The New Music of Jamaica

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.

Reggae Lover Podcast 140 - The New Music of Jamaica

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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.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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Roots, Rock, Reggae A Bob Marley Celebration

A Bob Marley Celebration

Join us for a night of listening and dancing to his music 🎶

Bob Marley's Birthday

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On Saturday, February 9th, 2019 Join Us On A Musical Journey as we Celebrate The Life Of the Legend, Bob Marley.
 
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Live covers by🎶 Ras Digital.
Music by selectors🎶  King AP and Highlanda Sound.
Location: WILDPITCH – 255 Trinity Ave Atlanta, Georgia.

Gregory Isaacs Roots Reggae Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 117

This episode features roots reggae songs from the Gregory Isaacs catalog. I chose to curate his songs about the reality of everyday life and the strife of poor people.

HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae 117 - Reggae Lover - GREGORY ISAACS RAGGAMUFFIN ROOTS MIX

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Gregory Isaacs was born in Jamaica on July 15, 1951. He made his debut in 1968 with a recording for Byron Lee. He then started the African Museum record label and shop along with Errol Dunkley. Isaacs recorded for other producers as well. His single ‘My Only Lover,’ is credited as the first lover’s rock song ever.
He released music throughout the 70s. In 1978 he signed to the Virgin Records offshoot call Frontline records. That led to his appearance in the movie “Rockers.” He also opened a record shop called Cash & Carry in Kingston. He performed yearly at Reggae Sunsplash from 1981 to 1991.
In 1982 he signed to Island Records and released the massive single, “Night Nurse.” Isaacs was only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley in touring. Gregory recorded and released at least 70 original studio albums. He has over 500 albums including compilations. He maintained an amazing standard of quality in most of his recorded songs.
Gregory Isaacs was nominated for four Grammy Awards, the last of which in 2010 and 2011. One of the things associated with Isaacs was cocaine use. He had many arrests during the years that he battled with addiction.
When you listen to this mix compared to my lover’s rock mix (Episode 116), you can sense a different vibration. Gregory’s passionate lyrical delivery on social issues is very believable. He passed away in 2010 to lung cancer.
I would love to hear what you think about this singer – the musical giant known as “The Cool Ruler.” Comment here, tweet @ReggaeLoverPod, or send an email to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com.

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Gregory Isaacs LOVERS ROCK | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 116.

Gregory Isaacs is one of the greatest reggae singers of all times. He’s in my Top 5 along with Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, and Buju Banton. Many people around the world rate The Cool Ruler as their number 1.

Gregory Isaacs was active from the 60s all the way through the 2000s. There is a great deal of material in his catalog. This mix provides sweet reggae music with a love-related theme. The music can set a relaxing, romantic mood so please listen responsibly.

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Gregory songs about roots and culture are in an upcoming episode.  Here The Cool Ruler sings the finest love songs. That’s right, A Mix of Gregory Isaacs LOVERS ROCK Only – Selections of Reggae, rubadub, lovers rock, rocksteady, and dancehall for lovers.

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Best of Tony Curtis Music – Reggae Lover Podcast

Best known for outstanding contributions in Lovers Rock, reggae singer Tony Curtis has prevailed over 3 decades in the music business.

Listen to Reggae Lover Podcast 105 to find out about Reggae singer Tony Curtis

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Tony Curtis has recorded many solo hit singles, 7 full-length studio albums, and a string of notable collaborations. Listen to Reggae Lover Podcast 105 to find out more about one of the best and most underrated contemporary Jamaican singers.  This is an exclusive Tony Curtis mix with commentary at the end.

