I-OCTANE IGNITES WITH NEW ALBUM, ‘MY JOURNEY’

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Reggae star I-Octane ignites the New Year with his new album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online onMarch 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Record.
Born Byiome Muir inClarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been blazing a trail for himself at home and internationally ever since hitting the scene over 5 years ago, and has accomplished the rare feat of consistently remaining relevant in a fickle reggae landscape, receiving continuous airplay across reggae formats globally with his flourishing catalog.
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A special project with his long-time musical collaborator and friend Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.
Reggae meets lovers rock on this 16-track masterpiece, which features guest appearances from fellow reggae luminaries Gentleman and Ky-Manie Marley, and songstress Alaine.
Staying true to his signature sound that fuses velvety vocals and memorable hooks over catchy rhythms, My Journey lives up to its name as all tracks are penned by the multi-faceted entertainer, with a few singles co-written by producer DJ Frass.

 “Musically, this album represents my growth as an artist and as a person,” reveals I-Octane. “Over the years, my perspective on a lot of things have changed and I’m now seeing things not just from a local standpoint but from a more global perspective. This album is not just for a particular group, it is for everybody and the music and content reflect that.”
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The entire album was produced by Jamaican hit-maker DJ Frass, who says even though this collaborative album has been in conception for years, once the two friends decided the time was right, it only took one month for all the tracks to be recorded in his studio.
I-Octane has been making the rounds on the international circuit, touring and introducing his new album to audiences far and wide. The first single, “Love You Like I Do,” has been receiving massive fanfare and radio play, at home and across reggae platforms worldwide.

Its beautifully crafted, vintage-styled video was also released and is currently in steady rotation on television channels. The album is currently being mastered and the final track list will be released to media and fans, in the coming weeks.
With his journey now documented in time, I-Octane looks forward to bringing his new music to fans everywhere, via the album and touring, and even has several album release events planned to properly launch My Journey to the world.
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Dancehall Now Mixtape Volume 4

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HIGHLANDA SOUND presents DANCEHALL NOW Mixtape Volume 4 for promotional purposes, featuring various current artists from the Dancehall genre.

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Featuring tracks by Alaine, Busy Signal, Destra Garcia, Popcaan, Laden, Elephant Man Ft. Chi Ching Ching, G Whizz, I-Octane and more…

 

Dancehall Now Episode 34 – The Ladies Edition

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for October 20, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

This episode includes live footage from Highlanda’s Dancehall Now Radio Show (Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on Da Flava Radio.

The Ladies Edition featured the music of artists including the following: Raine Seville, Etana, Cherine Anderson, Alaine, Queen Ifrica, Phylissia, Alison Hinds, Marcia Griffiths, Jodain Pantry, D’Angel, Tifa, Cecile, Lady Saw, and Spice.

On DANCEHALL NOW, Top Rated Highlanda features new and pre-release dancehall music that we deem the best of the best and bound to become hits along with established chart toppers and records getting radio and club spins in current rotation. Dancehall Now also includes artist features and delivers news pertinent to the dancehall community.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

Please download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to kahlil.wonda@gmail.com or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe and become a fan to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Dancehall Now Episode 17 – The ‘I Wish I Was In Trinidad’ Edition

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Make sure to download this show for the exclusive combinations within such as the remix of ‘Brooklyn Go Hard’ which features Wayne Wonder, Foxxy Brown, M.I.A, and Jay-Z, & ‘Automatic’ by Marcia Griffiths and Busy Signal.

Since Trinidad Carnival (aka the greatest show on Earth) is currently taking place, this episode of Dancehall Now features Jamaica’s Dancehall King Beenie Man doing the Soca thing alongside Trinidad’s lyrical giant, Bunji Garlin on the remix of ‘Plenty Gal,’ a bonafied 2009 mega hit. Also in the mix is Beenie Man featuring Trini Jacobs with the Soca version of rapper T.I.’s ‘Live Your Life’ entitled ‘Superstar.’ Other carnival themed highlights featured are ‘Tonight’ by Reggae songstress Alaine featuring Machel Montano, and ‘Fly Away’ sung by Machel Montano and Collie Budz out of Bermuda.

