Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute

Pictures from the Bob Marley Tribute | Rub-A-Dub ATL

Pictures From the 3rd Annual Bob Marley Tribute and Aquarius Birthday Celebration at Wildpitch Music Hall.

An international crowd of over 200 people from around the greater Atlanta area gathered Sunday for a special edition of the Rub-A-Dub ATL monthly event.

Below is a selection of photos from what was a memorable night for Atlanta reggae lovers.

Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute and Moments You May have Missed on February 12, 2017 by Rico Vibes of Dareggaescene.com and Bronson Blair of 2BKaribbean.com.

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Bob Marley Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration [picture gallery] – 2.5.16

A special #RocksteadyATL commemorative tribute to Bob Marley, this 2nd annual event had many memorable moments. Big ups to all the patrons and participants!

Special thanks to Anne Hugus Photography out of NYC.

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Music Review: Various Artists – Reggae Vibes Riddim

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Reggae Vibes Music presents the Reggae Vibes Riddim featuring 15 all new one drop productions from Reggae Vibes Music / Warriors Musick Productions.   The Riddim features a new song from reggae legend Sizzla, strong entries from Lutan Fyah, Jah Mason, and Fantan Mojah along with emerging singers Devano, Deego, Dreama, Shane Hoosong and more.

Highlanda.net review of The Reggae Vibes Riddim

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Sizzla Kalonji bolsters the riddim with “Greatest Mother,” a song in which he channels his inner synthesizer while bringing forth words of appreciation reminiscent of the vibe on his popular “Thank You Mama.”  Kana Stone performs a festival ready anthem for reggae music with a simple, yet passionate delivery on “Love the Reggae.”

Ginjah delivers a fresh marijuana ballad with a catchy refrain on “All This Time.” In a love song about his island nation entitled “So In Love,” Guche London pledges allegiance to Jamaica convincingly. Turbulence infuses his voice with the melodic notes of the riddim in the most soulful way as he sings of a love written in the stars on “For Me.”

Harlem, New York Hip Hop artist Charlie Clips combines with Delus on “They Don’t Know,” the most natural-sounding combination between rapper and singer over a one-drop reggae riddim. This joint is laced with conscious lyrics which would resonate with real hip hop heads and hardcore  reggae enthusiasts alike.

The official release date is November 6th, but the Reggae Vibes Riddim will be available for Preorder on iTunes on October 23, 2015.

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Wednesday Wind Down review, audio and pics: Highlanda, Kelly Love Jones, Ras Kofi and more Live

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Soul/Reggae soloist Kelly Love Jones with Larry “Stagga’ Lee Henzel” Eaglin of WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta

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Hostesses Warrior Queen Martine and Diana Valentine of WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta with Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound

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Ras Kofi on stage with Permaculture

Of course for a full review and more pictures visit our partner RedCarpetShelley.com.

Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!

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Jamaicans Want More Stitchie!The lieutenant turned pastor converted the patrons that came out to the 2015 Rainforest Seafood Festival in Montego Bay last Wednesday night. With heavy rain pouring down the massive crowd cheered, danced and applauded as Lt. Stitchie delivered an entertaining, inspirational and humorous set.

When he arrived at the event, Lt. Stitchie and his team were advised that the time allotted to him initially would be reduced to 20 minutes due to the late start. With this in mind Stitchie had no choice but to shorten his performance, something the audience was clearly not happy about.

Stitchie took them on a musical journey, teasing them by doing snippets of some of his biggest hits; “wear yu size”, “natty dread”, “great ambition and more. The lieutenant also did some of his more recent releases, tracks like “man a pastor”, which had the crowd laughing at the comical story lines, “fast and pray” and “Lord Almighty” which captivated them. He also did some new exclusive pieces written specifically for the event.

At the end of his set the veteran Dancehall artist was flooded with requests to make additional appearances in Montego Bay (the city where he got some of his biggest breaks and made some of his biggest changes in music).

Etana’s 2014 Album “I Rise” is Absolutely Unbelievable!!

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Congratulations to Etana on the release of her 4th studio album ‘I Rise‘ which is quite simply a masterpiece – the best work thus far from this talented singer.  Etana’s captivating vocals shine as listeners are taken on a journey to musical heaven.

Songs like “Emancipation,” “I Rise,” and “Stepping Out of Babylon” rally the righteous troops.  There is encouragement offered in “On My Way,” while the social commentary laden “How Long” poses serious questions to the powers that be about their disregard for the underprivileged.

The sweet melodies of Etana’s powerful voice mesmerize with sultry delivery on “Love Song,” and reassuring confidence on “By Your Side.”  On the black women’s anthem “Jamaican Woman,” we are reminded that the meaning of Etana’s name itself is the strong one, while “Selassie Is The Chapel.” and “Jah Jah,” are food for the soul.

All 15 tracks were produced to perfection by the living legend Clive Hunt together with internationally acclaimed instrumentalists including the great Sly and Robbie.  I Rise would not disappoint as a gift for this holiday season and is an essential pick for and reggae collection.

Download Album on iTunes: I Rise – Etana.

Purchase Album CD on Amazon: Etana – I Rise.

Studio No.7, A Gathering Place for Creatives

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I am happy that this place is finally open – beautiful setting, courteous staff, artistic decor, trendy clientele, potent cocktails and other delectable menu items.  Check out Studio No. 7 located at 393 Marietta Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia.

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Creative Hour from 5pm-7pm at Studio No 7 (Tues. – Fri.)

