This episode features songs about Rastafari, roots, reality, and culture from Freddie McGregor and John Holt.
Episode 49 features Freddie McGregor singing only in the reggae lovers rock style. That episode has over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud and is still very popular. I definitely hope you enjoy this one as well and play it 20,000 times each. This mix shows the well-roundedness and the prolificness of Freddie McGregor. This is powerful music about the black struggle, and about overcoming.
I wanted to elevate everybody that’s listening no matter what’s going on in your life. If you’re able to listen to this music right now that means that you still have a chance and you have opportunities. Even if you were a victim, right now you’re a Survivor. You’re surviving and you can carry on the mission of improving yourself. Don’t give in to depression. There’s good in every situation and what didn’t kill you can make you stronger.
Show love to anybody that shows you love and let them know what you think of them. Let them know that you appreciate them being in your life. If anybody is sending negative vibes your way and taking shots at you, I say cut them off. Go the other way every time the negative energy comes around. Put up your hypocrite shield and hold your head high. Don’t give them power over you by letting them see you crumble. Hold your head up high, stick to your morals, set your boundaries, and continue to live your life in peace. God will bless you. That’s my positive word of the day. Thank you all for listening.
Sir John Holt has passed away, but Freddie McGregor is still captain of the Big Ship, and still doing his thing. His legacy is solid. Big ups to Freddie. Salute to our living legend, and rest in peace to the loving memory of John Holt. Respect is due to all the friends, family and supporters of the John Holt. Please support and spread their music. Once again I thank you so much for listening and I hope you are uplifted and feeling good vibrations.
It’s now February. It’s reggae month. It’s Black History Month. Some know this day as Valentine’s Day. The movie Black Panther is premiering in 1 day. This Friday is Bob Fest ATL 2018 starring Jah9 and her band all the way from Kingston, Jamaica. Also featuring the Saroc the MC and me, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound. See you there!
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Karamanti – ‘Fake Rasta’ Official Music Video Released
Karamanti, the woman many refer to as the most lyrical female in Dancehall, has just released the official video for her single FAKE RASTA. The song was released last year by Range Hill Records on the popular Rock Island Riddim (distributed by Zojak Worldwide) which also features the likes of Demarco and Jah Vinci.
Karamanti’s song questions the lifestyle of many who say they are Rastafarians while simultaneously engaging in practices and belief patterns that are contrary to traditional African lifestyle. While doing so, it also pays respect to the few authentic Rastafarians who are still locked on to ancient African cultures and traditions.
The video for FAKE RASTA was shot entirely in Kingston, Jamaica with only one or two scenes taken from Karamanti’s most recent tour in Denmark. Though it was directed by Karamanti, all scenes were shot by MJE and editing was done by Ramon Lindsay. The video can be viewed on Karamanti’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSuH39bSAEs
Anyone wanting to work with Karamanti may contact her management team via her website at www.karamantimusic.com
Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 22 – Super Cat takes Center Stage
Super Cat, Don Dada album artwork.
Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, “Wild Apache”, was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.
This is not a commercial mix so if your’e listenting for the collaborations with Kriss Kross, Biggie Smalls, and 112 recorded after Cat was signed to Columbia Records, you are in the wrong place.
This mix goes back to the roots in the Cockburn Pen / Seaview Gardens section of Kingston, captures the style Super Cat brought live on stage performing with KillamanJaro Sound System, and tours through recordings produced by Steely & Clevie, King Jammy‘s, and his own Wild Apache Productions label.
About an hour in length, here is the #ReggaeLover tribute to Super Cat, a major figure in the positive-consciousness dancehall movement.
The event is known as Sundays On Da Drive and has been going on in Atlanta for approximately 3 years.
Club Xpose, located at 6013 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain has hosted this reggae music weekly event for the last 2 years.
I popped in this past Sunday (April 12th, 2009) to check out the vibes and as usual, was not disappointed. The highlight of S.O.D.D for me is John Wayne’s segment, usually between 2 and 4am. The selections this time were very nostalgic – I heard songs I haven’t heard since I lived in Kingston, J.A. over 20 years ago!
Selector John Wayne, who I first met while he worked on Atlanta and Virginia based sound, King Eternity, has a long and distinguished music industry resume. John showcased classics from the 80s and 90s in fine style before turning the stage over to Mix Master David who brought the vibes up to the current time again and juggled into the early Monday morning hours.
I would recommend Sundays On Da Drive especially to anyone who enjoys listening to Reggae Vault Classics, likes foundation, conscious, or lovers rock reggae. Not having to wake up early on Monday would be an added bonus.
One of my all time favorite artists, Alton Ellis passed away today and will be missed by many across the world. Alton was a former member of The Heptones, another of my favorite groups from the Finest Years era. Listen to or download a copy of The Finest Years, and The Book of Life at www.highlanda.net for a taste of some Alton Ellis selections mixed with other timeless masterpieces.
It comes with great sorrow that I spread the news that Mr. Soul of Jamaica, Alton Ellis, passed away on the morning of October 9th. The world was given this treasure in 1944 when he was born in Trenchtown, Kingston, JA. His career spanned nearly five decades and his ever-lasting impression on the future of Jamaican music came in the mid- to late-sixties as the riddim-laden grooves filled with his soulful melodies permeated the upbeat vibrations of the ska era. The summer of ‘66 saw the explosion of rocksteady in the Kingston scene and Alton ruled the dancehalls during this time as he cuts tunes for Studio One and Treasure Isle among others.
His musical longevity persisted for years and years and he enjoyed much-deserved praise from a new generation of listeners as ska and rocksteady made a revival in the late nineties. Among them was myself, who had goosebumps on my skin when hearing his voice for the first time around the age of 16. Over time, I became exposed to more and more of his tunes, none of which every left me without my heart beating at a faster pace or a tear in my eye from the passionate sounds coming out of my hi-fi. His sound truly made a lifelong impression on me and he will forever be missed in my heart.
Alton…your music was there with me during the joy-filled times in my life and it was also there during those dark, lonely times. We’ll sit under the willow tree together with Phyllis one day and I’ll tell you all about it.
When the Roll is called up yonder, Alton Ellis will be singing there…