Inner Circle at Jamaica 50th Anniv. Celebration in NYC w/ Israel Vibration & The Mighty Diamonds


Inner Circle / Israel Vibration / The Mighty Diamonds / DJ Carter Van Pelt
8.19.2012 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park | Directions to Event >

     Celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.

To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band’s 20-year-plusInner Circle history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite “Sweat,” Inner Circle’s brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.

The story of reggae group Israel Vibration‘s success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo’s music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.

The Mighty Diamonds are the most consistent and long-running reggae trio in Jamaican musical history. For over forty years the group has been entertaining and educating the world with their conscious lyrics, soulful harmonies and polished performances that led them to become known as the reggae group with the Motown sound. Their debut album Right Time, has become a reggae classic while the single, “Pass the Kutchie” from the album Changes, became an international hit and has since been covered by reggae group, Musical Youth whose version “Pass the Dutchie” also garnered fame globally. With over forty albums released, the group remains a favorite of the dance hall crowd, roots and progressive audiences.

Head DJ of ESummer Stageastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9 FM in New York CityDJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. He’ll celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary with far-ranging selections covering every era. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is the founder/producer of the popular Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. He also hosts a program on the Internet station Radio Lily.

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Inner Circle In Columbia


Inner Circle In Columbia


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Gramps Morgan Releases NEW album REGGAE MUSIC LIVES


With a mission to heal the world through music, Soul Train Award nominee, Gramps Morgan unleashes his second, solo, album Reggae Music Lives tomorrow (April 24th), independently, on his Dada Son Entertainment label. A musical therapy of sorts, Reggae Music Lives is filled with angelic harmonies, authentic compositions and a unique sound brand, Gramps calls “Rockaz”. Reggae Music Lives is more than Reggae; it’s world-beat, with a little bit of country, a taste of what Americans call rap-Jamaicans call it toasting; mix it with a hint of r ‘n’ b, a dash of blues synthesized with contemporary reggae that maintains the integrity of the original art form and you get a sense of the musical accents that help to make Reggae Music Lives complete.

After two years in the making, Reggae Music Lives arrives with inspiration, healing and Gramps’ determination to make positive changes in the world. The album’s first single ‘The Almighty’ topped the charts in Jamaica, South Florida and New York while ‘Life Too Short’, released on March 28th, advanced in the fight for justice in the case

of Trayvon Martin. Consequently, team Dada Son decided to donate part of the sale proceeds to the family of the slain Florida teenager. The song has since been added to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation website ( where he is listed as an “Official Donor” for his commitment.

Meanwhile, Mark Brantley, Senior Lawyer and Leader of the Opposition in the National Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis says: “There is no voice in reggae music today as distinctive as that of Gramps Morgan. His sophomore album reminds us of the deeply spiritual roots of reggae music. Gramps’ ability to make music with a global appeal which touches the human spirit and soothes the soul has been taken to new heights in his latest release. I believe that this new effort by this Grammy award winning artist will be a major hit with lovers of conscious reggae music the world over. But don’t take my word for it. Pick up a copy, put your feet up and let the music wash over you.”

Reggae Music Lives is an evolution of Gramps’ professional and musical growth expressed through his singing, narratives, arrangements and compositions. His melodies and hooks are seasoned with mature, worldly lyrics that are delivered flawlessly. All of his experiences have culminated in the creation of a universal sound that he says stems from exposure.
“I’ve grown so much as a producer, song writer and vocalist. Overall, my experience from touring and working with India Arie; watching John Legend perform every night; touring with different artists; working with the different producers (on this album) and getting a chance to work with my brother Peetah one-on-one writing songs; it’s brought me to a whole other level. My experience really came into play in making this. I think this album is really the best of the brand called Gramps Morgan; as a product, you finally get the sound of Gramps Morgan. The first album was just discovering, getting it and learning myself. Gramps Morgan has been born on this album. ”

The Sound of Gramps Morgan
A personal favourite of Morgan’s on the album sees the return of India Arie, reuniting with Gramps on “Want Fi Charge Wi” a song whose distinct sound is inspired by African rhythms as is “I Hear You Calling”, an ode to Africa. Meanwhile new creative partnerships were also forged on this project, one such collaboration was with renowned duo, Stanley “Rellee” Hayden and Alberto “AL” Cruz also known as the A-Team (Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs,
The Notorious B.I.G., KRS 1, Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lauryn Hill, Deborah Cox, etc…) on the song called DREAM.

