Marlon (Reggae Vibes Radio) on the decline of quality in reggae music

One of the founders of Reggae Vibes Radio, Mr. Marlon Folkes (DJ Marlon), takes us through his reggae journey sharing insights learned along the way.

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  • Marlon built up a sound system called Nitty Phonic in St. Andrew, Jamaica in the late 80s.
  • Queens, New York became Nitty Phonic’s home in the 90s where they played out weekly.
  • In October 2011 Reggae Vibes Radio set out to serve as a conduit for upcoming reggae artistes to showcase their skills and talents.
  • A few years later the record label Reggae Vibes Music launched to carry out a similar mission.

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One Drop 2018 (Part 1) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 101

This episode consists of one-drop (roots and lovers rock) reggae music that came out in late 2017 or early 2018. 

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I’m committed to curating the best quality new music coming out. I select the best songs and mix them for you here on the podcast. Next week, look out for another great interview. Another unique mix will follow the week after that.

In this mix you hear from:

  • Spiritual with the title single off his new album, ‘Reggae Music.’
  • Micah Shemaiah with a single called ‘Keep On Moving On.’ 
  • The Gratitude Riddim from Irie Vibrations records.
  • The Nice and Easy Riddim from Oneness records.
  • Jah9’s ‘Feel Good’ a late 2017 cut. 
  • The Straight Step Riddim.
  • A Konshens single called ‘If A One Minute.’
  • The Old King Cole Riddim with tracks from Marcia Griffiths, Etana and Jah Cure.
  • Khago with his single ‘Walk A Mile’ off his new album of the same name – a 2017 release.
  • Koffee, ‘Ragamuffin” on the Frankie Music label.
  • Tarrus Riley’s new one ‘Haunted.’
  • The Ouji Riddim from Upsetter Records.
  • Macka B with a tune called ‘Gangster’ off his “Health is Wealth” album.
  • The Slow Rock Riddim with Luciano, Eddie Fitzroy, Chuck Fender, George Nooks, Sugar Minott, and Admiral Tibet. 
  • Beres Hammond’s late for 2017 entry called ‘My Kind of Girl. 
  • New music from Vershon.
  • Wayne Wonder and Kymani Marley on the Love Symbol Riddim.
  • An artist called King Shark with a couple big tunes to close out the mix.

Look for these albums, titles, and riddims to download and add to your playlists. I have some crucial conversations and mixes coming in the next few weeks. Look for a new episode every Monday. 

I wish you all the best things in life. Share a positive message with someone. Share a smile! The Reggae music presented here is food for your soul. I’m going to preserve this medium as a positive platform. Give your energy levels a boost and elevate to higher levels of consciousness. This is a livication to all reggae lovers. Thank you for listening to Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 101.

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Jah Cure Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 87

Reggae Lover Podcast episode 87 features the voice of Jah Cure.

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Born in October 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica, Jah Cure grew up in Kingston. He got the name Jah Cure from Capleton who he met while living in Kingston. Under the tutelage of Beres Hammond the hit song, King In This Jungle, a 1997 duet with Sizzla emerged.

Many of the songs Jah Cure released around that time became popular and won critical acclaim. Beres took him on tour to Europe and through the Caribbean with his Harmony House Records family. Cure emerged to be one of the brightest stars of 1997, which was an amazing year for reggae music and dancehall. The music of that period inspired me to start buying records and aspiring to be a selector. This mix focuses on songs from that time.

In November 1998 while driving in Montego Bay, Jah Cure got pulled over by the police and arrested. Charged with gun possession, robbery, and rape, he was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served in a correctional facility that had a digital recording studio that inmates could use. During his incarceration term, he recorded three albums and some singles, many of which topped charts in Jamaica.

Upon his release from jail on parole in July 2007 after serving 8 years of the sentence, Jah Cure came out with a fourth album, “Reflections… a new beginning.” Cure headlined and closed Reggae Sumfest that year in August. He signed to VP Records he launched Iyah Cure Productions.

Over the next several years he collaborated with top artists from the reggae, hip-hop, and R&B worlds. Jah Cure released the “Universal Cure” album in 2009 then came out with “The Cure,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2016.

The end of this mix features of lovers rock of which Jah Cure has released a great deal of recently. My main focus was the original, undiluted, grassroots material. The songs from before his incarceration are more soulful, inspirational, and rebellious. I wish Jah Cure much continued success in the future. He has a beautiful family and lots going in the music business.

That’s it for reggae lover podcast episode 87. Look out for a bonus live audio episode coming your way from BobFest ATL. Thank you for listening to this show dedicated to reggae lovers everywhere. One Love!

