DJ Passport with Ras Jamal of Royal Ethiopian Sound System @ Rub-A-Dub ATL

Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport juggling at Rub-A-Dub ATL – Full Audio

Hear the live audio of DJ sets recorded on October 9th, 2016 inside WildPitch Music Hall with Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport performing.

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Kahlil Wonda and DJ Empress Rah @ WildPitch Music Hall #rubadubatl

DOWNLOAD HIGHLANDA SOUND @ RUB-A-DUB ATL OCT. 2016 AUDIO

DJ Empress Rah @ Rub-A-Dub ATL

DJ Empress Rah @ Rub-A-Dub ATL

DOWNLOAD DJ PASSPORT & DJ EMPRESS RAH @ RUB-A-DUB ATL OCT. 2016 AUDIO

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Highlanda Sound live set

Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

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WildPitch Music Hall

Rub-A-Dub ATL (Nov. 13) to benefit Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti, featuring DJ set by John Wayne, and Webba’s Jerk Hut FREE buffet

Every second Sunday, join one of the most unique international monthly events in Atlanta and revel in a flavorful retro reggae experience.

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Sounds by: Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport + Guest DJ: John Wayne + Free Food

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, rock to sounds by Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport alongside guest selector, John Wayne, of John Wayne Movements.

Doors open at 8pm and ladies party for free until 9:30pm.  Enjoy a complimentary buffet until 10pm courtesy of Webba’s Jerk Hut and drink specials including $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Stripe until 10pm.  General admission at the door will be $10, and $5 tickets can be ordered in advance via this link.  

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to benefit Hurricane relief efforts in Haiti.

Reggae, Dub, Lovers Rock and more, every 2nd Sunday at WildPitch. #rubadubatl

The setting for Rub-A-Dub ATL, WildPitch Music Hall, is located at 255 Trinity Avenue, downtown Atlanta, and features a high-level custom sound system by D.A.S. Audio.