One of the most promising tracks on the album, DREAM, is as inspiring as it is universal, in message and in sound. When Gramps sings “…celebrate wherever you are, keep on striving for your dream, just lift your head high, let your spirit fly, dream away…” one is reminded to persevere; the song offers hope and is that motivator everyone needs.

Another first, and what Gramps describes as “a dream” was working with the legendary, Clive Hunt (The Rollings Stones, Maxi Priest, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond). Hunt produced three of the thirteen songs on Reggae Music Lives including the title track, which is an unapologetic declaration of the state of Reggae music; and on two love songs that will create their own ‘baby boom’ “Find Myself Thinking” and “I Know It’s Love”. Gramps Morgan fans get a different side of Gramps on “Could Dj (Dem Neva Know)” here the singer switches to a toasting style delivery over a phat beat infused with elements of rap, blues, and some rock riffs.

Like his first album 2 Sides of My Heart Vol. 1 Gramps has again assembled an incredible pool of talent from the novice to the accomplished musicians and producers alike, including his seventeen year old son Jemere Morgan, Jason ‘J-Vibe’ Farmer, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Delroy “Delly” Foster and Kemar “Flava” McGregor.

The songs on Reggae Music Lives are well rounded and crafted with diverse themes from romantic and universal love; to global consciousness and justice, to living in the moment and being grateful. Reggae Music Lives is mature and contemporary, it’s the kind of music that can rock on any gadget at work, home or at play.

Reggae Music Lives is about the preservation of art, music and culture and Gramps wants the world to know that “Reggae music is here to stay.”



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Quin, ATL’s Top Model to Host Cheers at Sheba this Friday

You Dont Want to Miss This Party !!!!


In da House




DJ Trigga
Hosted by Quin da ModelSHEBA LOUNGE
1594 Woodcliff Drive NE, Atlanta GA
(85N to North Druid Hills, make Right then Left at the 1st light / BriarCliff Rd, Located on the Right)

Doors open at 10 PM – Come Early & Leave Late

For More Info on Bottles, VIP, Or Birthdays Please Email or Follow @Presise & @SuperPEC

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SIZZLA DON’T MISLEAD THE YOUTHS EP Now Available in Stores and Online

U.S. based reggae label Locksmith Recordsis proud to release the latest studio effort from acclaimed reggae artist Sizzla, in the form of an EP entitled Don’t Mislead The Youths. The EP was released yesterday, April 25, 2012, and is now available in CD format in select stores, including VP Records. It is also available digitally worldwide via all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

 This rebirth of Sizzla Kalonji has reggae fans around the world buzzing, as the new EP sees Sizzla reclaiming his dynamic stance on various social issues. The first single “Learn To Read” speaks on the importance of education, as Sizzla advocates young people to learn to read and write, as a way to overcome ignorance, and therefore, progress in life. Other singles from the EP include “So Lovely,” “Party,” and the title track, “Don’t Mislead The Youths.”

“This EP confirms (yet again) that Sizzla is a talented, thoughtful, intelligent and fluent performer,” states Gerry McMahon of “His status as one of reggae’s most commercially and critically successful contemporary artists will be reinforced by this ‘Don’t Mislead The Youths’ EP.’

Don’t Mislead The Youths is a collaboration between Lyon House Muzik (Glenroy “Frosty” Jackson and Ainsworth) and Locksmith Records (Mark “BUG” Wilkins), who diligently worked together with Sizzla to accomplish their goal of creating this EP. All songs were written and performed by Sizzla Kalonji for Zabogaubhi Music, and all tracks were produced and recorded by Lyon House Muzik in Kingston, Jamaica. The EP was mixed and mastered by Dave Downie and BUG for Unlock My Mind Music, at Hilltop Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

For all inquiriesplease contact Locksmith Records  


1. So Lovely    

2. Don’t Mislead The Youths

3. Learn To Read

4. Hotta Fire

5. Party    

6. Ganja  

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Highlanda and Adonai live at Deux Plex (Top Rated Audio)



This was Highlanda’s most downloaded live recording from the old site.  An action packed Friday night at The Deux Plex in Atlanta, Highlanda with SuperPec and Kahlil Wonda, plays a round of one drop tunes, transitioning seamlessly into uptempo dancehall, and then soca music before turning the booth over to Desi from Adonai Sound who goes down the foundation lane, rinsing some Bob Marley and Dennis Brownin the morning.

