Financial Success in Reggae

Listen to Reggae Lover episode 179, Financial Empowerment, on-demand.

 

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD offer commentary and suggestions on gaining financial success in a competitive reggae industry.
This episode features the soundclash update, buzzworthy and tastemaker segments.

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Reggae is for the children

Research shows that children who listen to reggae and classical music are more likely to become open-minded.  We examine these findings.

 

Buzzworthy:

  • Bounty Killer gives a talk on avoiding domestic violence.
  • Koffee continues to garner media attention plus other industry trends. 

Tastemaker:

Soundclash Update:

  • NJ Cup Clash with Soul Supreme defeating King Shine.  The fallout from the clash. 
  • Will there be a Little Shabba v Jimmy Spliff?
  • Will we see Dynamq vs Notorious? 
  • NY Clash Sound Top 5, then and now. 
  • Atlanta Clash Sound Top 5. 
  • Soul Supreme vs Innocent (upcoming clash). 
  • Liv Sound back on the road.
  • Supreme Sound wins Put Up or Shut Up tournament in ATL.

Main Segment:

New Study finds Children Who Listen To Reggae Grow to be More Open-Minded as Adults.  Exposure to different genres during youth leads to a more diverse palette. Children who attend live music gigs early in life are more open to new activities and seek out live music events later on.  Why reggae is so great.  Sharing childhood experiences with music.

 

The International Reggae and World Music Awards

All the Grammy nominees in the best reggae album category are winners. That one category is not enough to represent Caribbean music.

Enter IRAWMA. The International Reggae and World Music Awards is a platform for us to honor our own. This award show hasn’t gotten the attention that it deserves and this needs to change.

 

We talked through some of the categories on the IRAWMA 2019 list and give our predictions. Visit the IRAWMA site for the chance to review and vote on each category. [https://irawma.com/vote-now/] Voting ends March 12, 2020.

The Tastemaker:

  • Elephant Man – Wap Bap prod. by Massive B • Bobby Konders.

 

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Koffee Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD react to Koffee winning Best Reggae Album for her EP, “Rapture,” at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.

 

Koffee is the youngest solo act and only female ever to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

Koffee is the youngest solo act and only female ever to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

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Red Carpet Shelley

This episode of the Reggae Lover Podcasts features an interview with Caribbean media personality and entertainment blogger, Red Carpet Shelley.

 

Shelley gives us her first-hand recap of the recent Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, answers a round of rapid-fire questions, shares her reggae lover journey and lets us know what she’s excited in 2020.

Episode 176 ( Season 5, Ep. 4) 'The Red Carpet' with guest Red Carpet Shelley, Caribbean blogger, radio and media personality

Episode 176 ( Season 5, Ep. 4) “The Red Carpet” with guest Red Carpet Shelley, Caribbean blogger, radio and media personality

Buzzworthy

  • Michelle Obama Lists Koffee’s “Toast” On Workout Playlist.
  • Clarks Originals Invites Reggae Songstress Lila Ike To Paris Fashion Week.

Tastemaker

  • Buju Banton’s single, “Murder She Wrote” on Bad Boys Forever soundtrack.
  • Rebel Salute 2020 performances?

Soundclash update

  • Dynamq vs Black Scorpio in Dubplate Display at Rebel Salute.

 

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Large Up DJ Gravy

REGGAE LOVER GUEST DJ GRAVY IS A MUSICIAN, SELECTOR, PUBLISHER AND AN OG NEW YORKER WHO REPRESENTS THE DIVERSITY OF WHERE HE’S FROM.

 

 

This interview with DJ Gravy centers around how he has expressed his love for reggae and influenced the culture since the early 2000s.

BUZZWORTHY

  • Vybz Kartel’s “To Tanesha” album.
  • Shaggy declined to be on Rihanna’s reggae album.

SOUNDCLASH UPDATE

  • Jah Mikey One defeats Super Gold (Avatar) in Jamaica.
  • Tribe of Kings wins a 5-sound clash in San Diego.

MAIN SEGMENT

Interview with DJ Gravy.

 

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Gaining Access

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“Gaining Access” with guest Odessa Chambers, a publicist and television producer based in Kingston.  She is the creator of O-Access Jamaica and host of the podcast “Reasonings with Odessa.” Episode 174 (Season 5, Ep. 2)

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Buzzworthy

  • Koffee to perform SuperBowl Weekend
  • Buju Banton on Bad Boys Forever soundtrack

Tastemaker

  • Kahlil Wonda: Mortimer’s EP ‘Fight the Fight,’ and Single, “Lightning.”

