Highlanda Sound Early Warm -2018 | Reggae Lover 88

Reggae Lover Episode 88 – Highlanda Sound Early Warm (Feb 2018 LIVE)

Highlanda Sound live 2018

Highlanda Sound live set from The Shrine of The Black Madonna in Atlanta with Kahlil Wonda at the controls for the BobFest ATL 2018 festival which featured Jah9 with the Dub Treatment band live from Kingston, Jamaica.

Recorded live 2-16-2018.

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Billboard named Joss Stone Reggae Artist of the Year 2015, But Here’s the Thing

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I noticed the recent uproar caused by, and massive publicity being given to Billboard Magazine, who announced their best of 2015 recently.  The initial blip that came on my radar was a Jamaica Observer article, but since then I have seen many of my peers in the reggae industry, especially those representing Jamaica, sounding off and voicing their disapproval of Billboard as if this was an objective award selection.

This controversy inspired my inquisitive mind so I did some research into Billboard Magazine’s previous year’s Reggae superlatives and found that it’s solely based on Reggae Album sales and these statistics have never been friendly to Jamaican performers.  Check the history over the past 5 years:

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

By simply visiting Billboard’s website and reviewing the rankings I saw that what happened in 2015 – a non-Jamaican crowned Artist of the Year – also happened in 2014, 2013, and so on and so forth. No one slammed the magazine when California-based reggae group Rebelution, Israel’s Matisyahu, or American rappers NAS and Snoop Lion were crowned.

If anything, Jamaican reggae artists, supporters, and the media alike should be reporting that 2015 was the best year in recent history for Jamaican reggae acts as evidenced by releases from Morgan Heritage, Protoje, Jah Cure, and Kymani Marley all selling well enough to be on the 2015 Reggae Album charts.  Yes, Joss Stone (UK) sold more, but in prior years only the Marley name could be found consistently among the top selling reggae albums reported by Billboard.

Congratulations to the aforementioned artists carrying the reggae banner in 2015.  How can we continue this resurgence of Jamaican reggae and secure a place for artists from the genre’s homeland on international music charts, and concert stages?  Start by putting your money where your mouth is.  Vote for the artist you love by buying their album.

Reggae In the Age of the Internet

Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby’s dubs or Prince Far I’s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.

In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.

The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”

This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7. Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.

There are many other good reggae themed websites – and ours should surely be right at the top – and here is one of the best: For anyone who live in the UK or Europe generally, David Rodigan‘s site rodigan.com should be a saved your bookmarks. Rodigan is a legend in the UK where he has been DJing reggae since the 70s on the radio and live, he has even won the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York in 2012. This man has a serious passion for the music.

A few other websites you can try to find music, videos or to chat to fellow reggae fans are yardflex.com which has lots of news about Jamaica in general, but music in particular; dancehallreggae.com has loads of videos and lots of forums where fans can chat with others; if you’re just after a forum dancehallareaz.com forum is a great place to chat; and if you’re just after videos reggaetopten.com has lots of good stuff.

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Bunji Garlin’s Carnival Tabanca EP is Ready For The Road

Bunji Garlin - Carnival Tabanca EP - Artwork

Bunji Garlin – Carnival Tabanca EP – Artwork

Bunji releases a brand new EP to vocalize his Trinidad & Tobago Carnival sentiments.  According to Urban Dictionary, “Tabanca,” is defined as “an extreme sadness and/or a depression following one’s breakup or separation from one’s significant other.” Not one to dwell on the sadness, Bunji also includes “Red Light District,” “Carnival Tabanca (Vikings remix),” and this year’s Carnival anthem “Truck On D Road” on the EP. Full track list below:

1. Carnival Tabanca
2. Truck On D Road
3. Red Light District
4. Carnival Tabanca (Vikings remix)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTeDBTKt19M

iTunes link.

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Vybz Kartel Drops New Album, ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’

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Dancehall icon Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer drops his new album Kartel Forever: Trilogy, now available physically and digitally worldwide from Tad’s Record.

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Scoring coveted media attention from mainstream press including MTV, The Fader Magazine, and Complex Magazine, along with articles and reviews in numerous European and Caribbean media, ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ debuted at #5 on the iTunes Reggae Top Albums Chart during its release day on September 24, 2013.

The three-disc anthology remains in the iTunes top ten reggae albums, a commendable showing for an album that comes with a hefty price tag of $24.99, compared to other releases that average $9.99.

