Best Summer Songs 2019

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD list their top Reggae and Afro-Caribbean selections for summer 2019.

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AGARD recaps Walshy Fire’s exclusive New York City album release party. The new album, Abeng, is available now on all digital platforms.

Albums:

  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Shaggy – Wah Gwaan?!
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Collie Budz – Hybrid
  • Jemere Morgan – Self Confidence
  • Marcia Griffiths – TImeless
  • Unity Sound Worldwide – Family Buss (Riddim)
  • Oneness Records – Lioness Order (Riddim)

Singles:

  • Call Me – Walshy Fire ft. Mr. Easi and Kranium
  • Rapture (Remix) – Koffee ft. Govana
  • Shape Nice – Afro B ft. Dre Skull and Vybz Kartel
  • Level Up – Popcaan
  • Nah Mad (Ova No Gyal) – Munga Honorebel
  • Dolla Van – Busy Signal
  • Not Another Word – Protoje ft. Lil Ike and Agent Sasco
  • Toast – Koffee
  • Throne – Koffee
  • Country For Sale – Buju Banton
  • Mama – Jahmiel ft. Stonebwoy

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What recent releases will you be rocking this Summer?  Email: reggaeloverpodcast at gmail dot com.

Sean Paul, ‘Other Side Of Love’ Exclusive Billboard Premiere

A year after the release of “Tomahawk Technique,” Sean Paul returns with his first single, “Other Side Of Love,” off his upcoming sixth studio album.

Sean Paul

Sean Paul is back with a new single – 6th album forthcoming

 

Preview the single…

 

 

MAVADO’S “TAKE IT” VIDEO GETS EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE ON BILLBOARD

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Dancehall star David “Mavado” Brooks makes history as the first Caribbean artist to receive an exclusive video premiere on Billboard, with his new single “Take It” featuring Karian Sang.

Distributed by Zojak World Wide and produced by Troyton Music, the blockbuster dancehall pop single debuted back in September and has been steadily gaining momentum on the international market, peaking at #1 on the BBC 1Xtra and Choice-FM charts in December, and also hitting #1 on CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto.
The track also steams up airwaves in South Florida on Miami’s hit station WEDR-99Jamz, and continues to enjoy airplay on reggae specialty programming, globally.
Check out the Scorpio21-directed music video, "Take It," premiere

Dancehall Star is First Caribbean Artist to Receive an Exclusive Billboard Video Premiere

“Zojak World Wide/Troyton Music utilized top tier radio DJ pools to get the track played in major markets,” states Zoe Espitia, CEO of Zojak World Wide. “The company also secured radio interviews with commercial stations in the US and Canada, and enlisted Rhona Fox of Fox Fuse as the PR for the video.”
Signed to We The Best/YMCMB, Mavado continues to thrill dancehall fans by staying true to the genre, despite his evolving move beyond dancehall borders.
“Now aligned with a powerful hip-hop conglomerate, Mavado nonetheless has pledged allegiance to the music that birthed his career,”writes Billboard journalist Patricia Meschino, in the exclusive premiere on March 4, 2013.

The Saturdays – What About Us ft. Sean Paul (Official Video)

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Some fans of The Saturdays say they prefer this song without Sean Paul, but in my opinion SP is always a good choice for spicing up a remix regardless of the genre.  Is this another Billboard boom-shot or not?

The Saturdays – ‘What About Us’ featuring Sean Paul

What do you think of this brand new video and Sean Paul’s latest pop music collaboration?

Richie Spice Launches New Album ‘Soothing Sounds: Acoustic’

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Conscious reggae star Richie Spice officially debuted his new album Soothing Sounds: Acoustic to media and fans in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 30, 2012, a week after the launch was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. The 15-track acoustic opus of socially-conscious roots anthems bowed worldwide on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from Tad’s Record.

Richie Spice on stage at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records venue, for his  Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch.

Richie Spice on stage at Usain Bolt‘s Tracks & Records venue, for his
Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch.
[Photo by Niketa Thomas/NickFotoWorks]

We had high expectations for the launch and we superseded them,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Soothing Sounds: Acoustic was introduced with a bang and there are only greater things to come. The artist performed exceptional well and the crowd grooved and sang along with every song. This only proves once more that Richie Spice is a solid artist and Tad’s Record is just proud to be affiliated with an artist of such great caliber.”

The launch was hosted by Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, Kingston’s newest hot spot for intimate, live concerts, and saw Richie Spice backed by a four-piece band and flanked by three back-up singers. He performed several songs from the album in acoustic format, including “Free,” “My Heart,” and “Crying.” Spice then segued into regular renditions of massive hits from his extensive catalog, much to the crowd’s delight, as they sang along, word for word.

Richie Spice, Tad Dawkins and Shaggy at the Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch in Kingston, Jamaica.

Richie Spice, Tad Dawkins and Shaggy at the Soothing Sounds: Acoustic
album launch in Kingston, Jamaica.
[Photo by Niketa Thomas/NickFotoWorks]

I’m overjoyed by the support for my album,” reveals Richie Spice. “I aimed to bring my locals fans a good taste of the acoustic album at the launch and it was well-received.” The launch was attended by dancehall superstar Shaggy, famed cricketer Chris Gayle, and a slew of media that included Billboard Magazine, which will be covering the Richie Spice album and its Kingston launch in the upcoming week.
The Soothing Sounds: Acoustic launch was a wonderful opportunity to experience Richie Spice performing the best of his catalog in a small setting,” says Billboard’s journalist Patricia Meschino, one of the few mainstream journalists who continues to regularly journey to the Caribbean to and bring its music to the global audience. “The acoustic interpretations of his well known hits such as ‘Grooving My Girl’ and ‘Youth Dem Cold’ gave those songs a renewed vitality and brought Richie’s positive lyrics and spectacular vocals into sharper focus.”

Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a masterpiece collection that is testament to the evolution of Richie Spice, showcasing an eclectic mix of musical elements that fuse classic reggae vibes with modern day acoustic rock, Spanish guitar, jazz and African drum beats. The first single, an uplifting call for unity titled “Free,”remains in heavy rotation in Jamaica and across reggae specialty formats, worldwide. The video for “Free” debuted on television channels in Jamaica in September, and continues to garner traction for the growing classic. The second single “Crying” also remains in rotation across reggae radio, and its video was just released, adding steam to the sounds of Richie Spice across all airwaves.

Richie Spice “Soothing Sounds Accoustic” (album_cover)

Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is now available both physically and digitally worldwide, on the Tad’s Record imprint. For further information on Richie Spice, including upcoming tour dates, log on to Richiespice.net, and follow his musical mission at Facebook.com/RichieSpiceMusic and Twitter.com/1RichieSpice.