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.

Musical Matinee featuring BRAP Band and ROOTS A FIRE [live reggae February 21]

I look forward to juggling a mix of reggae selections this Sunday at “Musical Matinee” featuring live reggae with the BRAP Band.

The Haven, a suave, intimate setting in Buckhead is located at 45 Bennett Street, Atlanta, GA.

There will be a guest appearance by Roots A Fire band, and other enriching experiences throughout the evening.
Come out for amazing entertainment, food (vegetarian/vegan available) and drinks.

LIVE REGGAE in BUCKHEAD at THE HAVEN on 02/21/2016 with BRAP Band with special guest ROOTS A FIRE + ConsciousZone with AHZJAH. Music by HIGHLANDA SOUND.

Doors open at 6pm, showtime’s at 7pm, and for more information contact BRAPBand@gmail.com.

Dread Takeover Volume 6 Mixed by DJ Passport

Here’s a new mix from a series the I have been checking for and wanted to share courtesy of DJ Passport, the official DJ of The Honorary Citizen.



We present to you the Jah Bouks promo compilation CD, comprised of 5 songs from the rising reggae chanter including the hit single “Angola” and his next single “Cry Fi Di Youths.”


Jah Bouks has set the summer of 2013 on fire with his hit “Angola” and is poised to continue his rise to the top.  Please download and share this great reggae music, appropriate for all audiences.

Chronixx- Here Comes Trouble (Official Music Video) HD

The Official music video for the powerful single from Chronixx “Here Comes Trouble,” Produced by Winta James of Overstand Entertainment and Directed by Ezra Tafari.


‘Meditation’ New Album from Suga Roy

uga Roy's new album "Meditation", coming out on July 2nd

Suga Roy’s new album “Meditation,” will be coming out on July 2nd.  Look for more consistent roots and lovers style one drop reggae music.

African Story African Glory, New Music from Mikey General

Check out the brand new album from Mikey General, called “African Story African Glory.” Download the first single, the title track “African Story.”


Watch the official video for Mikey General’s “African Story”:


“Read” by Karamanti #1 on Jamaica’s Roots FM Conscious Top 10

Every so often there comes a track that captures the attention of everyone that hears it in an inexplicable manner. Whether it is the message, the rhythm, or the flow, it simply has that it factor. Karamanti’s single “Read” is one such track.

As the name implies, the song speaks about the importance of reading and associates the degrading lyrics and images in music with the presenter’s ignorance. Since its release, the track has been getting favorable radio rotation both on the local and international scene.

In early October it entered the Conscious Top 10 chart which is featured on the program Intensity Friday, every Friday from 6pm -8pm on Roots 96.1 FM (in Jamaica). As of Friday, November 2nd, “Read” is sitting in the number one spot.

Listen and download “Read” here.

An Intimate Review

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Perhaps it’s because I started sneaking into clubs in the 10th grade.

Perhaps it’s because I avoided the dreaded “freshman fifteen” by religiously bussin’ a serious sweat –finals be damned– every Thursday through Sunday during my Black college experience days.

Perhaps it’s because I grew tired of the same faces and their too-cute-to-dance personas complete with companions donning touch-a-button faces and rude bwoy stances that rival the lean of The Tower of Pisa.

Can’t quite point it out, but for some reason, the past few years have found me not feeling the ATL party scene at all. But when I found out that my long-time homeboy was celebrating his birthday on a night when the hubs and I actually had a sitter, temptation got the better of me, so I dusted off my hot-girl shoes, backed out my super-fancy eye shadow (that I don’t put on for any and any occasion), cleared my throat to create my sweetest tone and said, “uhm, Baaaby, let’s drop by Kahlil’s birthday party tonight, okay?

I expected to have a decent time both because I was celebrating an important Earthstrong, and because I’m familiar with Highlanda’s vibe-inducing powers on the ones and twos. What I wasn’t prepared for was an experience that far surpassed my expectations, and left me with a sense of hope on behalf of the sacred few Atlanta party-goers who are looking for a break from the same ole’ show!

