Women in Reggae

Many women have made a name for themselves in the male-dominated genre of Reggae music.

Here we speak of some current notables and analyze some of the issues that have always existed. There is always a balance of positive and negative and we touch on that in this Reggae Lover episode.

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Of the several female artists that continue to hold their own, here are some highlights:

Etana has produced above average music for at least the past 10 years. She earned a nomination for Best Reggae Album at the upcoming 61st Annual Grammy Awards for her latest project, Reggae Forever. She is the first female nominee in that category since Sister Carol in 1997, and the fourth ever.

Spice became the first reggae artist to cross the 1 million followers mark on Instagram. Known for raunchy lyrics, she ventured into social commentary on her single “Black Hypocrisy.” The song, which tackles the issue of colorism is on her Billboard chart-topping mixtape entitled “Captured.” I hope that Spice tackles more serious issues in the future. She can be a positive influence for young women the way she is controlling the media right now.

Queen Ifrica has wowed audiences at festivals like Rebel Salute and Reggae Sumfest for the past several years. Her songs have broached the toughest topics from incest to skin bleaching. She sings out against crime, unhealthy diets, corruption, and other evils. Queen Ifrica is also well-rounded and able to discuss love and sexuality in tasteful ways.

Leaders of the new school:

Reggae revivalist Jah9 is as refreshing as she is an enigmatic force. She’s a yoga practitioner and poet turned reggae performing artist. Her dancehall career was nurtured by RoryStoneLove who produced her debut album. Jah9’s lyrics are deep, thought-provoking, and meaningful. Her music is powerful yet diverse.

The 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Koffee, emerged as a star in 2018. Her single’s, “Burning,” and “Raggamuffin,” gained local and international attention. Look out for her new hit, “Toast,” which looks to be an even bigger smash.

Lila Ike is one of the protege’s of Grammy-nominated reggae revival leader Protoje. She was a unique style and flair with songs about love and socioeconomic topics.

Twenty-one-year-old Yanah is known as “The Tiny Powerhouse.” With a hand-full of songs released to date, she has captivated listeners. Her delivery is sultry and passionate.

Sevana is another songstress working with Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation Collective record label. She stood out on “A Bit Too Shy” and “Sudden Flight” which featured Jesse Royal. Sevana has an amazing sound – one of the sweetest voices to come out of Jamaica in a long time.

Naomi Cowan came out with a fun 2018 single called “Paradise Plum.” She has an R&B/soul, reggae vibe and is actually the daughter of musician Tommy Cullen and singer Carlene Davis. She spent time in Canada where she went to college and then earned a Masters in digital media. After some time running her parent’s businesses, she has turned her focus to a music career. Look out for big things from Naomi!

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Kristine Alicia‘s 2nd album “Songs from Zion” debuted in 2017. Produced by RoryStoneLove and featuring Dean Fraser, the 11-track album is classic roots reggae with inspirational messages. Kristine’s vocal prowess bolsters the project. Rory’s Black Dub label has been grooming many promising female artists.

The ever-versatile Keida and potent lyricist Karamanti both represent a strong female presence. Their content centers around themes of unity and consciousness. Karamanti launched her own record label, BlackWuman22 Music.

Dancehall artist Dovey Magnum has risen to international fame in the past year. She’s by far one of the most powerful female performers in her class and her talent is undeniable. Her spiritual side is expressed in “Prayers Me Use and Win,” but her more popular anthems are X-rated. Dovey can definitely affect positive change by injecting conscious messages into her music.

Kelissa is the daughter of the lead singers from the foundation group Chakula. She attended University in California where she toured extensively. Kelissa also performed and spent time in Africa gaining notoriety there. She has toured and collaborated with Chronixx in the studio as well.

Other artists mentioned:

Marcia Griffiths, Nadine Sutherland, Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw (Marion Hall), Lady Ann, Lady G, Sister Nancy, Sister Charmaine, and Shensea.

The challenges:

There are many other female artists out right whose music is only about sex and sexuality. Their music gets to the forefront in the major media channels more often than not. Selectors and radio disc jockeys have been doing more following than innovating. Their playlists feature the same raunchy songs, with few attempts to introduce more diverse subject matter. It seems quite difficult to get played as a new performer. This only entices young upcoming women to embrace the same age-old cliche – sex sells.

Spice, who many refer to as the new Queen of Dancehall signed her record deal in 2009. Since then, her label has failed to release a full-length studio album of her songs. We dissect this issue trying to figure out how this could even happen.

