Joe Gibbs Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 99

The producer Joe Gibbs, hardcore Jamaican entrepreneur, engineer, and record producer started recording artists in the back of his electronics repair shop in 1966.

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He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One. Bunny Lee helped them form The Amalgamated record label. Soon ‘Niney The Observer‘ joined the team and they were able to produce Rocksteady era hits.

In 1972, Errol Thompson came on board as the chief engineer and together with Joe Gibbs formed “The Mighty Two.” Their studio band called The Professionals featured bassist Sly Dunbar, drummer Robbie Shakespeare, and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Hundreds of hits came out including “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown and “A So We Stay” by Big Youth. In 1977 the Culture album entitled “Two Sevens Clash” debuted and became a smash hit which coincided with the punk rock craze in the UK. 

Artists recorded and produced by Joe Gibbs included Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Byles, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken, Althea and Donna, Ranking Joe and Peter Tosh. The list goes on and on.

In the new millennium, Joe Gibbs focused on marketing his back catalog.  Joe Gibbs passed on to Zion in February 2008.  He had over 100 Jamaica number one hits and over a dozen UK hits.

He released music on an array of different record labels. An amazing body of work, the Joe Gibbs catalog includes some very important songs in the story of Jamaican music.  Salute to the icon, the giant, one of the greatest producers ever – Joe Gibbs. 

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Jah Cure Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 87

Reggae Lover Podcast episode 87 features the voice of Jah Cure.

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Born in October 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica, Jah Cure grew up in Kingston. He got the name Jah Cure from Capleton who he met while living in Kingston. Under the tutelage of Beres Hammond the hit song, King In This Jungle, a 1997 duet with Sizzla emerged.

Many of the songs Jah Cure released around that time became popular and won critical acclaim. Beres took him on tour to Europe and through the Caribbean with his Harmony House Records family. Cure emerged to be one of the brightest stars of 1997, which was an amazing year for reggae music and dancehall. The music of that period inspired me to start buying records and aspiring to be a selector. This mix focuses on songs from that time.

In November 1998 while driving in Montego Bay, Jah Cure got pulled over by the police and arrested. Charged with gun possession, robbery, and rape, he was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served in a correctional facility that had a digital recording studio that inmates could use. During his incarceration term, he recorded three albums and some singles, many of which topped charts in Jamaica.

Upon his release from jail on parole in July 2007 after serving 8 years of the sentence, Jah Cure came out with a fourth album, “Reflections… a new beginning.” Cure headlined and closed Reggae Sumfest that year in August. He signed to VP Records he launched Iyah Cure Productions.

Over the next several years he collaborated with top artists from the reggae, hip-hop, and R&B worlds. Jah Cure released the “Universal Cure” album in 2009 then came out with “The Cure,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2016.

The end of this mix features of lovers rock of which Jah Cure has released a great deal of recently. My main focus was the original, undiluted, grassroots material. The songs from before his incarceration are more soulful, inspirational, and rebellious. I wish Jah Cure much continued success in the future. He has a beautiful family and lots going in the music business.

That’s it for reggae lover podcast episode 87. Look out for a bonus live audio episode coming your way from BobFest ATL. Thank you for listening to this show dedicated to reggae lovers everywhere. One Love!

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Roots Reality and Culture by Beres Hammond

Beres Roots Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 64

This mix explores the many moods of Beres.

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There’s a time and place for everything. For every mood, there is a fitting reggae song.  I believe in setting the right vibe using the right music. In that same vein, though Beres Hammond is known mostly for excellence in lovers rock, he is not a one-dimensional singer.  Beres has many hits in the category of roots, reality, and culture.  He has voiced songs simply championing dancehall and sound system culture.  He has made political statements and showed his spiritual and philosophical sides on many records.

