Live Music at The Haven Buckhead with B.R.A.P, the Reggae Band on Sunday Jan. 17

 

B.R.A.P. is a Reggae band doing only originals to inform uplift and elevate the masses of the real life energies.

B.R.A.P. is a Reggae band doing only originals to inform uplift and elevate the masses of the real life energies.

The B.R.A.P Band will perform at the elegant Haven Buckhead on Sunday January 17, 2016.  Doors open at 6pm, showtime promptly at 8pm.  Early set by Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting the tunes, plus other specially invited performers.

B.R.A.P at the Health and Wellness Festival 2015

 

Rocksteady ATL New Years Day Celebration, Friday January 1st

The return of DJ Empress Rah to Rocksteady ATL with Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport at Studio No. 7 (393 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA) for New Year's Day. Doors open 9pm until. $5 Cover.

The return of DJ Empress Rah to Rocksteady ATL with Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport at Studio No. 7 (393 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA) for New Year’s Day. Doors open 9pm until. $5 Cover.

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Musical Matinee at The Haven in Buckhead with BRAP BAND and Highlanda Sound

Musical Matinee at The Haven Buckhead with BRAP BAND and Highlanda Sound on Sunday December 6th from 6pm-12am.

Musical Matinee at The Haven Buckhead with BRAP BAND and Highlanda Sound on Sunday December 6th from 6pm-12am.  Info/RSVP: BRAPBand@gmail.com

Reggae singer Little Pinchers to perform at the ROCKSTEADY ATL First Sunday Day Party in July coming off of his appearance in Jamaica with Sizzla.

Rocksteady ATL Day Party with Little Pinchers + Isis Swaby DJ Set ~ Sunday, July 5th

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ROCKSTEADY ATL SUMMER DAY PARTY  SUNDAY JULY 5 5PM-11PM  HOSTED BY: ARCHANGEL SUPERPEC  MUSIC BY:  DJ PASSPORT DJ CHIGGA OF LOVE PEOPLE SOUND KAHLIL WONDA OF HIGHLANDA SOUND  SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY: LITTLE PINCHERS  INFO: VAULTCLASSICS@GMAIL.COM  The Sound Table 483 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA

Rocksteady ATL Day Party – July 5, 2015

Special Guest DJ just added: ISIS SWABY.  Isis Swaby is a Harlem bred DJ/Visual Artist/Musician and the daughter of reggae dub producer, Augustus Pablo.  She will drop in for an exclusive ALL VINYL set.  Check her out on soundcloud.

Special Guest DJ just added: ISIS SWABY.  Isis Swaby is a Harlem bred DJ/Visual Artist/Musician and the daughter of reggae dub producer, Augustus Pablo.  She will drop in for an exclusive ALL VINYL set.  Check her out on soundcloud.

Special Guest DJ at #RocksteadyATL ISIS SWABY, a Harlem bred DJ/Visual Artist/Musician and the daughter of reggae dub producer, Augustus Pablo, will drop in for an exclusive ALL VINYL set.

Lounge outside on the deck and dig some classic sounds at the “Rocksteady ATL Day Party,” Sunday July 5th at The Sound Table from 5pm onwards hosted by Archangel SuperPEC.

Archangel SuperPEC to host the First Sunday ROCKSTEADY ATL Day Party in July

Archangel SuperPEC to host the First Sunday ROCKSTEADY ATL Day Party in July

Guests can enjoy tasty menu items and potent cocktails like the Blackwell Rum Punch SPECIAL at this celebrated outdoor/indoor event space to accompany live DJ sets in the afternoon by world-class selectors DJ Chigga of Love People Sound, DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound.  

Reggae singer Little Pinchers to perform at the ROCKSTEADY ATL First Sunday Day Party in July coming off of his appearance in Jamaica with Sizzla.

Reggae singer Little Pinchers to perform at the ROCKSTEADY ATL First Sunday Day Party in July coming off of his appearance in Jamaica with Sizzla.