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Chronixx Takes the Stage in Atlanta and Does not Disappoint

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His long awaited first show in the Atlanta area promised to be epic and it was indeed as Chronixx along with his Zinc Fence Redemption band rocked the Atrium event center in Stone Mountain, Georgia this past Saturday night.
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Kahlil Wonda and Chronixx backstage at The Atrium
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I arrived at the almost-sold-out venue just after Chronixx entered the stage – approximately 2:30 a.m.  There was a sea of people congregated to see the world’s current top reggae act live in person, but this was no ordinary Atlanta reggae concert crowd.  I saw diversity!  Every race and age group seemed to be represented and Chronixx was apparently poised to back up all the hype that has surrounded his name for the past year and a half.

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The backing band was sonically flawless all night long, delivering the bass lines and melodic accompaniment that Chronixx demands on the road. He only performs with his Zinc Fence crew and together they are a killer performance team – a musical force to be reckoned with.  This time around they created a synergy that lasted for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes on stage at the Atrium.

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2013’s Reggae artist of the year, credited with being the catalyst of the present Reggae revival controlled the crowd like a veteran, injecting more energy and understanding into the audience with relevant speech in between musical sets.

Chronixx offered singles from the “Dread and Terrible” EP and all were graciously received by the Atlanta onlookers. To the delight of fans, he served up songs that helped solidify his title as leader on the new school such as “Odd Ras (Nah Follow Nobody),” “Behind Curtain,” and “Smile Jamaica.” He infused Bob Marley and Super Cat lyrics as a part of the whole package, which all came off very well. After returning for an encore set, Mr. McNaughton finally closed out and bid the Atlanta people farewell.

Even though for many reasons (which I will not list right now) the Atrium is far from being my favorite concert venue, I will give the “Dread and Terrible” tour’s Atlanta show extremely high ratings. This was one of the best performances I have seen here in a very long time (think 1990s). Kudos to the promotion team of Pak Entertainment and Webba Promo. For Chronixx, the future is bright, and reggae is in good hands.

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Spotlight on Vybz Kartel’s new album ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’

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Here is a podcast from “Da Music Vault” radio show where I preview the tunes and talk about Dancehall icon Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer’s new album ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy,’ now available physically and digitally worldwide from Tad’s Record.

Spotlight on Vybz Kartel (Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda) by Highlanda on Mixcloud

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MR. VEGAS RELEASES BRUK IT DOWN 2.0

MR. VEGAS RELEASES new album ‘BRUK IT DOWN 2.0’

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Named after his recent international cross over hit single, the Bruk It Down 2.0 album (MV Music) follows his innovative proven approach.vegas-gif

Grounded in Reggae Dancehall, Bruk It Down 2.0 demonstrates Mr. Vegas’ uncanny ability to tap into a seamless mix of House, Reggaeton, Soca, pop and Dubstep. But it’s not simply Vegas going it alone.

A who’s who of production talent from Clevie to Danny Browne, Studio 758 and Jah Snowcone, help Bruk It Down 2.0 connect the foundation of Reggae Dancehall with cutting edge musical movements.MR. VEGAS RELEASES BRUK IT DOWN 2.0

On the mic, Vegas is joined on the title track by Barbados’ very own, the Soca queen Alison Hinds while Reggae crooner Lukie D, foundation Dancehall favorite Flourgon and Reggaeton artist El Boy C are also on board, as well as St Lucian songstress Terri. Released on September 24, 2013, the 16-track ensemble is Vegas’ 9th studio release and the second from his own label imprint, MV Music.

The electric vibe of Bruk It Down 2.0 picks up where a series of #1s left off. Indeed, the original Bruk It Down” single (2012) went #1 on the MTV Base Chart, number one in Jamaica and number one on BBC 1Xtra in the UK.Soca Queen Alison Hinds is featured on 'Bruk It Down 2.0'

Here, “Bruk It Down” featuring Bajan Soca queen Alison Hinds enriches the original version with indigenous Calypso sounds. Staying in the region and keeping it ‘caliente’, Mr. Vegas links with El Boy C to spark an electrified Reggaeton track “Vamos” (‘Let’s Go’).

In due fashion, the record is ready for “Take Off” when Terri lends her seriously seductive and catchy hooks to a synthy Dancehall track that didn’t need the help. But this is Bruk It Down 2.0. And when Jamaican super-producer Clevie returns for “It’s A Beautiful Life” years of collaboration with Mr. Vegas shine through on the composition.

Using clever melodic flows, as well as crucial production support from Jah Snowcone, Steadly and Chuck T, Vegas focuses on what is most essential on the soulful, R&B-esque “Slow Jam” before “Run Up And Down”, ramps up the energy once again.New Mr Vegas music video + download "Whenever You're Lonely"

Finally, “Wet Party” featuring rub-a-dub Dancehall veteran Flourgon, whines, wheels and pulls up the vibes for a fresh party sound that’s wonderfully familiar at the same time. Based around the Paragon’s rocksteady hit “On The Beach” recorded for Duke Reid in 1967, Mr. Vegas and Flourgon here provide the classic 2.0 version.

Rooted within the Reggae movement, which itself drew on Soul, RnB and Gospel, Bruk It Down 2.0 points us to the next era of Dancehall Reggae music. It is one in which Jamaican riddims’ embrace of contemporary Drum & Bass and the synthy sound scapes of House and Electronic genres creates new horizons.

Indeed, Mr. Vegas offers a captivating, head nodding and hip shaking musical interpretation of what is to come.