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Highlanda’s Most Downloaded Podcast Episode Ever



Our most popular podcast to date, this mix was published in May 2009 for Mother’s Day.  These crucial selections contain many favorite songs, and some of the top rated one drop anthems of the ages in a DJ mixed format with no talking.  Share this music with your grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, and daughters alike this Mother’s Day.

Download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please feel free to leave a comment.


1 Mama – Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk

Cover of Garnett Silk

2 Mama Africa – Garnet Silk
3 I Love My Woman – Yami Bolo
4 Childish Games – Marcia Griffiths
5 What You Gonna Do? – Buju Banton featuring Wayne Wonder
6 Teach the Children – Tony Rebel
7 Blow Your Nose – Everton Blender
8 Life Up Your Head – Everton Blender
9 Freedom Cry – Sizzla
10 Haven’t I Told You – Sizzla
11 Mama – Anthony Cruz
12 Like A Mother To Me – Garnet Silk
13 Song My Mother Used To Sing – Dennis Brown
14 Family Man – Everton Blender
15 One Big Family – Half Pint
16 Soon As I Get Home – Sanchez
17 Good Ways – Sizzla
18 Soon Forward – Gregory Issacs featuring Sugar Roy
19 Her Own Man – Anthony B
20 Virtuous Woman – Warrior King
21 Juvenile – Juvenile
22 Never Go Where The Pagans Go – Warrior King
23 She Never Knew It – Norris Man
24 Arms of A Woman – Bushman
25 Tune In – Gregory Isaacs featuring Louie Culture
26 Big Heavy Gal – Tanya Stephens
27 Mama – Bounty Killer
28 Black Woman Love – Anthony B
29 One To One – Buju Banton
30 Thank You Mama – Sizzla
31 No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley And The Wailers

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Dré – It’s Not Over feat. Demi Lovato [Official HD]


Dré has a new viral video for his single entitled ‘It’s Not Over’ which features  singer-songwritermusicianactress and dancer Demi Lovato.  Catch a live interview with Dré on today’s Dancehall Now show live on with Miss Terri K, and Highlanda Sound.  The show will air from 6pm – 9pm EST.

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Spragga Benz ft. Sean Paul Video Shoot Behind The Scenes

Spragga Benz and Sean Paul on the set for the 2012 Material Riddim single  ‘Call Upon Jah Jah’ music video.  The OFFICIAL VIDEO is COMING SOON so STAY TUNED!!!
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Flashback 2012 w/Bass Odyssey, Highlanda, Uprising & Innocent (Full Audio)


Here is one wicked dance featuring Bass Odyssey, Innocent, Uprising and Highlanda Sound.  Flashback 2012 was recorded live inside of Calabar & Grill in Stone Mountain, GA. on April 14, 2012.  Highlanda with SuperPEC and Kahlil Wonda plays first, followed by Innocent Sound with Dappa Lee.  Bass Odyssey represents with Damian and Lexi showcasing classic anthems from the world champion dub box.

Download the audio or just listen to the stream online courtesy of Uprising and Excellence Entertainment.

Terri K and The Lovely Ladies of Spelman College To Host CHEERS!


Terri K, radio host of the‘s popular Dancehall Now show will host this week’s special edition of CHEERS! at Sheba Lounge along with members of  the International Students Organization (ISO) and the Caribbean American Students Association (CASA) from Spelman College.  This event is being produced by Demroc Coalition,, and and music will be provided by a team of international all-star DJ’s.

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Flashback 2K12 To Feature Jamaica World Clash Champs Bass Odyssey


See what happens at “FLASHBACK” on April 14th when BASS ODYSSEY, one of Jamaica’s top sound systems takes you on a musical journey through time.  That’s right, BASS ODYSSEY will be featured this year alongside Miami’s own INNOCENT SOUND, ATL’s UPRISING SOUND and The Top Rated HIGHLANDA SOUND.  Enjoy a trip down memory lane with some of your favorite Dancehall/Reggae/Hip Hop tunes from the 70’s , 80’s, 90’s and then make our way to the present with some of the songs you love today.  Purchase tickets online for “FLASH BACK.   Venue: Calabar & Grill 4144 Redan Rd. Stone Mountain, GA.

