Review: Kabaka Pyramid Releases ‘Kontraband’ Album

16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.

Kabaka Pyramid - Kontraband. DIGITAL RELEASE [Ghetto Youths International, Bebble Rock Records].

I only heard 3 of the songs before the album’s release so this is a fresh, new experience. The album is reminiscent of Chronixx’s “Chronology” in its diverse representation of modern reggae music.

Hip-Hop influences are evident throughout but do not detract from the roots vibe. You can choose to bob your head and/or skank to the beats. Kabaka spits bars of knowledge with a cool, collected delivery. At times, he sing-jays on the riddims in perfect melody.  

‘Kontraband’ is a strong debut for Kabaka Pyramid and it bolsters his global appeal. The Damian and Stephen Marley executive-produced album features Akon and Stonebwoy out of Africa. Jr. Gong joins Kabaka to illustrate the story on the title track.

Pressure Buss Pipes from the U.S. Virgin Islands sings the hook on “Make Way,” the opening song of the album. Fellow reggae revivalist Protoje makes his mark with a succinct verse on “Everywhere I Go.” Kabaka teams with Chronixx on the mesmerizing and memorable “Blessed Is The Man.”

Kabaka doesn’t only chant a lyrical onslaught on Babylon. He considers the divine essence of black queens on “Natural Woman.” He opens up about affairs of the heart on “Kaught Up,” and “All I Need,” which features Nattali Rize. The different vibes on ‘Kontraband’ balance out. If you ranked this entry as one of 2019’s top reggae releases, I would say that’s accurate. 

Repatriation | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 82

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Repatriation is the return of someone to their own country, either voluntary or involuntary. In a financial sense its the sending of money back to one’s own country of origin.

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I previously recorded this mix and was planning to delete it because it did not meet my high technical standard. Then the S—hole comments happened. The president of the United States verbally assaulted beloved Haiti and the beloved continent of Africa.

Please look up Ivan Van Sertima (They came before Columbus) and Marcus Garvey. Hopefully, many of you listening will become, or already are, strong, inspirational black leaders because that’s what we need. We need to disseminate information about our history which has been cut off, ripped away, burned, and destroyed. Our oral tradition was stopped by design. Africa is the motherland. Africa is our Homeland.

I am using reggae music to teach and as you listen to the songs in this mix and you know it’s a very spiritual thing. You know it’s very cultural. Much respect goes to all the singers and players of instruments for channeling the power in this wonderful music. Reggae is a language to communicate with all people around the world.

For more, please check out my website highlanda.net, and follow me @highlanda on Twitter. I’m on Facebook, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, iTunes, on TuneIn radio, and all your favorite podcast apps. Please follow the show on Instagram @reggaeloverpodcast and on Twitter @reggaeloverpod. Please continue to retweet and share. I love that! Unity is strength. Reggae music is here to stay and I’m going to continue to push the positivity and increase the levels of Consciousness.

I give thanks – real gratitude and appreciation – to anybody that’s checking this out right now. If you want to align your brand with what I’m doing on the reggae lover podcast and get your message to the demographic that we are reaching across the world, especially if you’re in markets like New York, Ontario, London, and Tokyo, Japan, please email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. For any requests, or business inquiries you can also call 404-552-0492. Thank you for listening to reggae lover podcast episode 82.

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Where to find a Conscious Reggae Concert on Memorial Day Weekend | ATL

If you have been looking for a spectacular night of live reggae music infused with the cultural flair of conscious lyrics and unforgettable rhythms, then look no further.  

RBG Alliance presents a CRC for you – a Conscious Reggae Concert.

The event will feature Ijahknowah backed by the BRAP band and special guest artist Endel i.

Highlanda Sound will open the night from the DJ booth with musical selections related to the event’s theme.

Find details on this new Conscious Reggae Concert Series page, event page here and ticket site here.

Live recording of Highlanda at Rub-A-Dub ATL (2nd Sundays) #rocksteadyatl

Live set: Highlanda Sound at Rub-A-Dub ATL [4.10.16]

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Audio: Rub-A-Dub feat. Highlanda Sound live set – 4.10.16

New Reggae Lover Podcast, “Africa is the Future” Episode 54

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Listen to this episode for Reggae music tackling topics like reparations, repatriation, liberation, the many struggles and treasures of Africa.  Bob Marley starts it and his son Stephen closes the show.

Reggae Lover Africa is the future mix cover

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“Take the time to overstand the land, Mama Afrika.” ~ Kelissa

Playlist:

1 – Bob Marley – Zimbabwe
2 – Rod Taylor – Ethiopian Kings
3 – Burning Spear – Cry Blood Africa
4 – Freddie McGregor – Africa Here I Come
5 – Yabby You & Trinity – Free Africa
6 – Yami Bolo – Africa For The Africans
7 – Warrior King – Africa Shall Be Free
8 – Lutan Fyah – African Be Proud
9 – Hugh Mundell – Africa Must Be Free
10 – Johnny Clarke – African Roots
11 – Burning Spear – African Postman
12 – Pentateuch – Struggles of Africa
13 – Peter Tosh – African
14 – TARRUS RILEY & KABAKA PYRAMID – Fly Di Gate
15 – Burning Spear – African Teacher
16 – Gregory Isaacs – Save Ethiopia
17 – Jah Bouks – Call Angola
18 – Pressure Buss Pipes & Chronixx – Africa Redemption
19 – Cocoa Tea – Africa Here I Come
20 – Kelissa – Afrika
21 – Freddie McGregor – Africa
22 – Garnet Silk – Mama Africa
23 – Burning Spear – African Jamaican
24 – Buju Banton – African Pride
25 – Peter Tosh – Mama Africa
26 – Stephen Marley – Made In Africa (Feat. Wale And The Cast)