It will then descend into the evening with an extra special live performance by reggae crooner Little Pinchers, and what’s more… It’s free!

Highlanda live at Dubwise Atlanta [6.14.15] *Download Audio*

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The highly anticipated debut of Dubwise Atlanta did not disappoint. There was an air of love and unity flowing as Atlantans came together for the special occasion, giving roots reggae a chance to flourish once again in town. On this night I had the pleasure of playing alongside the international roots master Aba Shaka and out of Kingston, Yaardcore, one of the selectors credited with catalyzing and supporting Jamaica's current reggae revival. I began my round with classic shots from the Tuff Gong and Studio One labels, took excursions on the Heptones’ “We’re Gonna Fight” and the M-16 riddims, and featured some contemporary dubwise selections with Chuck Fender and Everton Blender because variety is the spice of life. Listen as the crowd gathers near the stage on the dance floor to sing along and dance to the melodies and deep sub-bass brought forth by the Space 2 sound system. Special vibes for a special night in Atlanta dancehall. Look out for Rocksteady ATL on July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and every 1st Sunday at the Sound Table.

Ras Jamal of Royal Ethiopia watches as Kahlil Wonda introduces a song #DubwiseAtlanta

The highly anticipated debut of Dubwise Atlanta did not disappoint. There was an air of love and unity flowing as Atlantans came together for the special occasion, giving roots reggae a chance to flourish once again in town.

On this night I had the pleasure of playing alongside the international roots master Aba Shaka and out of Kingston, Yaardcore, one of the selectors credited with catalyzing and supporting Jamaica’s current reggae revival.

I began my round with classic shots from the Tuff Gong and Studio One labels, took excursions on the Heptones’ “We’re Gonna Fight” and the “M-16” riddims, and featured some contemporary dubwise selections with Chuck Fender and Everton Blender because variety is the spice of life.

Listen as the crowd gathers near the stage on the dance floor to sing along and dance to the melodies and deep sub-bass brought forth by the Space 2 sound system. Special vibes for a special night in Atlanta dancehall. Look out for Rocksteady ATL on July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and every 1st Sunday at the Sound Table.

Highlanda Sound live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

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Experience what happened during my 30 minute guest DJ set at the #AllVinylEverything Memorial Day Weekend Day Party.

Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta - 5.24.15]

Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

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Atlanta, GA. – Sunday May 24th 2015, All Vinyl Everything delivered another star studded line-up of special guest DJs spinning nothing but the best music pressed on Vinyl.

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No laptops, CDs, or DJ Controllers are ever allowed at this event! I selected a round of mostly 45 RPM 7″ inch singles from 1990’s and 1980’s dancehall to foundation reggae icons Dennis Brown and Tenor Saw in representation of the Reggae Lovers who were gathered, but also to introduce reggae music to new listeners.

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Its was a holiday weekend and with no work on Monday, the who’s who of Atlanta turned out to play on Sunday at #AllVinylEverything! The venue, Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue offered indoor and outdoor bars along with food hot off the grill. Patrons came early as the music started at 4pm sharp and went until 9pm.

Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta - 5.24.15]

Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

Once a month from April through SeptemberAVE is hosted by Sean Falyon alongside DJ Dibiase, and brought to you by WGGP Events, BeATLab USA, AB+L Radio, Coalition DJs ATL, Scratch DJ Academy and Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA)

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Live from Rocksteady at the Sound Table [download]

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Hear what happens at the Sound Table in Atlanta as I deliver a mixture of selections from brand new to deep foundation including roots reggae, dub and lovers rock tunes.  About 28 minutes into the audio Atlanta-based dancehall artist, Dreggae, is well-received by the crowd as he interacts and performs three of his brand new one-drop songs.  I follow with more musical selections and Rocksteady promises to remain a consistent event each month on 1st Sundays in Atlanta.

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Visit my Soundcloud for the full, raw, audio recording including DJ Passport and Aba Shaka in addition to a good amount of other featured content.

