Entertainer of the Year

A hilarious conversation about the winners from the 38th annual IRAWMA and the accuracy of our predictions. We also have lots of updates from the reggae world in this 2nd quarantine episode.

 

Intro:

0:43 – AGARD Quarantine mixes.
 

Buzzworthy Segment:

3:13 – “Toast” in Life Water commercial. Koffee featured in Newsweek Magazine.
5:26 – DJs spinning live on social media: D-Nice, DJ Mars, Stereo 5, Unity Sound, Tony Matterhorn, Stone Love, DJ Jazzy Jeff, etc.
11:04 – Alicia Keys “Underdog” remix ft. Chronixx and Protoje with production by Izzy Beats and Swiss Beats.
 

The Tastemaker Segment:

15:09 – Champion Squad Remix Catalog.
16:00 – Blakkamoore and Snoop DoggGet Down Tonight video.
19:48 – Buju Banton performing live on BBC 1Xtra.
22:13 – Lila Ike “Where I’m Coming From” live on 1Xtra.
 

Soundclash Update:

23:57 – Walshy Fire Quarantine Clash.
25:15 – Antigua Quarantine History Clash 2 with Stonewall vs Exorcist on FB live.
29:22 – Brief recap from Spring Killing in NY with Super Tremor vs. Real Sound vs. Venom Xenos.
33:19 – Pantason urging artists to lower dubplate prices
36:18 – Rest in Peace to Apple Gabriel, a founding member of Israel Vibration. Reaction to his passing.
 

Main Segment:

38:16 – Due to the Coronavirus, the 38th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) was limited to a media-only broadcast. We discuss the winners and compare them with our predictions. Buju, Vybz Kartel, and Koffee were the biggest winners.
 

Outro:

45:45 – Fan mail and social distancing advice.
 
 

The Producers

A talented group of Reggae producers has been spreading the culture worldwide without necessarily getting their due fanfare.  Many listeners may not know who is responsible for the songs and riddims they enjoy listening to. 

 

Some Jamaican hitmakers are even infiltrating other genres and collaborating with the biggest names in music.  We highlighted some producers who have shined with successful records but have remained behind the scenes.    

Buzzworthy:

  • Kool Herc appears at the Jamaica Music Conference.  Plans to open a museum in Kingston. 
  • Pharell Williams of the Neptunes in the studio working on music with Buju Banton.

Tastemaker:

Baby Come Take It – Anthony Malvo ft. Buju Banton

Soundclash Update:

  • King AP enters 1,2,3 Badda Dan clash tournament.
  • AGARD sounds off on King Addies vs. Stone Wall.

 

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Best of 2019 Reggae and Dancehall

Happy New Year!  We’re back with a Reggae Lover recap of 2019.  Also predictions for 2020 like “Most likely to Fade,” and “Most Likely to Blow Up,” plus Grammy predictions.

Reggae Lover Podcast 2020

 

Listen to this break down of the 2019 Reggae superlatives:

Song of the year:
  • Koffee – Toast
 
Album of the year mentions:
  • Tarrus Riley – BLEM (EP)
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Third World – Work To Be Done
  • Bugle – Picture Perfect
  • Jah Cure – Masterpiece
 
Clash Sound of the year mentions:
  • Notorious
  • Stone Wall
  • King Shine
  • Young Hawk
  • Warrior
  • Dynamq
  • Jah Mikey One
 
Juggling Sound of the year mentions:
  • King Addies
  • David Rodigan
  • Rory Stone Love
  • Stone Love
  • Bass Odyssey
 
Best Sound System event audio:
  • Reeewind 2019 (Crowning of U-Roy)
 
Promoter of the year mentions:
  • Irish and Chin
  • Shawn Pipa
  • Rockers Unltd
  • David Driveway
 
Concert of the year:
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Long Walk to Freedom Concert (Jamaica)
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We also introduced three new micro-segments that will be recurring on this season of the podcast:

  • Buzzworthy – Welcome to Jamrock Cruise
  • Tastemaker – Rock and Groove Riddim; Fareal – Gravy
  • Soundclash Update – Clash at Sea 2019
 

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Summer 2019 Report | Reggae Lover # 155

On Reggae Lover podcast episode 155 we discuss the state of the culture and news from the dancehall.

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TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Our reactions to Reggae Sumfestin Jamaica and Reggae Summerjam in Germany.
  • Responses to our earlier shows from this season.
  • Revisited last week’s topic about looking back at the decade of 2009 to 2019.
  • Checked in on our “songs of the Summer” predictions.
  • An updated report on our women in Reggae leaders of the new school.
  • An updated report on Buju Banton.

Looking Back at 2009-2019 Reggae

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ĀGARD and Kahlil Wonda argue their predictions about how the current period of reggae music will be viewed in the future.

