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.


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.

AUDIO: Aba Shaka and Highlanda Sound live DJ set in Atlanta (9.29.16)

I was honored to play a range of selections alongside Aba Shaka when Black Uhuru performed in ATL.

Aba Shaka live in Atlanta

Aba Shaka live alongside Highlanda Sound’s Kahlil Wonda (@ The Royal Peacock, September 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Hear the audio recorded that night, which includes my segment from later in the night, after the stage show.

Listen to Rub-A-Dub ATL recorded live DJ sets by Isis Swaby, Highlanda, and DJ Passport

RUB-A-DUB ft. HIGHLANDA Sound, ISIS SWABY, & DJ Passport live sets @ WildPitch Music Hall (9.11.16)

Rub-A-Dub at WildPitch:

Rub-A-Dub (Second Sundays) at WildPitch: Highlanda Sound, Isis Swaby, DJ Passport – 9/2016

DJ Passport live set

Isis Swaby live set

Highlanda live set

See the video by MoretsTV here or Listen with iTunes here.

Rub-A-Dub at WildPitch Music Hall highlighting Reggae, Sunday Oct. 9th

The #RubADubATL, the monthly event celebrating reggae music and its sub-genres of roots, lovers rock, classic dancehall, rocksteady, dub, and ska will take place at WildPitch in downtown Atlanta on October 9, 2016, between the hours of 8 pm and 12 am.

Rub A Dub ATL promo image for Oct. 9, 2016

#RubADubATL Atlanta monthly event at WildPitch every 2nd Sunday

Tickets for the event can be purchased online in advance or the night of the event at the venue. The event always promises to showcase the best in music from Bob Marley and other great artists.

Enjoy selections by top-rated music curators, DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound, as well as special guest DJ Empress Rah.

Highlanda Sound and Aba Shaka to open for Black Uhuru this Thursday @ The Royal Peacock


Legendary reggae band Black Uhuru will touch down in Atlanta for an early show.

Black Uhuru poster - Atlanta

Thursday, September 29th – Doors open 7pm.

Highlanda Sound and Aba Shaka to open for Black Uhuru this Thursday @ The Royal Peacock

“Women in Praise” Gospel Concert in Atlanta on October 1, 2016

 Women in Praise featuring Shirley Willis, lead singer from The Grace Thrillers, Claudelle Clarke, and more.

 Women in Praise featuring Shirley Willis, lead singer from The Grace Thrillers, Claudelle Clarke, and more.

Gospel Concert in Atlanta, Georgia on October 1st, 2016.

The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall – Reggae Lover Podcast 56

The original styles of the most popular riddims in dancehall history are all right here in this mix.  Most of the mega hits from the 1980s and 1990s dancehall era’s were remade digital versions of the classics you will hear in this mix.

artwork: The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

If you downloaded Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55, then this will be a great companion.  This segment is more uptempo and even more iconic in content with no songs repeated from the previous mix (except my Little Pinchers dubplate which is on a different riddim).  If you should enjoy, please do leave a comment and share.

1. Amazing Sound – Mikey General (dubplate)
2. Love is A Feeling – Earl Sixteen
3. Give Praise – Luciano (dubplate)
4. Heptones Gonna Fight – The Heptones
5. Give Love A Try – Barry Brown
6. Here I Stand – Carlton Livingston
7. Pretty Looks Isn’t All – The Heptones
8. The Girl is Mine – Frankie Paul
9. Never Give Up – Sugar Minott
10. Compliments to Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
11. Babylon Bridge – Dillinger
12. Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
13. No Call Me Cracky – Lone Ranger
14. Take a Ride – Al Campbell
15. Truths and Rights – Johnny Osbourne
16. Automatic – Lone Ranger
17. Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
18. New Millennium – Wayne Marshall
19. I’m Just a Guy – Alton Ellis
20. Vanity – Sugar Minott
21. Rub a Dub Style – Michigan and Smiley
22. Highlanda Kill Your Sound – Warrior King (dubplate)
23. Ram Dance Master – Brigadier Jerry
24. She Gone She Gone – Linval Thompson
25. Program – Frankie Paul
26. You A Fool Boy – Angela Prince
27. Deliver Us – Half Pint
28. Rougher Yet – Slim Smith
29. Come To Me – The Jay Tees
30. Our Love – Yami Bolo
31. Love Bump – Lone Ranger
32. No Say So – Little John
33. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths
34. Greatest Sound In The Dance – XO (dubplate)
35. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
36. Highlanda Bus – Sluggy Ranks (dubplate)
37. Render Your Heart – Sluggy Ranks
38. Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
39. Lend Me The Sixteen – Johnny Osbourne
40. Nice Up the Dance – Michigan and Smiley
41. Keep On Moving – Johnny Osbourne
42. Never Let Go – Slim Smith
43. I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
44. The Answer – Lone Ranger
45. No Regrets – Carlton Livingston
47. Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osbourne
48. Consider Me – Jennifer Lara
49. I Don’t Know Why – Doreen Shaffer
50. No War – Johnny Osbourne
51. Jah Jah Children – Sugar Minott
52. Far East – Barry Brown
53. Jam It Up – Carlton Livingston

Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55

In honor of my favorite reggae music record label of all time, I have crafted one of my best mixes ever. This is dedicated to you, the reggae lover.

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix artwork by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55


  1. Pick Up the Pieces – The Royals
  2. Reggae Is the Key – Earl Sixteen
  3. Africa Here I Come – Freddie McGregor
  4. Sweet Sweet Guyana – Luciano and Mikey General (dubplate)
  5. Love You Still – George Scott
  6. When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
  7. A Love I Can feel – John Holt ft. Dennis Alcapone
  8. Unity – Johnny Osborne
  9. Murderer – Johnny Osborne
  10. Keep On Coming A Dance – Lone Ranger
  11. Dry Cry – Sizzla (remix)
  12. Love Me Girl – Leroy and Rocky
  13. Little Girl – Freddie McGregor
  14. Get In the Groove – The Heptones
  15. Come Now Sister – Freddie McGregor
  16. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
  17. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Tennessee Williams
  18. Ten to One – Cornell Campbell
  19. False Alarm – Ray Darwin
  20. People’s Choice – Ray Darwin
  21. Roof Over My Head – Sugar Minott
  22. No No No – Dawn Penn
  23. Jah A the Creator – Michigan and Smile
  24. Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
  25. Chase Them Crazy – Lone Ranger and Welton Irie
  26. No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
  27. Love Knows No Shame – Glen Washington
  28. Come On Home – Sugar Minott
  29. Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  30. Shine Eye Girl – Clint Eastwood
  31. Sexy Dancer – Eddie and Sleepy
  32. Stop Crying – The Silvertones
  33. I’ve Got the Handle – The Heptones
  34. Breaking Up – The Heptones
  35. Give me Jah Jah – Sugar Minott
  36. Throw Me Corn – Larry Marshall
  37. Slacky Tidy – Horace Andy
  38. Wildest Dreams – Joseph Quote (dubplate)
  39. Bring Back the Love – Rude Boyz International (dubplate)
  40. Little Soundboy – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  41. Kill Another Soundboy Tonight – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  42. Sing Jay Stylee – Johnny Osbourne
  43. Please Be True – Alexander Henry
  44. Wine of Violence – Freddie McGregor
  45. Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  46. Smile – The Silvertones
  47. Jah Righteous Plan – Johnny Osbourne

Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) **Explicit**

Listen to Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) Explicit by HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae #np on #SoundCloud