  • AGARD: Salaam Remi, Buccaneer, and Red Rat, “No Normal Lover.”

Soundclash Update

  • Mighty Crown meets with Prime Ministers
  • World Clash Finale lineup released

Main Segment

Interview with Odessa.

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Best of 2019 Reggae and Dancehall

Happy New Year!  We’re back with a Reggae Lover recap of 2019.  Also predictions for 2020 like “Most likely to Fade,” and “Most Likely to Blow Up,” plus Grammy predictions.

Reggae Lover Podcast 2020

 

Listen to this break down of the 2019 Reggae superlatives:

Song of the year:
  • Koffee – Toast
 
Album of the year mentions:
  • Tarrus Riley – BLEM (EP)
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Third World – Work To Be Done
  • Bugle – Picture Perfect
  • Jah Cure – Masterpiece
 
Clash Sound of the year mentions:
  • Notorious
  • Stone Wall
  • King Shine
  • Young Hawk
  • Warrior
  • Dynamq
  • Jah Mikey One
 
Juggling Sound of the year mentions:
  • King Addies
  • David Rodigan
  • Rory Stone Love
  • Stone Love
  • Bass Odyssey
 
Best Sound System event audio:
  • Reeewind 2019 (Crowning of U-Roy)
 
Promoter of the year mentions:
  • Irish and Chin
  • Shawn Pipa
  • Rockers Unltd
  • David Driveway
 
Concert of the year:
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Long Walk to Freedom Concert (Jamaica)
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We also introduced three new micro-segments that will be recurring on this season of the podcast:

  • Buzzworthy – Welcome to Jamrock Cruise
  • Tastemaker – Rock and Groove Riddim; Fareal – Gravy
  • Soundclash Update – Clash at Sea 2019
 

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State of Reggae/Dancehall – Jamaican State of Mind

This episode of the Jamaican State of Mind podcast featured Kahlil Wonda from Highlanda Sound, co-host of Reggae Lover Podcast.

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Make Money in Teaching Cello

Teaching can be intimidating. Especially when you’re teaching one of the most intricate instruments to learn – cello.

You need to have the skills, experience, and expertise to be able to relate and connect with your aspiring students. However, there are ways that you may practice to make money as an efficient cello instructor.

Warm Teaching Space
There are various locations you can choose from in teaching cello – music classroom, a student’s home or room, or your preferred place. Whichever location you choose, it’s important that you keep the place quiet, tidy and well-lit so that the student can focus on the lessons to be provided.

It should also inspire and create a sense of perseverance among your students through posting music-related materials such as but not limited to other instruments, music player devices, and pictures.

Lesson Payments
Pricing your service as an instructor can be quite difficult. If you don’t have prior experience in teaching cellos, you can reduce the regular payment of a professional cello teacher by 20% – 40%. However, it’s best to do your research – don’t overprice or underprice the service you are to offer to your students.

Agreement between the Teacher and Student
It’s vital to establish a common ground between you and your students. Agreements may include lessons to be provided, monitoring if the goals and or expectations from both parties are met, number of teaching hours to be provided in a day, and other relevant matters.

You may put this into writing or not, but as this is a form of business, it’s ideal that agreement between you and the students is put into writing.

Monitoring of Lessons and Progress
An outline or module helps you to customize lessons that vary on the level of skill of your student. Without it, you won’t be able to accurately track if the student was able to reach the level of mastery that is expected.

It’s best to create short-term and long-term goals for your students to see how far they’ve gone from the very time you’ve taught them. Lesson plans can also aide in identifying the appropriate teaching method (e.g. reading books, video materials) that best help a student to learn a lesson effectively.

You may seek advice from other teachers who are teaching the same instrument so you can obtain tips and techniques to keep your students engaged and motivated with the lessons you are to provide.

Be Your Own Teacher
Of course, you should practice what you are about to teach as this shows mastery of the lesson and creates a credible reputation towards the student. It can also help you to address future difficulties that a student may face upon learning a specific lesson.

Do not stop learning even if you’re the one extending a knowledge to another person. It molds you to become better both in teaching and playing the instrument if you’re always hungry for growth and development.

Patience
As one would say, patience is a virtue. All lesson plans and techniques would not be beneficial if you don’t have the patience towards your students – may it be a fast learner or not. You should always bear in mind that you are once a student who had a hard time learning how to become a cellist.

Making a fortune as a cello teacher takes a lot of preparation and effort. Thus, putting thorough planning in teaching can bring rewards and success unto this career path you’ve chosen.

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