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Talking Shotta Culture With Spragga Benz – Dancehall Now 44


This feature recaps a candid interview with superstar reggae/dancehall artist turned big-screen actor Spragga Benz, plus highlights from the Highlanda mix show on Dancehall Now.  Spragga talks with SuperPec about the ‘Shotta Culture’ album, touring with Stephen Marley, his reaction to the Trayvon Martin case and more.  

Catch the syndicated Dancehall Now broadcast live on each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm (EST).


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Reggae Vault Classics 41: John Holt, 80’s, 90’s, and Modern Classics



1980’s and 90’s Segment Playlist

  1. Zion Gate – Culture
  2. Forty Leg Dread – Prince Mohammed
  3. Bad Boy Posse – Robert French
  4. Meet Me By The River – Robert French
  5. Entertainment – Tristan Palmer
  6. Your Love Got A Hold On Me – Dennis Brown
  7. Friday Night Jamboree – Jah Thomas
  8. Can’t Test Highlanda (Talk About Dub) – Wayne Wonder
  9. Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osborne
  10. 21 Girls Salute – Barrington Levy
  11. Love And Devotion – Jimmy Riley
  12. Keep On Knocking – Jacob Miller
  13. This Old Man – U Brown
  14. Jah The Youths Run To (Dub) – Sluggy Ranks
  15. Something Wrong – Little Pinchers
  16. We Rule This Border – Teddy Irie
  17. History Of Jamaica – Supercat
  18. Lift It Up Again – Pinchers
  19. Vineyard Party – Supercat
  20. Lightning and Thunder (Dub) – Sluggy Ranks
  21. Baltimore – The Tamlins
  22. Let It Flow – Singing Melody
  23. I Believe I Can Fly – Sanchez
  24. Hold Them Pace – Leroy Smart
  25. Put Down Your Weapon – Yami Bolo/Capleton
  26. Jah Works – Terror Fabulous
  27. Love Sponge – Buju Banton
  28. Mama – Bounty Killer
  29. Before Them Seek God – Junior Reid/Bounty Killer
  30. Live Clean – Capleton
  31. Fire Pon Rome – Anthony B
  32. ‘Til I’m Laid To Rest – Buju Banton
Cover of Police In Helicopter

John Holt

John Holt Tunes Playlist

  1. Riding For A Fall
  2. A Love I Can Feel
  3. Up Park Camp
  4. Tribal War
  5. Hooligans
  6. Rock With Me
  7. Satisfaction
  8. Police In Helicopter
  9. Ali Baba
  10. Stick By Me
  11. If I Were A Carpenter
  12. For The Love Of You
  13. Wildfire featuring Dennis Brown
  14. The Tide Is High with The Paragons
  15. Wear You To The Ball featuring U-Roy
  16. Stealing
Singing Melody Cover of Collide

Singing Melody

Modern Day Classics Segment Playlist

  1. If I Follow My Heart – Ed Robinson
  2. A House Is Not A Home – Freddie McGregor
  3. Love Rewind – J.C. Lodge
  4. Bonafied Love – Maxi Priest
  5. Breaking Up – Tanya Mullings
  6. People Talk – Etana
  7. Lipstick Stain – Buju Banton
  8. If Its Right – Sanchez
  9. The Leaders – Eljai
  10. Black Woman – Richie Spice
  11. Collide – Singing Melody
  12. In My Arms – Beres Hammond


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Cheers! This Friday at Sheba Lounge Hosted By Cherrie Garden


Check out this weekend’s star-studded version of Riddim Fridays, CHEERS, this Friday April 6th inside of the all new Sheba Lounge.  Brought to you by and and hosted by 2012 Miss Jamaica World Semi-Finalist, Cherrie Garden, music will be provided by Highlanda Sound, DJ Marlon from Nitty Phonic Sound, DJ Trigga, DJ 3D and DJ Rock.  

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Them Island Boyz ft. Jah Cure – Kiss Me Girl

Listen to Dancehall Now today from 6pm to 9pm EST for an exclusive interview with Them Island Boyz.  The Dancehall Now Show can be heard live on,, 1420 AM and 1430 AM (Atlanta) and Vibes 106 FM (Gambia).  Follow @ThemIslandBoyz @CureAgain on Twitter.

