RUB-A-DUB: Lovers and Roots Reggae All Night – Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Rub-A-Dub ATL

Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen presents “RUB-A-DUB”

The classics that introduced Jamaica’s music to the world, The new reggae revival movement, Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. Good vibes only by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Guest DJ set by DJ Lion The Turntable Bandit.  8pm-12 / No Cover.

Nothing but Good Vibes Sunday, January 10, 2016at 8 PM - 12 AM Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. With Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. No Cover!!!!!

Nothing but Good Vibes Sunday, January 10, 2016at 8 PM – 12 AM Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. With Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. No Cover!!!!!

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

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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.