Gallery: Cheers! Aries Party (4-6-12)

Pictures from the ATL event Cheers at Sheba Lounge Fridays


Reggae Vault Classics at The Sound Table – Pics and Audio


The inaugural Reggae Vault Classics event, which took place on Thursday, April 21st at The Sound Table in downtown Atlanta‘s historic fourth ward district was truly a refreshingly joyous occasion.  I would definitely look out for the next installment in this promising party series.

Here is a glimpse into what took place:

AUDIO (Part 1)

AUDIO (Part 2)

Gallery: Reggae Vault Classics @ The Sound Table

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Warrior King Interview on Dancehall Now


Hilawe Productions and 3-2-1 Promotions present

An Intimate Evening of LIVE REGGAE featuring WARRIOR KING performing hits live “Virtuous Woman,” “Never Go Where The Pagans Go,” and the #1 Reggae Song in Jamaica “Wanna Give You Love” Live in Concert.

That’s reggae star Warrior King backed by the world class Rockaz Band live in Atlanta! (Doors Open 8m, Showtime 9pm)

Saturday October 23rd, 2010

Club Infared
50 Upper Alabama St
Underground Atlanta

Warrior King live Backed by The Rockaz Band,
Special Guest Artist Biggaton and the Apostles

Music by Highlanda Sound and DJ Gandy Locks

Doors Open 8pm, Showtime 9pm
Tickets $15 in Advance, $20 at the Door, Students $10 with Valid ID

(404) 890-8302

Live REGGAE music every 3rd Saturday at Club Infared starting October 23rd, 2010!

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Event Exclusive for ATL – RSVP Thursdays


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It’s The Perfect Medley Of All Atlanta Has To Offer!

Fashion * Urban Professionals * Models * Entrepreneurs * Music *

Then Sprinkle In Two Of Atlanta’s Hottest DJ Crews

– The Urban Legends… Rocking The Best: New School / Old School Hip Hop and R&B


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Win Free Tickets to ‘Soca vs. Reggae’ this Friday at Club Intrigue

See below for ticket giveaway and discount offer**

Soca vs Reggae” @ Club Intrigue this Friday August 14, 2009

Club Intrigue is located in the Atrium Plaza, 5471 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain,
Georgia 30083. Doors Open @ 10:00pm

~Dress Code for Ladies~
If you rep Soca, wear your Short Shorts
If you rep Reggae, wear your Mini Shirt…

Music By: DJ Stephen, Tony Tempo vs King AP, Black Talon plus *Special Guest*

For more info: 678-662-0439 or log on to

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** Ticket Giveaway

For all night discount admission to “Soca vs Reggae” send your name in an email to RSVP@HIGHLANDA.NET. will randomly select 2 names from our Guest List to receive COMPLIMENTARY admission.

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Dancehall Now Episode 20 – Freedom of Speech


Dancehall Now Episode 20

This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for April 5, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to or feel free to comment right here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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1 Shine On – Cherine Anderson
2 Good Girl – Tarrus Riley feat. Konshens
3 Paper Chasing – Demarco feat. Konshens
4 Par Wid I Man – Collie Budz
5 Tell It Like It Is – Stevie Face
6 Love Against the Wall – Gyptian
7 A So You Move – Mavado
8 Speech Nah No Freedom – Bugle
9 Trading Places – Busy Signal
10 Wash The Tears – Gramps Morgan
11 Gimme Little (If You Want Me) – T.O.K
12 Pree Dis – Assassin
13 Haffi Mek It One Day – Vybz Kartel
15 Roof Over My Head – Demarco
16 Ben Ova – RDX
17 Dip Again – Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong
18 Jah Jah Blessing – Etana feat. Albarosie
19 Jah Jah See Dem A Come – Sugar Roy, Conrad Crystal and Gyptian
20 So Blessed (Remix) – Mavado feat. Busta Rhymes
21 Help We – Vybz Kartel

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An Intimate Review

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Perhaps it’s because I started sneaking into clubs in the 10th grade.

