Jamaica’s Most Lyrical Female Artist Releases Video Saluting Real Rastafarians

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Karamanti, the woman many refer to as the most lyrical female in Dancehall, has just released the official video for her single FAKE RASTA. The song was released last year by Range Hill Records on the popular Rock Island Riddim (distributed by Zojak Worldwide) which also features the likes of Demarco and Jah Vinci.   Karamanti’s song questions the lifestyle of many who say they are Rastafarians while simultaneously engaging in practices and belief patterns that are contrary to traditional African lifestyle. While doing so, it also pays respect to the few authentic Rastafarians who are still locked on to ancient African cultures and traditions.    The video for FAKE RASTA was shot entirely in Kingston, Jamaica with only one or two scenes taken from Karamanti’s most recent tour in Denmark. Though it was directed by Karamanti, all scenes were shot by MJE and editing was done by Ramon Lindsay. The video can be viewed on Karamanti’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuH39bSAEs   Anyone wanting to work with Karamanti may contact her management team via her website at www.karamantimusic.com

Karamanti – ‘Fake Rasta’ Official Music Video Released

Karamanti, the woman many refer to as the most lyrical female in Dancehall, has just released the official video for her single FAKE RASTA. The song was released last year by Range Hill Records on the popular Rock Island Riddim (distributed by Zojak Worldwide) which also features the likes of Demarco and Jah Vinci.

Karamanti’s song questions the lifestyle of many who say they are Rastafarians while simultaneously engaging in practices and belief patterns that are contrary to traditional African lifestyle. While doing so, it also pays respect to the few authentic Rastafarians who are still locked on to ancient African cultures and traditions.

The video for FAKE RASTA was shot entirely in Kingston, Jamaica with only one or two scenes taken from Karamanti’s most recent tour in Denmark. Though it was directed by Karamanti, all scenes were shot by MJE and editing was done by Ramon Lindsay. The video can be viewed on Karamanti’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuH39bSAEs

Anyone wanting to work with Karamanti may contact her management team via her website at www.karamantimusic.com

Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA. "Welcome to Jamrock" will feature Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica's finest export #Reggae. FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND) 8PM TO 2AM RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/

Escape to Studio No. 7 for “Welcome to Jamrock” with Highlanda Sound on FRIDAY, MAY 22

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Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA.
Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA.  "Welcome to Jamrock" will feature Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica's finest export #Reggae.  FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND) 8PM TO 2AM RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/
Welcome to Jamrock” will feature myself, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica’s finest export #Reggae.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND)
8PM TO 2AM
RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/

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Lovers Rock According to Freddie McGregor

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Freddie McGregor

Freddie McGregor

Here is a mix that many Reggae Lover listeners have been looking for. Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most prolific and successful artists. With roots in the 60’s at Studio One and a stellar career established over decades of tremendous success, Freddie is a living legend and continues to record and tour the world today.

The songs compiled here share the themes of love and relationships and the mix is absolutely crucial. I’m keeping the show notes short on this one, but the mix runs for almost an hour.

Please leave a comment here or email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com to let me know if the music sounds as good to you that it does to me.

Freddie McGregor Playlist:

1 Big Ship
2 When I’m Ready
3 Come Now Sister
4 Curly Locks
5 Curly Dub
6 Stop Loving You
7 Little Nut Tree
8 Nutmeg Dub
9 Sweet Talking
10 Mr. Fix It
11 Fix Him Dub
12 Give Me The Right
13 The Right Dub
14 Can I Change My Mind
15 Your Love (Change In Me)
16 Every Day Is Just a Holiday
17 Holiday Dub
18 Searching
19 I See It In You
20 Lovers Rock
21 Push Come To Shove
22 Undying Love
23 Undying Dub
24 Breaking Up
25 Breaking Dub
26 A House Is Not A Home
27 Gatepass To Your Heart
28 Take Time To Know Her
29 Come On Little Girl
30 Big Girl Dub
31 One More Dance
32 Danger In Your Eyes
33 You Have Caught Me
34 Let Him Try
35 Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely
36 How Can I Forget
37 Loving Pauper
38 Not Giving Up On You
39 Moving Away
40 I Was Born A Winner
41 Falling In Love With You
42 Falling In Dub
43 You’re Gonna Lose
44 Losing Dub
45 Westbound Train ft. Jacob Miller

Christopher Martin’s “I’m A Big Deal” EP produced by Troy “Troyton” Hinds

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Christopher Martin - Steppin Razor (EP) - Artwork

Christopher Martin – Steppin Razor (EP) – Artwork

Jamaican reggae crooner Christopher Martin released his much-anticipated debut (EP) “Steppin Razor” on April 21st. The 5-song digital-only release balances sweetness, swagger, and sex appeal while showcasing Chris’s versatility and vocal excellence.

Steppin Razor TRACK LISTING:
1. Steppin Razor
2. I’m A Big Deal
3. We Are The Vibes
4. Secret Love (Creep)
5. Hide Away

Singer Jah – Roots, Reggae & Culture

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2008 winner of the Magnum Kings and Queens competition Singer Jah has now teamed up with Swedish producer Lance-a-lot.  Check out his new single entitled Roots, Reggae & Culture.

Producer: Lance-a-lot
Label: Lance-a-lot Production/Swingkids

Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!

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Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!The lieutenant turned pastor converted the patrons that came out to the 2015 Rainforest Seafood Festival in Montego Bay last Wednesday night. With heavy rain pouring down the massive crowd cheered, danced and applauded as Lt. Stitchie delivered an entertaining, inspirational and humorous set.

