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TORONTO’S Trailblazer award winning artist KAFINAL

Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, Kafinal has emerged as an entertainer and vocalist with diverse talents.


The singer/comedian/actor who is now based in Toronto, Canada credits his sometimes difficult upbringing with giving him his strong work ethic and sense of humour. The second of five children for his parents, he remembers how his mother worked hard to make ends meet. With that determination, he has decided to pay homage to her with his work.

Like many of the musical greats he started singing as a child in the church as well as in school and at community events. In 2001 while still living in Jamaica his professional musical timing had come and he released songs like “Cooking Dat Pwile” and “Drive By”.

Upon relocating to Canada, Kafinal began to make a name for himself on the Caribbean live show and performance circuits both as a singer and comedian.

The re-emergence of his first love, music, which Kafinal describes as “soul-filling”; presents him with an opportunity to entertain the best way he knows.

Influenced by all genres of music, he lists Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Beres Hammond among his musical influences.

For Kafinal the sky is indeed the limit as he plans to build on the exposure and fan-base he has garnered and take it to the highest level. He promises to continue to put out excellent music with the best production quality.

Lyrically he is definitely on his way as he has already released not only “catchy” but very relevant content. His latest project is titled “Road Tonight”, has been rocking the airwaves in Jamaica, Toronto, the Caribbean and North America.

Expect more from this talented brother of the Caribbean.

Side B of the Promo Mixtape for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Bash mixed by ĀGARD

Please enjoy the BOB MARLEY 70th BIRTHDAY BASH PROMO MIXTAPE – SIDE B mixed by ĀGARD out of Brooklyn, NYC.  The mix features Bob Marley along with many of the artists he has inspired: Gappy Ranks, Major Lazer, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Dillon Francis, So Shifty, Ariana Grande, We Chief, No Doubt, Konshens, Machel Montano, Sean Paul, RDX and many more.




Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration

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.

New album Kevin Kinsella ‘Riding Higher Still’ now available

New album Kevin Kinsella 'Riding Higher Still' available October 21st 2014

New album Kevin Kinsella ‘Riding Higher Still’

First hearing the Bob Marley song “One Love” in Ireland as a 12 year old boy Kevin Kinsella received his calling to play Reggae music. Founding his first band, The Tribulations, when he was fifteen he soon found himself opening up for Toots and the Maytals who gave him strong encouragement to continue his vocation.

The Tribulations recorded their first full album “The Gate” in 1992 and went on to win the Yamaha Soundcheck competition which took them to both Japan and Jamaica.  In 1995 Kevin founded and named his second group – John Brown’s Body and led them in being signed to Shanachie Records, with whom they recorded several albums which were recognized by both critics and fans as classics of American Reggae.

Prior to signing with Shanachie, Kevin had founded his own imprint label, I Town Records, and it was during his tenure as lead singer and primary song writer of John Brown’s Body that he started and gave name to the group 10 FT Ganja Plant, which has recorded 10 albums for ROIR records. Amidst writing, recording and touring with both John Brown’s Body and 10 FT Ganja Plant, Kevin has released 4 solo records under his own name, the latest one being “RIDING HIGHER STILL” on his own I Town Records imprint.

Kevin Kinsella has been recognized as a true disciple of roots reggae music and both a pioneer and veteran of the Reggae movement in the United States. With a distinctive and powerful voice, a unique and recognizable writing style and spirit filled presence and performance energy – Kevin Kinsella continues to be an important contributor to Reggae music.

Foundation Roots, Reality and Culture


Roots_Reggae_by_guidenzinIn this episode, I present some essential Roots reggae cuts, mostly from the 1970s. These songs deal with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God.

The featured artists provide social commentary and deliver lyrical themes including spirituality, resistance to government, black pride and repatriation.

You will hear Studio One classics, gems from Tuff Gong, Exterminator and Volcano, plus quintessential Trojan recordings, among others. The full track list is posted below. Enjoy the musical mix!

