Maxi Priest and Jonathan Emile interview

Maxi Priest and Johnathan Emile Interview

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We talk to Maxi Priest and Jonathan Emile who collaborated on Emile’s recently released “Babylon is Falling” Remix.

Maxi Priest

Reggae music has always been at the forefront of social and political issues. One example is Bob Marley’s participation in the Amandla Festival of 1979 in Boston. There, Marley performed in support of the anti-apartheid movement and the liberation of South Africa.  

A few short months ago, the entire world was shaken when George Floyd lost his life.  People protested, buildings and businesses burned – all while in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.  Race relations were already strained, but this event managed to trigger both a national and international outcry for change and justice.

“Babylon is Falling” is a song that has put a voice to the change.  The song features 2 artists (Jonathan Emile and Maxi Priest) from different generations coming together to speak on what they’ve been through, and what’s to come.

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We held reasoning on the following with Maxi Priest and Jonathan Emile:

  • How did the Remix to “Babylon is Falling” featuring Maxi Priest come about?
  • Different flavors of racism in the UK, Canada, and the Southern U.S.
  • The concept behind “Spaces In Between,” Jonathan’s debut reggae album. 
  • Maxi Priest’s excitement for his forthcoming album, “United State of Mind.”
  • Why are some Caribbean people afraid to go back to the region?
  • Billboard’s disrespect towards dancehall culture with their Verzuz cover.
  • What is the responsibility of musicians in fighting oppression?
  • The problem with trying to control musicians’ creative output.

‘Babylon is Falling’ Remix – Jonathan Emile ft Maxi Priest

Two Artists from Different Generations Come Together to Sing About the State of the World Today: 

Canadian-Jamaican artist Jonathan Emile and British-Jamaican artist Maxi Priest came together to create the Remix to “Babylon is Falling”, a track on Emile’s new album, “Spaces In Between.” The album is currently distributed by MindPeaceLove/Tuff Gong International.  While the remix to the song was recorded back in January 2020, neither artist knew at the time that the song would become so relevant a few months later.

Emile is a bilingual (English & French), multi-talented singer-songwriter, producer, and Cancer survivor.  His commanding voice resonates at the start of the song and draws the listener in immediately, asking if they know what their worth is, and then mentions the capitalistic society in which we live.  He then explains that this can’t go on and eventually, something has to change (Babylon will fall). 

“Growing up Black and Jamaican in Montreal, racism has been a fact of life. The institutional side was hidden but the interpersonal is still always present. As a Black person, you know you need to move cautiously to gain access, be accommodated, or have the opportunity to be treated with respect. This caution manifests in how you speak, how you read a room, and how you respond to racist banter or microaggressions.

Knowing that you’re seen as the other, alien, or ‘less than’ is at the forefront as you face people’s prejudice, always having to be an ambassador for your race. You become a master negotiator, code switcher, and an expert in de-escalation to preserve your body and reputation. This is a key concept in Spaces-In-Between.  I am fortunate to have parents who provided me with tactics and strategies to avoid and cope with racism as a young Black Jamaican. The knowledge I received was built on their hard work and determination.”

Jonathan Emile

Grammy-nominated Maxi Priest, best known for his Lover’s Rock and R&B/Reggae fusion tunes like “Close to You’ and “Wild World” comes in next, but he’s not singing about love this time.  In fact, he’s Deejaying (rapping), which in itself is a rare sound for him.  He rides the riddim with the smoothness that he’s best known for, but the content of the lyrics speak of the things he’s both experienced himself throughout the years growing up in England, and what he continues to see around him today.  His message, like so many, is that he’s tired. 

Here we go again – We stand firm we nah ease up the pressure – Just like a volcano bubbling over – to take it to the heights you have fi step like a soldier”

Maxi Priest

Although both Emile and Priest come from different generations, they have many things in common, including being of Jamaican heritage, and growing up and living outside of Jamaica, which has impacted them.  

Like so many people that live abroad, there are mixed feelings right now with what is happening with the racial, economic, and spiritual climate, and the uneasiness that it brings.  “Babylon is Falling” is a song that resonates with everyone, no matter where you come from, or what age you are.  

