Its Sound Clash Time Again

This Reggae Lover episode is about the global state of sound clash in 2019. Our special guest is Dr. Rock, host of Front Lines, the West Coast’s only Sound Clash talk show.

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Introduction to Episode:

Dr. Rock is the selector behind Great Stone Sound and has studied the game for 30+ years. He hosts two radio shows on the Portland, Oregon based internet station, Nice Up Radio. You can hear him on Front Lines (Thursdays 7-9pm PST) and Dr. Rock’s Free Clinic (Sundays 7-9pm PST).

Podcast Episode Summary:

  • Rock’s favorite sounds are Stur Mars (late 80s) and King Addies (90s – present).
  • When trying to introduce white people to sound clash, he has pointed to the Red Bull Culture Clash. From there, more hardcore.
  • He fell in love with reggae as a youth in the Bahamas in the mid-80s.
  • Why he became a selector
  • Tips for young sounds to build a brand and a following.
  • Who are the top sounds from the West coast?
  • Insights learned from interviewing top clash selectors from around the world.

Quotable:

“There’s something so pure about the sound clash, the dubplate, and the dubplate forward. It is almost religious in its effect. When you see it, you want to share it with people.”
– Dr. Rock on Reggae Lover Podcast 142 – Sound Clash Time Again.

Recommended Resources:

Humble Beginnings | The State of Reggae Culture

Our guest is Fareal Di Realest, artist and co-host of the Reggae Talk podcast.

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Podcast Episode Summary:
  • Humble Beginnings Tour
  • Wanting to be an inspiration for youths
  • Recent releases
  • The state of Reggae/Dancehall – FaReal agrees with AGARD that genres are dead
  • Rapid Fire Questions
Quotes:
“The goal of the artist is to relate to people.”
– Fareal Di Realest
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The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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Social Responsibility (RIP Nipsey Hussle)

The community involvement of fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle lead to today’s topic: What is the social responsibility of the reggae artist who has gained notoriety in their community?

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Kahlil Wonda argues that artists should first clean up their lyrics. This way word and sound equals the power to influence others.

AGARD argues that artists should organize people and perform good deeds in the community to effect positive change.

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Sound System Chat with Webba

Once one of Kingston’s most sought after selectors, Webba talks about his time playing some of Jamaica’s top sound systems including Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Stone, and African Star.

Once one of Kingston's most sought after selectors, Webba talks about his time playing some of Jamaica's top sound systems including Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Stone, and African Star.  We talk about how he got his start in music, why he transitioned to promoting reggae events, and more. Catch all the stories and insights in this fun Reggae Lover interview.

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We talk about how he got his start in music, why he transitioned to promoting reggae events, and more. Catch all the stories and insights in this fun Reggae Lover interview.

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