Super Cat’s Career Highlighted in new mix

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 Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 22 – Super Cat takes Center Stage

Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, "Wild Apache", was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.  This is not a commercial mix so if youre looking for the collaborations with Kriss Kross, Biggie Smalls, and 112 recorded after Cat was signed to Columbia Records, you are in the wrong place.  This mix goes back to the roots in the Cockburn Pen / Seaview Gardens section of Kingston and tours through recordings produced by Steely & Clevie, King Jammy's, and his own Wild Apache Productions label.    About an hour in length, here is the #ReggaeLover tribute to Super Cat, a major figure in the positive-consciousness dancehall movement.

Super Cat, Don Dada album artwork.

 

Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, “Wild Apache”, was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.

This is not a commercial mix so if your’e listenting for the collaborations with Kriss Kross, Biggie Smalls, and 112 recorded after Cat was signed to Columbia Records, you are in the wrong place.

This mix goes back to the roots in the Cockburn Pen / Seaview Gardens section of Kingston, captures the style Super Cat brought live on stage performing with KillamanJaro Sound System, and tours through recordings produced by Steely & Clevie, King Jammy‘s, and his own Wild Apache Productions label.

About an hour in length, here is the #ReggaeLover tribute to Super Cat, a major figure in the positive-consciousness dancehall movement.

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Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularized the use of an instrument called the melodica.In his role as musician and producer he has helped to shape the reggae music genre. Show Notes Vocalist Jacob Miller, who was heavily influenced by Pablo, starts this episode off with "Baby I Love You So" followed by the dub version of said tune entitled "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown." Both works can be found on the 'Easy Skanking' album. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub. Selections heard in this mix include quintessential tracks from classic albums 'Ital Dub,' 'East of the River Nile,' 'Java Java Dub,' and 'Valley Of Jehosaphat,' among others. Also listen out for Wayne Wonder in dubplate style singing over the Java riddim for Highlanda Sound, and the voice of SuperPEC on his exclusive "Mommy Dearest," for which he chose the "East of River Nile" instrumental in tribute to Pablo.

Augustus Pablo, The Original Rocker featured on the Reggae Lover podcast

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Tue, 2 September 2014 Episode 21 - Augustus Pablo, The Original Rocker

Reggae Lover Podcast – Tue, 2 September 2014
Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo, The Original Rocker

Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producermelodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards.

He popularized the use of an instrument called the melodica.In his role as musician and producer he has helped to shape the reggae music genre.

Show Notes

Vocalist Jacob Miller, who was heavily influenced by Pablo, starts this episode off with “Baby I Love You So” followed by the dub version of said tune entitled “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.”  Both works can be found on the ‘Easy Skanking‘ album.  His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub.

Selections heard in this mix include quintessential tracks from classic albums ‘Ital Dub,’ ‘East of the River Nile,’ ‘Java Java Dub,’ and ‘Valley Of Jehosaphat,’ among others.

Also listen out for Wayne Wonder in dubplate style singing over the Java riddim for Highlanda Sound, and the voice of SuperPEC on his exclusive “Mommy Dearest,” for which he chose the “East of River Nile” instrumental in tribute to Pablo.

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Re-Introducing the Mystic Revealers: Crucial Cuts

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

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.

Preview Reggae Gold 2014 Various Artists Compilation

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

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 No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

the No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

Artwork for the No More War Riddim,

For an uplifting experience, check out these singles from the new “No More War” riddim, in stores now.

 

Cocoa Tea Confirmed for Bass Odyssey’s 25th Anniversary

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinal, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinel, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion with Craig Lion this Friday

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

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Release of Greensleeves Hi Grade Ganja Athems series 4th Volume

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Featuring 18 smokin’ tracks from classics such as Linval Thompson‘s ‘I Love Marijuana’ to Mighty Mystic’s new herb anthem celebrating California’s premier cash crop, ‘Cali Green’, this album is sure to have you feeling IRIE.

Various Artists: Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems 4

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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.”

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.

There are many other good reggae themed websites – and ours should surely be right at the top – and here is one of the best: For anyone who live in the UK or Europe generally, David Rodigan‘s site rodigan.com should be a saved your bookmarks. Rodigan is a legend in the UK where he has been DJing reggae since the 70s on the radio and live, he has even won the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York in 2012. This man has a serious passion for the music.

A few other websites you can try to find music, videos or to chat to fellow reggae fans are yardflex.com which has lots of news about Jamaica in general, but music in particular; dancehallreggae.com has loads of videos and lots of forums where fans can chat with others; if you’re just after a forum dancehallareaz.com forum is a great place to chat; and if you’re just after videos reggaetopten.com has lots of good stuff.

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep) #reggaelover

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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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