Perhaps it’s because I avoided the dreaded “freshman fifteen” by religiously bussin’ a serious sweat –finals be damned– every Thursday through Sunday during my Black college experience days.

Perhaps it’s because I grew tired of the same faces and their too-cute-to-dance personas complete with companions donning touch-a-button faces and rude bwoy stances that rival the lean of The Tower of Pisa.

Can’t quite point it out, but for some reason, the past few years have found me not feeling the ATL party scene at all. But when I found out that my long-time homeboy was celebrating his birthday on a night when the hubs and I actually had a sitter, temptation got the better of me, so I dusted off my hot-girl shoes, backed out my super-fancy eye shadow (that I don’t put on for any and any occasion), cleared my throat to create my sweetest tone and said, “uhm, Baaaby, let’s drop by Kahlil’s birthday party tonight, okay?

I expected to have a decent time both because I was celebrating an important Earthstrong, and because I’m familiar with Highlanda’s vibe-inducing powers on the ones and twos. What I wasn’t prepared for was an experience that far surpassed my expectations, and left me with a sense of hope on behalf of the sacred few Atlanta party-goers who are looking for a break from the same ole’ show!

Let me give you a straight-no-chaser L.V.V. (Location, Venue, Vibes) breakdown of the Earthstrong Par-tay!

Location: More time, the drive into the city from an Atlanta suburb is not, I repeat NOT, worth the gas money, because truthfully, I can get the same vibes from Youtube or my iPod without the fuss! Not to mention the fact that too many deejays spend too much time bussin’ new tunes, and bad-mouthing other deejays, and not enough time genuinely enjoying themselves and linking their energy with that of their crowd’s. The Bentley’s, a quick 20-minute commute from our northern Atlanta suburb was already a great selling point for me! And since all of us looking to release some stress and catch a vibe don’t live in Atlanta proper, it’s great to know that there’s an option that doesn’t involve excessive highway time.

Venue: After a quick ride to Chamblee, we pulled into the unassuming parking lot, not knowing quite what to expect. It looked so small on the outside, I thought, “Aha! That’s why they went with the whole ‘Intimate’ theme.” When I got in though, I was surprised to see that the space was much larger than I expected. Boasting a sexy deep-red theme throughout, the swanky set-up included plush seating (that offered great views of the dance floor and the deejay booth), seemingly Asian-inspired low circular tables, plenty of candles, a clean bathroom (hallelujah!) and a diverse and well-stocked bar! Very “Neo-soul meets Caribbean Flair”; I was definitely feelin’ it. The camera crew, consisting of The Fyah Sisters and ATL Kings, had the paparazzi feel in full effect as they scouted out the shy faces, while still making sure to showcase the video light seekers and their latest dance demonstrations; pure niceness! Indeed, my good eye shadow had not gone to waste.

Vibes: When I tell you that there were no shoes-to-floor commitments that night, I mean ev-er-y-body was dancing all over the place! The music was a sweet elixir of dancehall, hip hop, conscious reggae and of course, soca. The high-energy tag team included DJ Lion Chef of Apocalypse, Philip 5 of Cartel Sound, and Kahlil Wonda and PEC of Highlanda Sound. Each deejay brought us their unique energy without interrupting the flow of whatever vibe their predecessor had taken care to create. Even my hubs, who usually reserves his dancing skills for the football field, had to give in to the energy of the music that night! Beads of sweat, bottles and glasses raised high, and party patron singing out their favorite tunes, permeated the air and resulted in a true example of people who decided to heed Mr. Vegas’ advise and Tek Weh Demself!

Promoters Mixx Promotions and have clearly found a Friday night niche with Intimate at The Bentley’s. Located in the Clairmont Center Plaza one block from Dreamz ATL, this venue is sure to continue to hit a sweet spot with Atlanta partygoers for some time to come.

If you missed it, no worries; it’s a [weekly] ting!

Log on to and to stay in the know, and email or to get your V.I.P. on and get Intimate pon a Friday night!

