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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Stream or buy the album, here: https://maxipriest.ffm.to/love
 
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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.

World Fight Club Round 2

Interviews with Jimmy Spliff of King Shine and Panza from Supersonic as they prepare to square off in Round 2 of the World Fight Club (WFC) sound clash league.  

 

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A prestigious belt title on the line, the second installment of the exciting, competitive series goes down on Friday, October 18, 2019, in North America’s soundclash mecca—New York City.  This epic, one-on-one, musical square off features the crowned “King of Europe”, Germany’s Supersonic Sound as the first-ever WFC belt challenger, versus USA’s defending WFC champion King Shine from New Jersey.
King Shine’s battle-tested selector, Jimmy Spliff, made history by earning the very first WFC champion title in the inaugural “Round 1” event, in March 2019 Having killed two New York City sounds (in NYC), he established King Shine as the Tri-State WFC Champion—but, the upcoming WFC2 is for the international title.
Supersonic, is an accomplished powerhouse that has competed over industry icons like Mighty Crown, Sound Trooper, Freddie Krueger, King Turbo and legendary Black Kat–to name only a few.
Nominated by global sound clash fans on social media, and later selected by legendary King Addies, Supersonic re-enters the arena after being off of the battlefield for 4 years—which is what aficionados of the culture consider “parked” (out of the game/no longer competing).
Additionally, the Berlin-based heavyweight hasn’t competed on US soil in over 6 years.  Meanwhile, King Shine has been coming up in the ranks and killing respected sounds like Sound Trooper, Pink Panther, Earthruler, Alaska Sound and more. King Shine is one of the most active competing sound systems in the world. Since earning the champion title, they’ve already dominated and won 3 one-on-one bouts, in the USA and Canada.
With WFC2 right around the corner, the writing is on the wall: Supersonic will either dispel the “rusty gun” myth and reclaim their prominence as a formidable force to be reckoned with, ah yawd in Europe (their turf) and abroad; or, Jimmy Spliff may slay the biggest giant in the eastern hemisphere of the world, and confirm King Shine is indeed a heavyweight. World Fight Club is an emerging, cutting edge brand, created by experienced sound clash experts, which offers a fresh approach to a long-existing, ever-evolving and growing industry.
For several decades, sound clash entertainment events have been taking place in established and new markets such as Japan, various European countries, the UK, Africa, South America, across the Caribbean and of course its birthplace—Jamaica.
And over the years, events have pulled various sized crowds ranging from a small circle of friends at underground bouts, to more recently over 20K exhilarated patrons in one event.
A new arena for champions, WFC is an ongoing battle series for musical supremacy and it’s all about dominating crowd approval, donning the beautiful belt and big bragging rights.
Yet, the WFC league stands out among other clash brands because only true thoroughbreds in the global arena can face the ultimate test of top tier musical savvy, and wit, in WFCs classic format of fewer sounds competing, in longer timed rounds. But most importantly, the champ must be prepared to defend the coveted belt versus any challenger selected by the producers, to keep the title.
This musical war of worlds will be covered and broadcasted internationally onThe Releasetelevision program, which targets over 19 million viewers across the USA, Canada, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations on 5 cable television networks including CIN, CEEN, CVM, HYPE TV, and READY TV. WFC is produced by North America’s #1 sound system, legendary King Addies. They have also been barrier-breaking, competitors in the culture for the last 36 years.
Highly respected and referred to as the “Iron Fist of New York” by other industry titans, their promotional team also includes Tru Money Musiq, Irie Jam Radio, Reggae Vibes Media, PowerOfReggae.com, Britelite Promotions, Tek9 Promotions, and Impulse Nation.
WFC invites all mainstream DJs, and their fans, to get involved. Co-founder Shinez said, “Everyone loves music and exciting competition. Soundclash is the best of both worlds and [the] World Fight Club is the ultimate experience.”
Download and tune into the Irie Jam 360 app on Tuesday, October 15th at 9 pm ET for the live pre-clash press conference. Meet Supersonic at the Pre-WFC party on Wednesday, October 16th at Club Timehri’s, in Washington DC. Come out to the main event on Friday, October 18 at Lodricka Hall in Queens, NY. Join the movement and buy tickets at WorldFightClub.Eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Reggae Lover History part 2 – The Evolution

In the previous Reggae Lover episode, we described the foundation of Highlanda Sound. This show chronicles what happened from our first gig to present.

In the late ’90s, the three young lions that started Highlanda Sound vowed to become one of the most dangerous sound systems that played mostly 45s. We committed to learning and practicing the arts of selecting and juggling in the dancehall arena. We set out to bring a different level of energy to the scene in Atlanta. We prided ourselves on being versatile enough to entertain any type of crowd.
We accomplished all that and more. Listen to the evolution that led to this podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

Reggae Lover History – The Flashback Episode

AGARD and I are the special guests on this episode. As the hosts, we took time out to re-introduce ourselves, talk about who we are, where we come from, and how we got into the music industry.  This is part one of this “flashback” conversation.

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No Music No Vote – Reactions to the Noise Abatement Act

The “No Music No Vote” campaign is one of the Jamaican entertainment industry’s responses to the Noise Abatement Act. The law, originally passed in 1997, recently became stricter. Now all events have to lock off by midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on the weekend.

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Topics Covered:
  • The far-reaching implications of the Noise Abatement Act.
  • Responses from key entertainment industry players.
  • Responses from various government officials.
  • Potential solutions and “silver linings”.

Style and Vibes

Mikelah Rose, creator of the “Style & Vibes” Caribbean-American lifestyle blog and podcast is the guest on this episode of Reggae Lover.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode.
  • Covering music, fashion, beauty and culture from a Caribbean perspective.
  • The importance of documenting Caribbean global influence and trends.
  • Getting guests to open up and give fantastic interviews on the Style and Vibes podcast.
  • Mikelah Rose’s reggae lover journey and early album picks.
  • Top reggae/dancehall artists representing the culture right now.
  • Favorite songs or artists for different moods and occasions.

Homegrown with G Cole

G. Cole, a fellow reggae lover, podcaster/radio personality, and singer/songwriter is the special guest on this episode.

We talk about:
  • The work he’s been doing to push reggae music.
  • Early musical influences in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  • Meeting and getting his name from Gregory Isaacs at Jack Rudy lawn.
  • Singer/songwriting career and band, Wraps and Kush.
  • The podcast, Homegrown with G Cole: in-depth interviews with veteran artists and rising talent.
  • His reggae “Mount Rushmore” – top 4 singers.
  • Dancehall versus Reggae.
  • Broadcasting on 9 radio stations weekly.
  • Current trends in the dancehall: good and bad.

Nice Up Radio

Interview with DJ Cansaman, owner of Trinity Soundz and Nice Up Radio.

Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover is a weekly podcast that pulls back the curtain on the issues, insights, back-stories, and adventures of the biggest names in reggae. Discussions center around the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers.

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