I caught up with I-Octane to dive into the story of his reggae journey. The bright reggae-dancehall star explained that he didn’t choose music. Music chose him.
“Music became like a person that I could correspond with and express myself… then I fell in love with music.”
Click to Download: Reggae Lover Interview | I-Octane | Podcast Episode 104
In 2018 Octane committed to growth by giving his fans a better live music experience. Bringing old-school standards to the new school, he will be performing with a live band as much as possible moving forward.
“Reggae music is the biggest music world wide… i’ve been to places in Africa where they don’t know about Jay-Z, but they know Bob Marley.”
I Octane is the executive producer of his new studio album, “Love & Life.” The album is an independent project recorded at his studio for his label, Conquer The Globe Productions. He talks about why he chose that route instead of signing with an international major label.
This artist is serious about applying proven business principles to solidify his career. Listen as he talks about his future goals, creative process, and reasons for his success.
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Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music
It was a time when Bounty Killer was given the title “Poor People Governor” and had a streak of hit songs banned from radio airplay in Jamaica because he spoke out against corruption and divisiveness in political policies and sang about ineptitude and abuse by local law enforcement. There was a resurgence of lyrical protest songs uniting and re-energizing the dancehall followers in the streets of Jamaica with positive messages earning the biggest crowd responses. Buju Banton, who emerged as the “Voice of Jamaica” delivered words of wisdom and warning to his fan base and his lyrical ideals deepened right along with his Rastafarian faith.
MORE FIRE! Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 60
The same went for Capleton who was dominant and was dubbed “The Fire Man.” Capleton burned the hottest fire with a string of releases that dissected and illustrated all the faults he found with “Babylon system” and during his live stage performances, massive eruptions of energy occurred. Artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, and Anthony B were also extremely influential within this conscious movement of the 1990s.
The up-tempo (dancehall) riddims being produced in this era of Jamaican music offered very diverse story lines so there were songs about the latest dance moves, gunman tunes, girls anthems, and ganja dedications surrounded by songs about spirituality, African liberation, “burning out” current corrupt government officials and taboo trends, or the struggles of the poor in the ghetto.
Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music
This mix focuses on the danceable selections of that period that kept it real. Reality tunes, similar in content to the roots reggae standards of reggae’s foundation era, but aligned with the most popular riddims that dominated the dancehall. This was the music that could be heard at the climax of sound system sessions primarily from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Please press play and take a brief trip back to “fire time.” More Fire!
- Sweet C – Natty Dread
- Spragga Benz – Moving Up The Line
- Beenie Man – Music A Di Beat
- Louie Culture – Ganga Lee
- Beenie Man – Blessed
- Bushman ft. I Lue – Send Them Come
- Zebra – Selassie Warning
- Capleton – No Carbon Copy
- Bounty Killer – Babylon System A Go Down
- Capleton – Good So
- Buju Banton – Deportees (Tings Change)
- Beenie Man – Foundation
- Capleton – Stay Far From Trouble
- Terry Ganzie – Ragga Ragga
- Sizzla – Dem A Gaze
- Capleton – Bad Mind
- Bounty Killer – Fed Up
- Spragga Benz – Peace
- Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary
- Capleton – Almshouse
- Little Hero, Merciless & Action Fire – God Alone
- Capleton ft. Jah Thunder – Fire
- Capleton – Badness
- Sizzla – Karate
- Buju Banton – Rampage
- Capleton – Cuyah Cuyah Cuyah
- Capleton – Things Are Happening
- Capleton – More Prophet
- Bounty Killer – Anytime
- Beenie Man – Gospel Time
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Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother’s Day Tribute, Sun, May 14, 2017 at 6 pm
Come and join us to celebrate Mother’s Day. For this special edition of Rub-A-Dub Sundays, we’re bringing 3 female guest DJs juggling tunes for reggae sound system lovers! WildPitch Music Hall will be the place to pay tribute to the women in all of our lives and celebrate all mothers in ONE LOVE and harmony!
Rub-A-Dub ATL presents: THE 2nd ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE | SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017
Sound System / DJ Sets: (6pm-12am)
- Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda
- Empress Movements
- DJ Passport
- DJ Hourglass
- DJ Rasyrious
WildPitch Music Hall
255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303
For this special March edition of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, we’re featuring a singer/musician for fans of live music plus 4 DJs showcasing their best tunes for reggae sound system lovers!
Rub-A-Dub ATL | 3.12.17 at Wildpitch
Doors will open at 6 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017, with a live reggae music mixer from 6 to 8 pm featuring an acoustic performance by Dawit Selassie, lead singer of the Atlanta-based reggae band Eastern Standard.