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Rocksteady ATL – Sunday, March 1, 2015

Original Dancehall Style: DJs from the days of Studio One

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Hear some essential works from the 60s and 70s by the predecessors of rappers and today’s dancehall artists. Who was the first DJ (dancehall deejay)? This is often debated and I’m not going to get into the argument, but I personally credit U-Roy as the DJ daddy.

If Daddy U-Roy wasn’t the 1st, then he certainly had the earliest and largest impact with toasting (rapping) over previously recorded instrumentals in the live dancehall setting. Coxsone Dodd, among many other innovations to his credit, pioneered the recording and production of DJs at Studio One.

This mix merely touches upon some of this important dancehall history and I intend to thoroughly exhibit more of the talented foundation artists in future episodes of the Reggae Lover Podcast.

There are too many DJs to name who rose to prominence by delivering rhymes over beats on the Jamaican music scene long before The Sugar Hill Gang‘s ‘Rapper’s Delight‘ was released in 1979 as the first ever rap record.

Playlist

1 Junior Byles – Beat Down Babylon
2 Lyricson and Dennis Alcapone – Alpha and Omega
3 Cuture – Zion Gate
4 Prince Mohammed – 40 Leg Dread
5 Johnny Osborne – Murderer
6 Lone Ranger – Keep On Coming A Dance
7 Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kutchie
8 Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone
9 Carlton and The Shoes – Love Me Forever
10 Dennis Alcapone – Forever Version
11 Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
12 Big Youth – Ah So We Stay
13 Barrington Levy – Mine Your Mouth
14 Louie Lepke – Late Night Movie
15 Alexander Henry – Please Be True
16 Johnny Osborne – Sing Jay Stylee
17 Big Youth – Dread Is Best
18 Delroy Wilson – Never Conqueror (Cousins version)
19 Dennis Alcapone – The Conqueror (Studio One version)
20 Dennis Brown – How Could I Leave
21 Prince Mohammed – Bubbling Love
22 The Heptones – Pretty Looks
23 Michigan and Smiley – Compliment To Studio One
24 Larry Marshall – Throw Me Corn
25 Rude Boyz International – Bring Back The Loving (dub plate)
26 The Techniques – Queen Majesty
27 U-Roy – Chalice In the Palace
28 Gregory Isaacs and U-Roy – Love Is Overdue
29 Jacob Miller and U Brown – Keep On Knocking
30 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
31 Lone Ranger – No Call Me Cracky
32 Dennis Brown – Sitting and Watching
33 Ranking Dread – Lots of Loving
34 Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
35 Michigan and Smiley – Nice Up the Dance
36 Slim Smith – Never Let Go
37 Lone Ranger – The Answer
38 Horace Andy – Fever
39 Jim Brown – Cure Fi the Fever

Rocksteady Sunday March 1st 8pm @TheSoundTable #RocksteadyATL

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SUNDAY 3.1.15 #RocksteadyATL

SUNDAY 3.1.15 #RocksteadyATL

Rocksteady with artist Dreggae making an appearance and guest selector Aba Shaka joining the residents DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound is coming up on the first day of March (this Sunday) at the Sound Table. One of the most anticipated events of the year, remember that early arrival is always suggested at #RocksteadyATL.  Enjoy!

Don’t Miss Farinheits Creation at The Sound Table, Jan. 4th #RocksteadyATL

Join us at the Sound Table this Sunday January 4th for a mix of Early Reggae, Classic Dancehall hit music, Rocksteady and Ska, dub, the New reggae revival movement, roots and culture plus lovers rock Music by: Farinheits Creation, DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen and Highlanda Sound System from 8pm - Midnight.
Join us at the Sound Table this Sunday January 4th for a mix of Early Reggae, Classic Dancehall hit music, Rocksteady and Ska, dub, the New reggae revival movement, roots and culture plus lovers rock Music by: Farinheits Creation, DJ Passport of The Honorary Citizen and Highlanda Sound System from 8pm – Midnight.