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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Reggae Lover Podcast (2019 Season)

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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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The Ultimate Answer Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 65

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go" at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since. Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Answer Riddim Mix, Episode 64 of the Reggae Lover Podcast by Highlanda Sound

Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go” at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since.

Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Playlist:

  1. Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
  2. Philip Frazer – Never Let Go
  3. Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose
  4. Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
  5. Supercat – History
  6. Johnny Osborne – Keep On Moving
  7. Slim Smith – Never Let Go
  8. The Answer – Lone Ranger
  9. Marca Griffiths – I Shall Sing
  10. Buju Banton – No Respect
  11. Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
  12. Macka B – Never Played A 45
  13. Warrior King – Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound)
  14. Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
  15. Sugar Minott – Feel The Rydim
  16. Sanchez – Take Your Time
  17. Anthony Malvo ft. General Degree – Comforter
  18. Sizzla – In My Thoughts
  19. Beenie Man – Fassy Try To Dis (Too Bad Mind)
  20. Edley Shines – Lead Out (dub plate)
  21. Anthony B – Global Awareness
  22. Junior Kelly – Ghetto Region
  23. Half Pint – She’s Fever
  24. Marcia Griffiths – Cry No More
  25. Sanchez – Groove Me
  26. Pinchers – Lift It Up Again
  27. Supercat – Vineyard Party
  28. Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley and Buju Banton – Traffic Jam

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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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Beres Lovers Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 63

Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.

‘The Honorable’ Beres Hammond is an iconic Jamaican reggae singer. Known in particular for being a pioneer in lovers rock music he is a top class entertainer. No matter the mood, listening to Beres sing always makes it better.

63 - Reggae Lover Podcast - Beres Lovers Mix  Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.  'The Honorable' Beres Hammond is an iconic Jamaican reggae singer. Known in particular for being a pioneer in lovers rock music he is a top class entertainer. No matter the mood, listening to Beres sing always makes it better.  He is celebrated for passionate singing, superb songwriting, professionalism, and consummate showmanship. Beres has landed hit after hit dating back to the 1980s. He is a true living legend. Please enjoy the sweet sounds of a Beres Hammond in this episode of Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound.  Beres Hammond Playlist:  Always Be There Keep Me Warm In My Arms River Bank Groovy Little Thing No Love Until We Love No Disturb Sign See You Again They Gonna Talk A Place For You Full Attention See You Tomorrow Can’t Walk Away Love From A Distance Can’t Stop A Man From Trying Fight This Feeling ft. Shaggy Dancing Beauty La la la Left Me Crying My Woman Now ft. Buju Banton Tempted To Touch Love Mi Haffi Get ft. Cutty Ranks Live On ft. Marcia Griffiths (Alternative Mix) Feeling Lonely ft. Mad Cobra Respect To You Baby Show It Off Come Back Home Pride and Joy Can’t Say I Never Tried No Goodbye Feel Good What A Night ft. Queen Ifrica Still Will Be Heaven A Little More Time ft. Buju Banton Double Trouble Who Say ft. Buju Banton Sweetness Kids Play Doctor’s Orders She Loves Me Now  Apple Podcast (iTunes) link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reggae-lover/id1126663530?mt=2h  Stitcher Radio link: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/reggae-lover/the-reggae-lover-podast  Google Play link: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ixihhi6rfw26zi6333hocwv6diq?t=Reggae_Lover

He is celebrated for passionate singing, superb songwriting, professionalism, and consummate showmanship. Beres has landed hit after hit dating back to the 1980s. He is a true living legend. Please enjoy the sweet sounds of a Beres Hammond in this episode of Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound.

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Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.

Beres Hammond Playlist:

  1. Always Be There
  2. Keep Me Warm
  3. In My Arms
  4. River Bank
  5. Groovy Little Thing
  6. No Love Until We Love
  7. No Disturb Sign
  8. See You Again
  9. They Gonna Talk
  10. A Place For You
  11. Full Attention
  12. See You Tomorrow
  13. Can’t Walk Away
  14. Love From A Distance
  15. Can’t Stop A Man From Trying
  16. Fight This Feeling ft. Shaggy
  17. Dancing Beauty
  18. La la la
  19. Left Me Crying
  20. My Woman Now ft. Buju Banton
  21. Tempted To Touch
  22. Love Mi Haffi Get ft. Cutty Ranks
  23. Live On ft. Marcia Griffiths (Alternative Mix)
  24. Feeling Lonely ft. Mad Cobra
  25. Respect To You Baby
  26. Show It Off
  27. Come Back Home
  28. Pride and Joy
  29. Can’t Say I Never Tried
  30. No Goodbye
  31. Feel Good
  32. What A Night ft. Queen Ifrica
  33. Still Will Be Heaven
  34. A Little More Time ft. Buju Banton
  35. Double Trouble
  36. Who Say ft. Buju Banton
  37. Sweetness
  38. Kids Play
  39. Doctor’s Orders
  40. She Loves Me Now

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