With this climate how can new female artists get discovered while avoiding exploitation? How can we achieve more balance on the lineups of shows and concerts? How can radio, dancehall, and mixtape playlists become more diverse? How can reggae music, a genre that once stood as a voice for the voiceless embrace its own women? How can we become less hypocritical as an industry and as a society?

In this, the age of the #metoo movement, and “Surviving R. Kelly,” it is imperative that we protect and support our women. This discussion may pose more questions than answers, but it spawns a dialogue that needs to be had.

Add the names of female artists that should have been highlighted in this piece (tag them in the comments). Do you agree or disagree with the statements we have made? Do you have an answer to the questions posed? Let us know. Thanks for listening, reading, and sharing. This is dedicated to you. #reggaelover 

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Etana’s 2014 Album “I Rise” is Absolutely Unbelievable!!

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Etana - I Rise - Artwork

Etana – I Rise – Artwork

Congratulations to Etana on the release of her 4th studio album ‘I Rise‘ which is quite simply a masterpiece – the best work thus far from this talented singer.  Etana’s captivating vocals shine as listeners are taken on a journey to musical heaven.

Songs like “Emancipation,” “I Rise,” and “Stepping Out of Babylon” rally the righteous troops.  There is encouragement offered in “On My Way,” while the social commentary laden “How Long” poses serious questions to the powers that be about their disregard for the underprivileged.

The sweet melodies of Etana’s powerful voice mesmerize with sultry delivery on “Love Song,” and reassuring confidence on “By Your Side.”  On the black women’s anthem “Jamaican Woman,” we are reminded that the meaning of Etana’s name itself is the strong one, while “Selassie Is The Chapel.” and “Jah Jah,” are food for the soul.

All 15 tracks were produced to perfection by the living legend Clive Hunt together with internationally acclaimed instrumentalists including the great Sly and Robbie.  I Rise would not disappoint as a gift for this holiday season and is an essential pick for and reggae collection.

Download Album on iTunes: I Rise – Etana.

Purchase Album CD on Amazon: Etana – I Rise.

New Music with a Message from The Leaders of The Reggae Revival

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Buck The System with Word Sound Power (2014)

Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 32 – The Neo Roots Reggae Revival

This episode contains 40 of today’s most powerful songs recorded by Jamaican artists. These are songs of revolution, freedom cries, and warrior chants from the artists that currently carry the reggae banner including Protoje, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, and Kabaka Pyramid.

Listen for songs from Etana’s new album “I Rise,” Jah9’s new album “New Name,” and I-Octane’s “My Journey,” all featured in this episode.  Please support these artists by purchasing their music.

Playlist:

1 Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx – Ghetto Blues
2 Jah9 – New Name
3 Etana – Stepping Out Of Babylon
4 Torch – Blazing
5 Shuga – Freedom
6 Busy Signal – Nah Follow Dem
7 Mr. Perfect – Awake
8 Lutan Fyah – Rebel Warrior
9 Jah9 – Imagine
10 Kabaka Pyramid ft. Masicka – Choppinz
11 Lutan Fyah – Sorry Fi Dem
12 Chronixx – Judgement
13 Chronixx – Capture Land
14 Jah9 – Intention
15 Tarrus Riley & Kabaka Pyramid – Fly Di Gate
16 Zebi Lion – Blaze Again
17 Kelissa – Sellassie I Way
18 Shuga – Ebony
19 Etana – I Rise
20 Jesse Royal – Muddy Road
21 I-Octane – Blood A Go Run
22 Pressure ft. Chronixx – Africa Redemption
23 Kabaka Pyramid – Global Warning
24 Cherine – Wah Dat Fah
25 Chronixx – I Am Chronixx
26 Shuga – Bun Dem Down
27 Iba Mahr – Red Fire
28 Chronixx – Capitalist
29 Tasha T – Bed of Fire
30 I-Octane – Babylon
31 I-Octane ft. Ky-Mani Marley – A Yah Wi Deh
32 Kabaka Pyramid – Never Gonna Be A Slave
33 Historyman – Fire Fe The Heathen
34 Bugle – Real Soldier (I Want Jah)
35 Iba Mahr – Let Jah Lead The Way
36 Chronixx – Warrior
37 Exco Levi – Ready to Revolute
38 I-Octane – Jah Jah Warrior
39 Chronixx – Di Youth Dem
40 Jah9 ft. Protoje – Legitimate

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Seductive Songs: The Ladies of Lovers Rock Reggae Today

First, let me set the mood.  Pour some libation, dim the lights, and spark a candle or some incense.  Then turn up this unbelievably sexy audio to be experienced with that special someone in your life.  I’m proud to present the first all-female vocal mix in this Reggae Lover Series.

