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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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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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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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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DJ RunDat: Best-Selling “How to start a DJ Business” Author

Boss Mama Michelle Miller aka DJ RunDat, guests on Reggae Lover.  DJ RunDat is known for her gift to inspire others to fulfill their dreams while fulfilling her own.  In 2019, she became the best selling author of, “How to start a DJ business,” launched her first digital course, an online show, and a mentorship business.

 

Topics discussed included:

  • Her roots in Humbolt County, CA., home of the Reggae on the River festival.
  • How she has grown her DJ hobby into a very profitable business.
  • Becoming a best-selling author.
  • The online show, “Queens on Decks,” where she interviews female DJs from around the world.
  • Her Facebook group, “Female DJs” where DJs network and support each other. 
  • Is Afrobeat replacing Dancehall?
  • Support for and connection with Jamaican reggae music in California.
  • The absence of “Reggae On The River” and “Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2019.”
  • Speaking at the Mobile Beat DJ Convention in Las Vegas 2020.
  • Balancing family life and being a mother with her career.

Learn more about DJ RunDat www.djrundat.com.

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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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King Addies Music: King Pin and Killa Boo on Reggae Lover

An exclusive in-depth interview with selectors Killa Boo and King Pin of King Addies. King Addies is an International Sound System created in 1983 in Brooklyn, New York City. They remain a force to reckon with in the sound clash arena and a top choice for juggling.

 

Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:
2:15 – The History of King Addies.
5:51 – How Killa Boo became an Addies selector.
9:40 – How King Pin joined the King sound.
13:16 – Earning the trust of Addies fanatical supporters.
18:10 – The dubplate creation process.
19:25 – King Addies Promotions: Welcome to New Lots party & World Fight Club soundclash league.
22:53 – Who is next on Addies kill list.
24:00 – Why the soundclash business is not the same today.
26:35 – Why “big sounds” are afraid to take the battlefield nowadays.
30:53 – Addies radio movements: World Power Hour & Sunday’s w/ Addies HiFi (Selector ObRas)
34:01 – King Addies Fall Europe Tour 2019
36:30 – King Addies productions: True Dreams Riddim 2019
38:25 – The state of reggae/dancehall music right now

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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

 

 

 

Women In Reggae (Selectors Edition)

London Based DJ AYITO schools the Reggae Lover team on the Roots, Dub, and Steppas scene in the U.K. plus her journey as a rising female selector in a male-dominated industry.

“No matter what I go through, no matter how bad my day… as soon as I play [Reggae] music it just takes away all of the pain. It doesn’t only take the pain away, it just replaces it with pure joy and bliss. It’s a spiritual thing for me. I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I think this is the closest I can get to meeting God. It’s that feeling that [Reggae] injects in me.” ~ AYITO

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Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Ayito’s roots with Unit 137 Sound System.
  • Reggae lover journey and early influences.
  • The lack of female artists (especially selectors) in the scene.
  • How she’s pushing for a change and inspiring other women.
  • The message that reggae music conveys
  • Lion Vibes Record Shop monthly Chart Show

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