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.
Live audio recorded at #BeReggae6 featuring Highlanda Sound on stage.
This event was crazy fun! It was 90-100 degrees in ATL, but I’m not complaining – I love the summer vibes. I played familiar songs to set the pace, and then featured new music (nuff Lila Ike, new Buju, Koffee, Tarrus Riley etc.) for the last half of my round.
Experience the REWIND SUNDAYS ‘Jamaica Love’ Roots & Culture event (recorded live on August 19th) that showcased musical selections from some of Atlanta’s top DJ’s including Highlanda Sound, Natural Vibes and Copper Ash alongside Propa English. It was a musical treat with conscious music flowing through the air.
Imagine being in the house for the ultimate reggae concert headlined by Bob Marley and friends.
Bob opens the show setting the mood for a night of stellar entertainment. Steel Pulse performs, then to the crowd’s surprise, Dennis Brown takes the stage. After D. Brown rocks, he invites U-Roy to come up and sing. The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and daddy U-Roy take turns thrilling the audience.
Next, on stage, we have Culture with original singer, Joseph Hill at his peak. Freddie McGregor joins in to deliver one of his greatest hits. Peter Tosh follows with two of his notorious numbers. Bob and U-Roy return to partake in the elevating vibes before making way for Frankie Paul.
F.P. displays crowd control and exemplifies dancehall style as the crowd jumps and sings out loud. The Steel Pulse band returns to contribute more musical excitement infused with meaning. Then to close the show, the legend, Ms. Lauryn Hill shuts it down as only L Boogie could.
Now that would be a bucket-list concert experience!
Highlanda Sound live set from The Shrine of The Black Madonna in Atlanta with Kahlil Wonda at the controls for the BobFest ATL 2018 festival which featured Jah9 with the Dub Treatment band live from Kingston, Jamaica.
The Reggae Lover Podcast returns with a new episode. This one is some curated live audio from a session in ATL recorded 10-14-17. There are many more mixes coming so stay tuned. Thanks to all my subscribers, listeners, and supporters around the world! #reggaelover
Listen to Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 at Wildpitch in ATL, GA.
Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass
I pressed record after I had played the 1st song, “Heptones – Get In the Groove,” but essentially this recording begins just as the state-of-the-art WildPitch Music Hall sound system turned on. What you will hear is my opening set in its entirety, but in addition to the cool, original song selection, you should pay attention to the “vibe” – the energy that travels from point zero all the way to a mid-tempo dancing situation almost 2 hours later. It is not a frenzy because of the timing of the set and the theme of the night – RubADub. This is a textbook early warm set where a few things happen:
Each patron who entered through the door stayed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
Each party-goer felt sure that the I was purely focused on making a connection with them from the DJ booth, and personally encouraging them to have a good time while inviting them to free-up and dance.
Each performer that followed me encountered an audience that was, not burnt out, but already primed and poised to interact, exchange energy, and dance. This meant the party’s energy flowed exceptionally well from start to finish regardless of multiple DJ rotations, and some technical difficulties (Serato software – DJ controller – laptop communication issues I suspect).
In today’s Atlanta reggae scene, the early part of dancehall events & concerts is being overlooked.
In my estimation, this costs the promoters more money because patrons have gradually been conditioned to intentionally arrive later and later. This results in “Primetime” being pushed back to the early morning hours. If your session is ram pack early in the evening with an ever-increasing vibration of energy, your door and bar sales can be maximized. Currently, everyone is obsessed with “Star time” and many events lack the energy of entertainment and good value for money until it’s far too late.
I say it’s time to refocus on the early warm.
Staging quality DJs, Sound Systems, and opening performers who can entertain early arriving guests while prepping them to explode in a high-energy fashion at the appropriate time for the climax, later on, will help us all.
Shift the focus away from looking cute for pics and create a space where dance partners take the night and full-joy the moments they have together. This is the way dancehall used to be back in the days when dance was nice.
I would love to hear your feedback about this topic. What has been your experience with showing up early to events? Were you happy with what you encountered? What is the difference you feel with going out late? Which do you prefer and why?
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