Billboard named Joss Stone Reggae Artist of the Year 2015, But Here’s the Thing

I noticed the recent uproar caused by, and massive publicity being given to Billboard Magazine, who announced their best of 2015 recently.  The initial blip that came on my radar was a Jamaica Observer article, but since then I have seen many of my peers in the reggae industry, especially those representing Jamaica, sounding off and voicing their disapproval of Billboard as if this was an objective award selection.

This controversy inspired my inquisitive mind so I did some research into Billboard Magazine’s previous year’s Reggae superlatives and found that it’s solely based on Reggae Album sales and these statistics have never been friendly to Jamaican performers.  Check the history over the past 5 years:

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

By simply visiting Billboard’s website and reviewing the rankings I saw that what happened in 2015 – a non-Jamaican crowned Artist of the Year – also happened in 2014, 2013, and so on and so forth. No one slammed the magazine when California-based reggae group Rebelution, Israel’s Matisyahu, or American rappers NAS and Snoop Lion were crowned.

If anything, Jamaican reggae artists, supporters, and the media alike should be reporting that 2015 was the best year in recent history for Jamaican reggae acts as evidenced by releases from Morgan Heritage, Protoje, Jah Cure, and Kymani Marley all selling well enough to be on the 2015 Reggae Album charts.  Yes, Joss Stone (UK) sold more, but in prior years only the Marley name could be found consistently among the top selling reggae albums reported by Billboard.

Congratulations to the aforementioned artists carrying the reggae banner in 2015.  How can we continue this resurgence of Jamaican reggae and secure a place for artists from the genre’s homeland on international music charts, and concert stages?  Start by putting your money where your mouth is.  Vote for the artist you love by buying their album.

ATLANTA ROOTS REGGAE EVENT *Rocksteady ATL* Friday, Jan. 1

Every first Friday, Rocksteady ATL explores the sub genres of reggae music..dub, lover's rock, roots and rocksteady.

Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport #RocksteadyATL

Every first Friday, Rocksteady ATL explores the sub genres of reggae music: dub, lover’s rock, roots and rocksteady.  Kick off 2016 with us, reggae style.

RUB-A-DUB ~ Sunday November 8th at The Sound Table

Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present RUB-A-DUB – A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together.  This takes place Sunday November 8th at The Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue with music by YahQuan Da Travellah, alongside DJ Passport and also Highlanda Sound.  Doors open promptly at 8pm for this Free Party.

Rub A Dub Nov 8 artwork

Rub-A-Dub, 2nd Sundays at The Sound Table w/ Highlanda, DJ Passport and guest DJs monthly.

AUDIO Re-up: Rocksteady ATL Oct. 2, 2015 #download #stream

Highlanda Sound with Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Youtube:

Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting the riddims, featuring Little Twitch and Ras Fraser Jr. performing live at Rocksteady ATL.  Recorded live on Friday October 2, 2015 at Studio No. 7 in downtown Atlanta.  Also in the area to touch the microphone is Jahfyah Kush. #RocksteadyATL is a roots reggae session monthly on #1stFridays

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Soundcloud with download link:

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Mixcloud:

ROCKSTEADY ATL - Highlanda Sound with Little Twitch, Ras Fraser Jr, and Jahfyah Kush - 10.2.15 by Highlanda Sound on Mixcloud

DJ Passport segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Roots selector DJ Passport juggling from Ska to current reggae revival anthems live at Atlanta’s reggae 1st Friday, #RocksteadyATL inside Studio No. 7.

Isis Swaby segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Featured at #RocksteadyATL our special guest DJ, Rockers International and Radio Kangol representative out of NYC, Empress Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby.

Rocksteady ATL First Fridays Promo Mix CD by Highlanda Sound

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RocksteadyATLFirstFridaysListen via Mixcloud.com

Highlanda Sound on Mixcloud

Listen or Download with Soundcloud.com


The ONLY Roots Reggae Session Every First Friday In The City Of Atlanta

Friday September 4th, 2015 – 9pm until 2am (Labor Day Wknd.)

Hosted by Red Carpet Shelley

DJs:
Highlanda Sound
DJ Passport
DJ Roots Queen
Archangel SuperPEC

NEW VENUE
Studio No. 7 – 393 Marietta St. Atlanta

$5 Cover / Ladies FREE until 12am

Complimentary parking across the street on the south end of LAZ parking lot in the gravel section with this parking pass.