Beres Hammond top roots reggae songs (artwork)

Beres Roots Playlist:

  1.  Nothing No Go So
  2. Ain’t It Good To Know ft. Buju Banton
  3. Hold On
  4. Friends
  5. Cry No More
  6. Freedom
  7. Call On the Father
  8. Siren
  9. Where is the Love ft. Sugar Minott and Tony Rebel
  10. Selector Pull Up
  11. Jamaica International Dance
  12. Do the Right Thing
  13. Keeping it Real
  14. Putting Up Resistance
  15. Resistance ft. U-Roy
  16. One Love One Life
  17. Picking Up The Pieces
  18. Come Down Father
  19. What A Gwan
  20. Do You Pray
  21. Giving Thanks
  22. Do It Now
  23. Warriors Don’t Cry
  24. Be Strong Be Proud ft. Assassin
  25. Love In The Streets ft. Assassin, Buju Banton and I-Octane
  26. I’m Gonna Do My Best ft. Buju Banton
  27. You Stand Alone
  28. Moment In Time
  29. Talking Africa

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Jamaican Lovers Rock Music Showcased | Highlanda Sound Live Audio

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Playlist:

  1.  Bob Marley ft. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Remix)
  2.  Jah Cure – Call On Me
  3.  Black Uhuru ft. Shabba Ranks – Shine Eye Girl (Remix)
  4.  Garnett Silk – Complaint (Remix)
  5.  Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
  6.  Jah9 – Hardcore (Mad Professor Dub Mix)
  7.  Jah9 ft. Chronixx – Hardcore (Remix)
  8.  Ras Fraser Jr. – Vacation For Two
  9.  Morgan Heritage – She’s Still Loving Me
  10.  Queen Ifrica ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Trueversation
  11.  Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart
  12.  Ikaya – Love Note
  13.  Ikaya – For You
  14.  Christopher Martin – Give You My Love
  15.  Gyptian ft. Estelle – Majestic Love
  16.  Simpkin Project – Hustling
  17.  Raging Fyah – Ready For Love
  18.  Shawn Antoine – I Love You
  19.  Sizzla – Give Them A Ride (Morgan Heritage Mix)
  20.  Sizzla – Give Me A Try
  21.  Etana – Warrior Love
  22.  Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son
  23.  Welton Irie & Prince Weedy – Nice Up the Dance
  24.  Lady Ann – Informer
  25.  Wayne Wonder – Talk About (Dubplate)
  26.  Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
  27.  Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
  28.  Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
  29.  JC Lodge – Love Rewind
  30.  Maxi Priest – Bonafide Love
  31.  Sanchez – Rearrange My Life
  32.  Sanchez – Missing You
  33.  Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My
  34.  The Tamlins – Baltimore
  35.  Tessanne Chin – Firework
  36.  Rihanna – Right Now (Jr. Blender Remix)
  37.  Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
  38.  Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire Remix)
  39.  Etana – All I Need
  40.  Stephen & Damian Marley ft. Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
  41.  Cocoa Tea – Tune In
  42.  Shabba Ranks – Reality
  43.  Sizzla – Just One of those Days
  44.  Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
Bulby York - Renowned live & studio engineer, producer from Kingston Jamaica. Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Shabba Ranks, Jimmy Cliff, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Franti, UB40, Sinead 'O Connor, Sly&Robbie...

How to make a strong career as a music producer/engineer

Producer and engineer Bulby York rallies Jamaican superstars – Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco (Assassin), Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jesse Royal, Maxi Priest, Cherine, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Lutan Fyah and more – for his debut album “Epic & Ting,” released May 13, 2016 on VP Records.

Epic & Ting Album Cover

Epic & Ting Album Cover

Bulby’s sound spans multiple genres – merging reggae, dancehall, dub and EDM into a style of his own. The project has consistently been receiving spins on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Capital XTRA & much more!

As one of Jamaica’s most in-demand studio men, the Kingston-born producer has put his touch on signature dancehall records by Sean Paul, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man and also worked with the who’s who of pop music, including No Doubt, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Madonna. After years of bringing other people’s projects to life, Bulby now has a masterpiece he can call his own in Epic & Ting.

Download “Epic & Ting”: http://smarturl.it/EpicAndTing

Love and Honor to Mother, *New* #ReggaeLover #Podcast

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Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother's Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae's brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers. A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love. Playlist

HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae – 53 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Love and Honor for Mother

Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother’s Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae’s brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers.