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DJ Passport with Ras Jamal of Royal Ethiopian Sound System @ Rub-A-Dub ATL

Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport juggling at Rub-A-Dub ATL – Full Audio

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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Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi

VP RECORDS REMEMBERS “THE CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE” DENNIS BROWN

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Compilation Features Covers from Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi and more.

DENNIS BROWN Double-Disc Tribute Album Will Drop June 3, 2016

DENNIS BROWN Double-Disc Tribute Album Will Drop June 3, 2016

Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time – the Jamaican musical icon Dennis Brown began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and released more than 75 albums during his all too short 42 years on Earth. Although the reggae legend passed away in 1999, his music and legacy live on.

VP Records, the world’s leading reggae label, will pay homage to Brown on June 3, 2016 with an extensive tribute album of his timeless hits and deep cuts titled, We Remember Dennis Brown. The 30-song collection features a wide and impressive range of reggae and R&B voices covering crucial Dennis Brown compositions. The set was produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with an all-star team of musicians.
In February (Brown’s birthday month), VP Records premiered one song from the album every Friday for five weeks – including “Caress Me” from one of Jamaica’s brightest voices Romain Virgo, “Milk & Honey” by roots reggae rockers Raging Fyah, “Bloody City” from the Caribbean’s soulful songstress Jah9, “Promised Land” from Hawaiian reggae band The Green and “Have You Ever” by R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius.

In addition to these power hitters, We Remember Dennis Brown will feature an array of singers from Brown’s native country and across the globe who he influenced. Jamaica’s latest crop of stars (including Jah Cure, Gyptian, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Kelissa, Keznamdi, Chronixx and Jesse Royal) as well as the island’s icons who worked with Brown (like reggae vocalists Bushman and Freddie McGregor) all offer their contributions. Freddie’s son Chino McGregor and Christopher Ellis, the talented UK-based singer and offspring of Alton Ellis (another one of Brown’s musical mentors and confidants), both deliver powerful renditions of Brown’s classics.

New Zealand rockers also create a breezy rendition of “If I Had The World.” The worldly collection proves that his universal sound transcends all boundaries of time, race and creed. Each artist adds their own original flair to Brown’s profound soul-stirring sound – touching the hearts of new and old fans alike on this unique multi-disc collection. We Remember Dennis Brown will include deluxe packaging as well as extensive liner notes on the belated legend.

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Dennis Brown was greatly influenced by American balladeers such as Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Jamaican singers like Delroy Wilson and John Holt. At only 12-years-old, he cut his first hit “No Man Is An Island” at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famous Studio One. Within the years, he was a force to be reckoned with musically – dubbed the “Boy Wonder of Jamaica” and “Crown Prince of Reggae.” Before he was 16, he had worked with Jamaica’s top recording artists (Alton Ellis, Horace Andy) and producers of the time (Prince Buster, Dennis Alcapone, Winston “Niney” Holness and Vincent “Randy” Chin).

In the 1970s, he worked closely with producer Joe Gibbs and released multiple albums. One of the album’s songs “Money in my Pocket,” peaked at #14 on UK Top 40 chart becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica’s history. This success landed him the cover of the NME’s February 1979 issue. Enthusiastically adapting to the new dancehall era, Brown released a huge amount of work throughout the 1980s recording with genre’s major producers like King Jammy on Brown’s 1986 album The Exit and Gussie Clarke in 1989 with the Gregory Isaacs duet “Big All Round” and the album Unchallenged. He continued to record prolifically in the 1990s before his passing. His 1994 album Light My Fire and 2001 release Let Me Be the One were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

TRACK LISTING:

Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi, Chronixx, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Kabaka Pyramid & Rockaz Elements – I Need Your Love (Rasta Children)
Bushman – Don’t Want To Be No General
The Green – Promised Land
Raging Fyah – Milk and Honey
Christopher Ellis – Created By The Father
Mutabaruka & Marla Brown – Words of Wisdom
Chino – Melting Pot
Yahsha – The Existence Of Jah
Jamelody- Halfway Up, Halfway Down
Freddie McGregor – Little Village
Mykal Rose – Easy Take It Easy
Jah9 – Bloody City
Richie Spice – Wolves and Leopards
Shuga – Black Liberation
VP Hit Team – To The Foundation
Romain Virgo – Caress Me
Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever
No Maddz – Rocking Time
Maxi Preist – Love Me Always
Jamelody & Ikaya – Love Has Found Its Way
Sanchez – Your Love Got A Hold On Me
Katchafire – If I Had The World
Etana – Should I
Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
Christopher Martin – Baby Don’t Do It
Gyptian – How Can I
Ikaya – For You
Dalton Harris – No More Will I Roam
Jah Vinci – Money in My Pocket
VP Hit Team – Silhouette