DRE’s Birthday Celebration With John Wayne and One Drop Sound

DRE Birthday this Friday @Red Ultra Lounge 182 Courtland St. Ladies Free All Night & Guys Free b4 12 w/RSVP.

DRE Birthday this Friday @Red Ultra Lounge

Maxi Priest Legendary Reggae Vocalist Featured Mix

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MAXI PRIEST Reggae Vault Classics featured Artist Mix with Bio

MAXI PRIEST is the featured artist on this episode of Reggae Vault Classics.  Listen to this exclusive mix of hits from Maxi Priest‘s catalog by DJ Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System mixed live on the Reggae Vault Classics show.

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English: Maxi Priest performing in January 2011.

English: Maxi Priest performing in January 2011.

ACCESS MAXI PRIEST MIX – REGGAE VAULT CLASSICS PODCAST EPISODE # 49”  

Fras Twinz Production Team Live Interview on Dancehall Now

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Kingston, Jamaica-based Fras Twinz Music, producers of 2012’s popular Happy Daze dancehall riddim, are the special guests for this Dancehall Now interview feature.  Known for artist management, audio engineering, and working with the reggae industry’s brightest talents, The Fras Twinz discuss their success and upcoming projects for 2013.

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Fras Twinz Interview

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Highlanda Releases Dancehall Now Mixtape Volume 5 Online

Another new Highlanda Sound System Mix featuring DANCEHALL’s hottest artists and riddims NOW including Busy Signal, Konshens, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Spice, Aidonia, Popcaan, Dovey Magnum, Mavado, Gappy Ranks and more….

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Mix featuring Dancehall's hottest artists and riddims NOW including Busy Signal, Konshens, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Spice, Aidonia, Popcaan, Dovey Magnum, Mavado, Gappy Ranks and more....

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NEW SINGLE “Baby It’s You” From Canadian Vocalist AMMOYE

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Canadian reggae starlet Ammoye released her new single, “Baby It’s You,” Tuesday, January 15, 2013 on iTunes.

Her single – a tasty pop-radio rhapsody with an alluring melody – was produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor in connection with his recent campaign to spread the pleasures of pop-reggae music to a global audience.

KEMAR ‘FLAVA’ MCGREGOR RELEASES NEW SINGLE WITH CANADIAN VOCALIST AMMOYE

NEW SINGLE by CANADIAN VOCALIST AMMOYE

Ammoye’s latest offering explores the addiction of love, and the delight of expressing appreciation toward a devoted romantic partner.

If that sounds soft and P.C. – it’s meant to sound that way. Ammoye isn’t afraid to spread love openly. With “Baby It’s You,” Ammoye and McGregor are collaboratively united in selling upliftment to reggae audiences, and helping record-label officials to understand that romantic pop-reggae is the future of the reggae genre. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Ammoye’s new song is melodically and culturally superior to everything the major labels are currently pushing.

Basically, I want ‘Baby It’s You’ to affect reggae culture in a positive way – allowing the people to get an appreciation of clean, inspirational love music from reggae,” said Ammoye. “I want the consumers and the music execs to count this kind of music as viable, necessary and important.”

Whether she’s crafting a nightclub anthem or crooning a midnight serenade, Ammoye remains dedicated to her creative mission, which is to popularize the status of love. Ammoye said she enjoys a comfortable, homestyle environment when writing love songs – often penning lyrics in her bedroom at night – which affords her the relaxation required to arrange humanistic layers of melody and color.

Kemar McGregor

Kemar McGregor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The feeling of being and knowing you’re in love is like an addiction for me, and I truly love when I’m blessed with having true love in my life,” said Ammoye. “I don’t hide it…I share it. Because of how this person makes me feel, it was easy for me to write this song, and to express how I felt at the time. I’m simply saying that I’m sure he’s the one for me.”

Ammoye’s musical résumé includes background-vocal performances with jazz luminary Michael Bublé, and with Canadian pop singers Kreesha Turner, Anjulie, Divine Brown, Corylee and Keshia Chante.

In 2009, two of her songs were featured on the MTV Winter Olympics documentary, “Over The Bolts,” and she has performed as an opening stage act for hip-hop celebrity B.O.B., and for reggae greats Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Serani, Gyptian, Gramps Morgan, Chaka Demus, L.U.S.T., and the Easy-Star All Stars.

Dancehall Now Mixtape Volume 4

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HIGHLANDA SOUND presents DANCEHALL NOW Mixtape Volume 4 for promotional purposes, featuring various current artists from the Dancehall genre.

