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Where to find a Conscious Reggae Concert on Memorial Day Weekend | ATL
If you have been looking for a spectacular night of live reggae music infused with the cultural flair of conscious lyrics and unforgettable rhythms, then look no further.
RBG Alliance presents a CRC for you – a Conscious Reggae Concert.
The event will feature Ijahknowah backed by the BRAP band and special guest artist Endel i.
Highlanda Sound will open the night from the DJ booth with musical selections related to the event’s theme.
Find details on this new Conscious Reggae Concert Series page, event page here and ticket site here.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Catchin’ a “Wine” in the Dancehall
As far as researchers understand, dance has been a way for potential mates to be noticed. That especially rings true for the animal kingdom. From birds of paradise to spiders and insects, dance can separate the suitors from the spectators.
The reason for the development of dance among humans, however, is not as well comprehended. Evolutionists certainly attach to the theory that, just like our animal neighbors, dance has been a way to sift out the best mate for family rearing. Apart from the potentially long-term benefits of having your genes passed on to another generation, dancing has more short term health benefits as well, especially when referencing partner dancing.
The history of partner dancing in the Caribbean is colorful and varied but, arguably, the most popular of such is wining. This is where two individuals, usually a male and female who are attracted to one another, dance in rhythm while in constant contact with the hip area of each other’s bodies. Because of the very unique and seductive style of this type of dance, research has been able to shine some light on the effects this type of dance has on the human body.
Consider these physiological responses your body has to wining.
- Raises the Beat: This type of dance will increase your heart rate and allowing your heart to pump faster in short periods will promote better heart health and more efficient blood circulation.
- Gets you High, Naturally: Dopamine is the chemical that mediates pleasure in the brain. It is released during pleasurable situations and stimulates one to seek out the pleasurable activity or occupation.
- Gives you a Chill Pill: The initial anticipation of a nice wine from an attractive person can be stressful, and in response, our bodies release a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol stimulates gluconeogenesis (the formation of glucose) and activates anti-stress and anti-inflammatory pathways. (..allowing the ride to be smooth consuming..)
- Your senses get a Front Row Seat: Being that close during a wine allows your subconscious to get a better “view” at a potential love interest. Pheromone levels peaks, pupils may constrict or widen (depending on the level of attraction), supplemental touching may or may not ensue, breathing may become erratic, and other indicators our subconscious calculates in order to determine if that person will be worth an investment beyond the wine. (..harder to do when preeing from across a dark dancehall..)
- A Boost of Manly: For men (and women, minimally) , the hormone testosterone can peak up to 13 percent! This is the hormone that may help you woo a woman, improves cognitive ability, increases libido and improves erections (For men. But you knew that), strengthens bones, increases muscle mass, and decreases body fat.
So as you can see, there can be much to gain from giving a wine or two with that bloke or bird that you already had an eye on. (Research suggests that the same benefits detailed above cannot be had by dancing with partners of the same sex of where there is no physical attraction.)
What to look forward to at Rub-A-Dub ATL [Video]
Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present Rub-A-Dub ATL every 2nd Sunday.
Join this unique flavorful retro #reggae international celebration in Atlanta.
Join our mailing list and get tickets by visiting this link.
Don’t miss out on ELECTRIC DANCEHALL Atlanta this Saturday 8.20.16
I’m pleased to announce the newest cocktail on the menu at WildPitch Music Hall is “The Highlanda,” featuring top shelf Jamaican rum.
And what better way to debut a new cocktail than with a drink special? Order “The Highlanda” for just $5, all night at electric dancehall!
Cheers!!! “I’m drinking rum, and red bull..”
Here is a video recap of what to expect at #electricdancehall.
Here is a quick informational piece about Electric Dancehall from the official host, DREGGAE.
Here is the world famous DJ MARS sharing tips on getting into (and beating the line) for this highly anticipated inaugural special event. Here’s a hint: get there early.
Now, if the wicked talented DJ Line-up and top rated dance music venue complete with a new patio and $5 Highlanda drink special aren’t enough to convince you, then check out this article to see why Mike Jordan, author at Thrillist, included Electric Dancehall in his “things to do in Atlanta this weekend” article.
Don’t miss your chance to grab your spot – the event’s filling up fast!
Karamanti Releases Powerful Motivational Video for her single “Don’t Give Up”1
Karamanti has just released the official video for her single “Don’t Give Up,” recorded on the Missing Piece Riddim by Rhome Records.
The Riddim also features Khago, Teflon and several other Jamaican artists and it was released in September of 2015 and distributed globally by 21st Hapilos Distribution.
“Don’t Give Up” is a motivational track that would be classified as Caribbean pop (though it has a very strong dancehall sound). A few scenes for the video were shot in Ontario, Canada, while others were done in Kingston, Jamaica. Unlike most music videos, “Don’t Give Up” does not have any actors, instead, real, everyday people were asked about their dreams, obstacles and determination, or lack thereof. After sharing their story, they were followed with a camera so that the public could get a glimpse into their struggles and their commitment to not giving up.
Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOmCjmoHc-0
Download “Don’t Give UP” mp3 here: http://tinyurl.com/zpdwgpz
Karamanti’s twitter is @Karamanti
Rhome Records twitter is @DJ_Rhome
BRAP Band and Julie Dexter headline the International Musikal Matinee, May 15th at The Wren’s Nest #ATL3
The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series returns May 15, 2016. Be uplifted, and healed with conscious musical performances by Julie Dexter, the BRAP Band, and Highlanda Sound System.
This takes place Sunday May 15th @wrensnestatl. Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm. $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE). Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance. Click here for tickets/information.
