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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Love After | Jacinth Headlam joins the Reggae Lover Podcast

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Jamaican actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book “Love After.”

'Diary of a Badman' actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book 'Love After.' Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then 'til now.

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Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then ’til now.

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The Business of Reggae

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If you are in the reggae music recording industry or thinking about getting into the business, then you need to hear this.

Hosted by Highlanda Sound co-founders Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on the issues, insights, back-stories, and adventures of the biggest names in reggae. Discussions center around the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers.

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Listen to this if you love reggae music and consume it via streaming services, digital downloads, vinyl records, CD, mixtapes, concerts, and/or dances.

In this episode of “Reggae Lover,” we discuss the current landscape faced by reggae artists from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. This includes looking at how music distribution has changed in recent years and the impact of copyright laws.

We offer tips to help up-and-coming artists steer away from the evils of the business and suggest avenues of potential revenue that are commonly overlooked. This includes discussion of global trends as it relates to reggae and dancehall.

We tackle questions like Who is making all the money? Should artists go independent or pursue recording contracts with major labels? How can reggae/dancehall artists compete in the global marketplace? Are the GRAMMY awards even relevant?

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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. Until next time, have a great week. One love!!

Spragga Benz Greatest Hits Tribute Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast # 80

The best of Spragga, from ‘Jack it Up’ to ‘Shotta Culture.

He began his career around 1991. Once known to his friends as
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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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78 – Reggae Lover Podcast – King Jammys Tribute (1st Volume)

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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.

The Best of Cocoa Tea (1984-1994) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 77

Cocoa Tea’s voice is smooth and easy-going, yet very powerful. He was one of the most popular artists in Jamaica during the 1980s and went on to international stardom in the 1990s.

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77 – Reggae Lover Podcast – The Very Best of Cocoa Tea (1984 – 1994)

This episode focuses mostly on selections from his early catalog – songs released on the Volcano, Jammy’s and VP record labels from 1984 to 1994. This is sweet sweet Cocoa Tea!

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Tribute to Fatis Burrell | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 76

Tribute to Fatis Burrell

76 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Tribute to Fatis Burrell

Blessed love and respect massive! This is Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound welcoming you to episode 76 of the Reggae Lover Podcast featuring songs produced by the late, great Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, Jamaican reggae music producer and icon – the CEO of the Exterminator (Xterminator) record label. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Conscious Reggae Concert Audio | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 75

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75 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Conscious Reggae Concert

The Reggae Lover Podcast returns with a new episode. This one is some curated live audio from a session in ATL recorded 10-14-17. There are many more mixes coming so stay tuned. Thanks to all my subscribers, listeners, and supporters around the world!
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2017 Lovers | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 73

Lovers rock reggae songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

Love songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

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Best Real Rock Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 68

The best real rock riddim mix you ever heard?

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Take a listen. The Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown kicks off the mix and closes it out with the same song in a different style. The Real Rock Riddim is the most versioned reggae Riddim and the most sampled reggae instrumental in history.

The original was played in 1967 by one of Coxsone Dodd’s session bands at Studio One, the Sound Dimension band. Ever since then it’s been a foundation instrumental for dancehall and reggae. The real rock is just a part of Reggae music that is never going to stop. You are going to hear that beat in movies, on your radio, on your mix tapes, and in your parties. I kept the mix short and spicy so it doesn’t get boring.

If you love reggae music and have been listening from back in the days, then this should be nostalgic for you. This is a dedication to you, REGGAE LOVER,

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Shank I Sheck Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound – Ep. 67

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The Shank I Sheck originally was a 1964/1965 Ska instrumental by Baba Brooks with production by King Edward on the Rio Records label. Rio is a subsidiary of Direct Records Ltd. and later Doctor Bird which like the other top Jamaican labels of the 1960’s had most of their releases distributed by Trojan Records. There have been hundreds of songs released on various versions of this instrumental over the decades with many top rated hits peaking in the 1980s and 1990s. The riddim track was a favorite for deejays and singers to perform over and a huge dub plate riddim for sound system selectors to record dub plates on as well.

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50 Top Sanchez Lovers Rock Songs

50 Top Songs by Sanchez | Reggae Lover Podcast 57

Known as Jamaica’s Song Bird and the Prince of Lovers Rock, who is more deserving of a tribute than Sanchez?

Love songs are back again | Reggae Lover Podcast Best of Sanchez mix. Episode 57

Love songs are back again | Reggae Lover Podcast Best of Sanchez mix.

If you’re into reggae music and of a certain age, then Sanchez is probably one of your favorite singers.  With a hit-making career that began in the 1980s with a cover of “Lady in Red,” this singer has done it all musically and maintained a classy image throughout. His R&B covers can erase all former knowledge of the original songs.

