Reggae In the Age of the Internet

Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby‘s dubs or Prince Far I‘s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.

In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.

The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”

Kingston Be Wise - Protoje

Kingston Be Wise – Protoje

This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7.

Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.

 

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep) #reggaelover

Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep)

Christopher Martin – Secret Love (Creep) – Artwork

Christopher Martin delivers a brand new single entitled “Secret Love (Creep)“.  Christopher just finished up a New York promo run where he made stops for interviews at Sirius XM, Randy’s Reggae Radio and Radio Lily (Miss Lily’s), before his appearance as a Co-headliner at Irie Jam’s Ladies Ball Stage Show at the legendary night club Amazura in the heart of Jamaica Queens.

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The “Here We Go” Riddim Featuring Da’Ville and Mr. Lexx

DaVille, Bella, Future Fambo, Mr Lexx, Chris Palmer, LADEN and many more are featured on this new production from D. Thomas, upcoming producer out of Jamaica and son of the legendary ‘Jah Thomas‘ The ‘Here We Go‘ riddim is available via VPAL Music and iTunes now.

DaVille, Bella, Future Fambo, Mr Lexx, Chris Palmer, LADEN and many more.

Here We Go Riddim – Artwork

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The Legendary Satta Massagana Riddim Mix

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This mix features the the Satta riddim, short for Satta MassaganaSatta Massagana is a roots reggae album released by The Abyssinians officially in 1976. It is widely considered The Abyssinians’ crowning achievement and a classic roots reggae album. The title track “Satta Massagana” was a huge hit and has been versioned numerous times by both The Abyssinians and other artists since. It has even been adopted by some Rastafarian groups as a hymn used during services. The song, which translates from the Amharic language as “He Gave Praise”, was originally recorded for Studio One in 1969, but the label’s owner, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd declined to release it.

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Also featured in this episode is Title Riddim which was released in 1988.  The late, great singer Wayne Smith (yes he sang more than just Sleng Teng) delivers the blessing with “Jah Is Our Light” before the Soundbwoy Killing tunes start to flow.  Even if you don’t know the artists singing at this point it matters not because the vibes are ever-present and the mixes come smoothly and quickly enough to hopefully put you in trance.

Episode 3 ventures away from the more commercially popular and hit songs mixed in the first 2 Reggae Lover shows and the riddim driven nature of this mix also lends a different type of vibe. Check the playlist and leave a comment below.

Thank you for listening!  Requests? Feedback? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.

Playlist:

1   Wayne Smith – Jah is Our Light
2   Sugar Minott – Can’t Cross the Border
3   Chipi Prophet – Hard Nut To Crack
4   Trevor Levy – Kill A Sound Tonight
5   Scion Success – General
6   Pad Anthony – The Title
7   Ranking Joe – Original General
8   Abbysinians – Satta Massa Gana
9   Bernard Collins – Satta Me No Born Yah
10  Bernard Collins – Satta Don
11  Big Youth – I Pray Thee
12  Prince Far I – Wisdom
13  U-Roy – Blessed
14  Dennis Brown – It Is A Fact
15  Luciano – Man Of Order
16  Jah mali – Cornerstone
17  Anthony B – Good and Bad
18  Capleton – Dislocate
19  Capleton – Raggy Road
20  Sizzla – One Away

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Sizzla Kalonji: “Make it Right” on the Reggae Land Riddim

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SIZZLA KALONJI, KARAMANTI & KERON WILLIAMS TALKS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, ABUSE & MAKING IT RIGHT

Canadian based production house, Street Digital Records recently released the very powerful, Reggae Land Riddim, on which was featured songs from Sizzla KalonjiKaramanti and Street Digital’s own, Keron Williams. The overall project has been doing well on Reggae radio programs around the world with three specific tracks gaining traction on commercial media: Sizzla Kalonji’s “Make It Right” (original and remix), Karamanti’s “Domestic Abuse” and Keron William’s “Di Lovin”.

Veteran artist Sizzla Kalonji is in his element on the track “Make It Right.”  Many have said that this song reminds them of Sizzla Kalonji when he just came on the scene delivering powerful messages on authentic Reggae beats.  Karamanti also remains in her element as she talks about the controversial issue of “Domestic Abuse,” something that happens at an alarming rate in Jamaica.  And finally, Keron Williams, who is fairly new on the international scene, manages to capture the listener’s ear with his track “Di Lovin.”  Of all songs on the Reggae Land Riddim, these three are in heavy radio rotation worldwide with the videos from Karamanti and Sizzla Kalonji getting consistent television airtime.

All songs on the Reggae Land Riddim can be purchased directly from Street Digital Records by visiting their website here.

 

 

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Reggae Vault Classics ‘Tribute to King Jammy’s’ by Highlanda

Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary King Jammy‘s label.

