Women In Reggae (Selectors Edition)

London Based DJ AYITO schools the Reggae Lover team on the Roots, Dub, and Steppas scene in the U.K. plus her journey as a rising female selector in a male-dominated industry.

“No matter what I go through, no matter how bad my day… as soon as I play [Reggae] music it just takes away all of the pain. It doesn’t only take the pain away, it just replaces it with pure joy and bliss. It’s a spiritual thing for me. I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I think this is the closest I can get to meeting God. It’s that feeling that [Reggae] injects in me.” ~ AYITO

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Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Ayito’s roots with Unit 137 Sound System.
  • Reggae lover journey and early influences.
  • The lack of female artists (especially selectors) in the scene.
  • How she’s pushing for a change and inspiring other women.
  • The message that reggae music conveys
  • Lion Vibes Record Shop monthly Chart Show

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E.N Young – Roots Musician Records | Reggae Lover Podcast 153

I had the privilege of interviewing one of the most talented musicians from the United States, E.N Young, for Reggae Lover podcast episode 153 – dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

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The California reggae scene has been thriving for some time now and vocalist/producer, E.N. Young, formerly of Tribal Seeds, has played a significant role in this success. This classically trained pianist who now plays several instruments including the Melodica fell in love with Jamaican music as a youth in San Diego. He talks candidly about his journey as I sought to learn more about the movement he is pushing in the name of reggae.  By the end of our conversation, I definitely saw E.N as an authentic reggae ambassador.

Topics covered In this episode:

  • 1:35 – 2019 Summer Daze Endless Nights Tour
  • 2:21 – 4th studio album, Forest Wilderness released in 2018
  • 3:57 – Working with Kelissa from Jamaica
  • 5:45 – Collabs on the latest album (Half Pint, Peetah Morgan, Inna Vision, Meta and the Cornerstones)
  • 6:56 – Love for playing the Melodica and linking with Addis Pablo
  • 9:33 – Production and instrumentation from Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego
  • 15:25 – Gaining inspiration as a teen (especially spiritual influence) from 70’s reggae
  • 20:10 – Resistance from family members and society in general for embracing reggae culture
  • 22:21 – The effects of reggae music on mankind.

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Summer tour is on its way! I’m excited to jump on the road and hope to see some familiar faces! 🔊🔥🎉❤️Shoot me a fiyaaa🔥🔥🔥😊if you feelin this👍🏽👊🏽…………….This Friday May 31 – Pomona, CA. – Fox Theater June 12 – Santa Cruz, CA. – The Catalyst June 13 – Chico, CA. – Tacklebox June 15 – Lakeport, CA – Konocti Casino June 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Wine Boss Lounge June 23 – Huntington Beach, CA – Sealegs at the Beach June 29 – Ithaca, NY – Ithaca Reggae Festival July 14 – Salisbury, MA – Surfside Salisbury July 17 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke July 19 – Mammoth, CA – Mammoth Reggae Fest July 20 – Snowbird, UT – Snowbird Summer Concert Series July 23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes July 24 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse July 26 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival July 28 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean August 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Brewery August 2 – South Bend, IN – Vegetable Buddies August 3 – McMinnville, TN – Reggae at Smooth Rapids August 6 – Duck, NC – Tap Shack August 7 – Vienna, VA – Jammin' Java August 8 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand August 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge August 15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 August 16 – Wilmington, NC – Reel Cafe August 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern August 18 – Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s @jah.irie.lioness is helping the band and I put together a promo team for upcoming tour & we need some street teamers to help promote! If you see a city near you and would like to help send her a DM so promo packs can get started we need 3 people from each city. Much love to all the street teams unite🔊🔊🔊more reggae music

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Spirituality in Reggae

Reggae music is the highest form of spiritual music.

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Beginning with the 1970s Roots Reggae era, the lyrics, the drums, and the bass provided the perfect vessel for communicating and spreading messages.

With the help of Bob Marley and the Wailers, these reggae messages spread across the globe.

Exploration of this global phenomenon leads to certain truths.

We discuss some history, events, and examples and give personal accounts of our experiences with spirituality, reggae, and religion.

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The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

Reggae Lover Podcast 140 - The New Music of Jamaica

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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The Influence of Reggae

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Discussing the power and cultural impact of reggae music on Jamaica and the world historically and today.

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What life lessons have you learned from listening to reggae music?

In your opinion, what has been the biggest effect on the world as a result of reggae music?

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