Definitely a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated reggae industry, these starlets represent for empresses everywhere as they perform their songs of love over warm one drop bass lines.

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Song List:

1 Protoje featuring Tessanne Chin – Someone Like You
2 Cherine Anderson – Beautiful Thing
3 Kelissa – Love Letter
4 Jah9 – Mr. Right
5 Jah9 – Avocado
6 Ms. Paige – Island Love
7 Stephanie – Your Love
8 Etana – 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)
9 Etana – Richest Girl
10 DeJah – Week In My Knees
11 Tanya Stephens – Weather Change
12 Tanya Stephens – Wine Up Pon Mi
13 Jessica – Foolish
14 Donna Marie – Bad Bad Boy
15 Sophia Squire – My Love, My Love
16 Timeka Marshall – Lying Love
17 Alaine – Better Than This
18 Etana – Silly
19 Alaine – So In Love
20 Timeka Marshall – No One But You
21 Alaine – Amazing
22 Timeka Marshall – New Man
23 Alicia Keys featuring Junior Reid – No One
24 Marcia Griffiths – Deep In My Heart
25 Lady Stephanie – Guardian Angel
26 Carol Gonzales – Spoiled By Your Love
27 Nadine Sutherland – Who Is Gonna Love Me
28 Cecile – Popular Girl
29 Carol Gonzales – Nothing Else Will Do
30 Shuga – Sup M Sup M
31 Timeka Marshall – When You Play That Song
32 Kelissa – Sing

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Preview Reggae Gold 2014 Various Artists Compilation

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Reggae Gold 2014 contains commercial radio hits, core reggae winners, critical favorites and exclusive picks for the ultimate summer reggae groove.

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Various Artists – Reggae Gold 2014 – Artwork

“Jack Hammer” is the summertime hit from QQ (“One Drop”), already a hit in the Caribbean and now breaking through in the States. The track is supported by consistent club play and a strong social media campaign through YouTube videos and Instagram @qqworld.

“Richest Girl” is the lead single off of Etana‘s forthcoming album, I Rise (autumn 2014, VP Records). Produced by legendary Jamaican arranger/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt, “Richest Girl” is a song about recognizing the truly important things in life, with the “Strong One” voicing the sentiment “I could lose it all, but one thing that is true, if I wake up next to you, I’m the richest girl.”

Fay Ann Lyons new hit “Catch Me” is primed to take the Soca Queen to whole other level.  Already getting play with Caribbean outlets, the lead single from her debut VP Records album showcases the vocalist against an EDM flavor that is catching on everywhere.

another edition of the Music Vault with your host, Kahlil Wonda Reggae Ambassador, Pro DJ, and blogger at Highlanda.net

Hand-Picked New Music plus Bob Marley and Dennis Brown

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What’s inside this episode of ‘DA MUSIC VAULT’ ?

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Wayne Marshall

Just to wet your musical appetite here are a few highlights:  Featured Singles from Dancehall artists: Etana, Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee, and Cecile.  Remixes from Rihanna, Pitbull featuring Kesha, Demarco, Wayne Marshall, Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown and more.  Lots more remixes in the blazing hot new ĀGARD ‘Dancehall Now’ set!  Soca tunes from Bunji Garlin, and introducing Miss Ramneek.  Hit songs from Dennis Brown and Bob Marley.  A recap of 2013 by reggae correspondent, Terri K. Download the full show audio mp3 below.  
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Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda, streaming online Wednesdays 6-9pm EST @DaFlavaRadio.com

Featured New Dancehall Reggae Singles 10-30-2013

Enjoy this audio: Featured New Singles from Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda for 10-30-13.
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Reggae singer Luciano with 2 new singles from The Quabalah Man album featured in Da Music Vault (10-30-13)