Let me give you a straight-no-chaser L.V.V. (Location, Venue, Vibes) breakdown of the Earthstrong Par-tay!

Location: More time, the drive into the city from an Atlanta suburb is not, I repeat NOT, worth the gas money, because truthfully, I can get the same vibes from Youtube or my iPod without the fuss! Not to mention the fact that too many deejays spend too much time bussin’ new tunes, and bad-mouthing other deejays, and not enough time genuinely enjoying themselves and linking their energy with that of their crowd’s. The Bentley’s, a quick 20-minute commute from our northern Atlanta suburb was already a great selling point for me! And since all of us looking to release some stress and catch a vibe don’t live in Atlanta proper, it’s great to know that there’s an option that doesn’t involve excessive highway time.

Venue: After a quick ride to Chamblee, we pulled into the unassuming parking lot, not knowing quite what to expect. It looked so small on the outside, I thought, “Aha! That’s why they went with the whole ‘Intimate’ theme.” When I got in though, I was surprised to see that the space was much larger than I expected. Boasting a sexy deep-red theme throughout, the swanky set-up included plush seating (that offered great views of the dance floor and the deejay booth), seemingly Asian-inspired low circular tables, plenty of candles, a clean bathroom (hallelujah!) and a diverse and well-stocked bar! Very “Neo-soul meets Caribbean Flair”; I was definitely feelin’ it. The camera crew, consisting of The Fyah Sisters and ATL Kings, had the paparazzi feel in full effect as they scouted out the shy faces, while still making sure to showcase the video light seekers and their latest dance demonstrations; pure niceness! Indeed, my good eye shadow had not gone to waste.

Vibes: When I tell you that there were no shoes-to-floor commitments that night, I mean ev-er-y-body was dancing all over the place! The music was a sweet elixir of dancehall, hip hop, conscious reggae and of course, soca. The high-energy tag team included DJ Lion Chef of Apocalypse, Philip 5 of Cartel Sound, and Kahlil Wonda and PEC of Highlanda Sound. Each deejay brought us their unique energy without interrupting the flow of whatever vibe their predecessor had taken care to create. Even my hubs, who usually reserves his dancing skills for the football field, had to give in to the energy of the music that night! Beads of sweat, bottles and glasses raised high, and party patron singing out their favorite tunes, permeated the air and resulted in a true example of people who decided to heed Mr. Vegas’ advise and Tek Weh Demself!

Promoters Mixx Promotions and Highlanda.net have clearly found a Friday night niche with Intimate at The Bentley’s. Located in the Clairmont Center Plaza one block from Dreamz ATL, this venue is sure to continue to hit a sweet spot with Atlanta partygoers for some time to come.

If you missed it, no worries; it’s a [weekly] ting!

Log on to www.highlanda.net and www.highlanda.wordpress.com to stay in the know, and email RSVP@highlanda.net or mixxpromotions@gmail.com to get your V.I.P. on and get Intimate pon a Friday night!

Words by Akilah S. Richards aka Execumama

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‘Sizzling’ featuring Sizzla Kalonji [VINYL Lovers/Culture Mixtape Download]

Sizzling starts with Gregory Issacs alongside Sugar Roy with the remake of Gregory’s hit ‘Soon Forward,’ followed by a big Sanchez on the rhythm, ‘Feel Like A Winner.’

Sizzling CD cover

Sizzling CD cover

The Sanchez is so nice I let it play out for a while before bringing in the next tunes on the riddim by Natural Blacks, Anthony B, and the original old gangalee, Louie Culture.  This intro to the CD sets a good tone as it draws you into the vibe of lovers and conscious tunes.


The sound effects and drops used in this mix are clean, well placed, and most importantly, not distracting from the music.  Sizzling features the Blaze rhythm out of Germany with Junior Kelly plus Fifth Element Crew members Chuck Fender, and Richie Spice, among others. This Highlanda culture/lovers rock mix caters to Sizzla fans with 12 songs by Kalonji, hence the CD’s title Sizzling. Download Sizzling now.

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