Hailed as the undisputed World Boss of the dancehall genre, Kartel Forever: Trilogy is a rare international release from the talented and controversial artist, who remains incarcerated in his homeland, Jamaica.

Celebrated and polarized for his stimulating lyrics and provocative ploys on and off stage, there is no doubtVybz Kartel is a defining thread in the fabric of dancehall.

The Fader Magazine prides itself on being a definitive voice in music and previously hosted Vybz Kartel on its cover in June 2011.

The Fader exclusively premiered the entire ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ album as a live stream for its massive audience on its release date, as the magazine celebrates Vybz Kartel as one of the biggest names in music today.

Check out The Fader’s Live Stream of Kartel Forever: Trilogy

MTV Iggy, a division of Viacom Media Networks, is focused on bringing cutting-edge global music and pop-culture to the US.

With a full album review due out later this week, journalist Marlon Bishop previewed the album with some bold words. “Vybz Kartel is the most powerful force in Jamaican music today: this is a fact few on the island would dispute,” Bishop stated.

Read the MTV Iggy article here.

Kartel Forever: Trilogy boasts 60 tracks on the three-disc album, including previously unreleased singles and numerous hits from recent years.

Kartel is determined to stay atop his dancehall throne and keep his fans satisfied until his inevitable return to the studio to make music for the masses. Jamaican imprintTad’s Record maintains a strong partnership with the entertainer.

According to the label, both overt and covert fans are raving about this colossal collection that showcases Kartel’s hit songs in its raw and purest form.

“The positive response that we have received regarding ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ is overwhelming and more than we could imagine,” reveals Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record.

“Vybz Kartel’s fans were starving since the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0 and we are pleased to have lived up to their expectations with this follow-up tribute to a pioneering dancehall lyricist.”

With a slew of Vybz Kartel songs currently enjoying heavy rotation in Jamaica and on urban radio worldwide, including new singles “Compass,” “Business”and “School,” ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy‘ provides a vivid kaleidoscope of his continued evolution as an extraordinary artist.

Despite his geographic limitations, his music speaks volumes, as is evident from his continued surge in popularity and international demand, which continues to increase with each passing day.

Kartel Forever: Trilogy is now available in stores or online, from Tad’s Record.

BEENIE MAN featuring CECILE – THUG LOVE – OFFICIAL VIDEO

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Hot off the heels of his appearance at the BET Awards, Beenie Man is back with a love song done in his own uniquely-worded way. The “King of the Dancehall” premiered his new joint “Thug Love” with a live walk-on on BET’s 106 & PARK on August 30th.

Music Video by Beenie Man feat. Cecile performing Thug Love (Explicit). (C) 2013 Grillaras Productions/Zojak World Wide.

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Filmed on location in the picturesque setting of Portland, Jamaica and Directed by United States-based filmmaker Mike Abela.  Abela’s past credits include videos for Vybz Kartel, Junior Reid, Sharon Tucker and many more.

The single is currently available on iTunes and a variety of online retailers.

SLY & ROBBIE PRESENT DANIELLE “DI” – THE REBEL, Now In Stores

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Reggae/dancehall blockbuster hit makers Sly & Robbie present dancehall female singjay Danielle “DI” in her debut studio effort, The Rebel, now in stores from Tad’s Record.

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Born Danielle Isaacs and raised a stone’s throw away from the home of the legendary Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Danielle is determined to follow in his footsteps as an ambassador for her homeland.

The Rebel accomplishes this ambitious goal and catapults this music sensation towards fulfilling her dream of being a global sensation.

Working with legendary producers and songwriters on eight sizzling tracks, Danielle “DI” is following a formula for sure success.

She also collaborates with some of the top names in reggae and dancehall, including Cherine Anderson on the title track “Rebel,” dancehall great Shabba Ranks on “Big Man,” and reggae royalty Gramps Morgan on “Sexual Healing.”

“Putting out this album has a bit of excitement to it because it’s a different kind of a showcase of dancehall from a female point of view,” reveal producers Sly & Robbie and Orville “Rory” Baker.

Known to fans as the ‘Rebel Princess of Dancehall,’ Danielle “DI” has been on the scene for some time, honing her skills and working on her craft with the likes of Beenie Man, Ce’Cile and Vybz Kartel.