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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★ACCESS GRANTED★ “SEXY SPRING DRESS” Edition This Friday

The Friday Ritual ★ACCESS GRANTED★ continues with The "SEXY SPRING DRESS" Edition This Friday, March 28th at Club-Pisces Stone-Mountain ▶ Music by: V103's Kash Soundboy l DJ Alpo l Optomistique l Craig Lion ✔ ▶ NO COVER CHARGE ALL NIGHT ✔ ▶ NO COVER CHARGE ALL NIGHT ✔ ▶ Food l Drink l Bottle Specials All Nite ✔ For Birthday Celebrations l VIP Booths & Bottle Service Call 678-559-8993 or log on to www.unitecentertainment.com

The Friday Ritual ★ACCESS GRANTED★ continues with The “SEXY SPRING DRESS” Edition This Friday, March 28th at Club-Pisces Stone-Mountain
▶ Music by: V103’s Kash Soundboy l DJ Alpo l Optimistique l Craig Lion ✔
▶ NO COVER CHARGE ALL NIGHT ✔
▶ NO COVER CHARGE ALL NIGHT ✔
▶ Food l Drink l Bottle Specials All Nite ✔
For Birthday Celebrations l VIP Booths & Bottle Service Call 678-559-8993 or log on to http://www.unitecentertainment.com

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Signature Promotions presents PLUSH Saturdays at Club Pisces

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Signature Promotions presents PLUSH Saturdays at Club Pisces…

 

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Event Photo Gallery: ‘My Friday Addiction’ at Thrive

MY FRIDAY ADDICTION IS AN EXCLUSIVE LOUNGE PARTY IN ATLANTA AT THRIVE, 101 MARIETTA STREET, DOWNTOWN, ATL.

DANCE TO POP, HIP-HOP, R&B & DANCEHALL MUSIC BY SPECIAL GUEST DJS EVERY WEEK.  FREE DRINKS FOR THE LADIES COURTESY OF PRESISE HALLEY.  DOORS OPEN AT 10PM, RSVP@PRESISE.BIZ TO PARTY FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT.  (FREE BIRTHDAY PARTIES W/ GUEST LIST & SECTIONS) TEXT 404.509.3739.

A Special Friday Addiction Event

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My Friday Addiction is The Newest Exclusive Lounge Party in Atlanta At Thrive, 101 Marietta Street, Downtown, ATL.

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Dance to Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B & Dancehall Music by DJ Andre Perry from 96.1fm and special guest DJs Every Week.  Free Drinks for the Ladies Courtesy Of Presise Halley.  Doors open at 10pm, rsvp@presise.biz to party FREE until Midnight.  (FREE Birthday Parties w/ Guest List & Sections) text 404.509.3739

Meta And The Cornerstones ‘Ancient Power’ Album Coming Soon

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On April 30, Meta and The Cornerstones will release their sophomore album Ancient Power.

Meta And The Cornerstones: Ancient Power

Lead singer Meta Dia born in Senegal, West Africa, is a self-taught musician who by age 14 was performing on the streets and stages in his hometown of Dakar, Senegal.

Now proclaimed the next African Reggae Voice, Meta’s unforgettable vocals are complemented by the incomparable sounds of his band.

Fusing Reggae, Afro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Soul music with passionate lyrics in English, French, Wolof and Fulani, Meta and The Cornerstones music is warm and embodying, immensely addictive and destined to forever change the dynamics of Reggae music.

Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the one and only Tuff Gong Studios, Ancient Power is executive produced by Meta Dia and co-produced by Sidney Mills.

The album features guest collaborations with reggae vocalist Damian Marley and talented musicians like Dean Fraser, Julian Marley, Mikey Chung, Wayne “C-Sharp” Clarke and Wilburm “Squidly” Cole.

CLIMAX Every Thursday at FINS Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge

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Welcome to CLIMAX. Once you get your fix on Thursday night, you will want more and more.

CLIMAX, every Thursday Night in the City of Atlanta

This event is the pinnacle, featuring maximum sultry “flava” from Top Rated Highlanda Sound and Selector Jah Prince of Daflavaradio.Reward yourself with the ultimate payoff - CLimax - nightlife at its best. You are free to let go. Intense music and cocktails bring you to the explosive point of no return.

Invite you to
 
CLIMAX 
every Thursday 
at
Restaurant & Lounge
84 12th St NE  Atlanta, GA 30309
CLIMAX is the culmination of your week – the main event. 
You no longer have to wait for the weekend.
Doors open 9pm
No Cover Charge
$6 Bacardi Cocktails 
Kettle One Bottle Specials
 Sultry mixes of International Dance Music
Caribbean and American Top 40:
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, Latin
with
Highlanda Sound (The Dancehall Now & Reggae Vault Classics Shows) 
&
Selector Jah Prince ( The Love Ultra Show &  Sunsplash Mix Show)
VIP Info, Bottle Service or Birthday Celebrations call (404) 552-0492

Dancehall Now Interviews Dancehall Singer Toi

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DANCEHALL NOW Interviews multi-talented dancehall singer Toi. This Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, composer, and producer is destined for great things in the dancehall and reggae music industry.  Multi-platinum producer extraordinaire, Don Corleon, and dancehall reggae sensation, Konshens, are among the many big names that have recognized the potential for greatness, and are currently working with the upcoming artiste.

