Gaining Access

“Gaining Access” with guest Odessa Chambers, a publicist and television producer based in Kingston.  She is the creator of O-Access Jamaica and host of the podcast “Reasonings with Odessa.” Episode 174 (Season 5, Ep. 2)

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Buzzworthy

  • Koffee to perform SuperBowl Weekend
  • Buju Banton on Bad Boys Forever soundtrack

Tastemaker

  • Kahlil Wonda: Mortimer’s EP ‘Fight the Fight,’ and Single, “Lightning.”

  • AGARD: Salaam Remi, Buccaneer, and Red Rat, “No Normal Lover.”

Soundclash Update

  • Mighty Crown meets with Prime Ministers
  • World Clash Finale lineup released

Main Segment

Interview with Odessa.

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Best of 2019 Reggae and Dancehall

Happy New Year!  We’re back with a Reggae Lover recap of 2019.  Also predictions for 2020 like “Most likely to Fade,” and “Most Likely to Blow Up,” plus Grammy predictions.

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Listen to this break down of the 2019 Reggae superlatives:

Song of the year:
  • Koffee – Toast
 
Album of the year mentions:
  • Tarrus Riley – BLEM (EP)
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Third World – Work To Be Done
  • Bugle – Picture Perfect
  • Jah Cure – Masterpiece
 
Clash Sound of the year mentions:
  • Notorious
  • Stone Wall
  • King Shine
  • Young Hawk
  • Warrior
  • Dynamq
  • Jah Mikey One
 
Juggling Sound of the year mentions:
  • King Addies
  • David Rodigan
  • Rory Stone Love
  • Stone Love
  • Bass Odyssey
 
Best Sound System event audio:
  • Reeewind 2019 (Crowning of U-Roy)
 
Promoter of the year mentions:
  • Irish and Chin
  • Shawn Pipa
  • Rockers Unltd
  • David Driveway
 
Concert of the year:
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Long Walk to Freedom Concert (Jamaica)
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We also introduced three new micro-segments that will be recurring on this season of the podcast:

  • Buzzworthy – Welcome to Jamrock Cruise
  • Tastemaker – Rock and Groove Riddim; Fareal – Gravy
  • Soundclash Update – Clash at Sea 2019
 

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State of Reggae/Dancehall – Jamaican State of Mind

This episode of the Jamaican State of Mind podcast featured Kahlil Wonda from Highlanda Sound, co-host of Reggae Lover Podcast.

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Jamaican State of Mind – State of Reggae/Dancehall

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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. 

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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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DJ RunDat: Best-Selling “How to start a DJ Business” Author

Boss Mama Michelle Miller aka DJ RunDat, guests on Reggae Lover.  DJ RunDat is known for her gift to inspire others to fulfill their dreams while fulfilling her own.  In 2019, she became the best selling author of, “How to start a DJ business,” launched her first digital course, an online show, and a mentorship business.

 

Topics discussed included:

  • Her roots in Humbolt County, CA., home of the Reggae on the River festival.
  • How she has grown her DJ hobby into a very profitable business.
  • Becoming a best-selling author.
  • The online show, “Queens on Decks,” where she interviews female DJs from around the world.
  • Her Facebook group, “Female DJs” where DJs network and support each other. 
  • Is Afrobeat replacing Dancehall?
  • Support for and connection with Jamaican reggae music in California.
  • The absence of “Reggae On The River” and “Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2019.”
  • Speaking at the Mobile Beat DJ Convention in Las Vegas 2020.
  • Balancing family life and being a mother with her career.

Learn more about DJ RunDat www.djrundat.com.

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King Addies Music: King Pin and Killa Boo on Reggae Lover

An exclusive in-depth interview with selectors Killa Boo and King Pin of King Addies. King Addies is an International Sound System created in 1983 in Brooklyn, New York City. They remain a force to reckon with in the sound clash arena and a top choice for juggling.

 

Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:
2:15 – The History of King Addies.
5:51 – How Killa Boo became an Addies selector.
9:40 – How King Pin joined the King sound.
13:16 – Earning the trust of Addies fanatical supporters.
18:10 – The dubplate creation process.
19:25 – King Addies Promotions: Welcome to New Lots party & World Fight Club soundclash league.
22:53 – Who is next on Addies kill list.
24:00 – Why the soundclash business is not the same today.
26:35 – Why “big sounds” are afraid to take the battlefield nowadays.
30:53 – Addies radio movements: World Power Hour & Sunday’s w/ Addies HiFi (Selector ObRas)
34:01 – King Addies Fall Europe Tour 2019
36:30 – King Addies productions: True Dreams Riddim 2019
38:25 – The state of reggae/dancehall music right now

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Research Your Own Experiences

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD explore questions such as:

  • Is someone “closed-minded” if they choose a particular lane?

  • How does the music you listen to really affect you?

  • Should one consume all the forms of music or media available, or is it wiser to live in a self-imposed bubble?

 

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Reggae Lover History part 2 – The Evolution

In the previous Reggae Lover episode, we described the foundation of Highlanda Sound. This show chronicles what happened from our first gig to present.

In the late ’90s, the three young lions that started Highlanda Sound vowed to become one of the most dangerous sound systems that played mostly 45s. We committed to learning and practicing the arts of selecting and juggling in the dancehall arena. We set out to bring a different level of energy to the scene in Atlanta. We prided ourselves on being versatile enough to entertain any type of crowd.
We accomplished all that and more. Listen to the evolution that led to this podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

Reggae Lover History – The Flashback Episode

AGARD and I are the special guests on this episode. As the hosts, we took time out to re-introduce ourselves, talk about who we are, where we come from, and how we got into the music industry.  This is part one of this “flashback” conversation.

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No Music No Vote – Reactions to the Noise Abatement Act

The “No Music No Vote” campaign is one of the Jamaican entertainment industry’s responses to the Noise Abatement Act. The law, originally passed in 1997, recently became stricter. Now all events have to lock off by midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on the weekend.

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Topics Covered:
  • The far-reaching implications of the Noise Abatement Act.
  • Responses from key entertainment industry players.
  • Responses from various government officials.
  • Potential solutions and “silver linings”.