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Tad’s Record Releases Hit Dancehall Compilation, ‘Phantom Vol. 3,’

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Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record releases the latest installation in their hit dancehall compilation series, Phantom Vol. 3, available worldwide now.

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The album features the biggest names in dancehall music and showcases the hottest tunes straight from the dance halls in Jamaica, to keep the genre alive and fans satisfied year-round.

Boasting 31 electrifying singles, Phantom Vol. 3 features hit singles that are already tearing up the airwaves in Jamaica, including I-Octane with “Gal A Gimmie Bun,” Mavado with “Million Dollar Man” and Vybz Kartel with”Lighter.”

The album also sees the likes of dancehall heavy-hitters Konshens,Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, giving aficionados the very best in dancehall music today.

“Phantom Vol. 3 is our third installment in the hit series, which has found a home with dancehall fans around the globe,” reveals Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Records.

“Each year, Tad’s Records strives to bring the latest and best music from the Jamaican music industry to the global fan base and this album fulfills that mission.

It also makes obvious that the genre is alive and well, both at home and internationally.”

 Phantom Vol. 3 is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, from Tad’s Record. For more information,please visit tadsrecord.com.

 TRACK LIST

1. Konshens – No Hesitation (I’m Coming)
2. I-Octane – Gal a Gimmi Bun
3. Mavado – Mr Tek Weh Yu Gal
4. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitBun Nu Nu (Raw)
5. Tommy Lee Sparta – Bun Nu Nu (Clean)
6. Popcaan – Naughty Girl
7. Popcaan – When We Party
8. Vybz Kartel – Lighter
9. I-Octane – Bun It and Laugh
10. Vybz Kartel – ExplicitWeed Smoker (Raw)
11. Vybz Kartel – Weed Smoker (Clean)
12. Mavado – Million Dollar Man
13. Mavado – At the Top
14. Vybz Kartel – Mr Bleach Chin
15. Mavado – ExplicitMarch Out (Raw)
16. Mavado – March Out (Clean)
17. Konshens – ExplicitFrom Yuh See Me (Raw)
18. Konshens – From Yuh See Me (Clean)
19. I-Octane – Buss a Blank
20. Popcaan – ExplicitKilla From Me Born (Raw)
21. Popcaan – Killa From Me Born (Clean)
22. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitDem Nuh Bad (Raw)
23. Tommy Lee Sparta – Dem Nuh Bad (Clean)
24. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitDi Mechanic (Raw)
25. Tommy Lee Sparta – Di Mechanic (Clean)
26. Konshens – ExplicitBad Gal (Raw)
27. Konshens – Bad Gal (Clean)
28. Popcaan – ExplicitCoolie Gyal (Raw)
29. Popcaan – Coolie Gyal (Clean)
30. I-Octane – Fly Ova Badmind
31. Tommy Lee Sparta – Lyrical Bomber

Midnite’s ‘Be Strong’ Album Available May, 2013

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Hailing from St Croix, Virgin Islands — Midnite’s cutting-edge sound of modern roots music comes alive once again on their upcoming album Be Strong on May 14.

Hailing from St Croix, Virgin Islands -- Midnite's cutting-edge sound of modern roots music comes alive once again on their upcoming album Be Strong on May 14. The release follows In Awe, which was chosen by iTunes U.S. as one of the Best Reggae Albums for 2012. On Be Strong, their naked and raw roots reggae style -- filled with extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements -- weaves the cultural lyrics of old- school roots music with modern day to create a unique listening experience. In this album, look for Shona style guitars and percussion, hand drums from Mali and the Congo, Mbira (hand piano), Marimba, Zimbabwean guitar lines, trumpet from new orleans. Heavy African Influence, featuring members and players from "Playing for Change" ( a famous group in their own right), as well as various traveling African musicians. These traditional styles of ancient music blend with modern roots to crate a scorching sound. These production styles are unique to Midnite's catalog, brought exclusively through collaboration between Midnite and Fifth Son Records' production. Midnite is currently touring the U.S. until the end of April. Their live performances have won them a legion of fans among the reggae community.   Be Strong - Album Available May 14, 2013 [VPAL Music]

The release follows In Awe, which was chosen by iTunes U.S. as one of the Best Reggae Albums for 2012.

 On Be Strong, their naked and raw roots reggae style — filled with extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements — weaves the cultural lyrics of old- school roots music with modern day to create a unique listening experience.