How to “Rub-A-Dub” the right way. [Sunday, March 13, 2016 at The Sound Table]1
For the perfect date night or ultimate group outing in the city, a unique nightlife experience takes place Sunday March 13, 2016 when Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present #RubADubATL, starring Funkregulator Celo alongside Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport.
The Sound Table (483 Edgewood Ave. Atlanta.) is the destination for this authentic reggae celebration. The selections start spinning at 8pm and we ask that you arrive early. Enjoy complimentary entry all night.
RUB-A-DUB: Lovers and Roots Reggae All Night – Sunday, January 10th, 2016
The classics that introduced Jamaica’s music to the world, The new reggae revival movement, Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music. Good vibes only by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Guest DJ set by DJ Lion The Turntable Bandit. 8pm-12 / No Cover.
Bob Marley Tribute in Atlanta – February 5th, 20162
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New Single from Ras Fraser Jr., “Vacation For Two”
Rebel Sound recording artist Ras Fraser Jr., the son of legendary Reggae singer Phillip Fraser, brings you his new single “Vacation For Two“.
Many people from Jamaica never get to see many of the island’s beautiful wonders that the tourists see everyday when vacationing there. “Vacation For Two” is about a Jamaican couple taking a vacation on their own island and seeing its amazing sights for the first time.
“Vacation For Two” is currently doing well on the radio in Jamaica and is in the Hot Tracks section on the iTunes Reggae Page. Download “Vacation For Two” now.
The Fresh Station and Pisces Lounge Bring You *The Fresh Wednesday* After Work
Access Granted presents WASTED with Craig Lion and Danger Marcus this Friday
The release of Various Artists Compilation: Soca Gold 2015
Just in time for summer enjoyment Soca Gold 2015 featuring Fay-Ann Lyons, Angela Hunte, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Lead Pipe & Saddis, and more will be officially released on June 30th.
2015 Caribbean-American Movers & Shakers Awards (Atlanta)
JOIN US ON SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015, NEGRIL VILLAGE ATLANTA: 4:00pm-9:00pm http://camsawards.eventbrite.com
2015 Various Artists New Release: Soca Arena3
As excitement for Caribbean carnival season builds, everyone’s looking for the latest songs to run the road. Soca Arena, the new compilation from VP Records presents prime contenders form Soca’s hottest artists and producers. Kick off your carnival with these jump up winners!
Caribbean Fever Edition of DJ Kash Fridays – Friday February 20th
Rocksteady’s Special Sagittarius Edition Sunday Dec. 7th 20146
Rocksteady, Atlanta’s ONLY monthly Roots Reggae event returns this weekend! Join us Sunday December 7th, 2014 at the Sound Table (Voted BEST of ATLANTA 2014 by Atlanta Magazine, and previously dubbed BEST PLACE to have a DRINK in the city of ATL).
This time around hosting duties will be handled by Atlanta Reggae artist SHOOKS S.L.R who will be celebrating his Earth Strong inna rubadub style and pattern with Music by residents Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport, plus special guests CARTEL SOUND with DJ Phillip 5 and the crew.
Doors Open 8pm – Midnight; No Cover Charge; RSVP to VaultClassics@gmail.com. Must be 21+.
The Sound Table is located at 483 Edgewood Ave (corner of Boulevard) in downtown Atlanta’s revitalized Old Fourth Ward community.
ROCKSTEADY, a Classic Affair Sunday Sept. 7th @ The Sound Table6
Rocksteady, a recurring festive occasion now being celebrated on 1st Sundays in downtown Atlanta’s re-born Old Forth Ward neighborhood presents a retro Caribbean soundtrack at a now classic locale, The Sound Table, located at 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
This is a unique old-school style themed reggae soiree powered by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Enjoy world-class mixology infused with crucial music selection you won’t get at other spots in the city.
More on the genre Rocksteady:
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1960s, after SKA and before REGGAE. Rocksteady and the early reggae that followed, was built around the “one drop” drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the second and fourth beat of every bar, played by the bass drum and the snare together. The bass line eventually became one of the most recognizable characteristics of Jamaican music.
Despite its short lifespan, rocksteady’s influence is great as most of the reggae artists started out in Rocksteady and/or SKA. Many reggae songs became focused less on romance and more on black consciousness, politics and protest. The release of the film “The Harder They Come” and the rise of Jamaican superstar Bob Marley brought reggae to an international level that rocksteady never reached.
Although rocksteady was a short-lived phase of Jamaican popular music (about 2 years), it was hugely influential on reggae, dub and dancehall. Many bass lines originally created for rocksteady songs continue to be used in contemporary Jamaican music, such as the rhythm from “Never Let You Go” by Slim Smith (sometimes known as the Answer rhythm) and the Hi-Fashion rhythm from “Bobby Babylon” by Freddie McGregor.
Preview Reggae Gold 2014 Various Artists Compilation1
Reggae Gold 2014 contains commercial radio hits, core reggae winners, critical favorites and exclusive picks for the ultimate summer reggae groove.
“Jack Hammer” is the summertime hit from QQ (“One Drop”), already a hit in the Caribbean and now breaking through in the States. The track is supported by consistent club play and a strong social media campaign through YouTube videos and Instagram @qqworld.
“Richest Girl” is the lead single off of Etana‘s forthcoming album, I Rise (autumn 2014, VP Records). Produced by legendary Jamaican arranger/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt, “Richest Girl” is a song about recognizing the truly important things in life, with the “Strong One” voicing the sentiment “I could lose it all, but one thing that is true, if I wake up next to you, I’m the richest girl.”
Fay Ann Lyons new hit “Catch Me” is primed to take the Soca Queen to whole other level. Already getting play with Caribbean outlets, the lead single from her debut VP Records album showcases the vocalist against an EDM flavor that is catching on everywhere.