When he arrived at the event, Lt. Stitchie and his team were advised that the time allotted to him initially would be reduced to 20 minutes due to the late start. With this in mind Stitchie had no choice but to shorten his performance, something the audience was clearly not happy about.

Stitchie took them on a musical journey, teasing them by doing snippets of some of his biggest hits; “wear yu size”, “natty dread”, “great ambition and more. The lieutenant also did some of his more recent releases, tracks like “man a pastor”, which had the crowd laughing at the comical story lines, “fast and pray” and “Lord Almighty” which captivated them. He also did some new exclusive pieces written specifically for the event.

At the end of his set the veteran Dancehall artist was flooded with requests to make additional appearances in Montego Bay (the city where he got some of his biggest breaks and made some of his biggest changes in music).

Jamaicans gearing up for Reggae Month 2015

As the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association gets ready to host several events across the island in honor of Reggae Month (February), Jamaicans are gearing up for what is expected to be a high energy, fun-filled series of live stage shows, dancehall sessions, panel discussions and more.

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Members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

The celebration of Reggae in the month of February is an annual event in Jamaica giving members of the public an opportunity to see their favorite Reggae and/or Dancehall artists perform live for little or in most cases, no cost. It is also an exciting time for the industry as the media and entertainers alike are usually engaged in one event or another.

Reggae month is also known as a major tourist attraction inviting Reggae enthusiasts from all over the world who would want to be in the home of Reggae not just for the entertainment but for the educational benefits as well.  JARIA is always sure to include ongoing information sessions that deal with the history, business and technical aspects of Reggae music.

Some of the artists that will be hitting the stage to celebrate Reggae in February are Marcia Griffiths, Exco Levi, Pentateuch, Jah9, Omari, Richie Stephens, Freddie McGregor and that is just to name a few. For a list of scheduled events check out JARIA’s website.

Maria Jackson Entertainment will be providing updates on Reggae Month every week until March 1st via www.mjent.net & www.mjmagazine.org.

The Barrington Levy Lovers Rock Experience

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Episode 38 – Barrington Levy Greatest Lovers Rock Anthems

A request from a die-hard fan and a follow-up to my Roots, Reality, and Culture 100% Barrington Levy mix (Reggae Lover Podcast #35), this episode presents the best of love songs from Mr. Levy’s extensive catalog.Take a listen to experience the raw dancehall reggae vibe that ruled from the late 1970’s all the way through the 1980s. Barrington’s vocal delivery is like none other, and some of my personal favorite songs are included here such as “Shine Eye Girl” and “Moonlight Lover” from 1979’s classic ‘Bounty Hunter‘ album released on the Jah Life label and recorded at Channel One studios.Barrington Levy Playlist

1 Like How You Kiss And Caress Me
2 Super Star Girl
3 Mary Long Tongue
4 Shine Eye Gal
5 Sister Carol
6 If You Give To Me
7 Jumpy Girl
8 Dances Are Changing
9 Why Did You Leave Me
10 Wife and Sweet Heart Dem A Friend
11 Shine Eye Girl (alt. version)
12 True Love
13 Shaolin Temple (Pretty Looks)
14 Lonely Man
15 Trying To Rule My Life
16 My Woman
17 21 Girls Salute
18 Moonlight Lover
19 I’m Not In Love
20 Good Loving
21 Mini Bus
22 Love Someone
23 Pick Your Choice
24 She’s Mine
25 Here I Come
26 Too Experienced

The Taxi Riddim featured in exclusive Dancehall foundation mix

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The TAXI riddim has been around for a long time, and it will never leave the dancehall. This riddim is foundation!!

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I kicked off this special mix with the Sister Nancy hit entitled One Two which was released around 1976 by producer Winston Riley on the Techniques label. There are a few earlier versions of Taxi, but once Sly and Robbie cut their version, the riddim really took off.  You will hear 30 tracks in the mix, ranging from the 1980s to 2009.

This unique mix was suggested by a subscriber.  How does this compare to other Taxi riddim mixes you have heard?  Use #ReggaeLover across all social media when sharing the links or giving feedback, or email directly to ReggaeLoverPodcast@Gmail.com.

Tracklist:

1 Sister Nancy – One Two
2 Yelloman and Fathead – Bam Bam
3 Sister Nancy and Yellowman – Bloodstain
4 Sanchez – Some Guys
5 Wayne Wonder – Anything For You
6 Scotty – Shining Star
7 Wayne Wonder – Fast Car
8 Foxy Brown – Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
9 Junie Ranks – Lick Out
10 Tiger – Ram Dancehall
11 Tony Rebel – New DJ Is Coming
12 Bounty Killer – The Lord Is My Salvation
13 Freddie MvGregor – Prophecy
14 Hammermouth – The Great
15 General Threes – Road Code
16 Johnny Osborne – Reasons
17 Junior Reid – Bubblers
18 Little John – True Confessions
19 Burro Banton – Dem A Gangster
20 Andrew Bell – Escape The Beating (Dubplate)
21 Rude Boyz International – Champion (Dubplate)
22 Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
23 Capleton and Uplifter – Africa Bound
24 Sadiki – Lost Without You
25 Michelle Gordon – Exhale Shoop Shoop
26 Ambelique – Taxi
27 Bitty McClean – Lately (Jamaican Mix)
28 Mr. Vegas – Gangsta Law (Radio)
29 Buju Banton – Driver
30 Elephant Man – Bring It

New album Kevin Kinsella ‘Riding Higher Still’ now available

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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.