Words by Akilah S. Richards aka Execumama

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Reggae Vault Classics Episode 8 – The Valentine’s Day Edition

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This week’s episode of the Reggae Vault Classics podcast is a freestyle mix consisting mostly of lover’s rock classics from the 80s and early 90s.  Tony Curtis starts things off with a cover of “For Your Love” on the Gunman rhythm before 3 songs in row from one of Jamaica’s favorite singers, Sanchez.  More Sanchez along with classic lovers hits from the likes of Brian and Tony Gold, Wayne Wonder, Skatta, Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Tony Tuff and Tony Rebel follow.  Bounty Killer, Shelly Thunder, and Tiger provide some dancehall D.J. stylee with tunes on the Kuff riddim and Leroy Gibbons’ mega hit “This Magic Moment” closes it out.  The grand finale for this mix show is performed by Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, and Gregory Issacs.

Episode 8 flows really well so don’t be surprised if you have it on repeat once downloaded.  Thanks for listening! We will be back next week with another varied group of top rated selections out of the old reggae Vault.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now.  We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing.  Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to or feel free to comment at  If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

Reggae Vault Classics 8

1  For Your Love – Tony Curtis
2  Feels So ood – Sanchez
3  I’ll Give Anything – Sanchez
4  Lonliness – Sanchez
5  Sex Me – Brian and Tony Gold
6  Always In My Heart – Skatta
7  Nana’s Medley – Nana McClean
8  Trying To Get To You – Richie Stephens
9  First Time I Met You – Tony Tuff
10 Won’t Last A Day – Sanchez
11 Tempted To Touch – Beres Hammond / Cutty Ranks
12 I Can’t Wait – Sanchez
13 Sorry – Wayne Wonder
14 Cellular Number – Bounty Killer
15 Kuff – Shelly Thunder
16 Bam Bam – Tiger
17 This Magic Moment – Leroy Gibbons
18 Black Roses – Barrington Levy
19 Here I Come – Barrington Levy
20 Revolution – Dennis Brown
21 Rumors – Gregory Issacs

Media files:
Reggae_Vault_Classics_8.mp3 (MP3 Format Sound, 160 MB)

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You Don’t Want to Miss Out Twice In A Row!


Highlanda Aquarius Birthday Tonight

The stage is set for tonight’s premiere Atlanta Caribbean event, “Intimate” at the Bentley’s, and its a special occasion to say the least as Highlanda Sound System and Mixx Promotions will host an exclusive Aquarius birthday celebration for its founders, Kahlil Wonda and Crisis Don.

This means that if somehow you missed the ‘Intimate’ birthday celebration for Super PEC of Highlanda which was held at The Bentley’s on January 2, 2009, you now have another opportunity to experience the vibe and energy of a star-studded Highlanda birthday bash!

To recap, the focus of the aforementioned events is placed upon the enjoyment and total satisfaction of the party goer.  There are specially invited guests slated to appear in addition to Highlanda, whose mission is to entertain and promote reggae music world wide.  As is expected, tonight’s ‘Intimate’ at the Bentley’s event will have full media coverage, however I invite you all to be there with your friends and be a part of the celebration.  Then, to go a step further, I invite you to write your own reviews and share your experiences with others – I will most certainly do the same.  Post your comments in the guestbook at, and you will be added to a VIP email list and gain access to exclusive content and premiere events.

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“Time to Shine,” Its Laden.

Growing up without a father didn’t impact negatively on the life of 23-year-old Okeefe Aarons. He, however, developed a special bond with his mother despite having to relocate from Kingston to St Elizabeth at an early age.

“My mother built a house in St Elizabeth and we moved there when I was young. My mother wanted to leave the garrison because of the violence. During that time I developed a special bond with my mother. Right now she’s my biggest fan,” said Aarons who is known in the music world as the up-and-coming artiste Laden.

Laden’s star is about to shine bright in the sky, having logged generous airtime both at radio and in the dancehall with his latest single Time To Shine. Produced by Stephen McGregor, Time to Shine which is currently riding the charts, has somewhat placed Laden into the spotlight.

“I always had songs playing on the radio like I’m Sorry but Time to Shine has given me a real fan base. This looks like the song to give me the big break that I have always wanted,” said Laden.