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One Drop 2018 (Part 1) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 101

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.
  • The Nice and Easy Riddim from Oneness records.
  • Jah9’s ‘Feel Good’ a late 2017 cut. 
  • The Straight Step Riddim.
  • A Konshens single called ‘If A One Minute.’
  • The Old King Cole Riddim with tracks from Marcia Griffiths, Etana and Jah Cure.
  • Khago with his single ‘Walk A Mile’ off his new album of the same name – a 2017 release.
  • Koffee, ‘Ragamuffin” on the Frankie Music label.
  • Tarrus Riley’s new one ‘Haunted.’
  • The Ouji Riddim from Upsetter Records.
  • Macka B with a tune called ‘Gangster’ off his “Health is Wealth” album.
  • The Slow Rock Riddim with Luciano, Eddie Fitzroy, Chuck Fender, George Nooks, Sugar Minott, and Admiral Tibet. 
  • Beres Hammond’s late for 2017 entry called ‘My Kind of Girl. 
  • New music from Vershon.
  • Wayne Wonder and Kymani Marley on the Love Symbol Riddim.
  • 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.

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Beres Lovers Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 63

Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.

‘The Honorable’ Beres Hammond is an iconic Jamaican reggae singer. Known in particular for being a pioneer in lovers rock music he is a top class entertainer. No matter the mood, listening to Beres sing always makes it better.

63 - Reggae Lover Podcast - Beres Lovers Mix  Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.  'The Honorable' Beres Hammond is an iconic Jamaican reggae singer. Known in particular for being a pioneer in lovers rock music he is a top class entertainer. No matter the mood, listening to Beres sing always makes it better.  He is celebrated for passionate singing, superb songwriting, professionalism, and consummate showmanship. Beres has landed hit after hit dating back to the 1980s. He is a true living legend. Please enjoy the sweet sounds of a Beres Hammond in this episode of Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound.  Beres Hammond Playlist:  Always Be There Keep Me Warm In My Arms River Bank Groovy Little Thing No Love Until We Love No Disturb Sign See You Again They Gonna Talk A Place For You Full Attention See You Tomorrow Can’t Walk Away Love From A Distance Can’t Stop A Man From Trying Fight This Feeling ft. Shaggy Dancing Beauty La la la Left Me Crying My Woman Now ft. Buju Banton Tempted To Touch Love Mi Haffi Get ft. Cutty Ranks Live On ft. Marcia Griffiths (Alternative Mix) Feeling Lonely ft. Mad Cobra Respect To You Baby Show It Off Come Back Home Pride and Joy Can’t Say I Never Tried No Goodbye Feel Good What A Night ft. Queen Ifrica Still Will Be Heaven A Little More Time ft. Buju Banton Double Trouble Who Say ft. Buju Banton Sweetness Kids Play Doctor’s Orders She Loves Me Now  Apple Podcast (iTunes) link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reggae-lover/id1126663530?mt=2h  Stitcher Radio link: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/reggae-lover/the-reggae-lover-podast  Google Play link: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ixihhi6rfw26zi6333hocwv6diq?t=Reggae_Lover

He is celebrated for passionate singing, superb songwriting, professionalism, and consummate showmanship. Beres has landed hit after hit dating back to the 1980s. He is a true living legend. Please enjoy the sweet sounds of a Beres Hammond in this episode of Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound.

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Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound presents a Beres Hammond tribute mix.

Beres Hammond Playlist:

  1. Always Be There
  2. Keep Me Warm
  3. In My Arms
  4. River Bank
  5. Groovy Little Thing
  6. No Love Until We Love
  7. No Disturb Sign
  8. See You Again
  9. They Gonna Talk
  10. A Place For You
  11. Full Attention
  12. See You Tomorrow
  13. Can’t Walk Away
  14. Love From A Distance
  15. Can’t Stop A Man From Trying
  16. Fight This Feeling ft. Shaggy
  17. Dancing Beauty
  18. La la la
  19. Left Me Crying
  20. My Woman Now ft. Buju Banton
  21. Tempted To Touch
  22. Love Mi Haffi Get ft. Cutty Ranks
  23. Live On ft. Marcia Griffiths (Alternative Mix)
  24. Feeling Lonely ft. Mad Cobra
  25. Respect To You Baby
  26. Show It Off
  27. Come Back Home
  28. Pride and Joy
  29. Can’t Say I Never Tried
  30. No Goodbye
  31. Feel Good
  32. What A Night ft. Queen Ifrica
  33. Still Will Be Heaven
  34. A Little More Time ft. Buju Banton
  35. Double Trouble
  36. Who Say ft. Buju Banton
  37. Sweetness
  38. Kids Play
  39. Doctor’s Orders
  40. She Loves Me Now

