Shinehead Spreads the Love and Knowledge

Shinehead spreads the love as he passes through for a fun conversation covering everything from his Jamaican roots to his current hits and forthcoming album. SHINEHEAD is a masterful artist who sings, raps, deejays, singjays, plays bass guitar, songwrites, produces, and in the last few years, spins vinyl and acetate records on turntables for his […] The post Shinehead Spreads the Love and Knowledge appeared first on Reggae Lover.
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The Wailers Aston Barrett Jr.

The Wailers Aston Barrett Jr. is the current torch-bearer of his family’s legacy.  Aston is the son of original Wailers bass guitarist and producer, the iconic Aston “Family-Man” Barrett. The Wailers 2020 album, One World, is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards. Aston Barrett Jr. of The Wailers shared gems of knowledge […]
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Tropics is Everywhere

Tropics is everywhere: Season 7 of Reggae Lover debuts with rising Jamaican star Tessellated as the special guest.  ‘Tropics Vol. 1’, the notable debut by singer Tessellated offers a flavorful feast of sounds. The seven unique tracks flow together perfectly for a brilliant showcase of Tessellated’s talent. We talk about how this anticipated project came […]
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Unity Sound Worldwide (Revisited)

Unity Sound Worldwide owner and selector CrossFire links up to share his excitement for new reggae and dancehall releases. PODCAST EPISODE SUMMARY During this conversation we touched on: The debut of the Family Buss Riddim produced by Unity Sound Worldwide. Unity online mixes and mix CDs (old and new). Who are the current Unity Sound Worldwide members? […]
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2021 Grammy Nominee Maxi Priest Interview

Reggae superstar Maxi Priest interview about his album entitled “It All Comes Back to Love.” The project was executive produced by Shaggy and is nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Maxi Priest Interview We preview the album’s title track “It All Comes Back To Love” and “My Pillow’ which both have […]
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Kabaka Pyramid Immaculate Interview

Reggae star Kabaka Pyramid drops by to talk about his new mixtape, “Immaculate,” challenges of the year 2020, his mission and motivation in music, and much more.

Buzzworthy

  • Discussing the MOBO and GRAMMY Awards reggae nominations.
  • Steve McQueen’s Small Axe movie series on Amazon Prime.

Tastemaker

  • “Immaculate” mixtape by Federation Sound featuring Kabaka.
  • Kristine Alicia’s […]

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Sound Clash Culture in 2020 and Beyond

A discussion on Sound clash culture in 2020.

Listen for analysis of what’s been going on with sound clash culture in 2020 and predictions of where we see things going in the future based on key indicators like dubplate cutting, the lack of youth in the arena, and more.

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This is for others who share a passion for sound clash and listeners who have the slightest curiosity. Read on for a collection of sound clash culture-related resources and links in one place.

Among the themes discussed on this sound clash culture in 2020 episode:

  • Which sounds are in the top, heavyweight tier globally?
  • Why are European and Japanese sounds not joining the online dub showcases and clashes?
  • How was the golden era of sound clash and reggae music financed?
  • Is sound clash culture bordering on extinction?
  • The expensive hobby of cutting dub plates and its economic implications.

For the full show notes including Buzzworthy, The Tastemaker segment, plus Sound Clash Resources and links, visit ReggaeLover.com

End of Summer 2020 Reggae Dancehall

End of Summer 2020 Reggae and Dancehall

The end of Summer 2020 is here, and we made it!

End of Summer 2020

The Reggae Lover crew discusses the trends prevailing at the end of Summer 2020 and attempts to predict what’s coming next.

The Tastemaker is Kabaka Pyramid’s “Nice Up the Dance.”

Shenseea and Tarrus Riley

Vanity Metrics in Reggae

We discuss the reggae industry’s focus on vanity metrics such as social media likes and YouTube views versus actionable metrics such as engagement and sales.

Reggae/dancehall fans find ways to get new music for free (YouTube, mixtapes, sound system audio, email blasts, SoundCloud, etc). The reggae media primarily reports on vanity metrics. Fans form opinions based on the opinions of others if they have to. They also find reasons to justify why they did not buy the new album(s).

Conversely, fans of other genres are known for taking action by collecting (buying) albums, whether digital or hard copy. They collect the new albums of the artists they like and then form their own opinions about the music. We break down the reasons for this disparity.

Are Vanity Metrics Running Dancehall Reggae?