Four sound system selectors will set the dance floor on fire with DJ Sets from 8 pm to 12 am. Residents DJ Passport
and Highlanda Sound
featuring Kahlil Wonda
will be joined by guests Selector Webba
, formerly of Jamaica’s “year-t0-year sound,” Metro Media, and DJ Chung
from Boston’s Sound International Entertainment. DJ Chung recently relocated to Georgia and this will be his debut performance at Rub-A-Dub ATL
Also by popular demand, we’re bringing back free jerk chicken and will have Rub-A-Dub apparel on sale.
Webba’s Jerk Hut will be offering FREE Caribbean food until 9 PM and available for purchase after while supplies last. SHOP for Rub-A-Dub branded T-shirts and Hoodies for men and women along with other featured styles from The Honorary Citizen’s apparel catalog.
This all takes place at WildPitch Music Hall
(255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303) featuring high-definition sound by D.A.S. Audio
. A limited number of pre-sales tickets are available for $5 online
(+fee) and general admission is $10 at the door.
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The 70s, 80s, and 90s were prolific decades for dancehall music and many strides were made in Jamaican music during that time.
The 1970s is still heralded as the golden age of Jamaican reggae music, but with the advent of digital technology, the 80s and 90s decades became known as the sweetest time for commercially successful crossover dancehall fusion, sound clashes and juggling dances alike. The transitional period out of the golden age and into the digital era is when the term rub-a-dub emerged as both a description of the musical style (heavy drum patterns accompanied by swinging basslines) and a verbal representation of the popular hip-to-hip movements between dance partners of the time.
To this day in cities around the world, there remains a high demand for the fashion of dancing with accompanying classic riddims and anthems that rocked the dancehalls of yesteryear.
As such, it brings me great pleasure to present Rub-A-Dub ATL – dedicated to you, the reggae lover.
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Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound, DJ Rootsqueen, and Jah Prince at Wildpitch on 1.8.17.
Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets and live music performances monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.
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Every second Sunday, join one of the most unique international monthly events in Atlanta and revel in a flavorful retro reggae experience.
Sounds by: Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport + Guest DJ: John Wayne + Free Food
On Sunday, November 13, 2016, rock to sounds by Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport alongside guest selector, John Wayne, of John Wayne Movements.
Doors open at 8pm and ladies party for free until 9:30pm. Enjoy a complimentary buffet until 10pm courtesy of Webba’s Jerk Hut and drink specials including $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Stripe until 10pm. General admission at the door will be $10, and $5 tickets can be ordered in advance via this link.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to benefit Hurricane relief efforts in Haiti.
The setting for Rub-A-Dub ATL, WildPitch Music Hall, is located at 255 Trinity Avenue, downtown Atlanta, and features a high-level custom sound system by D.A.S. Audio.
ATLANTA ROOTS REGGAE EVENT MOVES TO NEW NIGHT, BIGGER VENUE
For the past year, Rocksteady ATL, the only roots reggae event held regularly in the entire city of Atlanta, has been celebrated on the first Sunday of each month at Downtown Atlanta’s The Sound Table, located on Edgewood Avenue. Now the festivities will be moving to a bigger venue on a new night – Fridays, the night of the week perhaps most synonymous with going out and having a good time.
The new venue is Studio No. 7, at 393 Marietta Street in Atlanta, Georgia 30313. Rocksteady ATL will henceforth be held on the first Friday of each month, with the inaugural show hosted by Red Carpet Shelley at Studio No 7, booked for Friday September 4th, starting at 9pm and ending at 2am. Popular acts Highlanda Sound, DJ Passport, DJ Roots Queen and SuperPEC have already signed on for the event’s re-launch at the new venue.
In its first incarnation, Rocksteady ATL rapidly developed a strong reputation as a unique old-school reggae soiree powered by some of the best reggae roots acts in the South. At the new and bigger venue, guests will continue to enjoy world-class mixology along with critically acclaimed music in the same unique tradition that nightlife enthusiasts simply can’t find at any other spot in the city.
There is a $5 cover charge, with ladies admitted free until 12am. For more information about the bigger and better Rocksteady ATL, contact Kahlil Wonda at 404-552-0492 or email email@example.com.
Featured within this episode are a hand-full of rootsy downtempo one-drop riddims with the best singers of the era from 1977 to about 1982. Catch Them Jah Jah, Three Blind Mice, Ain’t No Sunshine, Worries In The Dance, and Jumpy Girl are the riddims highlighted.
The great Lee Perry, Scientist, King Tubby, Dr. Alimantado, and Augustus Pablo are all in the mix with different dubwise versions here so a variety of effects and styles are presented along with toasting and singing from Frankie Paul, Leroy Smart, I Roy, Barrington Levy, Jacob Miller, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas and more.