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Featuring tracks by Alaine, Busy Signal, Destra Garcia, Popcaan, Laden, Elephant Man Ft. Chi Ching Ching, G Whizz, I-Octane and more…

 

The 1st Lady of Reggae, Album in Stores – Marcia Griffiths And Friends

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The first lady of reggae is Marcia Griffiths. No other female vocalist has charted hits in as wide a range of styles in the genre. She is a one of a kind performer with a truly unique history in the music. In tribute to this great lady, Penthouse productions presents the two CD collection "Marcia and Friends" with 38 duets recorded in collaboration with the label. The collection features some of reggae's top vocalists in combination with the legendary singer.

Marcia Griffiths – Marcia Griffiths And Friends – Artwork

The first lady of reggae is Marcia Griffiths. No other female vocalist has charted hits in as wide a range of styles in the genre.  She is a one of a kind performer with a truly unique history in the music.  In tribute to this great lady, Penthouse productions presents the two CD collection “Marcia and Friends” with 38 duets recorded in collaboration with the label.  The collection features some of reggae’s top vocalists in combination with the legendary singer.

 

Sweet Reggae Music: Reggae Anthology Featuring Barrington Levy

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Barrington Levy is among a few Jamaican artists to have scored hits in the roots, lover's rock and dancehall styles. His early work (1979 - 1984) shows numerous examples of the hit making ability and inimitable style that's made Barrington an icon of the genre. This anthology contains 40 solid tracks.

Barrington Levy – Sweet Reggae Music Reggae Anthology – Artwork

Barrington Levy is among a few Jamaican artists to have scored hits in the roots, lover’s rock and dancehall styles.  His early work (1979 – 1984) shows numerous examples of the hit making ability and inimitable style that’s made Barrington an icon of the genre. This anthology contains 40 solid tracks.

English: Barrington Levy singing in Göra Källa...

 

Miss Lily’s Family Style CD Series Released on VP Records

Various Artists: Miss Lily's Family Style

Various Artists: Miss Lily’s Family Style Artwork

Known for serving up Jamaica’s freshest beats and top-notch cuisine in downtown Manhattan, Miss Lily’s has become a social and cultural hub for all things Caribbean.  The island aesthetic is reflected throughout the swanky decor of their restaurant, bakery, juice bar and variety shop – which serves as a record store, gallery space and home to internet broadcast station, Radio Lily.  Miss Lily’s Variety Shop, located directly next door to the restaurant, celebrates their first year in business and launches a brand new CD series Miss Lily’s Family Style (VP Records) on January 22.

The first installment is executive produced by Radio Lily resident DJ Max Glazer along with one of Miss Lily’s founding partners, Paul Salmon, who also owns Jamaica’s award-winning Rockhouse Hotel and co-founded Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Enclosed in the CD’s vintage vinyl-inspired packaging are in-depth liner notes written by reggae journalist and Radio Lily DJ Rob Kenner along with a free download card of a 43-minute mix by DJ Max Glazer.

 

Morgan Heritage to Release Here Come The Kings Album

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Morgan Heritage: Here Come The Kings

Morgan Heritage: Here Come The Kings

Following their triumphant return to Brooklyn with a performance at the Barclays Center‘s “Caribbean Fever” mega-show, Morgan Heritage is now gearing up to release the band’s first studio album since 2008. The “Royal Family Of Reggae” unleash Here Come The Kings to the world on April 23rd. The new album features the group’s signature powerhouse vocals over slick riddims from acclaimed producers such as Shane C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions) and multiple Grammy Award nominee Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer. The bouncy lead single, “Perfect Love Song,” arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. Peetah Morgan’s passionate lead vocal delivery, coupled with the deeply soulful stylings of Gramps on the deejay section, are sure to put lovers in the mood.

While the album is heavy on lovers content, like the pulsing “Love Stoned (ft. Busy Signal),” Here Come The Kings also includes the message music that Morgan Heritage fans have come to embrace. “Stand Up,” “Man Has Forgotten,” and “Dem Ah Run Come” serve as some of the most immediate calls to consciousness that Heritage has produced, to date.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor premiered his new riddim album, “80s Rock Riddim,” Tuesday, January 8, 2013 on iTunes, representing the first of an upcoming series of 1980s-styled pop-reggae projects.

The riddim album – which features new tracks from Gappy Ranks, Gyptian, Aaron Silk and JC Lodge – combines musical motifs from Brit-pop, R&B, soul and 1980’s dancehall, to create a distinctive mixture of melodic pop with a propulsive one-drop bass groove.

Kemar 'Flava' McGregor Releases "80s Rock Riddim" on iTunes

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

In early 2012, McGregor departed from the reggae mainstream, and began producing pop-reggae tracks for the corporate licensing market, which enlists a higher percentage of uplifting 1980s-era tracks that remind listeners of reggae’s bygone golden era.

With “80s Rock Riddim,” McGregor wanted to repair a longstanding credibility problem within the modern reggae industry – an industry that erroneously insists on producing music with negative lyrics and depressing musical styles that reggae fans never wanted, and often at the expense of melodic, party reggae, which has always attracted more customers globally than the negative-themed music of the reggae mainstream.