Talib Kweli Hits The Stage at Face Off Fridays

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OHighlanda.net was inside MJQ Concourse last Friday for ‘Face Off.’  Three Reggae sets dropped in by Selector Jah Prince provided a complimentary change of pace as DJ Rasta Root kept the dance floor engaged all night.  Party motivation was added by MC for the night Ras Goldie.  Now in the event’s 7th year, Face Off Fridays goes down each 2nd Friday at MJQ and you just never know which of Rasta Root’s celebrity friends will drop by to perform.  Talib Kweli was a pleasant surprise as he blessed the MIC at around 12:30am.  Hip-Hop (& Dancehall) lives…

 TALIB KWELI @ FACE OFF FRIDAY'S (ATLANTA) (@DJRastaRoot)
TALIB KWELI @ FACE OFF FRIDAY’S (ATLANTA) (@DJRastaRoot) Hosted by Violator DJs.

“Perfectly Imperfect” Debut Album From Elle Varner Is A Game Changer

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 “Growing up in the studio was absolutely normal for me, but looking back, I realize that it’s not a very common environment for a kid,” Elle says.

With the release of her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect (MBK Entertainment/RCA Records), which she wrote and co-produced, it’s evident that her early experiences have served her well. Crafting the album also proved to be a full-circle moment for the 22-year-old singer/songwriter as she enlisted the help of her parents – Jimmy Varner and Mikelyn Roderick – both of whom contributed their production and vocal arrangement talents and pushed Elle toward, and beyond, the bounds of her creativity. When asked to describe her feelings about the finished product, Elle takes a moment to ponder the question.

“I can honestly say that I’m in love with every song on this album,” she says, matter-of-factly.

Leading the 12-song set is the flirty, funky single, “Only Wanna Give It To You,” produced by Pop & Oak and featuring J. Cole.

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Quin, ATL’s Top Model to Host Cheers at Sheba this Friday

You Dont Want to Miss This Party !!!!

REGGAE / HIP HOP / SOCA / R&B / POP

In da House

NITTY PHONIC SOUND (Reppin NYC)

DJ 3D

Sweetness

Highlanda
DJ Trigga
Hosted by Quin da ModelSHEBA LOUNGE
1594 Woodcliff Drive NE, Atlanta GA
(85N to North Druid Hills, make Right then Left at the 1st light / BriarCliff Rd, Located on the Right)

Doors open at 10 PM – Come Early & Leave Late

For More Info on Bottles, VIP, Or Birthdays Please Email
rsvp@extremeatlanta.com or Follow @Presise & @SuperPEC

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New Event Riddim Fridays Is The Talk of the ATL

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This Friday the 30th of March @ 10pm inside Sheba Lounge (1549 Woodcliffe Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30329) Highlanda Sound and Presise.biz would like to invite you to a special weekly event, Riddim Fridays.  RSVP for FREE ADMISSION until midnight by sending names to RSVP@EXTREMEATLANTA.COM.  Our DJs will be Mixing the Best of Reggae, Hip-Hop, Soca, R&B, and Pop.  Early Arrival Is Strongly Suggested

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Highlanda in The Hot Spot at ATL’s #1 NYE Party for Urban Professionals

NYE in the ATL 2012 will feature multiple PARTY ROOMS with Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Old-School, and Salsa.

Join Highlanda in the Hot Spot Caribbean and Salsa Room at Atlanta’s #1 New Years Eve Party for Urban Professionals Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:00 PM inside of the Renaissance Waverly Hotel located at 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.  CLICK HERE for ticket information. Tickets are going fast!

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“We Rep JA,” Official Music Video Release feat. Kardinal Official

Here’s a fresh music video your viewing pleasure – The official video release of “We Rep Ja,”  the anticipated debut single from Dre-Money.  The video features hip hop icon Kardinal Offishall and it showcases the clothing line known as Rep JA.  Log on to http://werepja.dremoneymusic.com/ now to view and share the video with your friends and family.

left to right: Dre-Money, Super PEC of Highlanda, Omar of Rep JA Clothing

Watch the video here:
http://werepja.dremoneymusic.com/

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Warrior King Interview on Dancehall Now

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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
http://www.Hilawe.com/

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

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