More people listen to dancehall now

On this week’s show we feature more new music of course and yes, more people are listening.  Check the playlist below and here’s the direct link to the new show. You can right-click and Save As to download the file, or just left-click to listen now: http://stuff.highlanda.net/rss/podcast/s2/Dancehall_Now_Episode_3.mp3

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Dancehall Now Episode 3
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:08 AM

1   Need You Bad – Jazmine Sullivan
2   Jail – Busy Signal
3   Real Jamaican – Mykal Rose featuring Busy Signal
4   Me Nuh Give a – Timberlee
5   Gal dem tired – Buju Banton
6   Gal A You – Demarco
7   Hand up – Determine
8   Style Dem – General B
9   Know Long Time – Zebra
10  Love LockDown – Kanye West
11  So Special – Mavado
12  Kill Dem All – Bounty Killer
13  I Can Feel Your Pain – Gyptian
14  In Your Eyes – Sanchez
15  She Loves Me – Serani
16  The Mission – Stephen Marley featuring Damian Marley
17  We Need Barack – Mavado featuting Barack Obama
18  Nuh Linga – Elephant Man
19  Long Distance Girlfriend – Heavy D
20  Money Fi Spend – Vybes Kartel
21  Keep It To Yourself – Queen Ifrica
22  The Way You Make Me Feel – Serani
23  Street Life – K, Salaam featuring Trey Songz & Buju Banton
24  100 Stab – Aidonia
25  Tic Toc – Busy Signal
26  I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
27  Barack Obama – Cocoa Tea

‘A Moment in Time’ – Beres is boss!

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time is the new, highly anticipated album from Beres Hammond set to be released in November on VP Records.

Beres is certainly getting his props for the debut single off the album entitled I Feel Good.  Here is the official music video for the release.  The song is the #1 requested track on the Dancehall Now playlist over the last two weeks.  Thank you for listening to Dancehall Now (http://www.highlanda.net/rss/podcast.php) and for emailing us with your feedback (podcast@highlanda.net).  Another option for giving feedback is to take the survey posted at Highlanda.net.

Beres is a favorite of myself and anyone else that’s a fan of lover’s music.  Unfortunately in today’s dancehalls, selectors do not play as much lovers rock and vocal music as one would hear in the past.  I am glad that this artist is still carrying the banner though.  Beres still sells out huge arenas around the world and tops the charts when he drops new projects.  The style and content of his music set the standard and bring original lyrical content along with a warm rubadub bassline.  Nice!

So I’m gonna go ahead and endorse this one as top rated dancehall now.  Pick up the new CD or download the digital, and when you take that first listen, you too will Feel Good.

What do you think of Beres’s music?  Will you be checking out the new project?

Heavy D Releases Hit Reggae Album

Legendary Hip Hop Artist Embraced By Old Fans And New; Scores #2 iTunes Reggae Album Chart Spot

Legendary Heavy D, (Dwight Myers) has found himself with one of the country’s hottest new reggae albums, Vibes. Hev’s new album currently owns the #2 spot on the iTunes Reggae chart.

Propelled by the top-requested single and digital favorite, Long Distance Girlfriend, the album has become a mainstay of Reggae playlists after only a month of release. Currently, the new album is available in digital-only format. The physical album will be released on December 16th across the U.S.

The versatile Heavy D is known as one of hip hop’s most palatable and gregarious rap artists. On Vibes he has reignited his reggae pedigree on his latest and long awaited offering. Born in Jamaica, his family moved to Mount Vernon, NY when he was 8, but the charismatic artist has always seasoned his music with a peppering of reggae influences. Keeping busy the past decade with an array of production chores and an impressive acting resume, he was determined to clear the deck long enough to hit the studio and create music that would combine his noted production heft with the influential reggae rhythms he grew up loving. “Reggae’s the first music I ever experienced,” says Hev.

“I’ve always mixed reggae and hip hop. But I came to a point where I felt I had put the exclamation mark on my hip hop career. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to transfer the love, respect and passion I have for hip hop and reggae into my latest musical endeavor.”

