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.

members of JARIA (meeting for Reggae Month)

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.

Etana’s 2014 Album “I Rise” is Absolutely Unbelievable!!

Etana - I Rise - Artwork

Etana – I Rise – Artwork

Congratulations to Etana on the release of her 4th studio album ‘I Rise‘ which is quite simply a masterpiece – the best work thus far from this talented singer.  Etana’s captivating vocals shine as listeners are taken on a journey to musical heaven.

Songs like “Emancipation,” “I Rise,” and “Stepping Out of Babylon” rally the righteous troops.  There is encouragement offered in “On My Way,” while the social commentary laden “How Long” poses serious questions to the powers that be about their disregard for the underprivileged.

The sweet melodies of Etana’s powerful voice mesmerize with sultry delivery on “Love Song,” and reassuring confidence on “By Your Side.”  On the black women’s anthem “Jamaican Woman,” we are reminded that the meaning of Etana’s name itself is the strong one, while “Selassie Is The Chapel.” and “Jah Jah,” are food for the soul.

All 15 tracks were produced to perfection by the living legend Clive Hunt together with internationally acclaimed instrumentalists including the great Sly and Robbie.  I Rise would not disappoint as a gift for this holiday season and is an essential pick for and reggae collection.

Download Album on iTunes: I Rise – Etana.

Purchase Album CD on Amazon: Etana – I Rise.

The Ladies of Reggae Rocksteady Foundation

The Empresses of Reggae Music’s Golden Era Featured


Recordings selected and mixed in this episode are by female singers, mostly from the magical golden age of reggae and rocksteady, the finest years of the genre. You will hear a great deal of songs from dominant labels of the period, Studio One and Trojan Records as well as the reigning prolific artists Phyllis Dillon andMarcia Griffiths among others. Certainly a unique listening experience, please enjoy this musical treat and keep your feedback coming in to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your listenership. One love!


1 Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic
2 Angela Prince – No Bother With No Fuss Or Fight
3 Susan Cadogan – Fever
4 Nana McLean -Till I Kissed You
5 Doreen Shaffer – Try A Little Smile
6 Marcia Griffiths – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7 Phyllis Dillon – The Right Track
8 Hortense Ellis – I’m Just A Girl
9 Patsy Wallace – Moonlight Lover
10 Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
11 Marcia Aitken – I’m Still In Love
12 Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
13 Nana McLean – Have I Sinned
14 Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
15 Phyllis Dillon – Picture On The Wall
16 Judy Mowatt – She Kept On Talking
17 Marcia Griffiths – I Shall Sing
18 Phyllis Dillon – One Life To Live
19 Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
20 Doreen Schafer – I Don’t Know Why
21 Nora Dean – Barbwire
22 Charlotte – Banake
23 Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me
24 Rita Marley – One Draw
25 Norma Frasier – First Cut
26 Phyllis Dillon – Perfida
27 Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing
28 The Soulettes – Bring It Up
29 Phyllis Dillon – If You Knew
30 Phyllis Dillon – A Thing Of The Past
31 Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

reggae lover ladies rock episode

Seductive Songs: The Ladies of Lovers Rock Reggae Today

First, let me set the mood.  Pour some libation, dim the lights, and spark a candle or some incense.  Then turn up this unbelievably sexy audio to be experienced with that special someone in your life.  I’m proud to present the first all-female vocal mix in this Reggae Lover Series.

Definitely a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated reggae industry, these starlets represent for empresses everywhere as they perform their songs of love over warm one drop bass lines.

