Highlanda Sound live set

Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

Click below to stream or download audio mp3.

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AUDIO: Aba Shaka and Highlanda Sound live DJ set in Atlanta (9.29.16)

I was honored to play a range of selections alongside Aba Shaka when Black Uhuru performed in ATL.

Aba Shaka live in Atlanta

Aba Shaka live alongside Highlanda Sound’s Kahlil Wonda (@ The Royal Peacock, September 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Hear the audio recorded that night, which includes my segment from later in the night, after the stage show.

Listen to Rub-A-Dub ATL recorded live DJ sets by Isis Swaby, Highlanda, and DJ Passport

RUB-A-DUB ft. HIGHLANDA Sound, ISIS SWABY, & DJ Passport live sets @ WildPitch Music Hall (9.11.16)

Rub-A-Dub at WildPitch:

Rub-A-Dub (Second Sundays) at WildPitch: Highlanda Sound, Isis Swaby, DJ Passport – 9/2016

DJ Passport live set

Isis Swaby live set

Highlanda live set

See the video by MoretsTV here or Listen with iTunes here.

Rub-A-Dub at WildPitch Music Hall highlighting Reggae, Sunday Oct. 9th

The #RubADubATL, the monthly event celebrating reggae music and its sub-genres of roots, lovers rock, classic dancehall, rocksteady, dub, and ska will take place at WildPitch in downtown Atlanta on October 9, 2016, between the hours of 8 pm and 12 am.

Rub A Dub ATL promo image for Oct. 9, 2016

#RubADubATL Atlanta monthly event at WildPitch every 2nd Sunday

Tickets for the event can be purchased online in advance or the night of the event at the venue. The event always promises to showcase the best in music from Bob Marley and other great artists.

Enjoy selections by top-rated music curators, DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound, as well as special guest DJ Empress Rah.

Highlanda Sound and Aba Shaka to open for Black Uhuru this Thursday @ The Royal Peacock


Legendary reggae band Black Uhuru will touch down in Atlanta for an early show.

Black Uhuru poster - Atlanta

Thursday, September 29th – Doors open 7pm.

Highlanda Sound and Aba Shaka to open for Black Uhuru this Thursday @ The Royal Peacock

“Women in Praise” Gospel Concert in Atlanta on October 1, 2016

 Women in Praise featuring Shirley Willis, lead singer from The Grace Thrillers, Claudelle Clarke, and more.

 Women in Praise featuring Shirley Willis, lead singer from The Grace Thrillers, Claudelle Clarke, and more.

Gospel Concert in Atlanta, Georgia on October 1st, 2016.

Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) **Explicit**

Listen to Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) Explicit by HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae #np on #SoundCloud

Highlanda Sound Foundation Dubplates (live 2016 mix)


Listen to Highlanda Sound Foundation Dubplates (live 2016 mix) by HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae #np on #SoundCloud

Sunday, November 13 @WildPitch - 8pm-12am

Rub-A-Dub ATL moves to a new venue, WildPitch Music Hall, Sunday Sept. 11th


Dance to reggae and its sub-genres: classics that introduced Jamaica’s music to the world, the new reggae revival movement, Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, Rocksteady, Ska, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music.

Rub A Dub Sept 2016

Enjoy good vibes only by Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport, along with guest DJ sets by Atlanta’s John Wayne and Isis Swaby from NYC.

ROCKSTEADY ATL – Reggae Music Events: Highlanda Dot Net and The Honorary Citizen in association with Rockers International Records present RUB-A-DUB.

Sept. 11, 2016 and Every month on the second Sunday of the month – 8 p.m. start.

WildPitch Music Hall – 255 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303

What is Rub-A-Dub?
A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together.

This takes place every 2nd Sunday with music by DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound and special guests.

*September 11 DJ Line-up*
John Wayne Movements
Isis Swaby aka Isis Pablo (daughter of Augustus Pablo)
Highlanda Sound with selector Kahlil Wonda
DJ Passport

*Doors open promptly at 8pm. *
$5 Cover charge.
Email RocksteadyATL@gmail.com to RSVP