“Gaining Access” with guest Odessa Chambers, a publicist and television producer based in Kingston. She is the creator of O-Access Jamaica and host of the podcast “Reasonings with Odessa.” Episode 174 (Season 5, Ep. 2)
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Koffee to perform SuperBowl Weekend
Buju Banton on Bad Boys Forever soundtrack
Kahlil Wonda: Mortimer’s EP ‘Fight the Fight,’ and Single, “Lightning.”
AGARD: Salaam Remi, Buccaneer, and Red Rat, “No Normal Lover.”
Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.
Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.
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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.
The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.
Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.
Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
I discuss Buju Banton’s triumphant return to the stage at the Long Walk to Freedom Concert. There’s no way I could fail to talk about this historic event.
Also, Koffee’s debut EP release and the placement of her single “Toast” in the box office blockbuster movie “Us.” Stream or download her EP “Rapture,” now.
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This episode includes footage from when I was a guest on the Dash-A-Fire podcast. You learn where I was born and raised. You learn where and how Highlanda Sound got started. I talked about my love for vegetarian food and where I go get it in Atlanta. I list some of my favorite artists and explain my inspiration for starting this podcast. All good stuff.
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.
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.