Dancehall Now Episode 17 also includes new music from Daville, Vybz Kartel and Spice, Tarrus Riley, Laden, and Ms. Triniti featuring Beenie Man by request.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment at http://www.highlanda.net/html/contact.php. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

Dancehall Now Episode 17

Playlist:

1 Automatic – Marcia Griffiths/Busy Signal
2 Brooklyn We Go Hard (Remix) – Wayne Wonder/Foxy Brown/Jay-Z/M.I.A
3 You Have It – Beenie Man
4 Fly Away – Machel Montano HD feat. Collie Budz
5 Burnin Burnin – Ms. Triniti feat. Beenie Man
6 Human Nature – Tarrus Riley
7 U A De Boss – Sizzla
8 Baby Mother Drama – Kiprich
9 Time To Shine – Laden
10 Ramping Shop – Vybz Kartel feat. Spice
11 No Games (Remix) – Serani feat. Raekwon
12 Sleepless Nights – Buju Banton
13 Jah Live – Luciano
14 Tonight – Alaine feat. Machel Montano
15 Superstar – Beenie Man feat. Trini Jacobs
16 Plenty Gal (Remix) – Bunji Garlin feat. Beenie Man
17 Start A New – Tarrus Riley
18 The Best In Life – Sizzla
19 Missing You Right Now – Daville
20 Know How Fi Love Dem Up – Assassin feat. Josey Wales

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Dancehall Now Episode 15 is here!

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Dancehall Now Episode 15 features new Busy Signal, Daville, Vybez Cartel, Serani, Beenie Man ,and Baby Cham to name a few.  Listen or Download now.

Right Click the media file link and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now.  We sincerely hope you enjoy!  Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment right here.  If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.


Dancehall Now Episode 15

1  Sweep Da Floor (Pop Champagne Remix) – Elephant Man
2  Sort Dem Out – Demarco
3  Nothing To Smile About – Morgan Heritage
4  Love of A Lifetime – Alaine
5  Bullet – DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross & Baby Cham
6  Ramping Shop – Vybez Kartel feat. Spice
7  Last Man Standing – Vybez Kartel
8  I’ll Be Your Best Friend – Daville
9  Nikki Burt – Make Ends Meet
10 All I Need – Shurwayne Winchester/Serani
11 Mek Noise – Erupt
12 Money Tree – Busy Signal
13 Time To Shine – Laden
14 People Want Change (Roots) – Capleton feat. Obama
15 Single Ladies Remix – Beyonce feat. Buju Banton
16 Gimme Gimme Gimme – Beenie Man
17 Make Her Stamma – Busy Signal
18 Jah Jah See Dem A Come – Sugar Roy, Conrad Crystal and Gyptian
19 Girl I Want You (Soca Road Remix) – Serani
20 Missing Your Love – Wesley Diamond
21 Tonight Is Yours – Daville
22 Crying Out – Duane Stephenson

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Girl Power – 7 Women Carrying the Reggae Banner

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The results of the Highlanda.net survey on new female reggae artists are in…

Several female voices have come out of Jamaica in the last few years who are looking to one day be mentioned amongst the likes of dancehall veterans like Marcia Griffiths, Nadine Sutherland, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens and others.  Who is your favorite FEMALE reggae artist on the scene right now?

…and the winner was a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist, Cherine Anderson with 40% of the votes. Her duet with Chuck Fender entitled Coming Over established itself as an anthem in the dancehall. Download a free mixtape of her music hosted by Rory of Stone Love from her website CherineAnderson.com. Cherine is a young, but accomplished talent. Her films to date include Dancehall Queen and One Love.

In second place was Queen Ifrica, also known as Fyah Muma out of Tony Rebel’s Flames Production camp. Queen is more than just a good entertainer. In her hit song Daddy she tackles the issues of child molestation in the household. Her music is a true inspiration especially to all women and is filled with reality and very timely, conscious messages.

Next we introduce to the world Etana. Etana, which means ‘strong one,’ rejected the words and image of the sexy dancehall genre in favor of a visible lifestyle defined by Rastafari. She has by all evidence, been vindicated in her choices. Etana’s debut single, Wrong Address, struck a resounding chord and is still getting major radio play, while Roots, her next release is climbing similarly.

Also weighing in was the young Jamaican idol and Universal Motown recording artist Tami Chynn. A pop princess who emerged from one of the grittiest, male dominated music scenes, Jamaica’s dancehall. “My influences are very eclectic. If you browsed my iPod you’d get confused, but it all works really,” says Tami. Her new single Frozen featuring Akon is the title track of her new album in stores now.

All these artists are a big wave in the tsunami of talent coming out of the Caribbean. Other upcoming stars in the business to keep an eye on:

Tessanne Chin
Alaine
Mischu Laikah