In this album, look for Shona style guitars and percussion, hand drums from Mali and the Congo, Mbira (hand piano), Marimba, Zimbabwean guitar lines, trumpet from New Orleans.

Heavy African Influence, featuring members and players from “Playing for Change” ( a famous group in their own right), as well as various traveling African musicians. These traditional styles of ancient music blend with modern roots to create a scorching sound.

These production styles are unique to Midnite’s catalog, brought exclusively through collaboration between Midnite and Fifth Son Records’ production. Midnite is currently touring the U.S. until the end of April.

Their live performances have won them a legion of fans among the reggae community.

Morgan Heritage Hits Number #1 with “Perfect Love Song”

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Within a week of its release, Morgan Heritage‘s “Perfect Love Song” hit number #1 on the iTunes Japan Reggae chart.

Morgan Heritage Hits Number #1 with "Perfect Love Song"

from left to right: Gramps, Una, Mojo, Lukes, Peetah

Although no artists like to be compared to another, Reggae’s royalty Morgan Heritage have been referred to as the “Rolling Stones” of Reggae music. Their longevity, their sold out arenas and festivals, and their worldwide chart topping music make them a contender for the music hall of fame.

Murmurs of critics who have heard tracks from the upcoming “Here Come The Kings” studio album, are in consent that the work is Grammy worthy. “Here Come The Kings” is slated to be released June 4th worldwide.

Morgan Heritage is preparing for a promotional tour in the North East of the United States to support the growing success of their “Perfect Love Song” single.

Below are some of the dates for the upcoming weeks and log on to Facebook.com/MorganHeritage to keep up to date with future appearances.

Perfect Love Song is available worldwide on iTunes / MorganHeritageMusic.com

See Morgan Heritage Live:
March 13 New Haven, CT Toads Place
March 14 NY, NY BB Kings
March 15 Boston, MA Kays Oasis
March 16 Albany, NY The Polish Community Center

Reggae Royalty “Morgan Heritage” Gives Fans the Perfect Love Song

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It is not by self imposed accolades that MORGAN HERITAGE are referred to as Reggae Royalty, but rather from music lovers around the world who recognize their rich Reggae heritage and gift to Reggae Music. 

From playing to hundreds of thousands of people in sold out concerts throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands, to numerous #1 hits internationally, Morgan Heritage long ago cemented their name and stake in this industry.

2012 saw Morgan Heritage reconnect with their fans as they embarked on a long awaited “The Return” tour and gave new music to eager fans from their EP of the same name.
The EP released in most of the world in August and in North America in September of 2012, brought a breath of fresh air to Reggae, and at the urging of their fans they have been back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their upcoming “Here Come the Kings” full album.
Morgan Heritage - Perfect Love Song - Artwork

Morgan Heritage – Perfect Love Song – Artwork

Thankfully fans will not have to wait to regale their ears with new music as the “Perfect Love Song” hit iTunes on Tuesday February 5th, 2013. The single was chosen for it’s fun loving vibe. “It’s different” says Peetah Morgan.
The single merges genres as it captures the Morgan Heritage crossover appeal while keeping the roots vibe present in the verses. As an added Bonus, fans will delight in Gramps deejaying for the first time on a Morgan Heritage song in over 10 years.
“The story behind “Perfect Love Song” is just a person realizing that the one he or she loves makes them feel beyond good, beyond great. Instead the person makes them feel HEAVENLY!” – Peetah Morgan
“A perfect love song to me is a love song that goes beyond the bedroom. It’s a song that can apply to love universally.” – Mojo Morgan
Written by Morgan Heritage and produced by Linton “TJ” White, Andrew Myrie and Morgan Heritage “Perfect Love Song” was released by VP Records and is available worldwide on iTunes. The “Here Come the Kings” album is slated to be released later in 2013.
Preparations for the video “Perfect Love Song” are under way and will be shot on location in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Famed UK reggae singer Gappy Ranks released his new EP, “Hello,”

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Famed UK reggae singer Gappy Ranks released his new EP, "Hello," Tuesday, January 29, 2013 on iTunes

Famed UK reggae singer Gappy Ranks released his new EP, “Hello,”

Famed UK reggae singer Gappy Ranks released his new EP, “Hello,” Tuesday, January 29, 2013 on iTunes

Gappy Ranks’ jazzy, infectious reggae EP was produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor in connection with his recent campaign to spread the pleasures of pop-reggae music to a global audience.