According to Laden, Time to Shine was conceptualised based on his own personal experiences. “The song is a personal feeling. I have been putting in all the work and getting the positive feedback. Right now I am just dying to see that dream come true,” he said.

A former student of the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston, Laden grew up between Kingston and St Elizabeth. “I used to live in Cheapside District in Junction. I never born come see my father. I heard that he was robbed and killed in America,” said Laden.

Laden gained some attention in 2006 when he entered the Digicel Rising Stars competition and placed in the top eight. He is grateful for the opportunity and the platform that the competition provided for him, as it has opened many doors for him in the music world.

“Digicel Rising Stars helped out a lot in terms of exposure. It made it easier for people to recognise me and it also got me the opportunity to record for producers,” he informed.

Laden recently wrapped up the video shoot for Time to Shine. The video was shot in various sections of Kingston including Tivoli Gardens, CPTC and Big Ship studio.

Michael ‘Biggs’ Burbridge took over the directing duties, while Nadia Stanley handled the production.

“The video is about me just entering the music industry and then the Digicel Rising Stars competition came about. It’s basically wanting to get that break to shine,” Laden explained.

Some of Laden’s recent projects include the songs Working Hard which was produced by Daseca; Anytime (featured on the beauty and the beast rhythm from TJ Records); and Inside With You (featured on the Old Crep rhythm from Chimney Records).

1.Laden-Time To Shine(mix).mp3
2.Laden-Time To Shine(acoustic mix).mp3
3.Time To Shine- Instrumental.mp3
4.Laden-Time To Shine(Super clean mix).mp3


SOURCE: Jamaica Observer

Also check out Laden’s “Time To Shine,” and other great new music making waves on’s Dancehall Now Episode 13

Intimate Review – “Everybody Was Dancing…!”

Intimate @ The Bentley's is going down evey Friday night...

Intimate @ The Bentley's is going down evey Friday night...

The crowd was there early as expected for Intimate last Friday night and they stayed late.  I’d say things shut down at around 4:30am.  The music was good all night, provided by Lion Chef of King Apocalypse (King AP) with Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound also getting in a couple of sets.  There was also great crowd motivation over the mic (not overdone) by Madd Twitch of Cartel Sound, Mikey Montana from Uprizing Sounds and the birthday boy/host, Super PEC of Highlanda.

The truly refreshing aspect of this event is the vibe and energy that carries throughout the venue.  EVERYBODY was dancing!!

Lion Chef (King AP), Super PEC (Highlanda), Mikey Montana (Uprizing Sounds)

Lion Chef (King AP), Super PEC (Highlanda), Mikey Montana (Uprizing Sounds)

Everyone in attendance participated, sang along with the music, and danced as though they all had not been out in years.  I, for one, am tired of venturing out, only to stand around witnessing others do the same.  I’m also tired of the current trend in which 95% of the people stand up posing and watching the “dancers.”

The Bentley’s, is not a large venue, it is definitely cozy, but the design and layout couldn’t be better.  The sound system there is tuned up and turned up – perfect for showing your skills on the dance floor.  The promoters of Intimate have succeeded be catering to the ladies in particular by providing a safe, pretty, smoke-free, climate controlled environment that compliments them all the way.  I saw a great gender ratio with more women than men, and the crowd seemed to be mostly young Caribbean professionals so the bottles of Vodka, Champagne, and even, Patron, flowed out from the bar all night.

Intimate, every Friday night

Intimate's a good look.

Another item of note about Intimate was the media coverage of the event.  Video camera crews were present from Element Studios, as well as Fyah Sistahs Entertainment, and Ghetto Life photography, plus several still cameras were seen circulating and snapping portraits.  I have never seen that many cameras inside a party before, so kudos to Super PEC and the promo team for a job well done.  I can’t wait to see the footage.  I have heard other very positive feedback from Intimate at The Bentley’s.  Here is another cool review you can check out from Karin A. on  Also check out more pictures from Intimate at,, and on Facebook.

The party sell off!

The party sell off!