Macka B has a new album “Neva Played A 45” in stores October 9th

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Macka B – Neva Played A 45 – Artwork

The title track ‘Never played a 45‘ is an ode to vinyl lovers because “there’s something about the feel of the vibe.” Previously released on a 45, the original Peckings label pressing sold out fast and is now highly sought after.

The popular ‘Medical Marijuana Card‘ features an animated video which has amassed over 250,000 views. ‘Rasta Tell Dem‘ is already hugely popular and has been rinsed out by David Rodigan and others.

The song recounts Rasta’s canny observations of things that are just now coming to pass. ‘African‘ is an astute social observation to the standard we’ve come to expect from Macka B; shedding light on the realities of Africa as the cradle of humanity. Download ‘Never played a 45‘ now.

Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire Presents: Jesse Royal – Royally Speaking

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1. Intro/Warning
2. Hotta the Battle
3. Greedy Babylon
4. Modern Day Judas
5. Preying on the Weak (Overstand Ent.)
6. Clear My Head (Gachapan Records)
7. Light Like A Feather
8. Silent River
9. Good Morning
10. D.O.A (Dreaming of Africa)
11. Baby Let Me Be
12. Butterflies
13. Little Did They Know (XTM Nation)
14. Talk To Me
15. World Cry (Jus Bus Remix)
16. Wadada (Burning Spear Remix)
17. Jam Rock (Gachapan/Palace Pikney Records)
18. Forever (Eccentrix)
19. Gimmie Likkle Herb
20. Muddy Road
21. Runnin
22. Get Away
23. If I Give You My Love (Maya Angelou Speaks)
24. Journey (Gachapan/Palace Pikney Records)
25. Rastafari Call You/Outro

The Reggae Lover Mother’s Day Episode #podcast #download

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Reggae Lover #9 – The Mother’s Day Edition 2014 (artwork)

Reggae artists love paying tribute to their mothers, and so do I.  Its a part of our culture.  A dedication to my mom and to all mothers everywhere, this mix contains passionate lyrics from some of reggae and dancehall’s finest artists.  Pay especially close attention to the featured pre-release track (#22) from upcoming artist SuperPEC called Mommy Dearest.  Happy Mother’s Day!

PLAYLIST

1   Merciless – Mama Cooking
2   Sizzla – Black Woman And Child
3   Sizzla – Thank You Mama
4   Gramps Morgan – Where Has Mama Gone
5   Jah Cure – This Is One For You Mama
6   Akon – Mama Africa
7   Christopher Martin – Mama
8   Beenie Man and Merciless – We A Star
9   Serani and Mavado – Mama Still Hungry
10  Kevin Lloyd – Oh Mama
11  Mama – Anthony Cruz
12  Sophia Brown – Mama Africa
13  Richie Spice – Mama Love
14  George Nooks – I Remember Mama
15  Garnet Silk – Mama Africa
16  Alaine – When Mama Prays
17  Romain Virgo – Mama’s Song
18  I-Octane – Mama Food Put On
19  I-Octane – My Mother
20  Konshens – Don’t Diss Mama
21  Garnet Silk – Mama
22  SuperPEC – Mommy Dearest

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Culture Mix: The Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown

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Reggae Lover #8 - Dennis Brown

In this episode Dennis Brown comforts, professes, warns, soothes and instructs us with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  This is a follow-up to the all Dennis Brown lovers rock mix featured in Reggae Lover Podcast #6.  The current state of world affairs calls for positive messages to help us overcome, so we present roots and culture from “The Crown Prince.”

Tracklist

1   Liberation – Dennis Brown
2   Promised Land – Dennis Brown
3   Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
4   Whip Them Jah – Dennis Brown
5   To The Foundation – Dennis Brown
6   Stop The Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
7   Love and Hate – Dennis Brown
8   Satta Amassagana – Dennis Brown
9   If Is A Fact – Dennis Brown
10  Love Jah – Dennis Brown
11  Africa – Dennis Brown
12  Unite – Dennis Brown
13  Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
14  Sitting and Watching – Dennis Brown
15  Show Us The Way – Dennis Brown
16  Revolution – Dennis Brown
17  If This World Were Mine – Anthony Cruz ft. Dennis Brown
18  Hold The Faith – Junior Kelly ft. Dennis Brown

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“Ethiopian Liberation” By Tasha T from her “Real Talk” Album.

Download the new single now Ethiopian Liberation (May 5th 1941) from Tasha T.

"Ethiopian Liberation" By Tasha T from her "Real Talk" Album.

Tasha T – Real Talk – Artwork

Song: Ethiopian Liberation
Artist: Tasha T
Produced By: RasVibe Records, Danny Maestro, and Jeffrey Levi
Label: RasVibe Records Inc. Real Talk Album

 

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