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MS Gappy Ranks (Photo credit: Rototom Sunsplash)

NEW SINGLE “Baby It’s You” From Canadian Vocalist AMMOYE

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Canadian reggae starlet Ammoye released her new single, “Baby It’s You,” Tuesday, January 15, 2013 on iTunes.

Her single – a tasty pop-radio rhapsody with an alluring melody – was produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor in connection with his recent campaign to spread the pleasures of pop-reggae music to a global audience.

KEMAR ‘FLAVA’ MCGREGOR RELEASES NEW SINGLE WITH CANADIAN VOCALIST AMMOYE

NEW SINGLE by CANADIAN VOCALIST AMMOYE

Ammoye’s latest offering explores the addiction of love, and the delight of expressing appreciation toward a devoted romantic partner.

If that sounds soft and P.C. – it’s meant to sound that way. Ammoye isn’t afraid to spread love openly. With “Baby It’s You,” Ammoye and McGregor are collaboratively united in selling upliftment to reggae audiences, and helping record-label officials to understand that romantic pop-reggae is the future of the reggae genre. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Ammoye’s new song is melodically and culturally superior to everything the major labels are currently pushing.

Basically, I want ‘Baby It’s You’ to affect reggae culture in a positive way – allowing the people to get an appreciation of clean, inspirational love music from reggae,” said Ammoye. “I want the consumers and the music execs to count this kind of music as viable, necessary and important.”

Whether she’s crafting a nightclub anthem or crooning a midnight serenade, Ammoye remains dedicated to her creative mission, which is to popularize the status of love. Ammoye said she enjoys a comfortable, homestyle environment when writing love songs – often penning lyrics in her bedroom at night – which affords her the relaxation required to arrange humanistic layers of melody and color.

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Kemar McGregor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The feeling of being and knowing you’re in love is like an addiction for me, and I truly love when I’m blessed with having true love in my life,” said Ammoye. “I don’t hide it…I share it. Because of how this person makes me feel, it was easy for me to write this song, and to express how I felt at the time. I’m simply saying that I’m sure he’s the one for me.”

Ammoye’s musical résumé includes background-vocal performances with jazz luminary Michael Bublé, and with Canadian pop singers Kreesha Turner, Anjulie, Divine Brown, Corylee and Keshia Chante.

In 2009, two of her songs were featured on the MTV Winter Olympics documentary, “Over The Bolts,” and she has performed as an opening stage act for hip-hop celebrity B.O.B., and for reggae greats Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Serani, Gyptian, Gramps Morgan, Chaka Demus, L.U.S.T., and the Easy-Star All Stars.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor premiered his new riddim album, “80s Rock Riddim,” Tuesday, January 8, 2013 on iTunes, representing the first of an upcoming series of 1980s-styled pop-reggae projects.

The riddim album – which features new tracks from Gappy Ranks, Gyptian, Aaron Silk and JC Lodge – combines musical motifs from Brit-pop, R&B, soul and 1980’s dancehall, to create a distinctive mixture of melodic pop with a propulsive one-drop bass groove.

Kemar 'Flava' McGregor Releases "80s Rock Riddim" on iTunes

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Releases “80s Rock Riddim” on iTunes

In early 2012, McGregor departed from the reggae mainstream, and began producing pop-reggae tracks for the corporate licensing market, which enlists a higher percentage of uplifting 1980s-era tracks that remind listeners of reggae’s bygone golden era.

With “80s Rock Riddim,” McGregor wanted to repair a longstanding credibility problem within the modern reggae industry – an industry that erroneously insists on producing music with negative lyrics and depressing musical styles that reggae fans never wanted, and often at the expense of melodic, party reggae, which has always attracted more customers globally than the negative-themed music of the reggae mainstream.

The concept of ‘80s Rock’ is to try to bring people back to the good old days of vocal reggae,” said McGregor. “The 1980s was where reggae got its fame and popularity. There’s a joy that I get from listening to ‘80s music – it makes you feel like living is worthwhile. And it’s not just reggae, it’s a lot of the ‘80s music. There’s also some good R&B that makes you feel that way.”

McGregor said “80s Rock Riddim” was inspired in large part by the great riddims of the 1980s, including “Far East” (Barry Brown’s version from 1986), “Sleng Teng” (1985), and popular albums “Big Ship,” by Freddie McGregor (1982), and “Rub-A-Dub Style,” by Michigan & Smiley (1980).

