known as the Answer rhythm) and the Hi-Fashion rhythm from “Bobby Babylon” by Freddie McGregor.
“Cool Runnings” is the lead single from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots, in stores September 23rd.
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.
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.
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).
Billy Mystic & The Mystic Revealers are back with a new collection of hits titled, ‘Crucial Cuts’ instores September 16, 2014.
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.
Reggae Gold 2014 contains commercial radio hits, core reggae winners, critical favorites and exclusive picks for the ultimate summer reggae groove.
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 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.
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 Artwork