For this celebration, joining Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda and DJ Passport, the resident DJs of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, will be Aba Shaka alongside Archangel SuperPec.
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Rest In Peace to one of our favorite artists, Garnett Silk. Many may remember Garnett’s silky smooth voice and powerful lyrical content that captivated us in the early nineties and left us wanting more after he flew away home to Zion. Garnett Silk was a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his diverse, emotive, powerful and smooth voice.
Similarly to The Notorious B.I.G., whom many hail as the greatest rapper ever, Garnett had a short run within the timeline of music history yet his legacy continues to grow. We remember Garnet’s legacy and celebrate his widely acclaimed musical contributions. Garnet Damion Smith (Silk) Sr was born April 2, 1966.
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Hear the live audio of DJ sets recorded on October 9th, 2016 inside WildPitch Music Hall with Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport performing.
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Kahlil Wonda and DJ Empress Rah @ WildPitch Music Hall #rubadubatl
DJ Empress Rah @ Rub-A-Dub ATL
It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue. As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.
As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast. A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.
To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city. This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”
It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control. Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.
My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy. After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix. Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities. Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.
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HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae – 53 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Love and Honor for Mother
Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother’s Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae’s brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers.
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1 Assassin aka Agent Sasco – Mama Sons
2 Jah Mason – Wipe Those Tears
3 Sizzla – Greatest Mother
4 Wayne Wonder – Mama
5 2Face Idibia – Arican Queen Remix
6 Garnet Silk – Like A Mother
7 Chronixx – Wall Street
8 BOUNTY KILLER – MAMA’S LOVE
9 BERES HAMMOND – RESPECT TO YOU BABY
10 Exco Levi – Hello – Mama
11 Sizzla – Mama Pain
12 Bounty Killer – Mama (Gone But Not Forgotten)
13 D’Angel – MOTHER’S LOVE
14 Versatile – Thank You Mommy
15 Anthony B – Mama
16 I-Octane – Run Mi Out
17 JAH VINCI – MAMA DON’T CRY
18 Vybz Kartel aka Addi Innocent ft. PG 13 (Lil Addi, Lil Vybz) – Love Mommy
19 I-Octane – Mamma
20 Vybz Kartel – Mama
21 Beenie Man & Elephant Man – Mama
22 I-Wayne – Love & Honour For Mama
This Reggae Lover Podcast episode opens with the leader of the reggae revival Protoje explaining that he makes music from his heart and not for the charts. Sizzla can be heard begging “Please do not mash up the dance.” George Nooks and Mikey Spice tell stories about having a good time in the dancehall. Alborosie excerpts that Reggae and rubadub music still rock the dancehall to this day.
Garnett Silk compares music to the rod that Moses walked with as he led the Father’s people to the promised land. Luciano sings about the many positive effects of reggae music on the body and mind. Richie Stephens and U-Roy sing out about the nicest times when real reggae music used to play.
Bryan Art describes the love and confidence that overcomes one when entering the dancehall. Christopher Martin paints the picture of a reggae road block where people are dancing in the streets, creating the perfect chill spot. Crooner Kashief Lindo shares a bit of his personal story on the song “Music Is A Part Of Me.”
Steel Pulse, Dubtonic Kru, Gramps Morgan, XO, Hero and Richie Spice all give their take on why Reggae music is so good and what it means to them. Busy Signal goes in about how everybody smiles and unites when positive reggae music is played.
Gentleman teams with Sugar Minott to reminisce about the good old days when there was no drama and the musical foundation imparted love and good vibes. Inner Circle alongside The Reggae Wave sing in defense of the genre.
Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 34 opens with Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, and Bushman singing about police brutality from a Jamaican perspective.
Riddims featured include Tempo, Shank I Sheck, Rockfort Rock, Promised Land, and Darker Shade of Black plus 1996’s masterpiece from Flames Productions, the Lalabella among others, while the subject-matter is conscious, spiritual and cultural.
The finale is “Splashing Dashing” (the 23rd Psalm) being performed by Garnett Silk on the Champion of the Arena riddim, released on the Fattis Burrell’s Exterminator record label. Rest In Peace to Garnett Silk who flew away home to Zion almost exactly 20 years ago.
1 Queen Ifrica – Babylon Blunder
2 Anthony B – Good Cop
3 Anthony B – Police
4 Anthony B – Fire Bun Now
5 Bushman – Robbery
6 Aaron Silk – The Right Path
7 Uton Green – No Looking Back
8 Lebanculah and Sugar Black – Oh Jah
9 Everton Blender – Ghetto People Song
10 Tony Rebel – Why Be Afraid
11 Bounty Killer and Junior Reid – This World Too Haunted
12 Glen Washington – Why
13 Garnett Silk and Capleton – Complaint
14 Luciano – One Way Ticket
15 Luciano – Raggamuffin
16 Everton Blender – Blow Your Nose
17 Beres Hammond – Freedom
18 Garnett Silk – Splashing Dashing
Reggae Lover #9 – The Mother’s Day Edition 2014 (artwork)
Reggae artists love paying tribute to their mothers, and so do I. Its a part of our culture. A dedication to my mom and to all mothers everywhere, this mix contains passionate lyrics from some of reggae and dancehall’s finest artists. Pay especially close attention to the featured pre-release track (#22) from upcoming artist SuperPEC called Mommy Dearest. Happy Mother’s Day!
1 Merciless – Mama Cooking
2 Sizzla – Black Woman And Child
3 Sizzla – Thank You Mama
4 Gramps Morgan – Where Has Mama Gone
5 Jah Cure – This Is One For You Mama
6 Akon – Mama Africa
7 Christopher Martin – Mama
8 Beenie Man and Merciless – We A Star
9 Serani and Mavado – Mama Still Hungry
10 Kevin Lloyd – Oh Mama
11 Mama – Anthony Cruz
12 Sophia Brown – Mama Africa
13 Richie Spice – Mama Love
14 George Nooks – I Remember Mama
15 Garnet Silk – Mama Africa
16 Alaine – When Mama Prays
17 Romain Virgo – Mama’s Song
18 I-Octane – Mama Food Put On
19 I-Octane – My Mother
20 Konshens – Don’t Diss Mama
21 Garnet Silk – Mama
22 SuperPEC – Mommy Dearest