A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love.

Playlist

1 Assassin aka Agent Sasco – Mama Sons
2 Jah Mason – Wipe Those Tears
3 Sizzla – Greatest Mother
4 Wayne Wonder – Mama
5 2Face Idibia – Arican Queen Remix
6 Garnet Silk – Like A Mother
7 Chronixx – Wall Street
8 BOUNTY KILLER – MAMA’S LOVE
9 BERES HAMMOND – RESPECT TO YOU BABY
10 Exco Levi – Hello – Mama
11  Sizzla – Mama Pain
12 Bounty Killer – Mama (Gone But Not Forgotten)
13 D’Angel – MOTHER’S LOVE
14 Versatile – Thank You Mommy
15 Anthony B – Mama
16 I-Octane – Run Mi Out
17 JAH VINCI – MAMA DON’T CRY
18 Vybz Kartel aka Addi Innocent ft. PG 13 (Lil Addi, Lil Vybz) – Love Mommy
19 I-Octane – Mamma
20 Vybz Kartel – Mama
21 Beenie Man & Elephant Man – Mama
22 I-Wayne – Love & Honour For Mama

Look out for Rising Dancehall sensation “Smokey Hype”

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smokey hype image00Born Trexton Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, Smokey Hype started his musical journey when he was merely in Primary School.  Smoke Hype always knew that music was his destiny for if there was a talent show that was going on then you could expect him to be a part of it. Smokey Hype grew up listening to Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Shabba Ranks just name a few. As the years went on Smokey Hype continued to perfect his craft.

Smokey Hype has been seen performing since Sting 2004 in Jamaica and has also had the pleasure of working with artists such as Bounty Killer.

Smokey Hype brings a lot of diversity to the table for he is not only a DeeJay/Singer but he is also a Music Production Engineer and much known for his musical writing skills. Smokey Hype currently has 5 artists that he writes songs for.Rising Dancehall sensation “Smokey Hype”

When was the last time that you met an artist who could do it all?

Smokey Hype currently is working on one of the largest projects to come out of his Parish which will consist of the 5 top Dancehall artists from Spanish Town, Jamaica.

This young man definitely has the drive & determination but more importantly he is very much focused when it comes to perfecting his music. Smokey Hype has a promising career in front of him. Get very familiar with his name because Smokey Hype is definitely going places.

 

TORONTO’S Trailblazer award winning artist KAFINAL

Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, Kafinal has emerged as an entertainer and vocalist with diverse talents.

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The singer/comedian/actor who is now based in Toronto, Canada credits his sometimes difficult upbringing with giving him his strong work ethic and sense of humour. The second of five children for his parents, he remembers how his mother worked hard to make ends meet. With that determination, he has decided to pay homage to her with his work.

Like many of the musical greats he started singing as a child in the church as well as in school and at community events. In 2001 while still living in Jamaica his professional musical timing had come and he released songs like “Cooking Dat Pwile” and “Drive By”.

Upon relocating to Canada, Kafinal began to make a name for himself on the Caribbean live show and performance circuits both as a singer and comedian.

The re-emergence of his first love, music, which Kafinal describes as “soul-filling”; presents him with an opportunity to entertain the best way he knows.

Influenced by all genres of music, he lists Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Beres Hammond among his musical influences.

For Kafinal the sky is indeed the limit as he plans to build on the exposure and fan-base he has garnered and take it to the highest level. He promises to continue to put out excellent music with the best production quality.

Lyrically he is definitely on his way as he has already released not only “catchy” but very relevant content. His latest project is titled “Road Tonight”, has been rocking the airwaves in Jamaica, Toronto, the Caribbean and North America.

Expect more from this talented brother of the Caribbean.

VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 to Hit Stores in July 2015

Various Artists: Reggae Gold 2015 Genre: Reggae   Label: VP Records   Release Date: 17 July 2015

Reggae Gold 2015 – Artwork

Featuring Beres Hammond, Ikaya, Queen Ifrica, Yasha, Jah Cure and more, look out for various artists compilation album Reggae Gold 2015 which VP Records has slated for a release date of July 17.