From McGregor’s point of view, these styles established reggae music as a universal worldwide party idiom, which would guarantee celebratory vibes regardless of where the music was played.

Apparently, today’s reggae scene has lost this celebratory spirit, McGregor said.

When I used to watch videotapes from the 1980s, I would see all those people dancing – the couples were slow-wining so tight, that not even the breeze could get through them,” McGregor said. “Today, when I go to a party, the ladies will be standing on the left side of the room, and the men will be standing on the right. The men will be screwing their faces, and the women will be standing with their arms crossed. That’s not the way to party.”

When I look at a dance floor today, I’ll hear a bunch of noise coming from the speakers, and when I look at the dance floor, I’ll expect to see a man and a woman dancing, but instead I’ll see a group of men dancing in the middle of the floor by themselves. I don’t want to see that.”

To illustrate his love for 1980s music, McGregor recorded a mixture of melodic songs from the most active artists in the new reggae industry, including Aaron Silk, Junior Kelly, Gappy Ranks, Adele Harley and Ammoye, along with a cadre of vocal legends from the 2000-decade mixtape era, such as Norris Man, Gyptian, Jah Mali and Tony Anthony. In addition, “80s Rock Riddim” will contain songs from “America’s Got Talent” finalist Cas Haley, and British reggae luminaries JC Lodge, Carroll Thompson and Don Campbell.

McGregor’s ultimate goal is to send a message that reggae’s survival will require producers to satisfy the demands of real customers, instead of using drug money to promote negative-themed music that no one wants to buy. McGregor said sales statistics already indicate that consumers prefer the sound of the 1980s.

Overall, I would say the music of the 1980s was more uplifting. There was more joy into it,” McGregor said. “Most of what the artists were saying in their lyrics – whether it was lovers rock, roots or rub-a-dub – you were excited about what was taking place. The stuff they were singing about, like Yellowman and Michigan & Smiley, it would make you want go out and have a good time. That’s why I like the ‘80s music. It has a lot of value to it.”

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Brand New Official HD Video for Gyptian’s hit song “Overtime”

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Check out the brand new Official HD video for Gyptian‘s hit song “Overtime.”

“Overtime” from Gyptian is featured on Reggae Gold 2012 and is the lead track from the Overtime riddim. Produced by Justus Arison (Overproof Riddim), the track captures Gyptian expressing his passions for the ladies as only he can. The mid-tempo groove has a strong appeal for females and the vocal performance is consistent with Gyptian favorites from recent past.

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“True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)” Set For Worldwide Release on Sept. 4

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English: Photograph of Singer, Songwriter, Producer Sadiki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican reggae artist Sadiki and UK Lovers Rock Diva Sandra Cross will release a full-length collaborative effort, titled “True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)”, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital distributors.

The album’s 13 tracks, features production from Japan producer machaco, Sadiki, and co-productions from Sadiki & Lloyd Campbell.

 
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Fras Twinz Music Presents ‘Happy Daze Riddim’

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Artistes featured on ‘Happy Daze’ are: Beenie Man, Gyptian ft Jupita, Konshens, Mr Lexx, Laza Morgan, Munga, Chi Ching Ching, Blak Diamon, Future Fambo & Newcomers: Bastic & Melloquence

The songs are enjoying heavy rotation in radio land worldwide, in the dancehall and more recently on television since the release of Melloquence’s music video for his song ‘Stars R Us’.

The name of the rhythm speaks for itself and one can’t help but be dazzled by the blissful vibe ‘Happy Daze’ emits after listening. This project can be purchased digitally on Itunes, Amazon and all other digital outlets, so go on, purchase a copy and support the music.

 

Sophia Brown Interviewed on Dancehall Now Episode 46

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Hot, multi-talented singer/song-writer Sophia Brown calls in from Jamaica to chat with the crew at Dancehall Now, as her single entitled “Tonight Is The Night,” was the number 1 song on the International Top Rated 8 countdown for two consecutive weeks.  Sophia Brown’s album ‘Catch Me If You Can’ broke into the top 100 on iTunes making her the first female reggae artiste this year to do so.