Buzzworthy

  • Kahlil Wonda reviews Tarrus Riley’s new album, “Healing.”
  • Reactions to the passing of celebrated Reggae icon and trailblazer, Toots Hibbert.

The Tastemaker

Babylon Warfare by Tarrus Riley ft. Teejay and Dean Fraser.

Walshy Fire: No Negative Vibes

Our special guest is Walshy Fire from Major Lazer. 

We enjoyed reasoning with someone that AGARD and I have known for decades. Before the podcasts, and before all the fame. If you’re not familiar with Walshy Fire I don’t know what rock you’ve been under. He has been everywhere in the world to deejay. 

Walshy Fire talked about the state of the culture. We commented on dancehall, reggae, and business. We talked about soundclash and life in general. We didn’t get into a lot of his background. If you want to check into his background, he’s done many interviews in the past. If you’re looking for that go check out this spot

During this conversation, we checked in and started shooting from the hip. The session was militant, and energetic, which is a good combination.

Walshy Fire Reasoning

  • How quarantine has changed life.
  • The soundtrack to the revolution.
  • Soundclash.com and the Quarantine Clash series.
  • Upcoming Major Lazer albums, artists, and mixtapes.
  • The “Customized Years” book.
  • The energy of nightlife versus day parties.
  • Influencers standing against destructive music.
  • The end of “niggering.”
  • Highlights for 2020 so far.

Buzzworthy, Tastemaker, and Soundclash Update

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FULL SHOW NOTES

Upside Down 2020 Review

This is our 200th official episode of Reggae Lover. We talked about “Upside Down 2020,” the long-anticipated album from Buju Banton. 

There’s such a thing as an instant classic, and this Buju Banton new album is that.  Listen to our in-depth analysis of every track.

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Buju Banton New Album, Sales and Streams

We also talked about record sales and chart performance.  The album got close to 3000 sales in its first week. That includes all physical copies, digital downloads as well as streams.  What is a “stream?” What is the stream worth? A stream is a fraction of a sale. So you need a certain amount of streams, whether it be songs or the entire album, in order for it to equal one sale. 

It was actually a strong debut compared to other releases from Jamaican artists.  We look at the fact that Vybz Kartel released his album on the same day as Buju.  His album, “Of Dons and Divas,” sold a little less than half that of “Upside Down 2020.” Koffee’s “Rapture,” EP which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album had less than 600 first week sales. 

We have had episodes about Billboard, sales, and what it means for Jamaican reggae artists. Music is actually the marketing tool for touring, merchandise sales, etc.  In that case, Buju is in good hands with Roc Nation. I’m sure they’ll exploit this album very well.

Chart Performance

The Buju Banton new album, “Upside Down 2020” debuted in the number two position on the Billboard reggae chart. Also, on the Itunes chart for reggae music, it debuted at number two.  At the time, Bob Marley held the number one slot on both of those charts.  Vybz Kartel’s “Of Dons and Divas” debuted at the number six position on both charts. 

The Tastemaker Segment

Last week’s episode, we didn’t get to go into this segment at all. As a result, there were a few things that I wanted to make sure that we mentioned.    

Firstly, the Dré Island album, a debut album that features Popcaan on the “We Pray” single. The name of the album is “Now I Rise.”  I bumped it or a good little while when it first came out. He’s doing press for the album right now. Go look for “Now I Rise” from Dre Island. Very good music. 

If you’re a fan of Chronixx or Damian Marley, you’ll definitely love Dre Island.  He’s very talented in his own right.  He has a song out with Tory Lanez. So he has crossover songs as well. 

Secondly, there’s an awesome release from Grammy nominee, Etana. An album entitled “Gemini,” which debuted on June 19th, distributed by Kojak WorldWide. That album is official. Very good production. “Gemini” brings a strong balance of dancehall, reggae, and lovers’ rock. There is some roots reggae flavor as well. 

Kabaka Pyramid has a feature on there. Nomadz has a feature on there along with an artist known as Yhasha. This may be her best album to date. It’s definitely one of my favorites. Every song has a good vibe. I would add the whole album to my quarantine playlist. Take my recommendation. This is good, solid music. 

Thirdly, we have to talk about Koffee. Her new single entitled “Pressure” is an inspirational song for the times.  She speaks to the ghetto youths, but she’s also talking to every man. Every one of us is under pressure, if not now, at some point. It’s that type of message that can help to pull you through that kind of a situation. So I love it. She’s singing. She’s deejaying. It’s message music.  A music video for that is also out.

