Spotlight: Music and Marriage, The Best of Both Worlds

Music and Marriage podcast hosts, Amlak RedSquare and Nikki join the Reggae Lover crew for this episode. Music and Marriage is a podcast hosted by a dynamic and courageous couple, reggae recording artist Amlak Red Square, and his wife, Nikki Gordon. Making it in the music industry is hard enough. To do it while juggling […]
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Reggae In Africa with 2021 Powerful Rising Star Rootspence

Reggae in Africa is alive and well with Rootspence and the Groovemakers blazing the fire from Mozambique.

Rootspence joins us to give a first-hand account of the current reggae climate from Malawi to Mozambique. He breaks down the difficulties with reggae sprouting in former Portuguese colonies versus English-speaking areas of the continent. Roots Reggae in […]
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Wake Up to Reality People

Wake up to reality with special guest Ijahknowah who delivers a message to heal, uplift, enlighten, and empower our people and thus the entire humanity.   Wake Up, is the debut EP from Ijahnkowah An B.R.A.P (Black Revolutionary Almighty Perspective). Wake Up is available now. IJAHKNOWAH AN B.R.A.P. is a Reggae artist and band doing only […]
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Carlton Livingston, Adventures from a Storied Career

Carlton Livingston, Jamaican vocalist, and songwriter extraordinaire is our special guest. Carlton Livingston is known for his 1984 hit “100 Weight of Collie Weed.” He is a very versatile singer that is able to adapt to all types of tracks. We discuss his journey from youth in St. Mary, Jamaica to Kingston, and then to […]
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Shinehead Spreads the Love and Knowledge

Shinehead spreads the love as he passes through for a fun conversation covering everything from his Jamaican roots to his current hits and forthcoming album. SHINEHEAD is a masterful artist who sings, raps, deejays, singjays, plays bass guitar, songwrites, produces, and in the last few years, spins vinyl and acetate records on turntables for his […] The post Shinehead Spreads the Love and Knowledge appeared first on Reggae Lover.
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The Wailers Aston Barrett Jr.

The Wailers Aston Barrett Jr. is the current torch-bearer of his family’s legacy.  Aston is the son of original Wailers bass guitarist and producer, the iconic Aston “Family-Man” Barrett. The Wailers 2020 album, One World, is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards. Aston Barrett Jr. of The Wailers shared gems of knowledge […]
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Tropics is Everywhere

Tropics is everywhere: Season 7 of Reggae Lover debuts with rising Jamaican star Tessellated as the special guest.  ‘Tropics Vol. 1’, the notable debut by singer Tessellated offers a flavorful feast of sounds. The seven unique tracks flow together perfectly for a brilliant showcase of Tessellated’s talent. We talk about how this anticipated project came […]
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Podcast: Cuss Cuss Riddim Mix – Reggae Lover Bonus

A specially crafted mix of 45’s and dubs on the Cuss Cuss riddim.

Cuss Cuss Riddim Mix - Reggae Lover Podcast

In episode 219, Kahlil Wonda listed Cuss Cuss as one of his all-time top 5 riddims. Inspiration along with listener requests have manifested in this mix for the true fans. Starting with the original Lloyd Robinson cut produced by Harry J and regarded as an original Studio One version. This mix spans all the decades since.

Unity Sound Worldwide (Revisited)

Unity Sound Worldwide owner and selector CrossFire links up to share his excitement for new reggae and dancehall releases. PODCAST EPISODE SUMMARY During this conversation we touched on: The debut of the Family Buss Riddim produced by Unity Sound Worldwide. Unity online mixes and mix CDs (old and new). Who are the current Unity Sound Worldwide members? […]
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2021 Grammy Nominee Maxi Priest Interview

Reggae superstar Maxi Priest interview about his album entitled “It All Comes Back to Love.” The project was executive produced by Shaggy and is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Maxi Priest Interview We preview the album’s title track “It All Comes Back To Love” and “My Pillow’ which both have […]
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Kabaka Pyramid Immaculate Interview

Reggae star Kabaka Pyramid drops by to talk about his new mixtape, “Immaculate,” challenges of the year 2020, his mission and motivation in music, and much more.

Buzzworthy

  • Discussing the MOBO and GRAMMY Awards reggae nominations.
  • Steve McQueen’s Small Axe movie series on Amazon Prime.

Tastemaker

  • “Immaculate” mixtape by Federation Sound featuring Kabaka.
  • Kristine Alicia’s […]

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Sound Clash Culture in 2020 and Beyond

A discussion on Sound clash culture in 2020.