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SIZZLA DON’T MISLEAD THE YOUTHS EP Now Available in Stores and Online

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U.S. based reggae label Locksmith Recordsis proud to release the latest studio effort from acclaimed reggae artist Sizzla, in the form of an EP entitled Don’t Mislead The Youths. The EP was released yesterday, April 25, 2012, and is now available in CD format in select stores, including VP Records. It is also available digitally worldwide via all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

 This rebirth of Sizzla Kalonji has reggae fans around the world buzzing, as the new EP sees Sizzla reclaiming his dynamic stance on various social issues. The first single “Learn To Read” speaks on the importance of education, as Sizzla advocates young people to learn to read and write, as a way to overcome ignorance, and therefore, progress in life. Other singles from the EP include “So Lovely,” “Party,” and the title track, “Don’t Mislead The Youths.”

“This EP confirms (yet again) that Sizzla is a talented, thoughtful, intelligent and fluent performer,” states Gerry McMahon of Reggaeville.com. “His status as one of reggae’s most commercially and critically successful contemporary artists will be reinforced by this ‘Don’t Mislead The Youths’ EP.’

Don’t Mislead The Youths is a collaboration between Lyon House Muzik (Glenroy “Frosty” Jackson and Ainsworth) and Locksmith Records (Mark “BUG” Wilkins), who diligently worked together with Sizzla to accomplish their goal of creating this EP. All songs were written and performed by Sizzla Kalonji for Zabogaubhi Music, and all tracks were produced and recorded by Lyon House Muzik in Kingston, Jamaica. The EP was mixed and mastered by Dave Downie and BUG for Unlock My Mind Music, at Hilltop Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

For all inquiriesplease contact Locksmith Records atlocksmithrecords@yahoo.com.  

TRACKLIST

1. So Lovely    

2. Don’t Mislead The Youths

3. Learn To Read

4. Hotta Fire

5. Party    

6. Ganja  

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Proceeds from Gramps Morgan’s new single Go to family of Trayvon Martin

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Soulful Reggae star, Gramps Morgan has taken a stance in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old boy recently killed in South Florida.  To date, the man who shot and killed Trayvon has not been charged. So in an effort to support the Martin family’s demand for justice, Dada Son is donating a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of Gramps’ new single, ‘Life Too Short’.

 

“Yes Rasta!” American-Jamaican crooner, Gramps Morgan is unleashing another anthem with his unique brand of ‘Rockaz’. His first single ‘Life Too Short’emerges from his upcoming second, solo album, Reggae Music Lives which will be released on April 24 2012, in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Penned with his brother Peetah Morgan, ‘Life Too Short’ was co-produced by Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan and keyboardist, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown (Stephen Marley). Gramps Morgan has the gift of delivering spiritually uplifting lyrics aimed precisely at the listener’s soul. Through song, Morgan reminds us to live this life while we still have it. Gramps says ‘Life Too Short’ is simply “a song of comfort”, and as a firm believer in delivering music to heal humanity, ‘Life Too Short’ raises consciousness of the fragility and sanctity of life.

Gramps Morgan’s songs and lyrics tend toward the positive in all situations, so when he belts out “…Life too short fi a stress di small things when we know Jah bless me with everything /Life too short fi a worry bout bad mind when the world a suffer from war and crime…” he means that he draws his strength from Jah/God. Believing in a greater power than self, Gramps urges the listener to stop wasting time sweating the small stuff and to let go of grudges and “bad mind” (a Jamaican idiom that refers to being envious of, or grudging someone).

 

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Gramps’ perspective on the murder of Trayvon Martin is that of a father and an American citizen. In a recent statement the Centric Soul Train nominee said: “I couldn’t imagine that ever happening to my son.” He’s speaking of his eldest, Jemere. “As a father of a 16 year old…I don’t know what I would do if I was in that situation, but I know that justice must be served.”

 

“We have been following the tragedy that has happened with Trayvon,” explains Wendy Morgan, Gramps’ manager, “and after reading a report that he was a lover of Reggae music, it humbled us to have someone of that age love our music. We wanted to do our part to pay respect to his young life and contribute to help keep Trayvon’s memory and legacy alive.”
Finding strength in the hardest of times isn’t always easy, but Gramps is reassuring people that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

‘Life Too Short’ was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Grafton Studio and Dada Son Recording Studio in Atlanta Georgia.

 

The single is now available on iTunes with a portion of the proceeds going to the family of Trayvon Martin.

 

“I’m free like a bird, Jah is my word, that means my word is love.” Gramps Morgan


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