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

Sugar Minott, Dancehall Hero

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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Capleton Mix: The One Drop Hits | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 70

Welcome to episode number 70 of the Reggae Lover podcast by Highlanda Sound. Capleton is one of the favorite artists of most reggae fans.

Reggae Lover Capleton Mix

Look out for Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd inside Bliss Lounge (5471 Memorial Drive) in Stone Mountain Georgia – Capleton will be live in concert for Labor Day weekend in the ATL. Atlanta dancehall that’s all about you.

This podcast is a dedication to every reggae lover in the whole entire universe. I hope you’re listening to the mixes and enjoying. I just want to say thank you and send my gratitude and appreciation to everybody who’s checked this out at least one time. Big up to anyone who’s listened to even a part of the show, who’s shared or told somebody about the podcast. Let’s keep the reggae music thing spreading around the world.

Thank you so much once again from Kahlil and the whole crew here and let’s keep reggae music spreading globally throughout the world.

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Junior Reid, Luciano to headline Reggae in the Hills 2014 in Northern California #festivals #reggae

This year will be the third consecutive year for one of the most highly rated Reggae festivals to take place in California, Reggae in the Hills.

Reggae in the Hills 2014 poster

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Reggae in the Hills 2014 takes place in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills at the Calaveras County fairgrounds June 13-15, 2014.

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Uzman’s CLUB FOCUSED’ EP with Junior Reid and Jah Mason

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Toronto’s #1 crossover artist, Uzman, blends a unique fusion of hip hop and Jamaican dancehall music to the delight of radio deejays and club goers all over North America.  His EP, Club Focused, is set to hit stores April 20, 2014. The EP includes smash hit single “Night Life,” featuring reggae superstar, Jah Mason.  Night Life has already topped New York City’s Funk Master Flex Franchise Record Pool reggae charts and the anticipation is high for Uzman’s follow up tracks: Party Right, Stress Less, Tek Time, and Wine & Grind featuring Junior Reid and the remix produced by DJ Power the NYC Remix King (produced Mims’ platinum “Why I’m Hot” remix).

Uzman, born in Toronto to Jamaican parents has always been heavily influenced by the melodic vibrations of reggae music and the dancehall culture in whole. Add a distinctive blunt force flow, killer punch lines, and head banging club beats – and there’s the recipe for a memorable album that takes listeners from the club to the after party to the after after party! Uzman gives an energetic performance and lights up the microphone, especially on tracks, Wine & Grind and Party Right.

After major success with his Canadian Bar Hop Tour in 2013, Uzman is scheduled to embark on its US/Caribbean leg, stopping in at venues in New York, Miami, and Atlanta in the United States in April. The rapper also plans to visit Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica on a 2-week promotional media tour in support of the EP release and to perform Night Life live with Jah Mason. Night Life has been blazing up Jamaican radio since its release in late 2013; the song remains on heavy rotation on the island’s two most popular stations, IRIE FM and FAME FM.

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