Listen for analysis of what’s been going on with sound clash culture in 2020 and predictions of where we see things going in the future based on key indicators like dubplate cutting, the lack of youth in the arena, and more.

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This is for others who share a passion for sound clash and listeners who have the slightest curiosity. Read on for a collection of sound clash culture-related resources and links in one place.

Among the themes discussed on this sound clash culture in 2020 episode:

  • Which sounds are in the top, heavyweight tier globally?
  • Why are European and Japanese sounds not joining the online dub showcases and clashes?
  • How was the golden era of sound clash and reggae music financed?
  • Is sound clash culture bordering on extinction?
  • The expensive hobby of cutting dub plates and its economic implications.

For the full show notes including Buzzworthy, The Tastemaker segment, plus Sound Clash Resources and links, visit ReggaeLover.com

Top 5 Riddims

Top 5 Riddims

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Kahlil Wonda and ĀGARD list and discuss their personal Top 5 reggae riddims of all time.

With both hosts differing greatly on the riddims selected, this is an interesting one. What are your top 5 riddims?

According to Wikipedia, “riddim is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word rhythm”.

Top 5 Reggae Riddims

Kahlil Wonda’s Top 5 Reggae Riddims

  • Love Punany Bad
  • Fat Ting
  • Kutchie
  • Cuss cuss
  • Showtime

ĀGARD’s Top 5 Reggae Riddims

  • Baltimore
  • Tonight riddim
  • Declaration of Rights
  • Pretty Looks
  • My Conversation

Buzzworthy

  • Buju Banton announced the release of his 25th-anniversary edition of “‘Til Shiloh”, on December 18.
  • RIP Musician, Dalton Brown: Reggae Mourns The Loss Of Another Icon

The Tastemaker

Jaz Elise teams up with dancehall star Govana for the official remix of her single “Fresh & Clean.”

backing band culture

Backing Band Culture

This episode takes a look at the world of reggae backing bands and the legends they support. 

Our guest is Stevie Culture, a musician from the west coast of Jamaica who’s has been playing and performing Reggae music for more than 2 decades.  

The backing band culture seldom gets highlighted or explored though it’s a major part of Jamaican music culture. This is a tribute to the musicians in the background, working to support the major Reggae artists. 

Reggae backing band culture.

Reggae Backing Band Culture

Every big show is facilitated by these amazing people behind the scenes.  They never get the recognition they deserve – until now that is. 

Stevie Culture has been a member of major reggae backing bands, Sane Band, the Fifth Extension, Prophecy Band, and Ninja Force Band. He has been on stage with some of the greatest artists of all time including Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Yellow Man, Garnet Silk, and Capleton. He has traveled around the world touring and playing reggae music.  We are grateful that he could share these stories on your platform.

The Tastemaker

  • Xavier BLK & King Charlz – “Night Time’
  • Wake Up (EP) by Ijahknowah

Buzzworthy

Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Skip Marley, Koffee, and Shenseea bring the vibes to the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards with their reggae cypher.

Pandora’s Diego Herrera on Reggae Lover

We caught up with Diego Herrera, the Reggae/Caribbean Music Curator and Programmer for Pandora Media. He curates the popular New Reggae Now playlist.  

Diego is entrenched within the culture and has been for a long time. As you may know, we’ve been working with Pandora to help push reggae music. Our podcast is featured on Pandora and we curate playlists on Pandora as well.

We had a very interesting, informative conversation. You will love it. We loved it! Diego works in the ecosystem touching the artists, labels, and the distribution channel. We pull back the curtain and shed some light on what happens on the back end at digital streaming services. 

New Reggae Now cover.

We all use these platforms to listen to content, but how do they really work? What are the inner workings? We learn about that plus get Diego’s refreshing perspective on new reggae now and the state of the culture. He comes from a very knowledgeable point of view. Of course, after the main segment, we present the Buzzworthy, Tastemaker, and SoundClash update segments.  

Buzzworthy

  • Buju Banton denounces mask-wearing.
  • David Rodigan and Cedella Marley receive Jamaican Order of Distinction honors.
  • Barrington Levy in the studio with DJ Kahled.

The Tastemaker

  • Official music video for Koffee’s “Pressure” Remix featuring Buju Banton.

Soundclash Update

  • Downbeat pays epic tribute to fallen reggae icon Bunny “Striker” Lee on LP International’s Real Talk IG Live Show.