Song List:

1 Protoje featuring Tessanne Chin – Someone Like You
2 Cherine Anderson – Beautiful Thing
3 Kelissa – Love Letter
4 Jah9 – Mr. Right
5 Jah9 – Avocado
6 Ms. Paige – Island Love
7 Stephanie – Your Love
8 Etana – 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)
9 Etana – Richest Girl
10 DeJah – Week In My Knees
11 Tanya Stephens – Weather Change
12 Tanya Stephens – Wine Up Pon Mi
13 Jessica – Foolish
14 Donna Marie – Bad Bad Boy
15 Sophia Squire – My Love, My Love
16 Timeka Marshall – Lying Love
17 Alaine – Better Than This
18 Etana – Silly
19 Alaine – So In Love
20 Timeka Marshall – No One But You
21 Alaine – Amazing
22 Timeka Marshall – New Man
23 Alicia Keys featuring Junior Reid – No One
24 Marcia Griffiths – Deep In My Heart
25 Lady Stephanie – Guardian Angel
26 Carol Gonzales – Spoiled By Your Love
27 Nadine Sutherland – Who Is Gonna Love Me
28 Cecile – Popular Girl
29 Carol Gonzales – Nothing Else Will Do
30 Shuga – Sup M Sup M
31 Timeka Marshall – When You Play That Song
32 Kelissa – Sing


Tranquility Reggae

Reggae artist Tranquility

Tran-Quility means “calm” which basically says a lot about this upcoming artist and songwriter that is on a journey to become one of reggae music’s great. Though his genre of music is mainly cultural Reggae, TranQuility is incredibly versatile as he pulls his inspiration from many different artists such as; Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Jah9. TranQuility is inspired by POSITIVENESS AND LIFE and this is what his music reflects.

He defines his music as relaxing, realistic, while at the same time, youthful and fun. His goal is to send a Positive Message to today’s Youths. TranQuility’s songs can be found on ITUNES, AMAZON, and other online music stores. Anyone wanting to work with him should contact his manager; Christine Dinel (Chrissy fox) via email at chrissypromo20@gmail.com

Check out TranQuility’s latest video here.



The Finest Years Classic Reggae Mix (Revision)

finest years


1 I-Roy – Welding
2 Frankie Jones – Wonderful World
3 Mighty Diamonds – Love Me Girl
4 Barrington Levy – Dances Are Changes
5 Michael Palmer – Pauline
6 Sanchez – Still In Love
7 Little John – All Over Me
8 Midnight Rider – Rucumber
9 Jah Thomas – Ghetto Dance
10 Heptones – Breaking Up
11 Barry Brown – Make It With You
12 Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
13 Marcia Griffiths – No No No
14 Gregory Isaacs – Tune In
15 John Holt – Satisfaction
16 Marcia Griffiths – Truly
17 Heptones – I’ve Got The Handle
18 Alton Ellis – Willow Tree
19 Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward
20 Barrington Levy – My Woman
21 Bitty McClean – Cruising
22 Barry Brown – Sister Magling
23 Gregory Isaacs – Number One
24 Ken Boothe – When I Fall In Love
25 John Holt – Stick By Me
26 Phyliss Dilon – Picture On The Wall
27 Alton Ellis – Im Just A Guy
28 Johnny Osborne – Cant Buy My Love
29 Bob Andy – Let Them Say
30 Alton Ellis – Sitting In The Park
31 Ken Boothe – Without Love
32 Dobby Dobson – Loving Pauper
33 Ken Boothe – Moving Away
34 The Paragons – Danger In Your Eyes
35 Bob And Marcia – Always Together
36 Marcia Griffiths – Sea Of Love
37 Bitty McClean – Walk Away From Love
38 Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
39 John Holt – Stealing
40 Bob Andy – Too Experience
41 Horace Andy – Fever
42 Marcia Griffiths – I Need Love
43 Dennis Brown – Cassandra
44 Dennis Brown – Westbound Train
45 Phyliss Dilon – One Life To Live
46 Dennis Brown – Should I
47 Pyliss Dilon – If You Knew

“Cool Runnings,” from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots

“Cool Runnings” is the lead single from Duane Stephenson’s new album Dangerously Roots, in stores September 23rd.

Duane Stephenson - Dangerously Roots - Artwork

Duane Stephenson – Dangerously Roots – Artwork

Check out Duane’s retro flavored video that pays tribute to the song’s writer and original artist Bunny Wailer.