  1. Josey Wales – Water Come A Me Eye
  2. Buju Banton – Sound Fi Dead

    King Jammy

    Cover of King Jammy

  3. Cocoa Tea – Crying Time
  4. Little Twitch – Spanish Fly
  5. Bushman – Grow Your Natty
  6. Cocoa Tea – Uptight Saturday Night
  7. Sanchez – End of The Road
  8. Sanchez – Mr. Sea (Love Songs)
  9. Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
  10. Dennis Brown – Love Is Never to Say You’re Sorry
  11. Leroy Gibbons – I’m Missing You
  12. Cocoa Tea – The Toughest

    Dennis Brown

    Cover of Dennis Brown

  13. Pinchers – Bandelero
  14. Wayne Smith – Ain’t No Meaning
  15. Shinehead – Good Love
  16. Nitty Gritty – Draw Mi Mark
  17. Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
  18. Super Cat – Boops
  19. Supercat – Jamaica Jamaica
  20. Johnny Osborne – Wnat A La La

    Super Cat

    Cover of Super Cat

  21. Nitty Gritty – Good Morning Teacher
  22. Wayne Smith – Come Along
  23. Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
  24. John Wayne – Call The Police
  25. Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
  26. Johnny Osborne – Budy Bye
  27. Supercat – Trash and Ready
  28. Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting
  29. Ninjaman – Murder Dem
  30. Tony Curtis – Weak
  31. Leroy Gibbon – This Magic Moment
  32. Frankie Paul – Cassanova
  33. Yellowman – Run Come
  34. Courtney Melody ft Danny Dread – Call Me Angel
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Reggae reissue label Blood and Fire resurrected via VP alliance

US-based reggae label VP Records is resurrecting former British reggae independent Blood And Fire, with the indie’s former A&R chief Steve Barrow on board to run it.

Blood and Fire Logo

VP Records Relaunches Classic Reggae Label Blood and Fire

Blood and Fire was known primarily for its quality reissues of Jamaican recordings from the 1970s and ’80s, many of which were overlooked upon their initial release.

photo: Gregory Isaacs release on Blood and Fire label

The initial VP/Blood and Fire collaboration will be a (vinyl only) limited edition 12″ of Gregory Isaacs’ 1978 single “Mr. Know It All,” scheduled for release on Record Store Day (Apr. 19).

 

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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.”
~ I-Octane

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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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New Reggae Music: MS PAIGE – ‘RISE UP’

Ms Paige has teamed up once more with Enos Peniston (a.k.a. Mandrike) of COZMIKNATION PRODUCTION to share with you her first 2014 release.  In celebration of what-would-have-been Bob Marley’s 69th birthday, Ms Paige presents a positive message through the lyrics of this conscious reggae track entitled RISE UP.     Written and performed by Ms Paige, RISE UP is featured on the Wreckless Riddim.     “With all of the terrible things that generations before us had to endure, it blows my mind that the ignorance of racism still lives today. The colour of one's skin does NOT define whether or not they should be held in higher regard than another. It is time to rise above stereotypes, rise above hate, RISE UP!”  ~ Ms Paige

MS PAIGE – RISE UP artwork

Ms Paige has teamed up once more with Enos Peniston (a.k.a. Mandrike) of COZMIKNATION PRODUCTION to share with you her first 2014 release.

In celebration of what-would-have-been Bob Marley’s 69th birthday, Ms Paige presents a positive message through the lyrics of this conscious reggae track entitled RISE UP.

Written and performed by Ms Paige, RISE UP is featured on the Wreckless Riddim.

“With all of the terrible things that generations before us had to endure, it blows my mind that the ignorance of racism still lives today. The colour of one’s skin does NOT define whether or not they should be held in higher regard than another. It is time to rise above stereotypes, rise above hate, RISE UP!”

~ Ms Paige

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Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.

Tribute to Trojan Records, a Reggae Vault Classics Feature

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Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur “Duke” Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records. Respect to producer Arthur "Duke" Reid of Treasure Isle Records and owner of Trojan Sound System.
Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary Trojan Records mixed and narrated by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System.

DOWNLOAD “TRIBUTE TO TROJAN RECORDS – REGGAE VAULT CLASSICS”

Tracklist :
1 – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
2 – Alton Ellis and the flames – Dance Crasher
3 – Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
4 – Alton Ellis & Flames – Girl I’ve Got A Date
5 – U-RoyWake the Town
6 – Phyllis Dillon – Perfidia
7 – Alton Ellis – Aint That Loving You
8 – Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
9 – Bitty Mclean – Walk Away From Love
10 – U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball
11 – Slim Smith & the Uniques – My Conversations
12 – The Techniques – Queen Majesty
13 – U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace
14 – Dobby Dobson – Loving Pauper
15 – Joya Landis – Moonlight Lover
16 – Dennis Alcapone – Wake Up Jamaica
17 – Phyllis Dillon – Picture on the Wall
18 – Dennis Alcapone – Picture on the Wall
19 – The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
20 – Phyllis Dillon – ONE LIFE TO LIVE
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