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.

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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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The Essential Leroy Smart

Leroy Smart, known as “The Don” has a mind-blowing voice that penetrates his audiences and an exuberant performance style.

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“The Don Smart” sang both roots and lovers reggae masterfully.

He was most active from the early 70s through the 90s with over 35 albums released.

He still performs and is one of Jamaica’s musical icons.

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40 Amazing Dub Songs from the Masters

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This is an essential mix and overview of Dub, a Jamaican genre or sub-genre that grew out of Reggae music in the 1960s and has extended way beyond the scope of Reggae to inspire other genres including dubstep, hip-hop, jungle, grime, rock, house, techno, drum and bass, trip-hop, garage, and more.

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Dub was pioneered by Osbourne “KING TUBBY” Ruddock (pictured above), Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Augustus Pablo among others. Hear this specially curated mix now on the Reggae Lover Podcast, episode 120.

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Who are the Best Vocal Harmony Groups in Reggae?

This mix features reggae’s vocal harmony groups from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

I took it back to the roots on this one. I focused on songs with an impressive vocal arrangement. This is a specific selection of songs with male singers harmonizing together.

I featured The Wailers, mostly from the “Catch A Fire” album. That album has that very dry, grassroots sound. This was before instrumentation such as horn sections and electric guitars were added. Before the female energy of the I-Threes was added.

The mix also featured some of The Heptones‘ Studio One era hits. I dropped in some original Israel Vibration before they split. Other groups featured are The Techniques, The Abyssinians, The Gladiators, The Sensations, The Mighty Diamonds, and The Silvertones. You also hear songs from Lloyd Parks and We the People, The Sharks, The Royals, The Cables, and The Flames.

Listen to those names and you know these brothers were from a different time. These vocal groups created some of the most beautiful music and the most powerful songs. You feel their passion because of the emphasis conveyed within the harmonies. There was something special about those days.

Best Vocal Harmony Groups | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 107

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Its the sweet soulful sound of great reggae music! If you enjoy this, check out episode 74. It’s entitled “The Greatest Reggae Bands of All Time (not including the Wailers).” That show features Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Israel Vibration, Black Uhuru, and Inner Circle. Similar material is on The Studio One tribute episodes: 55 and 56.

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It’s a new season of the podcast! I am back in full effect with new shows coming out every week until the end of the year. Thank you so much for listening. If it’s your first time, this is a livication to you, the reggae lover.

Whether you know the songs you hear on this show or not, my goal is that you feel uplifted after listening. I want you to feel joyous and happy. The music should help you to transmute any negative energy into positive. You should enter a different frame of mind via the therapeutic mixes and level up.

For booking information or to sponsor this podcast, email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you to everybody listening from around the world. I love that you get to tune in and listen to me doing what I love most. We are sharing a vibe and keeping this music alive. Check my Soundcloud or anywhere you listen to podcasts weekly for new shows to be available. Until next time, have a great week. One love!!

King Jammys Tribute (2nd Volume) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 79

By popular demand, we feature more classic dancehall hits from the legendary King Jammys catalog.

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Imagine going to a dance and hearing a massive sound system playing.  The records you hear are brand new exclusives being debuted.  The ground shakes with the bass line.

Then the presentation climaxes.  The top recording artists in the land vocally accentuate your vibes with live freestyles over amazing instrumental music tracks.

This was the experience at a dancehall session in the 1980s with world-famous King Jammy‘s Sound System out of the Waterford section of Kingston, Jamaica.

The King Jammys Tribute (1st Volume) episode is definitely the most popular podcast episode of this series on iTunes and SoundCloud. A big thank you to everybody who’s been listening.

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King Jammys Tribute (1st Volume) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 78

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We salute our dancehall trailblazer, king of digital reggae, sound system owner/producer Lloyd James aka KING JAMMY. This is the first half of a megamix featuring some big tunes and riddims from the Jammys catalog.

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For more King Jammys vibes check out episode 4 (Sanchez, L.U.S.T and Friends – 80s Lovers Rock), episode 5 (Superstars Hit Parade 1987-1989 Tunes/Riddims), episode 10 (Dancehall Time Traveling Back to the 80s and 90s), episode 36 (Stalag meets Sleng Teng), episode 39 (A Late Eighties Reggae Dream 1979-1991).

Also see our tribute episodes featuring Cocoa Tea, Sanchez, Johnny Osbourne, Frankie Paul, and Josey Wales – artists who all recorded hits released on the Jammy’s label. Lots more to come… all dedicated to you, #reggaelover.