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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Season Finale of Reggae Lover

This season finale opens a few cans of worms. 

Questions come up like:

  • Is the stereotype that Jamaicans don’t like soca dead?
  • Does the Red Bull Culture Clash clash with soundclash culture?
  • Has Afrobeat replaced Dancehall for real?
  • Do young people everywhere know who Bad Bunny and Afro B are? Do they know Chronic Law and Squash?
  • We will be back in 2020 with amazing new content and this year was a blast. 

Reggae Lover Podcast 2019

 

We take a few minutes at the top for our favorite memories and takeaways from this season. Also, we do some shout outs and let you know how you can interact and support the show.

Thank you so much for the love over the last 47 episodes.  Don’t forget to check out our archives (talk and mixes) and please enjoy your Christmas and New Year celebrations safely.

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Why does Black America hate reggae?

Nick from the Jamaican State of Mind podcast joins the Reggae Lover crew once again to discuss the topic: Why does Black America hate reggae?

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We analyze different aspects of culture, education, travel, and politics in an attempt to come up with answers.
 
White America had somewhat embraced reggae music by the time Bob Marley’s “Legend” album dropped. Black America as a whole never really joined the movement.
 
We also discuss the reasons why we care about this in the first place. It is a very real conversation from the heart, and worth a listen.

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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“Jamaica Love” edition of Rewind Sundays | August 19, 2018 #ATL

Rewind Sundays is back this August 19th where we will recognize the Roots and Culture of Reggae music in an edition called Jamaica Love.

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Doors open at 8pm and admission is only $15. Discounted tickets will ONLY be available online.

Music by Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda, Copper Ash, and Natural Vibes with Rico Vibes and Junior Culture.

Food will be provided by Chef Tony and Dionne Robinson. Link Seree Statum-Monrose for bottle specials and reserved seating.

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Poor People’s Governor Rodney Price Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 103

This episode highlights revolutionary lyrics and spiritual songs from Bounty Killer’s catalog.

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Included here are tunes offering chastisement of government officials and petty thieves alike. Rodney charges both the murderers in the community and the policymakers who allow guns to prevail on the ghetto streets.

Bounty pens exclamations on behalf of the Jamaican lower class, giving them a global voice. The so-called ‘Warlord’ praises our Heavenly Father and encourages youth to seek education.

The ‘5-Star General’ was instrumental in boosting the careers of dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Aidonia, Baby Cham, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Angel Doolas, Nitty Kutchie and Elephant Man, among others. He continues to give young artists a platform.

Rodney Price’s contributions to the culture have been immense. His legacy is one for the ages.

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Joe Gibbs Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 99

The producer Joe Gibbs, hardcore Jamaican entrepreneur, engineer, and record producer started recording artists in the back of his electronics repair shop in 1966.

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He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One. Bunny Lee helped them form The Amalgamated record label. Soon ‘Niney The Observer‘ joined the team and they were able to produce Rocksteady era hits.

In 1972, Errol Thompson came on board as the chief engineer and together with Joe Gibbs formed “The Mighty Two.” Their studio band called The Professionals featured bassist Sly Dunbar, drummer Robbie Shakespeare, and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Hundreds of hits came out including “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown and “A So We Stay” by Big Youth. In 1977 the Culture album entitled “Two Sevens Clash” debuted and became a smash hit which coincided with the punk rock craze in the UK. 

Artists recorded and produced by Joe Gibbs included Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Byles, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken, Althea and Donna, Ranking Joe and Peter Tosh. The list goes on and on.

In the new millennium, Joe Gibbs focused on marketing his back catalog.  Joe Gibbs passed on to Zion in February 2008.  He had over 100 Jamaica number one hits and over a dozen UK hits.

He released music on an array of different record labels. An amazing body of work, the Joe Gibbs catalog includes some very important songs in the story of Jamaican music.  Salute to the icon, the giant, one of the greatest producers ever – Joe Gibbs. 

Please subscribe to the reggae lover podcast. Please share and invite others to listen. Email your requests and feedback to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com.   Until next time, keep it positive. This is Kahlil Wonda from Highlanda Sound saying Jah bless.

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Live Concerts Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 93

Imagine being in the house for the ultimate reggae concert headlined by Bob Marley and friends.

Bob opens the show setting the mood for a night of stellar entertainment. Steel Pulse performs, then to the crowd’s surprise, Dennis Brown takes the stage. After D. Brown rocks, he invites U-Roy to come up and sing. The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and daddy U-Roy take turns thrilling the audience.

Next, on stage, we have Culture with original singer, Joseph Hill at his peak. Freddie McGregor joins in to deliver one of his greatest hits. Peter Tosh follows with two of his notorious numbers. Bob and U-Roy return to partake in the elevating vibes before making way for Frankie Paul.

F.P. displays crowd control and exemplifies dancehall style as the crowd jumps and sings out loud. The Steel Pulse band returns to contribute more musical excitement infused with meaning. Then to close the show, the legend, Ms. Lauryn Hill shuts it down as only L Boogie could.

Now that would be a bucket-list concert experience!

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God Bless Dancehall

Conscious dancehall reggae music from Chronixx, Vybz Kartel, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Jesse Royal, I-Octane, Etana, Konshens, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Capleton and more.

Enjoy a mix of songs with danceable beats and lyrics imploring listeners to stop negative behaviors.  This is feel-good music professing positivity and denouncing injustices.

This episode is an example of reggae’s power and evidence of message music continuing to come out of Jamaica in “dancehall” style. It is up to us DJs and Sound System selectors to use our influence to set a tone of consciousness by featuring better music.  We can and should influence artists and producers to clean up their act by not playing low-quality, negative music.  There is an opportunity to strengthen and edify the future generations with our music and I feel obligated to wave that flag.

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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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