16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.
I only heard 3 of the songs before the album’s release so this is a fresh, new experience. The album is reminiscent of Chronixx’s “Chronology” in its diverse representation of modern reggae music.
Hip-Hop influences are evident throughout but do not detract from the roots vibe. You can choose to bob your head and/or skank to the beats. Kabaka spits bars of knowledge with a cool, collected delivery. At times, he sing-jays on the riddims in perfect melody.
‘Kontraband’ is a strong debut for Kabaka Pyramid and it bolsters his global appeal. The Damian and Stephen Marley executive-produced album features Akon and Stonebwoy out of Africa. Jr. Gong joins Kabaka to illustrate the story on the title track.
Pressure Buss Pipes from the U.S. Virgin Islands sings the hook on “Make Way,” the opening song of the album. Fellow reggae revivalist Protoje makes his mark with a succinct verse on “Everywhere I Go.” Kabaka teams with Chronixx on the mesmerizing and memorable “Blessed Is The Man.”
Kabaka doesn’t only chant a lyrical onslaught on Babylon. He considers the divine essence of black queens on “Natural Woman.” He opens up about affairs of the heart on “Kaught Up,” and “All I Need,” which features Nattali Rize. The different vibes on ‘Kontraband’ balance out. If you ranked this entry as one of 2019’s top reggae releases, I would say that’s accurate.
Best known for outstanding contributions in Lovers Rock, reggae singer Tony Curtis has prevailed over 3 decades in the music business.
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Tony Curtis has recorded many solo hit singles, 7 full-length studio albums, and a string of notable collaborations. Listen to Reggae Lover Podcast 105 to find out more about one of the best and most underrated contemporary Jamaican singers. This is an exclusive Tony Curtis mix with commentary at the end.
With an unwavering respect for and deep knowledge of reggae music, Highlanda Sound co-founder Kahlil Wonda hosts and produces the Reggae Lover Podcast. Stream Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound on Apple Podcasts, Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand or enjoy listening for free on SoundCloud from a desktop or your mobile device.
In 2018 Octane committed to growth by giving his fans a better live music experience. Bringing old-school standards to the new school, he will be performing with a live band as much as possible moving forward.
“Reggae music is the biggest music world wide… i’ve been to places in Africa where they don’t know about Jay-Z, but they know Bob Marley.”
I Octane is the executive producer of his new studio album, “Love & Life.” The album is an independent project recorded at his studio for his label, Conquer The Globe Productions. He talks about why he chose that route instead of signing with an international major label.
This artist is serious about applying proven business principles to solidify his career. Listen as he talks about his future goals, creative process, and reasons for his success.
This episode highlights revolutionary lyrics and spiritual songs from Bounty Killer’s catalog.
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Included here are tunes offering chastisement of government officials and petty thieves alike. Rodney charges both the murderers in the community and the policymakers who allow guns to prevail on the ghetto streets.
Bounty pens exclamations on behalf of the Jamaican lower class, giving them a global voice. The so-called ‘Warlord’ praises our Heavenly Father and encourages youth to seek education.
The ‘5-Star General’ was instrumental in boosting the careers of dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Aidonia, Baby Cham, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Angel Doolas, Nitty Kutchie and Elephant Man, among others. He continues to give young artists a platform.
Rodney Price’s contributions to the culture have been immense. His legacy is one for the ages.