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.
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.
This mix features the the Satta riddim, short for Satta Massagana. Satta 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.
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.
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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
Canadian based production house, Street Digital Records recently released the very powerful, Reggae Land Riddim, on which was featured songs from Sizzla Kalonji, Karamanti 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.
- Josey Wales – Water Come A Me Eye
- Buju Banton – Sound Fi Dead
- Cocoa Tea – Crying Time
- Little Twitch – Spanish Fly
- Bushman – Grow Your Natty
- Cocoa Tea – Uptight Saturday Night
- Sanchez – End of The Road
- Sanchez – Mr. Sea (Love Songs)
- Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
- Dennis Brown – Love Is Never to Say You’re Sorry
- Leroy Gibbons – I’m Missing You
- Cocoa Tea – The Toughest
- Pinchers – Bandelero
- Wayne Smith – Ain’t No Meaning
- Shinehead – Good Love
- Nitty Gritty – Draw Mi Mark
- Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
- Super Cat – Boops
- Supercat – Jamaica Jamaica
- Johnny Osborne – Wnat A La La
- Nitty Gritty – Good Morning Teacher
- Wayne Smith – Come Along
- Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
- John Wayne – Call The Police
- Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
- Johnny Osborne – Budy Bye
- Supercat – Trash and Ready
- Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting
- Ninjaman – Murder Dem
- Tony Curtis – Weak
- Leroy Gibbon – This Magic Moment
- Frankie Paul – Cassanova
- Yellowman – Run Come
- Courtney Melody ft Danny Dread – Call Me Angel
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 was known primarily for its quality reissues of Jamaican recordings from the 1970s and ’80s, many of which were overlooked upon their initial release.