Purchase Kiss Me Girl on the NEW Google Play
Purchase Kiss Me Girl Now on iTunes

Artist: Them Island Boyz Feat. Jah Cure
Indie: i- Swag Ent / Chosen Sounds / Offshore Music / IyahCureMusic
Director : The Visual Echo
Director of Photography : A.T.A Anderson Andrews
Produced Mixed Mastered by Justin ‘Jus Bus’ Nation + Torsten Stenzel

(c) 2012 Island Swag Entertainment

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NJ State Of Mind Casting Call

New Jersey State of Mind is looking for female models of all nationalities between 18 and 28 years of age for their 2012 ad campaign.  A model call will take place this Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10pm-11pm at Sheba Lounge -1594 Woodcliff Drive Northeast Atlanta, GA 30329.  This location is on Briarcliff Rd near the intersection of North Druid Hills Rd.

Extras: Free Moscato for the ladies until 11pm and FREE ADMISSION until 12am with RSVP (  DOORS OPEN AT 10PM come early and stay for after party.

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The “KNOW YOUR ROOTS” Dub Remix Competition


<p>@FREAKSTEP and @thcintl PRESENT:<br />
“KNOW YOUR ROOTS” remix competition…<br />
ok folks this one goes out to all ya’ll grinding and sending me tracks all day asking to be on the freak beat,  well here is your chance PRODUCERS this contest is for you!<br />
Participants are asked to make an unique dope dubstep (flexible on genre) remix using a sample or sounds from old a classic vintage Reggae record.Winners will receive:+ Placement and promotion of winning remix on the freak beat<br />
+ Swag Bag from The Honorary Citizen<br />
steps to win:<br />
1.To enter: Follow and metion THC on twitter: @thcintl using #RootsRemix<br />
2.upload your track’s to soundcloud and share them on twitter  with @thcintl #rootsremix in the tweet<br />
3.if you cannot use soundcloud use hulkshare or mediafire<br />
you MUST have twitter for this contest or use a friends!<br />
Winners will be chosen by Freakstep and 3 of Atlanta’s top Vintage Reggae Selectors<br />
PRODUCERS: to give you an idea of what samples we are looking for check out some of these artists / record labels : Trojan, Studio One, Treasure Isle, King Jammy we want old school reggae samples mixed with modern dubstep.<br />
check out these videos below and make your track —- tweet it and WIN BIG - deadline for entry: 4/20/2012<br />
to check out some of the stuff you will win have a look CLICK HERE at The Honorary Citizen’s website.<br /></p>


“KNOW YOUR ROOTS” remix competition

PRODUCERS, this contest is for you!   Participants are asked to make an unique, but dope dubstep remix (flexible on genre)  using a sample or sounds from classic vintage Reggae records.

Winners will receive:

+ Placement and promotion of winning remix on the freak beat
+ Swag Bag from The Honorary Citizen

Steps to enter the competition:

  1. Follow and mention THC on twitter: @thcintl using #RootsRemix
  2. Upload your tracks to your page and share them on twitter with @thcintl #rootsremix in the tweet
  3. If you cannot use soundcloud use hulkshare or
  4. You MUST have twitter for this contest or use a friend’s!

Winners will be chosen by Freakstep and 3 of Atlanta’s top Vintage Reggae Selectors

PRODUCERS: To give you an idea of what samples we are looking for check out some of these artists / record labels : Trojan, Studio One, Treasure Isle, King Jammy.  We want old-school reggae samples mixed with modern dubstep.  Check out these videos and make your track —- tweet it and WIN BIG.  The deadline for entry is 4/20/2012.

CLICK HERE to  have a look at some of the cool stuff you will win from The Honorary Citizen.


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Busy Signal Sets The Standard With ‘Reggae Music Again’ Album


Busy Signal is back with his most adventurous album to date “’REGGAE Music Again,”  14 new songs recorded in partnership with producer/engineer Shane Brown, grand nephew of the late great Duke ReidCEO of Jukeboxx Records and one of the most sought after producers in Reggae music.

The album highlights Busy’’s versatility as he flips the riddims and flows over hard hitting one drop and traditional reggae arrangements.  Fans will be pleased with his ability to remain totally current in his subject matter and delivery. •  A 6 track vinyl LP with extended dub mixes will be released on April 23. • Featured players include Robbie Lyn, keyboardist for Sound Dimension band, along with one of the world’s finest saxophonists, Dean Fraser, plus drummer Kirk Bennett of Kirkledove.

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