The verdict – Finally!  Yes, if you have been opting not to party because the clubs, DJs, and promoters were not catering to you, then worry not.  Intimate is for you.  If you enjoy all types of old and new Caribbean music with a touch of the hottest old and new Hip Hop and R&B, and even some Billboard top 40 pop hits in the mix, Intimate is for you.  If you are 21 or older (the term grown and sexy is so over used) and want to get dressed up and step out into a quality establishment, with a quality atmosphere, and be surrounded by similar like-minded individuals that came to PARTY their butts off, then Intimate is most definitely for you.  This is a well needed addition to the the weekend options for Caribbean entertainment in Atlanta. Introduces First Event of 2009 – INTIMATE


Event: Intimate – Birthday, New Year’s, Holiday Celebration

Location: The Bentley’s at 3665A Clairmont Road, Chamblee, GA 30341 US
When: Friday, January 2, 10:00PM

3665A Clairmont Road Chamblee, GA 30341 US

3665A Clairmont Road Chamblee, GA 30341 US is ringing in the New Year on the 2nd of January, 2009!  Celebrate the arrival of 2009 and party with the birthday boy himself, Highlanda co-founder Super PEC and all his sexiest friends.  Special birthday shouts go out to all Capricorns and holiday season babies.

The Bentley’s, with its quality sound and lighting, along with ample dancefloor space, provides the perfect intimate setting for mingling, drinking, and dancing the night away.  The location is one block down from Dreamz ATL Night Club on Clairmont Road so its near to downtown Atlanta, and also close to the northeast and northwest greater Atlanta suburbs.

“This will not be your typical Atlanta Friday night party.”

The dress code is stylish and sexy with no athletic wear allowed and this will be enforced.  To ensure that each guest has a pleasurable experience, respectfully reserves the right to refuse entry to those whose appearance and demeanor does not meet our standards.

Musically, they’re bringing back the winning musical formula of 70% Reggae/Dancehall, 20% Soca, and 10% Hip-Hop/R&B so you already know what to expect.  Due to the sheer hype and exclusive nature of this event, early arrival is strongly recommened!

Reggae Vault Classics Podcast Series – Episode 2

Highlanda Sound has put together something for the fans of that “Finest Years” era of dancehall. Reggae Vault Classics is here to represent the foundation of the music.

Listen to an episode and you will hear right away that Reggae Vault Classics features only classics mixed and blended so you can turn up your speakers or headphones and get lost in Kahlil Wonda’s mixes.

RVC Episode 2 starts off with Dennis Brown singing ‘Stop the Fussing and Fighting’ on the Real Rock riddim.  The mix also includes tunes on some of the biggest riddems ever such as Stalag, Far East, Swing Easy, and The General.

English: Reggae Singer Dennis Brown in Paris, ...

English: Reggae Singer Dennis Brown in Paris, France Français : Le chanteur de Reggae Dennis Brown à Paris (Palace) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Expect to hear artists and selections you don’t hear everyday, or maybe even every year for that matter.  The selection order and mixing are masterful, which makes it easy for anyone to enjoy, whether you are a dancehall novice or a foundation reggae enthusiast.

Click here to Listen: Reggae Vault Classics Episode 2.

1   Stop the Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
2   Drop It Cool – Terror Fabulous
3   Putting Up ResistanceBeres Hammond
4   He Is My Friend – Luciano
5   Know Jah – Tony Rebel
6   Ganja Song – Spragga Benz/Baby Cham
7   Sensimelia Persecution – Buju Banton
8   Every Knee Shall Bow – Garnett Silk/Cocoa Tea/Charlie Chaplin
9   True Love – White Mice
10  Send Them Come – Terry Ganzie
11  Murderer – Buju Banton
12  Cold Blooded Murderer – Capleton
13  Nuh Have No Heart – Bounty Killer
14  Blood Stain – Pinchers
15  Reality – Shabba Ranks
16  Tune In – Cocoa Tea
17  Here I Am – Sanchez
18  Are You Still In Love With Me – Sanchez
19  Dances Are Changing – Barrington Levy
20  Ever Changing Times – Alton Black
21  Goodie Goodie – Colin Roach/Galaxy P
22  Kill A Sound – Quench Aid