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Lovers Rock Reggae Anthems Freestyle Mix

Empress of Reggae Marcia Griffiths

Empress of Reggae Marcia Griffiths

A true freestyle mix of lovers rock anthems from throughout the years, hear music from Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs to I-Wayne and Tanya Stephens.


1 Beres Hammond – Step Aside
2 Richie Stephens – Should I
3 The Meditations – A Woman Is A Shadow
4 Marcia Griffiths – Truly
5 Sizzla – Words of Devine
6 Dennis Brown – Love Got A Hold On Me
7 Razah – One In A Million
8 Tanya Stephens – Big Heavy Gal
9 Tanya Stephens – Its A Pity
10 Gregory Issacs – Night Nurse
11 The Chosen Few – Minstrel and Queen
12 Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me
13 Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly
15 Junior Kelly – Love So Nice
16 Beres Hammond – Tempted To Touch
17 Tony Rebel – Fresh Vegetable
18 Sanchez – Im Missing You
19 Gregory Isaacs – Love is Overdue
20 U-Roy – Love is Overdue Pt. II
21 Half Pint – Substitute Lover
22 Cocoa Tea – Love Me Truly
23 Sanchez – Fall In Love
24 Tony Curtis – Love Should Have Brought You Home
25 Tanya Stephens – You Don’t Know
26 Daville – Lovers and Friends
27 Daville featuring Sean Paul – Always On My Mind remix
28 Junior Kelly – Sunshine
29 Estelle featuring Sean Paul – Come Over remix
30 Buju Banton – Love Black Woman
31 Buju Banton – Love Me Brownin
32 Courtney Melody – Modern Girl
33 Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – Always Together
34 Kashief Lindo – No Can Do
35 Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
36 Marcia Griffiths – All My Life
37 Leroy Gibbons – Four Season Lover
38 Tony Curtis – Sweet Lady
39 Taurus Riley – She’s Royal
40 Barrington Levy and Cutty Ranks – My Woman
41 Dennis Brown – Hold On To What You’ve Got
42 Freddie McGregor – Loving Pauper
43 Bob Marley featuring Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low
44 I-Wayne – I Need Her In My Arms
45 Garnett Silk – All The Woman That I Need
46 Chevelle Franklyn – Good Love
47 Papa San – Strange
48 Inner Circle – Sweat
49 Barrington Levy – Too Experience
50 Errol Dunkley – Movie Star

Free Download: Penthouse Records Tribute Mix #reggae #podcast

The man behind Donovan Germain with Romain Virgo.

The man behind Penthouse Records, Donovan Germain with reggae singer Romain Virgo. Photo Credit: unitedreggae.com

100% music from Penthouse Records can be heard in this mix-show podcast as heard live on the syndicated ‘Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda‘ radio broadcast (Daflavaradio.com Wednesdays 6-9pm EST)

Buju Banton - Mr Mention album cover for Buju's 1992 debut album.

Buju Banton – Mr Mention album cover for Buju’s 1992 debut album.

Download link.  Enjoy the Penthouse Records Mix cloudcast on Mixcloud.

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Penthouse Records 25 Years The Journey Continues #reggae

Donovan Germain and Penthouse Studio productions are firmly entrenched in the history of reggae music. The studio, originally located at 56 Slipe Road in Kingston was the birth place of many classic hits.
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The 2 CD/DVD collection presents 47 classic and current hits for a timeless listening experience.

To commemorate twenty five years since the founding of the Penthouse recording studio, VP Records is proud to announce the January 14th release of “Penthouse Records 25Years – The Journey Continues.”
The selection presented here offers a ‘best of’ Penthouse yesterday, today and tomorrow. The label has nurtured some of the biggest names in reggae on the microphone and behind the mixing boards, with much of their work included here.
The bonus DVD is a newly created tribute to the label and its founder featuring interviews with many key players from the Penthouse Records story.  

Source: VP Records


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