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
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 (email@example.com). 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?
Dancehall Now is the name of Highlanda’s new podcast, which launched its first episode yesterday over the web.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
When the Roll is called up yonder, Alton Ellis will be singing there…
JAMROCK Magazine proudly presents the 4th annual Vintage Fest at the world renowned Hammerstein Ballroom, Saturday Dec. 6th. The show stars classic reggae acts John Holt, Cocoa Tea, Leroy Sibbles, Sugar Minott, Carlton Livingston, Brigadier Jerry and U-Roy. A classic line up for vintage Reggae lovers. Be ready to rock steady.
4th Annual Vintage Fest Poster
Returning to the Vintage Fest stage in high demand by the people, John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like Police in Helicopter, Stick by Me, and Ali Baba. In height the U.S. political season Cocoa Tea lent his voice in support of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with his song Barack Obama, now the sweet sounds of Cocoa Tea will hit the Hammerstein with the same zeal for his fans with songs like Rocker’s Island and Lost My Sonia. Legendary bassist and vocalist Leroy Sibbles is bound to sing signature Heptones tunes like Baby and Fattie, Fattie. Singer, songwriter, Sugar Minott has had countless hits and a timeless catalogue sure to please fans. Dancehall’s originator U-Roy, affectionately known as Daddy U-Roy, will play on his classic lyrical toasting for true dancehall fans with hits like Runaway Girl, Natty Rebel and Wake the Town For the first time on stage at Vintage Fest, dub singer Carlton Livingston and classic dancehall DJ Brigadier Jerry are bound to give the audience a performance not to be missed!
Set to transport New York City on December 6, 2008 into a time where some of the best musical memories lie, the 4th Annual Vintage Fest features the best in reggae and dancehall capturing the essence of the music’s innovators.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com and reggaefest.com. To purchase tickets by phone please call 212-307-7171 or 718-325-5555 respectively. Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 8pm.
Sizzling starts with Gregory Issacs alongside Sugar Roy with the remake of Gregory’s hit ‘Soon Forward,’ followed by a big Sanchez on the rhythm, ‘Feel Like A Winner.’
Sizzling CD cover
The Sanchez is so nice I let it play out for a while before bringing in the next tunes on the riddim by Natural Blacks, Anthony B, and the original old gangalee, Louie Culture. This intro to the CD sets a good tone as it draws you into the vibe of lovers and conscious tunes.
The sound effects and drops used in this mix are clean, well placed, and most importantly, not distracting from the music. Sizzling features the Blaze rhythm out of Germany with Junior Kelly plus Fifth Element Crew members Chuck Fender, and Richie Spice, among others. This Highlanda culture/lovers rock mix caters to Sizzla fans with 12 songs by Kalonji, hence the CD’s title Sizzling. Download Sizzling now.