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50 Top Sanchez Lovers Rock Songs

50 Top Songs by Sanchez | Reggae Lover Podcast 57

Known as Jamaica’s Song Bird and the Prince of Lovers Rock, who is more deserving of a tribute than Sanchez?

Love songs are back again | Reggae Lover Podcast Best of Sanchez mix. Episode 57

Love songs are back again | Reggae Lover Podcast Best of Sanchez mix.

If you’re into reggae music and of a certain age, then Sanchez is probably one of your favorite singers.  With a hit-making career that began in the 1980s with a cover of “Lady in Red,” this singer has done it all musically and maintained a classy image throughout. His R&B covers can erase all former knowledge of the original songs.

I have witnessed Sanchez walk onto the stage to close shows and capture the hearts of the crowd by singing just a few notes.  As I mentioned in the outro of Episode 57, there are many additional hit songs that could have gone into this such as his combination with Bounty Killer, but I wanted to keep the program close to an hour in length.  I could go on, but I’ll spare you the words.  It brings me great pleasure to present the Reggae Lover Podcast’s Best of Sanchez Lovers Rock mix.

50 Best Lovers Rock Songs by Sanchez - Reggae Lover Podcast 57

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Sanchez Playlist:

  1. Love
  2. Brown Eyes
  3. Still In Love
  4. Here I Am
  5. Tears On My Pillow
  6. Rest Your Head On My Shoulder
  7. Soon As I Get Home
  8. Love We Had Stays On My Mind
  9. Back At One
  10. Sometimes
  11. Can We Talk
  12. My Sweet Thing
  13. Wherever I Lay My Hat
  14. Lonely
  15. Love Me Forever
  16. Another Sad Love Song
  17. Pretty Girl
  18. For You
  19. I’m Missing You
  20. Going Away ft. Beenie Man
  21. Breaking Up
  22. Forever
  23. If I Ever Fall In Love
  24. Some Guys Have All The Luck
  25. Just Out Of Reach
  26. I Can’t Wait
  27. Won’t Last A Day (Day After Day)
  28. One In A Million
  29. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  30. Kiss Me Honey
  31. Joy
  32. Give It A Chance
  33. Don’t Worry
  34. Brown Eye Girl
  35. Chemistry
  36. Old Friends
  37. Pretty Looks
  38. Three Times A Lady
  39. Rearrange My Life
  40. Let Me Love You Down ft. Baby Wayne
  41. End Of The World
  42. Love Songs
  43. My Prerogative
  44. I Care For You
  45. Feel So
  46. That Girl
  47. Whip Appeal
  48. Love Mi Gal Bad ft. Flourgon
  49. Sad Songs
  50. Cherish The Love

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Classic Highlanda Sound early warm with Kahlil Wonda selecting, mixing, and eventually talking followed by DJ Passport of THC International and DJ Hourglass from the WERC Crew. #rubadubatl

Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 – Live Audio

Listen to Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 at Wildpitch in ATL, GA.

RUB-A-DUB LIVE AUDIO FT. HIGHLANDA SOUND

Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass

I pressed record after I had played the 1st song, “Heptones – Get In the Groove,” but essentially this recording begins just as the state-of-the-art WildPitch Music Hall sound system turned on.  What you will hear is my opening set in its entirety, but in addition to the cool, original song selection, you should pay attention to the “vibe” – the energy that travels from point zero all the way to a mid-tempo dancing situation almost 2 hours later.  It is not a frenzy because of the timing of the set and the theme of the night – RubADub.  This is a textbook early warm set where a few things happen:

  1. Each patron who entered through the door stayed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
  2. Each party-goer felt sure that the I was purely focused on making a connection with them from the DJ booth, and personally encouraging them to have a good time while inviting them to free-up and dance.
  3. Each performer that followed me encountered an audience that was, not burnt out, but already primed and poised to interact, exchange energy, and dance.  This meant the party’s energy flowed exceptionally well from start to finish regardless of multiple DJ rotations, and some technical difficulties (Serato software – DJ controller – laptop communication issues I suspect).

In today’s Atlanta reggae scene, the early part of dancehall events & concerts is being overlooked.

In my estimation, this costs the promoters more money because patrons have gradually been conditioned to intentionally arrive later and later.  This results in “Primetime” being pushed back to the early morning hours.  If your session is ram pack early in the evening with an ever-increasing vibration of energy, your door and bar sales can be maximized.  Currently, everyone is obsessed with “Star time” and many events lack the energy of entertainment and good value for money until it’s far too late.

I say it’s time to refocus on the early warm.

Staging quality DJs, Sound Systems, and opening performers who can entertain early arriving guests while prepping them to explode in a high-energy fashion at the appropriate time for the climax, later on, will help us all.

Shift the focus away from looking cute for pics and create a space where dance partners take the night and full-joy the moments they have together.  This is the way dancehall used to be back in the days when dance was nice.

I would love to hear your feedback about this topic.  What has been your experience with showing up early to events?  Were you happy with what you encountered?  What is the difference you feel with going out late?  Which do you prefer and why?

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Jamaican Lovers Rock Music Showcased | Highlanda Sound Live Audio

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Highlanda Sound Early Warm @ Live Edge – 4.12.17 

Playlist:

  1.  Bob Marley ft. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Remix)
  2.  Jah Cure – Call On Me
  3.  Black Uhuru ft. Shabba Ranks – Shine Eye Girl (Remix)
  4.  Garnett Silk – Complaint (Remix)
  5.  Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
  6.  Jah9 – Hardcore (Mad Professor Dub Mix)
  7.  Jah9 ft. Chronixx – Hardcore (Remix)
  8.  Ras Fraser Jr. – Vacation For Two
  9.  Morgan Heritage – She’s Still Loving Me
  10.  Queen Ifrica ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Trueversation
  11.  Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart
  12.  Ikaya – Love Note
  13.  Ikaya – For You
  14.  Christopher Martin – Give You My Love
  15.  Gyptian ft. Estelle – Majestic Love
  16.  Simpkin Project – Hustling
  17.  Raging Fyah – Ready For Love
  18.  Shawn Antoine – I Love You
  19.  Sizzla – Give Them A Ride (Morgan Heritage Mix)
  20.  Sizzla – Give Me A Try
  21.  Etana – Warrior Love
  22.  Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son
  23.  Welton Irie & Prince Weedy – Nice Up the Dance
  24.  Lady Ann – Informer
  25.  Wayne Wonder – Talk About (Dubplate)
  26.  Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
  27.  Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
  28.  Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
  29.  JC Lodge – Love Rewind
  30.  Maxi Priest – Bonafide Love
  31.  Sanchez – Rearrange My Life
  32.  Sanchez – Missing You
  33.  Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My
  34.  The Tamlins – Baltimore
  35.  Tessanne Chin – Firework
  36.  Rihanna – Right Now (Jr. Blender Remix)
  37.  Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
  38.  Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire Remix)
  39.  Etana – All I Need
  40.  Stephen & Damian Marley ft. Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
  41.  Cocoa Tea – Tune In
  42.  Shabba Ranks – Reality
  43.  Sizzla – Just One of those Days
  44.  Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)