Song List:

1 Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
2 Bob Marley – Africa Unite
3 Black Uhuru – Sensimilia
4 Sammy Dread – Road Block
5 Hugh Mundell – Rasta Have The Handle
6 The Gladiators – Easy Squeeze
7 Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
8 Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
9 Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
10 John Holt – Up Park Camp
11 John Holt – Tribal War
12 Barrington Levy – No Fuss Or Fight
13 Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
14 Barrington Levy – Do Good
15 Barrington Levy – Murderer
16 Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
17 Bob Marley – Forever Loving Jah
18 Bob Marley – Them Belly Full
19 Bob Marley – Rebel Music
20 Don Carlos – Natty Dread Have the Credentials
21 Half Pint – Political Fiction
22 John Holt – Police In Helicopter
23 Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard
24 Gregory Isaacs – Border
25 Yabby You & The Prophets – Babylon A Fall
26 Yabby You & Tony Tuff – Falling Babylon
27 Burning Spear – Follow Marcus Garvey
28 U Brown – Jah Is My Father Still
29 Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
30 Dennis Alcapone & Delroy Wilson – It Must Come
31 Barrington Levy – Teach The Youth
32 Cocoa Tea – Rasta Man
33 Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
34 U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
35 Johnny Osborne – Truths and Rights
36 Bob Marley – Time Will Tell
37 Burning Spear – Columbus
38 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
39 Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
40 Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
41 Johnny Osborne – Jah Righteous Plan


 ~MUSIC BY HIGHLANDA & DJ PASSPORT***HOSTED BY Little Pinchers!!!!!!***  Sunday, October 5th at the Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  The Rocksteady event is a monthly nostalgic celebration of Jamaican music recurring every 1st Sunday  Reggae singer Little Pinchers, will host the Rocksteady: Join us in the Fight event while DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound will provide the soundtrack.  For more information about the Rocksteady movement, email VaultClassics@gmail.com.


Sunday, October 5th at the Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the Rocksteady monthly nostalgic celebration of Jamaican music returns with Reggae singer Little Pinchers hosting while DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound provide the soundtrack.  For more information, email VaultClassics@gmail.com.


Tranquility Reggae

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 chrissypromo20@gmail.com

Check out TranQuility’s latest video here.



ROCKSTEADY, a Classic Affair Sunday Sept. 7th @ The Sound Table


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.

Rocksteady, a recurring festive occasion is now being celebrated on 1st Sundays in downtown Atlanta's re-born Old Forth Ward neighborhood presenting a retro Caribbean soundtrack at the 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.

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.

Kahlil Wonda and Reggae Lover present Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry


Lee 'Scratch' PerryWelcome to Episode 20 of the Reggae Lover Podcast, my first “dubwise” edition. This mix was specially requested by Ras Jamal in Savannah, Georgia and features the musical productions and performances of Lee “Scratch” Perry exclusively.  

One of the pioneers in the development of dub music and remixing in addition to numerous other innovations in production, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry truly paved the way for the EDM, Hip-Hop, and Reggae movements of today.  Learn more about Perry’s amazing career.  

Show Notes.

We start off in the 60 – 70 BPM range with The Upsetters‘ Curly Dub and move into a couple different dub versions of Satisfy My Soul featuring Bob Marley and The Wailers.  The Upsetters’ Super Ape is up next, leading into a “Vibrate On” medley.  Augustus Pablo, Max Romeo, Hugo Blackwood and Dr. Alimantado are featured on the riddim alongside Perry and The Upsetters.  A cool blend transitions from there into Bob Marley dub once again with “Live,” a Lively Up Yourself dub version and then a Screw Face dub version entitled “Face Man.”

Junior Murvin can then be heard singing “Roots Train,” followed by his massive hit tune “Police And Thieves.”  I selected 3 tracks from Perry’s “Arkology” box set on the same riddim.  The voices of Glen DaCosta and Jah Lion are featured in this set along with some wicked Saxophone and the masterful instrumentation of Lee Perry dubbing out on the board.

For the next few tracks I go into the Jungle Dub album, my favorite album of Perry’s work.  The very heavy-weight Super Ape album, Ras Jamal’s highest rated Scratch Perry album is also a focal point of this mix.  Other noteable selections served up are “Bad Walking” with Tommy McCook and “I Chase The Devil/Croaking Lizard” with Max Romeo and Prince Jazzbo.

Please email me (reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com) if you want the full tracklist. My wish is that listeners will hear this mix and go looking for Lee Perry’s music to purchase.  Dub music should be a part of every reggae lover’s music collection.