I have witnessed Sanchez walk onto the stage to close shows and capture the hearts of the crowd by singing just a few notes.  As I mentioned in the outro of Episode 57, there are many additional hit songs that could have gone into this such as his combination with Bounty Killer, but I wanted to keep the program close to an hour in length.  I could go on, but I’ll spare you the words.  It brings me great pleasure to present the Reggae Lover Podcast’s Best of Sanchez Lovers Rock mix.

50 Best Lovers Rock Songs by Sanchez - Reggae Lover Podcast 57

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Sanchez Playlist:

  1. Love
  2. Brown Eyes
  3. Still In Love
  4. Here I Am
  5. Tears On My Pillow
  6. Rest Your Head On My Shoulder
  7. Soon As I Get Home
  8. Love We Had Stays On My Mind
  9. Back At One
  10. Sometimes
  11. Can We Talk
  12. My Sweet Thing
  13. Wherever I Lay My Hat
  14. Lonely
  15. Love Me Forever
  16. Another Sad Love Song
  17. Pretty Girl
  18. For You
  19. I’m Missing You
  20. Going Away ft. Beenie Man
  21. Breaking Up
  22. Forever
  23. If I Ever Fall In Love
  24. Some Guys Have All The Luck
  25. Just Out Of Reach
  26. I Can’t Wait
  27. Won’t Last A Day (Day After Day)
  28. One In A Million
  29. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  30. Kiss Me Honey
  31. Joy
  32. Give It A Chance
  33. Don’t Worry
  34. Brown Eye Girl
  35. Chemistry
  36. Old Friends
  37. Pretty Looks
  38. Three Times A Lady
  39. Rearrange My Life
  40. Let Me Love You Down ft. Baby Wayne
  41. End Of The World
  42. Love Songs
  43. My Prerogative
  44. I Care For You
  45. Feel So
  46. That Girl
  47. Whip Appeal
  48. Love Mi Gal Bad ft. Flourgon
  49. Sad Songs
  50. Cherish The Love

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Live Audio: Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. Highlanda Sound | Sunday 4.9.17

Here is a curated segment of live audio played by Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting and mixing recorded on April 9, 2017, at Wildpitch Music Hall in Atlanta.

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AUDIO Re-up: Rocksteady ATL Oct. 2, 2015 #download #stream

Highlanda Sound with Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Youtube:

Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting the riddims, featuring Little Twitch and Ras Fraser Jr. performing live at Rocksteady ATL.  Recorded live on Friday October 2, 2015 at Studio No. 7 in downtown Atlanta.  Also in the area to touch the microphone is Jahfyah Kush. #RocksteadyATL is a roots reggae session monthly on #1stFridays

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Soundcloud with download link:

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DJ Passport segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Roots selector DJ Passport juggling from Ska to current reggae revival anthems live at Atlanta’s reggae 1st Friday, #RocksteadyATL inside Studio No. 7.

Isis Swaby segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Featured at #RocksteadyATL our special guest DJ, Rockers International and Radio Kangol representative out of NYC, Empress Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby.

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion with Craig Lion this Friday

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

Access Granted Reggae Soca Fusion

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New Single “I Know” from Beenie Man

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From the Album The Greatest Gallis

  • Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Label: MD Entertainment / VPAL Music
  • Copyright: (C) MD Entertainment / VPAL Music
  • Duration: 3:30 minutes
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Sizzla Kalonji: “Make it Right” on the Reggae Land Riddim

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SIZZLA KALONJI, KARAMANTI & KERON WILLIAMS TALKS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, ABUSE & MAKING IT RIGHT

Canadian based production house, Street Digital Records recently released the very powerful, Reggae Land Riddim, on which was featured songs from Sizzla KalonjiKaramanti and Street Digital’s own, Keron Williams. The overall project has been doing well on Reggae radio programs around the world with three specific tracks gaining traction on commercial media: Sizzla Kalonji’s “Make It Right” (original and remix), Karamanti’s “Domestic Abuse” and Keron William’s “Di Lovin”.

Veteran artist Sizzla Kalonji is in his element on the track “Make It Right.”  Many have said that this song reminds them of Sizzla Kalonji when he just came on the scene delivering powerful messages on authentic Reggae beats.  Karamanti also remains in her element as she talks about the controversial issue of “Domestic Abuse,” something that happens at an alarming rate in Jamaica.  And finally, Keron Williams, who is fairly new on the international scene, manages to capture the listener’s ear with his track “Di Lovin.”  Of all songs on the Reggae Land Riddim, these three are in heavy radio rotation worldwide with the videos from Karamanti and Sizzla Kalonji getting consistent television airtime.

All songs on the Reggae Land Riddim can be purchased directly from Street Digital Records by visiting their website here.

 

 

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Reggae/Dancehall Year In Review 2013

A round-up of Reggae/Dancehall in 2013 with a month by month summary of events, album releases, performances, charts and the 2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive.

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