In addition, Koffee is on “Bigger Love,” John Legend’s new album, released June 19. The song that features coffee is “Don’t Walk Away.” This song a breakup love song duet between the two of them. The curious thing is, so far, Koffee’s material hasn’t been love songs. There’s Justin Bieber’s, “I don’t care” remix where she appears alongside Chronixx.  That would be the first but is more pop dance. 

“Don’t Walk Away” is more of an R&B style song. Definitely check that out. And of course, if you’re a John Legend fan, we talked about him earlier with this feature on the budget album. He’s got a big project out right now. 

Finally, we’ve got a new song from Anthony B entitled “Black and Proud.” This is not a protest or a revolutionary song a la “Fire Pon Rome.” He’s not telling you who needs to get burnt up in the fire. It’s a revolutionary song along the lines of just making this simple statement. I’m black and I’m proud. 

If you follow the news you know that saying “Black Lives Matter” is offensive to many people. So saying things like “black power” or “black and proud” is also going against the grain. These are the messages that we want to hear from our reggae artists, especially our cultural artists. And Anthony B is known for being that guy. 

This one is on the new World Rebirth rhythm produced by Reggae Vibes Music. It’s a brand new song released on July 8th. Anthony B’s “Black and Proud.” Please check it out. It’s awesome. Good reggae music. Good for the heart, the soul, and the brain. 

Sound System Update and Wrap up

We also gave a very concise recap of some recent sound system, soundclash live online events.  In conclusion, we announced next week’s special guest will be Walshy Fire of Major Lazor

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Caribbean Black Lives Matter

We are back with a new season after taking an eventful summer break. Our first episode, Caribbean Black Lives Matter, features Nick, the host of the Jamaican State of Mind podcast.

Caribbean Black Lives Matter

At the time of recording this, we were grappling with strong emotions. This, as a result of the series of events ensuing from the George Floyd lynching.  Caribbean black lives matter.

We added a spin on the conversation as Caribbeans. Hear views on how American racism is viewed in the Caribbean and particularly Jamaica. It’s an interesting conversation.

We covered race, policing, protests, other solutions, and more.  Most importantly, you’ll hear different perspectives on how reggae music is and should be interacting with the politics of today.  

This is a time where we need Reggae music reform. Reggae needs another renaissance. We need to return to the culture once again. The music needs to reflect what’s actually going on in reality. There is too much music about flossing. We are living through curfews. The time is dread right now. People need more. And when you talk about revolution, that’s what reggae music is supposed to be doing. Reggae should be there to help fill that void and burn that fire.

At recent protests on the streets of American cities, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh’s music could be heard. Will any of our modern artists create music that will be a part of the soundtrack for the revolution? This is one of the underlying themes for this season of the podcast. #reggaereform

Because of the length of this conversation, we didn’t get into some of the other segments that we usually do, but they will be back throughout the season.

The Tastemaker segment will be back. Soundclash updates will return if and when we have SoundClash content or sound system subject matter. Today, we just wanted to take the time to highlight this important conversation, Caribbean Black Lives Matter.

Reggae Music Forever (Replay)

Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and Reggae Music Forever blog.

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Certainly, we discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture with Reggae Music Forever aka Shawn including topics:

  • Firstly, Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae.
  • Secondly, The overlooked conscious dancehall movement.
  • The American reggae scene.
  • Comparing white and black Americans taste in reggae.
  • Reggae Talk Podcast 1-year Anniversary event.
  • Other passions outside of reggae.
  • Is reggae music on life-support?
  • In conclusion, Predictions for the future.

Resources:

Click here for Full Show Notes and episode transcript.

The New Music of Jamaica (Replay)

WALSHY FIRE STATED THAT “JAMAICAN ARTISTS ARE ON THE VERGE OF CREATING A NEW GENRE” IN A RECENT INTERVIEW. THIS CLAIM WARRANTED FURTHER EXPLORATION SO WE WENT IN ON THE NEW MUSIC OF JAMAICA.

 

New Music of Jamaica (Replay)

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub, and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to the CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. As a result, DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period subsequently led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, Lila Ike, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

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Interview with Lila Ike

Lila Ike was one of our best interviews from last year.  Check out this replay and make sure to grab her new EP, The ExPerience, if you haven’t already.  It’s a classic!

 

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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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