Hev took great pains to imbue the album with an up-to-the-minute currency, but also anchors it with the kind of riveting authenticity that he has experience in his past collaborations with reggae giants such as
Super Cat, Buju Banton, Josey Wales and others.

“You can’t fake this stuff,” says Hev. “I learned a long time ago you go with the music that’s in your heart or you don’t go at all.”

Long Distance Girlfriend is the kind of nimble, horn-filled sonnet that grabs both avid reggae aficionados and mainstream music fans. Flexing his trademark repertoire of danceable rhythms, including the occasional ‘Hev-mastered’ signature hip hop beat (and even ska influences), songs such as Love You Like This, featuring Barrington Levy, and the soaring Queen Majesty, round out the hit album, with Hev’s relaxed, confident manner shining through on every track.

Also proud of the role he’s played for several years now as a self proclaimed ‘stay-at-home-dad,’ Hev cites the full spectrum of experiences that have shaped his life as motivation for Vibes.

“I’ve been blessed with family and work,” he says. “I’m an artist by birth. When I reached for inspiration to make sure this album flowed with the kind of organic spirit I felt for this music – it was there. You can’t ask for any more than that.”

Source: http://music.dubandreggae.com

Kahlil Wonda On Dancehall Now

Dancehall Now is the name of Highlanda’s new podcast, which launched its first episode yesterday over the web.

http://www.highlanda.net/rss/podcast.php

Reggae Hits and Dancehall Pre-Release from Highlanda

The podcast (also known as webcast, media cast and many other synonyms) takes on a commercial radio station musical format which means there is not necessarily a DJ mix even though short mixes will be included from time to time.  The program’s playlist will feature primarily songs that are topping reggae charts internationally and receiving airplay, but Highlanda will also select pre-release music that has the promise of becoming hits.

You can expect to hear a cross section of Dancehall Now, hence the name of the show, and the playlist varies the tempo of songs  in a seemingly random fashion.  One can also expect to hear interviews and be kept up on major current events that pertain to the dancehall industry.

The hosts of the show, which is to be updated weekly, pop in periodically to give you song and artist information, and usually get back to more music within 1 minute so that the show’s run time includes as many songs as possible.  Requests are welcomed as Highlanda will be keeping the more popular songs in the rotation based off of listener feedback at podcast@highlanda.net.

Alton Ellis Remembered

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One of my all time favorite artists, Alton Ellis passed away today and will be missed by many across the world. Alton was a former member of The Heptones, another of my favorite groups from the Finest Years era. Listen to or download a copy of The Finest Years, and The Book of Life at www.highlanda.net for a taste of some Alton Ellis selections mixed with other timeless masterpieces.

It comes with great sorrow that I spread the news that Mr. Soul of Jamaica, Alton Ellis, passed away on the morning of October 9th. The world was given this treasure in 1944 when he was born in Trenchtown, Kingston, JA. His career spanned nearly five decades and his ever-lasting impression on the future of Jamaican music came in the mid- to late-sixties as the riddim-laden grooves filled with his soulful melodies permeated the upbeat vibrations of the ska era. The summer of ‘66 saw the explosion of rocksteady in the Kingston scene and Alton ruled the dancehalls during this time as he cuts tunes for Studio One and Treasure Isle among others.

His musical longevity persisted for years and years and he enjoyed much-deserved praise from a new generation of listeners as ska and rocksteady made a revival in the late nineties. Among them was myself, who had goosebumps on my skin when hearing his voice for the first time around the age of 16. Over time, I became exposed to more and more of his tunes, none of which every left me without my heart beating at a faster pace or a tear in my eye from the passionate sounds coming out of my hi-fi. His sound truly made a lifelong impression on me and he will forever be missed in my heart.

Alton…your music was there with me during the joy-filled times in my life and it was also there during those dark, lonely times. We’ll sit under the willow tree together with Phyllis one day and I’ll tell you all about it.

From: www.thegoldbrick.net

When the Roll is called up yonder, Alton Ellis will be singing there…