Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer

A complete break down of the epic Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer IG Live event presented by @VerzuzTV.

 

Also, in this episode, our season finale:

  • The drama between Swiss Beats, Tony Matterhorn, and Majah Hype.
  • Reflections on the life and legacy of fallen reggae icon, record producer, and audio engineer, Bobby Digital.
  • What we’re listening to for Summer 2020.
  • Reasons for the absence of Spotify in Jamaica.
  • Quarantine Clash Semi-Finals

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Dancehall Reggae Singjays

Full review of Lila Ike’s debut EP, The Experience, plus AGARD and Kahlil Wonda each list their top 5 SingJays.

 

Buzzworthy – Shaggy, Rayvon, and Spice appear on The Bachelor.

The Tastemaker – Full review of Lila Ike’s debut EP, The Experience.

Soundclash Update – Latest from the Soundclash.com/Walshy Fire Quarantine Clash tournament.

Main Topic – Top 5 Singjays (a performer who is a combination of singer and deejay.)

Kahlil Wonda:

  • Buju Banton
  • Capleton
  • Sizzla
  • Chronixx
  • Mavado

AGARD:

  • Mavado
  • Damian Marley
  • Demarco
  • I-Octane
  • Shenseea

 

 

 

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Major Label Love

Last week Protoje announced that his Indiggnation Collective (including Lila Ike and Sevana) has inked a multi-album deal with RCA Records.  We discuss this historic singing and the recent trend of major label A&R’s paying attention to Jamaican talent.

 

Tastemaker:

  • Alicia Keys – Underdog (Remix) ft. Chronixx and Protoje.
  • Lila Ike – I Spy
  • Stalk Ashley – Young

Soundclash Update:

  • Walshy Fire’s Quarantine Clash 3 – Heavy Hammer (Italy) vs. Poison Dart (Florida).
  • Major Hype’s Clash Series – Jazzy T from Renaissance vs. Steelie Bashment.
  • DJ Premier vs. The Rza
  • Irish and Chin’s “Put In On The Table”

 

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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.

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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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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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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Maxi Priest: It All Comes Back to Love

Maxi Priest guests on Reggae Lover.

 

The superstar talks about his recently released album entitled “It All Comes Back to Love.” The project was executive produced by Shaggy.
We preview the album’s title track “It All Comes Back To Love” and “My Pillow’ which sound classic.
Listen for “It’s a Summertime Vibe” feat. Bounty Killer, and Maxi’s favorite cut, “The Bridge You Burn.”
 
Also, “Cool Nuh” with Shaggy, and “Anything You Want” with Estelle and Anthony Hamilton. Maxi takes us back to his early days in East London lifting speaker boxes. The singer walks us through an evolution forged in London’s sound system scene.
 
He was the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts. There’s so much to learn from this fun conversation with the living legend, Maxi Priest.

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When Dance Was Nice

This conversation, featuring Carry On Friends podcast host Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, centered around sound systems and dancehall.

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Topics Covered:

  • Kerry-Ann’s huge sound system cassette collection and her favorite sounds.
  • Our preferences for Jamaican and New York-based sounds.
  • Nuances of dancehall such as DJs who play a balanced mixture of dubplates and girl tunes.
  • The difference between a party and a “dance.”
  • The lost arts of the early warm and early juggling.
  • Predictable playlists and the lack of creativity that’s prevalent today.
  • Reminiscing about dancehall back in the 90s.
  • Jamaica’s apparent complacency towards its greatest cultural export.

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Carry On Friends

We had a great conversation about reggae and dancehall with Caribbean podcaster and blogger, Kerry-Ann Reid Brown.

A Caribbean Podcast and blog with thoughtful dialogue around Caribbean culture, career, business & the Caribbean American experience.
Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is the Jamaican born, New York City-based founder of Breadfruit Media; a podcast production company that provides strategy, development, and production of stories by Caribbean Americans on a variety of topics reflecting the diversity of experiences of the Caribbean’s global diaspora.

 

She is also the host of Carry On Friends – The Caribbean American Podcast, a show with authentically energetic Caribbean vibes, and thoughtful dialogue around culture, heritage, career, and everyday life that make up the Caribbean American experience.

 

When Kerry-Ann isn’t producing or recording episodes, she’s building a community with the Caribbean Podcast Directory which is a growing list of podcasts created by people of Caribbean Heritage whether in the region or in the diaspora.