  1. Karamanti – Pack Up and Run
  2. Luciano featuring Bob Andy – Create Our History – The Quabalah Man – VP Records
  3. Sean Paul featuring Konshens – Want Dem All – Full Frequency – Atlantic Records
  4. Lutan Fyah – Diamond At Home – Truckback Records
  5. Mavado – Lets Go – Markus Records
  6. Tanya Stephens – Broken People
  7. RDX – For You – Code 91 Records
  8. Luciano – Don’t Sell Out – The Quabalah Man – VP Records
  9. Barrington Levy/Mr. Vegas – Love The Way She Love – Black Roses & Platinum Camp
  10. Musiq Soulchild featuring Syleena Johnson – Feel The Fire
  11. Etana featuring Jo Mersa – Thy Will Be Done – Freemind Music and Jamdown Rec.
  12. Tifa – Lyrically Educated – ZJ Chrome
  13. Wayne Marshall – Bloodclaat – Bloodclaat Riddim – Ghetto Youths International
  14. Shal Marshall – Feel 2 Wuk
  15. Konshens featuring Romain Virgo – We Nuh Worry Bout Dem – Tin Mackarel Riddim

Etana Kicks Off North American Tour in Decatur, GA.

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Etana is happy to announce her first headlining North American tour in support of her critically-acclaimed third studio album Better Tomorrow on VP Records.

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The reggae songstress kicked off the tour Thursday night in Decatur, GA and will continue to headline shows in over 20 U.S. cities – spanning the South, Northeast, Midwest and Western region.

Jun 27 @ Vibes Nite Club in Decatur, GA

Jun 27 @ Vibes Nite Club in Decatur, GA

In addition to these more intimate club dates, she will be performing at major stage shows, including Portland’s Northwest World Reggae Festival, Austin Reggae Festival, Summer Jam 2013 in West Palm Beach, FL as well as the Irie Music Festival in Toronto, Canada. See most up-to-date tour schedule below.

Etana will be accompanied by her four-piece band and two back-up vocalists on the road to give fans the ultimate listening experience, which she captured on her latest effort Better Tomorrow.

The new album is a marked departure from her previous material, including The Strong One (2008) and Free Expressions (2011), and is a true testament to her evolved sound. Etana’s indomitable spirit and inspiring songwriting uplifts generations both old and new on a Better Tomorrow.

Check out her most recent video for the album’s contagious single “Reggae”:

Instead of incorporating Jamaica’s popular digital riddims, she chose to be backed by all live instrumentation. The album’s primary producer, Shane C. Brown of Kingston’s Juke Boxx Productions, and Stanley “Rellee” Hayden of A-Team Music executed her vision.

She recorded all fourteen tracks at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios with Jamaica’s finest modern-day musicians – including saxophonist Dean Fraser, guitarist Lamont Savory, keyboarist Kevon Webster, drummer Kirk Bennett, bassist Aeion Hoilett and percussionist Uziah “Sticky” Thompson.

“I wanted this album to feel like a concert performance and have everything go together, like chapters in a book, with all of the tracks played live by musicians (not digitally generated),” Etana explained.

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Purchase Better Tomorrow now: iTunes VP Reggae Amazon

U.S. TOUR DATES:
Jun 27 @ Vibes Nite Club in Decatur, GA
Jun 28 @ Club Caribbean in New Orleans, LA
Jun 29 @ Groove Station in Kansas City, MO
Jun 30 @ Sky Lounge in Mishawaka, IN
Jul 02 @ One Pelham East in Newport, RI
Jul 04 @ Frankies in Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 06 @ Key Club in Newark, NJ
Jul 10 @ Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
Jul 11 @ The New Parish in Oakland, CA
Jul 12 @ World Beat Cultural Center in San Diego, CA
Jul 13 @ Irie Music Festival in Toronto, Canada
Jul 14 @ Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 16 @ Las Vegas Country Saloon in Las Vegas, NV
Jul 18 @ Copper Club in Ogden, UT
Jul 19 @ Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO
Jul 20 @ The Hailey Rodeo Park in Hailey, ID
Jul 21 @ Rocky Point Cantina in Tempe, AZ
Jul 24 @ Zebra Lounge in Bozeman, MT
Jul 26 @ Nectar Lounge in Seattle, WA
Jul 27 @ Northwest World Reggae Festival in Portland, OR
Aug 24 @ Austin Reggae Festival in Austin, TX
Sept 1 @ Summer Jam 2013 in West Palm Beach, FL 

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Introducing “Dub Rockers” a new Various Artists compilation

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“Dub Rockers,” is a new compilation that pairs American based reggae bands with Jamaican reggae vocalists. Bridging the gap and highlighting the similarities between the two scenes. The bond is the music and sharing the universal message of One Love.

Check out the video for “Only Man In The World” by Anuhea and Tarrus Riley

Also check out this article from Billboard Magazine about “Dub Rockers.”