Podcast: Reggae content for the COVID-19 lock down

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In light of the current quarantine, we took time out to share personal updates and recommendations. We read selected fan mail and reviews plus spread love and offer encouragement. Find out who are the top 10 countries and cities around the world that listen to Reggae Lover.

 

Recommend content to check out while you’re stuck at home:

  • Buju Banton interviewed by Winford Williams (On Stage).
  • Buju Banton interviewed by Seani B (BBC 1Xtra).
  • Jah 9 new album, Note To Self, and music video feat. Chronixx.
  • Keznamdi album, Bloodline.
  • Tribute To The I Threes by Shuga ft. Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.
  • Film “Yardie” directed by Idris Elba.
  • “Sprinter” directed by Storm Saulter, exec. produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
  • “Rudeboy,” Trojan Records documentary.
  • Reggae Lover Podcast fan page on Facebook.

The JMC Effect

Part 2 of our interview with Kwasi Bonsu, co-founder of the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC), the preeminent annual conference for industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica.

 

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Jamaica Music Conference

In this episode’s main Segment catch an interview with Jamaica Music Conference founder and CEO, Kwasi Bonsu.  The 7th annual conference featured panel discussions, workshops, artist showcases, special events, exhibits and more.  Kwasi recaps this year’s JMC and highlights his favorite moments.

 

Buzzworthy:

Results from the JARIA honors. Mortimer dominates, beating Koffee and Lila Ike.

Tastemaker:

  • Steppa Riddim released by Gargamel.
  • “Down and Out” by Ras Fraser Jr
  • Runkus – $$$ (Money)

Soundclash Update:

Sean Pipa & Boomerang promotions out of the clash game.

 

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The Producers

A talented group of Reggae producers has been spreading the culture worldwide without necessarily getting their due fanfare.  Many listeners may not know who is responsible for the songs and riddims they enjoy listening to. 

 

Some Jamaican hitmakers are even infiltrating other genres and collaborating with the biggest names in music.  We highlighted some producers who have shined with successful records but have remained behind the scenes.    

Buzzworthy:

  • Kool Herc appears at the Jamaica Music Conference.  Plans to open a museum in Kingston. 
  • Pharell Williams of the Neptunes in the studio working on music with Buju Banton.

Tastemaker:

Baby Come Take It – Anthony Malvo ft. Buju Banton

Soundclash Update:

  • King AP enters 1,2,3 Badda Dan clash tournament.
  • AGARD sounds off on King Addies vs. Stone Wall.

 

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5 Best Roots Reggae Songs from the 1990’s

Kahlil Wonda analyzing the top 5 reality tunes from reggae’s best decade.  Kahlil has pieced together his personal top-ranking 90’s culture selections. 

 

 

  • Buzzworthy – Buju Banton Drew a Massive Crowd In Kenya For First Post Prison Show In Africa.  Banton rocks mega-concert at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) ground. Does the First radio interview in years on NRG Radio in Kenya. 

 

  • Tastemaker – Keznamdi & Tory Lanez Fuse Reggae & Hip-Hop on New ‘City Lock’ Single

 

  • Soundclash Update – Addies vs Stone Wall at King of Kings #3 in Antigua.  King Addies is victorious. 

 

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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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