The concept of ‘80s Rock’ is to try to bring people back to the good old days of vocal reggae,” said McGregor. “The 1980s was where reggae got its fame and popularity. There’s a joy that I get from listening to ‘80s music – it makes you feel like living is worthwhile. And it’s not just reggae, it’s a lot of the ‘80s music. There’s also some good R&B that makes you feel that way.”

McGregor said “80s Rock Riddim” was inspired in large part by the great riddims of the 1980s, including “Far East” (Barry Brown’s version from 1986), “Sleng Teng” (1985), and popular albums “Big Ship,” by Freddie McGregor (1982), and “Rub-A-Dub Style,” by Michigan & Smiley (1980).

From McGregor’s point of view, these styles established reggae music as a universal worldwide party idiom, which would guarantee celebratory vibes regardless of where the music was played.

Apparently, today’s reggae scene has lost this celebratory spirit, McGregor said.

When I used to watch videotapes from the 1980s, I would see all those people dancing – the couples were slow-wining so tight, that not even the breeze could get through them,” McGregor said. “Today, when I go to a party, the ladies will be standing on the left side of the room, and the men will be standing on the right. The men will be screwing their faces, and the women will be standing with their arms crossed. That’s not the way to party.”

When I look at a dance floor today, I’ll hear a bunch of noise coming from the speakers, and when I look at the dance floor, I’ll expect to see a man and a woman dancing, but instead I’ll see a group of men dancing in the middle of the floor by themselves. I don’t want to see that.”

To illustrate his love for 1980s music, McGregor recorded a mixture of melodic songs from the most active artists in the new reggae industry, including Aaron Silk, Junior Kelly, Gappy Ranks, Adele Harley and Ammoye, along with a cadre of vocal legends from the 2000-decade mixtape era, such as Norris Man, Gyptian, Jah Mali and Tony Anthony. In addition, “80s Rock Riddim” will contain songs from “America’s Got Talent” finalist Cas Haley, and British reggae luminaries JC Lodge, Carroll Thompson and Don Campbell.

McGregor’s ultimate goal is to send a message that reggae’s survival will require producers to satisfy the demands of real customers, instead of using drug money to promote negative-themed music that no one wants to buy. McGregor said sales statistics already indicate that consumers prefer the sound of the 1980s.

Overall, I would say the music of the 1980s was more uplifting. There was more joy into it,” McGregor said. “Most of what the artists were saying in their lyrics – whether it was lovers rock, roots or rub-a-dub – you were excited about what was taking place. The stuff they were singing about, like Yellowman and Michigan & Smiley, it would make you want go out and have a good time. That’s why I like the ‘80s music. It has a lot of value to it.”

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Access Granted – LADIES NIGHT OUT Edition w/Textra & Sound Decision

Access Granted - LADIES NIGHT OUT Edition w/Textra & Sound Decision

Access Granted – LADIES NIGHT OUT Edition w/Textra & Sound Decision

Access Granted – LADIES NIGHT OUT Edition w/Textra & Sound Decision This Friday, Jan. 25th @ Club Pisces. EVERYONE FREE ALL NITE!!!

TASHA T “IN A DI JUNGLE” NEW SINGLE

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“In A Di Jungle” epitomizes the challenges faced by youth in inner-city neighborhoods and raises a series of serious and timely questions.

Tasha T In a di Jungle CD Cover

Tasha T ‘In A Di Jungle’ CD Cover

The song warns about the consequences of choosing the path of a gangster. Through this song Tasha T shows her support for the ongoing Stop the Violence movement in Jamaica and across the world.

In A Di Jungle was recorded at Grafton Studios and produced by the legendary Mikie Bennett dubbed the “Quincy Jones of Reggae”. The song is very crisp with exciting vocal arrangements, a dominant characteristic of any Mikie Bennett produced song.

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Label: RasVibe Records Inc.
Produced By: Mikie Bennett

New Studio Album From Freddie McGregor: Di Captain

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Freddie McGregor - Di Captain - Artwork

Freddie McGregor‘s “Di Captain” Album Artwork

Freddie McGregor is a reggae icon who has endured more than 30 years in the business.  He has released over 40 albums, scored innumerable hits, led his own Big Ship production company and record label, and maintained a hefty international touring schedule, all while nurturing many young talents in the business, most notably his sons Stephen and Daniel (known as Chino).

Di Captain is a new studio album showcasing Freddie’s talent for re-interpretation with a selection of cover songs including a remake of his own 1980 hit “Africa (Here I Come).”  Other highlights include “Move Up Jamaica,” a spirited tribute for Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, and “You Won’t See Me,” a new take on the classic Beatles tune.  The album also features up-and-coming reggae sensations, Etana and Gappy Ranks.