Highlanda Sound live set

Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

Click below to stream or download audio mp3.

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Listen to Rub-A-Dub ATL recorded live DJ sets by Isis Swaby, Highlanda, and DJ Passport

RUB-A-DUB ft. HIGHLANDA Sound, ISIS SWABY, & DJ Passport live sets @ WildPitch Music Hall (9.11.16)

Rub-A-Dub at WildPitch:

Rub-A-Dub (Second Sundays) at WildPitch: Highlanda Sound, Isis Swaby, DJ Passport – 9/2016

DJ Passport live set

Isis Swaby live set

Highlanda live set

See the video by MoretsTV here or Listen with iTunes here.

Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) **Explicit**

Listen to Highlanda Sound at Electric Dancehall Atlanta live (8_20_16) Explicit by HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae #np on #SoundCloud

Sunday, November 13 @WildPitch - 8pm-12am

Rub-A-Dub ATL moves to a new venue, WildPitch Music Hall, Sunday Sept. 11th


Dance to reggae and its sub-genres: classics that introduced Jamaica’s music to the world, the new reggae revival movement, Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, Rocksteady, Ska, 70s, 80s, and 90s reggae dancehall music.

Rub A Dub Sept 2016

Enjoy good vibes only by Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport, along with guest DJ sets by Atlanta’s John Wayne and Isis Swaby from NYC.

ROCKSTEADY ATL – Reggae Music Events: Highlanda Dot Net and The Honorary Citizen in association with Rockers International Records present RUB-A-DUB.

Sept. 11, 2016 and Every month on the second Sunday of the month – 8 p.m. start.

WildPitch Music Hall – 255 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303

What is Rub-A-Dub?
A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together.

This takes place every 2nd Sunday with music by DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound and special guests.

*September 11 DJ Line-up*
John Wayne Movements
Isis Swaby aka Isis Pablo (daughter of Augustus Pablo)
Highlanda Sound with selector Kahlil Wonda
DJ Passport

*Doors open promptly at 8pm. *
$5 Cover charge.
Email RocksteadyATL@gmail.com to RSVP


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”


Karamanti has just released the official video for her single “Don’t Give Up,” recorded on the Missing Piece Riddim by Rhome Records.

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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

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Short but Sweet: my set at the Health and Wellness Reggae Festival 2016


Saturday, July 16 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of performing once again at the historic Wren’s Nest.

My time on stage at this open-air festival was short but sweet. Lion of Judah Sound set the musical pace earlier and many great performers and bands hit the stage all day.

Take a listen or download.

Kahlil Wonda at Health and Wellness Reggae Festival

Reggae is larger than life. Click the image above to hear the audio.

Highlanda and DJ Passport - 100% Reggae

What’s that one reggae party monthly at that one place in the city?

As you may know if you have visited this blog before, myself and The Honorary Citizen are producers of a successful 100% reggae event concept, Rub-A-Dub, which occurs on the second Sunday of every month in downtown Atlanta.

Rub-A-Dub Atlanta Reggae Event

Rub-A-Dub Atlanta Reggae Event

As resident DJs at Rub-A-Dub, DJ Passport and I have invited different guests to partake in the non-mainstream vibe each month.

This is truly a unique concept, not just for the soundtrack, but especially because of this list of selectors to have performed at  Rub-A-Dub:

  • Webba
  • Juggla
  • Cartel Sound with Philip 5
  • DJ Empress Rah
  • Yahquan Da Travellah
  • DJ Hourglass
  • DJ Redds from Spectrum Disco
  • Funkregulator Celo (456 Sound)
  • DJ Lion
  • Empress Movements with Tach
  • SuperPEC Archangel

Lion of Judah Sound and Nijah Don get credit for assists as well.

You might want to check in at one of these events if you even remotely like reggae music because I have more heavy weight guest sounds coming in to play for you “inna Rub-A-Dub style.”

Cartel Sound and SuperPEC will be featured on July 10 so expect to hear great selections, and solid mixing for FREE all night.  That’s right there will be no cover charge for #RUBADUBATL through summer 2016.

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HIGHLANDA sound alongside Empress movements (1)

[Audio] Highlanda, Empress Movements + DJ Hourglass, DJ Empress Rah & DJ Passport @ Rub-A-Dub


Recorded live on Mothers Day 2016, Rub-a-Dub is every month on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Recorded live on Mothers Day 2016.
Highlanda Sound alongside Empress Movements

DJ Passport, DJ Hourglass, and DJ Empress Rah

highlanda- live set @ The Wren's NEst

Highlanda Sound @ the Musikal Matinee Concert Series (5.15.16)


The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series, May 15, 2016.


Be uplifted, and healed with conscious music by Highlanda Sound System.