Karamanti Releases Powerful Motivational Video for her single “Don’t Give Up”

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Karamanti has just released the official video for her single “Don’t Give Up,” recorded on the Missing Piece Riddim by Rhome Records.

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The Riddim also features Khago, Teflon and several other Jamaican artists and it was released in September of 2015 and distributed globally by 21st Hapilos Distribution.

“Don’t Give Up” is a motivational track that would be classified as Caribbean pop (though it has a very strong dancehall sound). A few scenes for the video were shot in Ontario, Canada, while others were done in Kingston, Jamaica. Unlike most music videos, “Don’t Give Up” does not have any actors, instead, real, everyday people were asked about their dreams, obstacles and determination, or lack thereof. After sharing their story, they were followed with a camera so that the public could get a glimpse into their struggles and their commitment to not giving up.

Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOmCjmoHc-0

Download “Don’t Give UP” mp3 here: http://tinyurl.com/zpdwgpz

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Karamanti’s twitter is @Karamanti

Rhome Records twitter is @DJ_Rhome

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New RAGING FYAH studio album “Everlasting” on Dub Rockers now available

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Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, the band Raging Fyah makes music that is tethered to their island’s enduring, much emulated roots rock reggae tradition yet is distinguished by an expansive vision that propels their musical journey forward.

Raging Fyah "Everlasting" artwork

Raging Fyah “Everlasting” artwork

Certain to be one of 2016’s most celebrated releases, the new album Everlasting signifies a milestone in Raging Fyah‘s career by raising the bar on their already lofty musical standards.

The challenging lyrics on Everlasting challenged what we were able to do as musicians,” says Demar. “Musically, we kept our roots but went way beyond them because there is not just one shape to fyah, it takes on different forms.”

Preview the feature single ‘Ready For Love‘ now.

Order the Everlasting album NOW.

The Raging Fyah Band

The Raging Fyah Band

Raging Fyah Tour Dates
May 27th Arcata,CA w/Tarrus Riley
May 28th Moneterey, CA Meet & Greet Album Launch @ Cali Roots
May 29th Monterey, CA @ Cali Roots Festival
July 1st Germany @ Summerjam
July 3rd Belgium @ Couleur Café
July 8th Switzerland @ Rote Fabrick
July 9th Poland @ Reggaeland

BRAP Band and Julie Dexter headline the International Musikal Matinee, May 15th at The Wren’s Nest #ATL

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International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series featuring uplifting, healing, conscious music with performances by: @juliedexter @brapband and #HighlandaSound.  Saturday May 15th @wrensnestatl.  Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm.  $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE)   Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance

The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series returns May 15, 2016.  Be uplifted, and healed with conscious musical performances by Julie Dexter, the BRAP Band, and Highlanda Sound System.

This takes place Sunday May 15th @wrensnestatl.  Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm. $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE). Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance.  Click here for tickets/information.

Sizzla’s Former Producer Releases New Roots Reggae Compilation

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Michael ‘Que’ Nugent, an engineer/producer who has done work with artists such as Sizzla Kalonji, Lt. Stitchie and many other great Jamaican acts, has re-entered the music business after a very long hiatus.

Cyber World Riddim

Que, as he is affectionately called by his colleagues in the industry, this week, released the “Cyber World Riddim.” This is a four track compilation featuring Omar Perry, son of the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Karamanti, Tasha T and Blessed. The songs are currently only available to disc-jockeys as the official digital retail date has not yet been announced.

Stream all songs on the Cyber World Riddim via this link . DJs may email mariajacksonent@gmail.com for the promo mp3s.

 

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.

Bob Marley Tribute in Atlanta – February 5th, 2016

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Bobmarley-teaser #RocksteadyATL

Stay tuned for more information to be announced.

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Ky-Mani Marley live Backed by the Maestro Band in Atlanta, November 25th

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Ky-Mani Marley at The Royal Peacock in Atlanta

Presented by Krushmore Entertainment, the legendary Royal Peacock will host the official Atlanta album release for Ky-Mani Marley’s “Maestro,” on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – the night before Thanksgiving.  Ky-Mani will give a live performance with his Maestro Band.  Early vibes will be selected by Highlanda Sound alongside Revolution Sound.  Limited $15 early-bird tickets are on sale now!

*RUB-A-DUB* ~ Sunday, October 18th @ The Sound Table #reggae #atl

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Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present  RUB-A-DUB  ~ A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70's and 80's, the term "Rub-a-Dub" comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together. ~  Sunday October 18th   The Sound Table 483 Edgewood Avene  Music by DJ Empress Rah, DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound  Doors open: 8pm Free Party

Bubbling in the city by popular demand we bring you RUB-A-DUB

Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present RUB-A-DUB – A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together.  This takes place Sunday October 18th at The Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avene with music by DJ Empress Rah, alongside DJ Passport and also Highlanda Sound.  Doors open promptly at 8pm for this Free Party.

Glory Inna Rub-A-Dub Style: King Stur Gav in ATL at Grand Royale Event Center November 21st

Glory Inna Rub-A-Dub Style: King Stur Gav in ATL November 21st

Daddy U-Roy and the crew come to the A town!

The world’s original Rub-A-Dub sound system with Daddy U-Roy himself and the crew straight from Jamaica.  Big up all who respect foundation and know this is the greatest of the great.

AUDIO Re-up: Rocksteady ATL Oct. 2, 2015 #download #stream

Highlanda Sound with Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Youtube:

Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting the riddims, featuring Little Twitch and Ras Fraser Jr. performing live at Rocksteady ATL.  Recorded live on Friday October 2, 2015 at Studio No. 7 in downtown Atlanta.  Also in the area to touch the microphone is Jahfyah Kush. #RocksteadyATL is a roots reggae session monthly on #1stFridays

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Soundcloud with download link:

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Mixcloud:

DJ Passport segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Roots selector DJ Passport juggling from Ska to current reggae revival anthems live at Atlanta’s reggae 1st Friday, #RocksteadyATL inside Studio No. 7.

Isis Swaby segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Featured at #RocksteadyATL our special guest DJ, Rockers International and Radio Kangol representative out of NYC, Empress Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby.