E.N Young – Roots Musician Records | Reggae Lover Podcast 153

I had the privilege of interviewing one of the most talented musicians from the United States, E.N Young, for Reggae Lover podcast episode 153 – dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

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The California reggae scene has been thriving for some time now and vocalist/producer, E.N. Young, formerly of Tribal Seeds, has played a significant role in this success. This classically trained pianist who now plays several instruments including the Melodica fell in love with Jamaican music as a youth in San Diego. He talks candidly about his journey as I sought to learn more about the movement he is pushing in the name of reggae.  By the end of our conversation, I definitely saw E.N as an authentic reggae ambassador.

Topics covered In this episode:

  • 1:35 – 2019 Summer Daze Endless Nights Tour
  • 2:21 – 4th studio album, Forest Wilderness released in 2018
  • 3:57 – Working with Kelissa from Jamaica
  • 5:45 – Collabs on the latest album (Half Pint, Peetah Morgan, Inna Vision, Meta and the Cornerstones)
  • 6:56 – Love for playing the Melodica and linking with Addis Pablo
  • 9:33 – Production and instrumentation from Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego
  • 15:25 – Gaining inspiration as a teen (especially spiritual influence) from 70’s reggae
  • 20:10 – Resistance from family members and society in general for embracing reggae culture
  • 22:21 – The effects of reggae music on mankind.

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Summer tour is on its way! I’m excited to jump on the road and hope to see some familiar faces! 🔊🔥🎉❤️Shoot me a fiyaaa🔥🔥🔥😊if you feelin this👍🏽👊🏽…………….This Friday May 31 – Pomona, CA. – Fox Theater June 12 – Santa Cruz, CA. – The Catalyst June 13 – Chico, CA. – Tacklebox June 15 – Lakeport, CA – Konocti Casino June 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Wine Boss Lounge June 23 – Huntington Beach, CA – Sealegs at the Beach June 29 – Ithaca, NY – Ithaca Reggae Festival July 14 – Salisbury, MA – Surfside Salisbury July 17 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke July 19 – Mammoth, CA – Mammoth Reggae Fest July 20 – Snowbird, UT – Snowbird Summer Concert Series July 23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes July 24 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse July 26 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival July 28 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean August 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Brewery August 2 – South Bend, IN – Vegetable Buddies August 3 – McMinnville, TN – Reggae at Smooth Rapids August 6 – Duck, NC – Tap Shack August 7 – Vienna, VA – Jammin' Java August 8 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand August 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge August 15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 August 16 – Wilmington, NC – Reel Cafe August 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern August 18 – Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s @jah.irie.lioness is helping the band and I put together a promo team for upcoming tour & we need some street teamers to help promote! If you see a city near you and would like to help send her a DM so promo packs can get started we need 3 people from each city. Much love to all the street teams unite🔊🔊🔊more reggae music

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[Podcast] Lila Ike – Where I’m Coming From

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Rising reggae star Lila Iké is our special guest for the 150th episode of Reggae Lover.

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Often highlighted on this platform for being part of the resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, it was a pleasure to discuss the state of the culture with Lila. The talented Manchester native shared her story with us in an amazing interview.

During the interview we touched on:

  • Lila’s new single “Where I’m Coming From”
  • Childhood and the Influence of her mom
  • Musical inspiration
  • Move to Kingston and linkage with Protoje
  • Learning the business of music
  • Working with Protoje
  • Love of sound system culture and creating dubplates.
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Why does Black America hate reggae?

Nick from the Jamaican State of Mind podcast joins the Reggae Lover crew once again to discuss the topic: Why does Black America hate reggae?

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We analyze different aspects of culture, education, travel, and politics in an attempt to come up with answers.
 
White America had somewhat embraced reggae music by the time Bob Marley’s “Legend” album dropped. Black America as a whole never really joined the movement.
 
We also discuss the reasons why we care about this in the first place. It is a very real conversation from the heart, and worth a listen.

Spirituality in Reggae

Reggae music is the highest form of spiritual music.

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Beginning with the 1970s Roots Reggae era, the lyrics, the drums, and the bass provided the perfect vessel for communicating and spreading messages.

With the help of Bob Marley and the Wailers, these reggae messages spread across the globe.

Exploration of this global phenomenon leads to certain truths.

We discuss some history, events, and examples and give personal accounts of our experiences with spirituality, reggae, and religion.

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Love After | Jacinth Headlam joins the Reggae Lover Podcast

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Jamaican actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book “Love After.”

'Diary of a Badman' actress Jacinth Headlam is the special guest joining the crew. Jacinth talks about her Jamaican heritage and her new book 'Love After.' Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then 'til now.

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Jacinth is transparent about the challenges and advantages of being a Caribbean woman in entertainment. She talks about her reggae inspiration and favorite artists from then ’til now.

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The Business of Reggae

If you are in the reggae music recording industry or thinking about getting into the business, then you need to hear this.

Hosted by Highlanda Sound co-founders Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on the issues, insights, back-stories, and adventures of the biggest names in reggae. Discussions center around the culture, economics and all things relatable to reggae lovers.

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Listen to this if you love reggae music and consume it via streaming services, digital downloads, vinyl records, CD, mixtapes, concerts, and/or dances.

In this episode of “Reggae Lover,” we discuss the current landscape faced by reggae artists from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. This includes looking at how music distribution has changed in recent years and the impact of copyright laws.