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Buju, Koffee, and Kahlil Wonda Interview

I discuss Buju Banton’s triumphant return to the stage at the Long Walk to Freedom Concert. There’s no way I could fail to talk about this historic event.

Also, Koffee’s debut EP release and the placement of her single “Toast” in the box office blockbuster movie “Us.” Stream or download her EP “Rapture,” now.

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This episode includes footage from when I was a guest on the Dash-A-Fire podcast. You learn where I was born and raised. You learn where and how Highlanda Sound got started. I talked about my love for vegetarian food and where I go get it in Atlanta. I list some of my favorite artists and explain my inspiration for starting this podcast. All good stuff.
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Why We Love the 90s

Jamaican State of Mind podcast host Nicholas joins the Reggae Lover crew to reminisce about the most trendsetting decade – the 90s.

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But why do we love the 1990s so much?

We talk about some of the most iconic figures from that time and bring the conversation current to explore why things are so different now.

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What everybody ought to know about Buju Banton

In this first episode for the 2019 Reggae Lover season, we discuss Jamaican icon, Buju Banton, also known as Gargamel.

Buju returned to Jamaica in early December after serving seven years in a US prison on drug charges.

We offer facts about Buju Banton before and after his incarceration. We also examine some of the news circulating about his upcoming appearances and discuss his phenomenal legacy.

Reggae Lover is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on the issues, insights, back-stories, and adventures of the biggest names in reggae. Discussions of the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers.

Hosted by Award-winning radio presenter and top-rated selector Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, co-founders of Highlanda Sound.

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Best of 90s Reggae

The 90s was the best era ever! If you agree or disagree, let me know in the comments.

This one is for those who respect Buju, Sizzla, Anthony B, Luciano, Garnett Silk, Jah Cure, Morgan Heritage, Jahmali, Sanchez, Mad Cobra, Spragga Benz, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Beenie Man, Determine, Fattis Burrell, Everton Blender, Dennis Brown, and all the other ICONS that solidified the 1990’s.

Thanks for checking out this season on the Reggae Lover Podcast. Looking forward to more good vibes in 2019.

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The Silky One | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 90

The emergence of Garnett Silk was as timely and triumphant as we’ve seen in the business of reggae music.

Upon first hearing Garnet Silk sing you can see this is somebody that wants you to feel what he’s singing about. You can feel that this is someone who has a deep conviction for the messages in his music. Garnett achieved iconic status within only a matter of years.

The Silky One

His career took off between 1992 and 1994 when there was a conversion in the mood of the Dancehall. Silk sang cultural songs that spoke to the needs and desires of the African diaspora. Legendary producer Bobby Digital recorded his debut album “It’s Growing.” That album featured deep cultural themes, spiritual songs, and romantic songs. It went on to become one of the best selling albums in Jamaica for 1992.

Silk recorded hits for the Star Trails label, King Jammys, Jack Scorpio, Sly & Robbie, and Steely & Clevie. He headlined 1994’s Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash festivals. Then he signed an international distribution deal with Atlantic Records. He started working on another album with Sly & Robbie at Tuff Gong Studios.

As this album was nearing completion, two burglaries took place at his mother’s house in Mandeville. Garnett borrowed two guns from his lawyer for protection. As he sat with his friends on the afternoon of December 9, 1994, showing them the guns, he confessed that he didn’t even know how to use them. One of his friends offered to show Silk how to fire them. At some point one of the guns discharged. The bullet hit a propane gas tank igniting a massive fire.

Everyone in the group was out of the house when Silk realized that his mother was asleep in her bedroom. Immediately he returned to rescue her. Silk and his mother got trapped in the burning house and did not make it out alive.

Garnet Silk passed away at 28 years old leaving a wife and three children. His son Garnett Smith Jr. has ventured into a career in music. His nephew Anthony Cruz, also a well-known singer, recorded a tribute album in 2013 featuring cover versions Silk’s songs.

Several singles and compilation albums got released after his death. If you are a sound system lover check out “Killamanjaro Remembers” released in 1999. Also, check out “The Conquering Lion dubplate selection” released in 2000. That one includes dubs that Garnett recorded for Conquering Lion Sound System in the 80s.

One of the big questions for reggae fans is “What if…?” What if Garnett was able to live on until today? We’re blessed with the musical legacy he left. Enjoy this mix, collect his music. Garnett Silk is definitely not forgotten. He is always remembered and always missed. Thank you for listening to Reggae Lover Podcast Episode # 90.

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I am going to be doing a series of interviews with prominent people working in the reggae business. I’ll be talking with people that perform on stage, and also some who work behind the scenes. I’ll still be coming out with one mix per week, but I am excited about the episodes in a talk show format. Keeping it fun and informative is the goal. I have dedicated this project to you my fellow reggae lovers. Thanks again for listening.

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