Email: rocksteadyatl@gmail.com
Twitter: @RocksteadyATL
IG: @RocksteadyAtlanta

LITTLE PINCHERS + ISIS SWABY DJ SET at Sunday’s #RocksteadyATL Day Party

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LITTLE PINCHERS live + ISIS SWABY DJ SET

LITTLE PINCHERS live + ISIS SWABY DJ SET, Love People, Highlanda, DJ Passport

To celebrate International Reggae Day (July 1) and to start the 2015 summer season off with a positive vibration Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present the “Rocksteady ATL Sunny Season Day Party,” on Sunday July 5th at The Sound Table(483 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA) from 5pm to midnight with host Archangel SuperPEC, live performance by Little Pinchers, and live DJ sets by Isis Swaby, Love People Sound, DJ Passport, and 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.

The highly talented Little Pinchers, a singer whose music is as he describes, “For the mature audiences” will bolster the evening with an intimate performance sharing his great passion for music live. Spinning all vinyl selections and appearing in Atlanta for the very first time will be Isis Swaby, a Harlem bred DJ/Musician/Visual Artist and daughter of the iconic reggae dub producer, Augustus Pablo.  She will be joined on the decks by Sound Table residents Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport (Dread Takeover mixtape series) along with guest DJ Chigga of Love People Sound.

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

The Rocksteady ATL event takes place on the first Sunday of each month as an alternative to the mainstream dancehall parties which have become commonplace.   DJ Passport and Kahlil Wonda’s vision was to create a nightlife option to celebrate authentic reggae music in the city of Atlanta, and provide an uplifting experience where patrons can enjoy classic roots reggae, dub, and lovers rock music combined with the best quality conscious reggae of today.

Voted Best of Atlanta 2014 by Atlanta Magazine and located at 483 Edgewood Avenue near the intersection of Boulevard in the rejuvenated, historic Old-4th Ward district of downtown Atlanta, the Sound Table is as well known for its ambiance and acoustic properties as it is for fabulous cocktails and world-class mixology.

For more information visit http://highlanda.net, view the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/100337150312576/, or email vaultclassics@gmail.com.

ROOTS REGGAE, LOVERS ROCK and DUB at ROCKSTEADY hosted by LITTLE PINCHERS – Oct 5th #ATL

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 ~MUSIC BY HIGHLANDA & DJ PASSPORT***HOSTED BY Little Pinchers!!!!!!***  Sunday, October 5th at the Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  The Rocksteady event is a monthly nostalgic celebration of Jamaican music recurring every 1st Sunday  Reggae singer Little Pinchers, will host the Rocksteady: Join us in the Fight event while DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound will provide the soundtrack.  For more information about the Rocksteady movement, email VaultClassics@gmail.com.

~MUSIC BY HIGHLANDA & DJ PASSPORT***HOSTED BY Little Pinchers!!!!!!***

Sunday, October 5th at the Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the Rocksteady monthly nostalgic celebration of Jamaican music returns with Reggae singer Little Pinchers hosting while DJ Passport, and Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound provide the soundtrack.  For more information, email VaultClassics@gmail.com.

2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival

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The time is quickly approaching for the 2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival!
2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival

2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival

Saturday, August 23rd, 12 noon -9PM
Location: The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta GA 30310
Admission is $10 (children under 12 Free)
Experience healthy food & drinks, arts& crafts, books & DVDs
2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival

2nd Annual, Health & Wellness Reggae Musik Festival

PRESENTING:
Holistic Healers, Practitioners, Poets, Dancers, Drummers, Live Reggae Bands, live DJs and much more.

 

LIVE AUDIO: Highlanda at The Sound Table with DJ Passport 8.3.14

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Its been about two years since the last Highlanda Sound System live session at The Sound Table and a nice crowd showed up for the return and to hear some reggae revival vibes – Sunday style.  Highlanda with Kahlil Wonda at the helm was joined once again by Atlanta’s DJ Passport.  Tunes from Chronixx to Bob can be heard in this 2-hour snippet recorded live.  Turn up and listen!

ROCKSTEADY is a special event, now every 1st Sunday at The Sound Table (Downtown Atlanta!!!!) with Kahlil Wonda and DJ Passport spinning Irie selections of the past and present in rubadub fashion. DOWNLOAD Link

Rocksteady: Click Image for audio/mp3 Download

Rocksteady: Highlanda Sound & DJ Passport @ The Sound Table 8-3-14 by Highlanda Sound on Mixcloud