We offer tips to help up-and-coming artists steer away from the evils of the business and suggest avenues of potential revenue that are commonly overlooked. This includes discussion of global trends as it relates to reggae and dancehall.

We tackle questions like Who is making all the money? Should artists go independent or pursue recording contracts with major labels? How can reggae/dancehall artists compete in the global marketplace? Are the GRAMMY awards even relevant?

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Dancehall vs. Reggae: Is there a difference?

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Most people define dancehall as a genre that stemmed from Reggae. Others contend that Reggae music is the genre, but dancehall is a place or a culture.

In this ongoing debate, we analyze these points of view and list the pros and cons of each. Within that context, we uncovered issues that affect the perception of the music as an art-form and its viability as a business.
 
This is a dedication to all reggae lovers and we invite you to share your opinion in the comments. Join the conversation and share based on your own personal interaction with reggae.

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Who are the Best Vocal Harmony Groups in Reggae?

This mix features reggae’s vocal harmony groups from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

I took it back to the roots on this one. I focused on songs with an impressive vocal arrangement. This is a specific selection of songs with male singers harmonizing together.

I featured The Wailers, mostly from the “Catch A Fire” album. That album has that very dry, grassroots sound. This was before instrumentation such as horn sections and electric guitars were added. Before the female energy of the I-Threes was added.

The mix also featured some of The Heptones‘ Studio One era hits. I dropped in some original Israel Vibration before they split. Other groups featured are The Techniques, The Abyssinians, The Gladiators, The Sensations, The Mighty Diamonds, and The Silvertones. You also hear songs from Lloyd Parks and We the People, The Sharks, The Royals, The Cables, and The Flames.

Listen to those names and you know these brothers were from a different time. These vocal groups created some of the most beautiful music and the most powerful songs. You feel their passion because of the emphasis conveyed within the harmonies. There was something special about those days.

Best Vocal Harmony Groups | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 107

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Its the sweet soulful sound of great reggae music! If you enjoy this, check out episode 74. It’s entitled “The Greatest Reggae Bands of All Time (not including the Wailers).” That show features Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Israel Vibration, Black Uhuru, and Inner Circle. Similar material is on The Studio One tribute episodes: 55 and 56.

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It’s a new season of the podcast! I am back in full effect with new shows coming out every week until the end of the year. Thank you so much for listening. If it’s your first time, this is a livication to you, the reggae lover.

Whether you know the songs you hear on this show or not, my goal is that you feel uplifted after listening. I want you to feel joyous and happy. The music should help you to transmute any negative energy into positive. You should enter a different frame of mind via the therapeutic mixes and level up.

For booking information or to sponsor this podcast, email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you to everybody listening from around the world. I love that you get to tune in and listen to me doing what I love most. We are sharing a vibe and keeping this music alive. Check my Soundcloud or anywhere you listen to podcasts weekly for new shows to be available. Until next time, have a great week. One love!!

Ras Fraser Junior’s ‘Journey to Greatness’ (Interview) | Reggae Lover # 98

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Ras Fraser Jr discusses his new album “Journey to Greatness.”

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Find out how this multi-talented musician got his start in the business and why he feels its important to remember your roots. He offers solutions for upcoming reggae artists both in and outside of Jamaica to bump up to the next level and more.

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Sugar Minott | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 86

Reggae lover podcast episode 86 is about Lincoln Barrington Minott, also known as dancehall music pioneer, Sugar Minott.

Sugar Minott Dancehall Hero

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In a live dancehall setting during the 1970s, it was common for artists to perform over pre-recorded instrumentals. Sugar Minott was the first artist to recreate that style inside the studio. He worked with Coxsone Dodd and sang new lyrics over the instrumentals of popular Studio One songs.

After leaving Studio One, Minott founded his own record label called the Black Roots. He also founded a sound system called Youth Man Promotions, and later a record label by the same name. His vision was to give young artists an outlet, and a chance to make their name in the music business.

Sugar Minott moved to England where he was achieving more success than he was in Jamaica. The lover’s rock craze started in the UK and Sugar was one of the major players in that movement. While in England he discovered the group Musical Youth.

Back in Jamaica, he’s also credited with discovering many young talents. He gave unknown artists the chance to perform live in the Dancehall and record for the first time. It was Sugar Minott who actually recorded Garnet Silk‘s first song. Other artists associated with the Black Roots and Youthman Promotion movements include Barrington Levy, Little John, Nitty Gritty, Tenor Saw, Junior Reid, Jah Stitch, Ranking Dread and Ranking Joe.

Sugar was a very Dynamic, versatile artist with successful records in different styles. Lovers rock, Roots, covers, dancehall style, and original written material. Sugar Minott recorded for his own record labels, and he worked with other top labels and producers. Working with Mikey Dread, George Phang, Sly and Robbie Jammys, Channel One and with the Bullwackies label out of New York City. Sugar Minott recorded over 60 albums and countless singles.

He passed away in 2010 to heart disease. To see him on stage I was very impressed. Even in his old age, he was a very energetic performer, acting out scenes, jumping, prancing and dancing across the stage. All with his voice still sounding sweet like sugar. Very comfortable in a dancehall setting, he would ask the band or the selector to play some Studio One, and he could sing for hours – entertaining and thrilling the crowd.

I salute the great Sugar Minott. His legacy lives on with his daughter Pashon Minott who is a bonafide recording artist in her own rights. If you enjoy this mix I hope you will add some of the songs to your music collection.

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