Junior Kelly Prepares for 2013 Tour: Piece of the Pie

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Junior Kelly is a major force in the world of reggae music today.

Junior Kelly - Piece Of The Pie - Artwork

Junior Kelly – Piece Of The Pie – Artwork

He hit it big in 1999 with the single “Love So Nice“. Since then, he released at least one album a year.

He also collaborated with all the best dancehall artists like Capleton, Anthony B, Luciano and many others. Between 2001 and 2005, he released many hits like “Can’t Get Away”, “Clean Heart”, “One Love” or “Jah Jah Live On” and “Rasta Should Be Deeper”.
From his early life as a youth in Jamaica to becoming one of the most popular reggae artists on the festival network, Junior Kelly has always fought and preached for social justice, economic equality and freedom for all in and through his songs and performances. They are filled with messages for the betterment of all people. This year’s tour will be amazing in all sense.
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32nd Annual Tribute To The Reggae Legends

Broadway Pier in San Diego hosts the 32nd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends 2 Day Concert on February 16th and 17th, 2013.

Updated flyer for Tribute to the Reggae Legends 2013 with Don Carlos and Luciano Just Added!

Updated flyer for Tribute to the Reggae Legends 2013 with Don Carlos and Luciano Just Added!

 The legendary line-up boasts the likes of Mykal Rose, Don Carlos, Israel Vibration, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Frankie Paul, Little John, Triston Palmer, and Warrior King among others.

“Stay Classy San Diego.”  My city is yet to host such an enormous reggae show.

Brothers, Delus And Konshens Collaborate On New Single “Live Mi Life”

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KonshensIn the July issue of Triple the Focus E-Magazine in which Konshens was featured on the cover, he was asked if there were any plans to do another collaboration with brother Delus. He responded, “Yes, definitely but both our solo careers have become our main focus so as soon as time allows it, it will get done.” Well the time has arrived. The brothers teamed up to record new single “Live Mi Life” on the Mad Panamera Riddim, produced by FE2 Music. The Riddim also features I-Octane, Voicemail, Flippa Mafia, Navino, Darrio and Lincoln.

Fans of both Delus and Konshens have often expressed that the two sound alike, reference singles “She’ Happy,” “Chalice Load,” and have even mistook Delus’ single “Another Gal” as Konshens’. However there is no confusing their voices on this track. It is Konshens smooth delivery of – tell you what’s really good, got money in my pocket and I’m feeling good – that opens the song, while Delus’ raspy singjay style on the second verse that begins – suh wah if mi spend pon gyal, suh wah happen if mi love alcohol – that makes the distinction clear.

But way before their solo success, Delus and Konshens achieved duo notoriety when they recorded under the name SOJAH. Their first single entitled “Medz Pon Di Corner” went number one in Japan in 2004, which afforded them the opportunity to tour in Japan. The tour prompted the release of the duos debut album titled “Sons of Jah.” In 2009 they released their Sophomore Album “Modern Revolutions,” at which time the duo went on tour in Europe to promote the album. The album featured artists such as Luciano and Iriepathie.

“Live Mi Life” is just one of the many singles that both Delus and Konshens are promoting. On the heels of his highly successful album, Mental Maintenance, Konshens kept his fan intrigued when he released dancehall singles “Gal Siddung,” “Bubble Gal a Bubble,” “Stop Sign,” “A Suh Mi Tan,” which have been heating up the clubs and airwaves. Similarly, Delus’ singles “What Tomorrow May Bring,” “Mi Find Har,” “Gal My Ting Deh” and his 2011 hit single “Another Gal,” have been in rotation on various radio stations which has garnered him wide spread appeal with fans globally.

Will there be other projects in the works, Delus remarks, “Without a doubt. We have always worked well together. Even when you don’t hear Konshens’ voice on my track, his input is definitely there and vice versa.”

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Roots and Culture – Reggae Vault Classics 30

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Reggae Vault Classics 30

This episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast was produced for promotional purposes only by Highlanda Sound for 2010 featuring classic reggae music in a radio broadcast mix-show format.

Reggae Vault Classics features and re-introduces Classic reggae music from the 1960s to the early 2000s in a mixed format. Songs are selected and blended together in an entertaining fashion. Turn up your speakers or headphones and enjoy the nostalgic vibes!

This episode of Reggae Vault Classics includes excepts from The Vault Classics Radio show recorded live on Da Flava Radio.

Media files (Click link below to download)
Reggae_Vault_Classics_30.mp3 (MP3 Format Sound, 96.1 MB)

Reggae Vault Classics 28 features the Music of Beenie Man

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beenie manThis is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced for promotional purposes only by Highlanda Sound for October 7, 2009 featuring classic reggae music in a radio broadcast mix-show format.

This episode of Reggae Vault Classics includes excepts from The Vault Classics Radio show recorded live on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 for Da Flava Radio.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment right here.

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Playlist:

1 Smile – Dennis Brown
2 Declaration Of Rights – Freddie McGregor
3 Everyday Is Just A Holiday – Freddie McGregor
4 Nanny Goat – Freddie McGregor
5 Watch This Sound – Freddie McGregor
6 Hold On To What You’ve Got – Dennis Brown
7 Fill Us Up With Your Mercy – Garnett Silk
8 Show Us The Way – Dennis Brown
9 Donkey Want Water – Yellowman
10 Green Line – Garnett Silk
11 Jammin – Bob Marley
12 Kinky Reggae – Bob Marley
13 Natural Mystic – Bob Marley
14 Murderer (Remix) – Beenie Man and Barrington Levy
15 Under Me Sensi (Remix) – Beenie Man and Barrington Levy
16 Jah Power – Beenie Man and Tristan Palmer
17 Healing – Beenie Man and Lady Saw
18 Going Away – Beenie Man and Sanchez
19 Slam – Beenie Man
20 The Wickedest Ride – Beenie Man
21 Certain Gal – Beenie Man
22 Number One – Beenie Man
23 Memories – Beenie Man
24 Christmas – Beenie Man
25 World Dance – Beenie Man
26 Blessed – Beenie Man
27 New Suzuki – Beenie Man
28 Crazy Baldheads – Beenie Man and Luciano

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Dancehall Now Episode 17 – The ‘I Wish I Was In Trinidad’ Edition

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Soca singer Machel Montano performing at the 2...
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Make sure to download this show for the exclusive combinations within such as the remix of ‘Brooklyn Go Hard’ which features Wayne Wonder, Foxxy Brown, M.I.A, and Jay-Z, & ‘Automatic’ by Marcia Griffiths and Busy Signal.

Since Trinidad Carnival (aka the greatest show on Earth) is currently taking place, this episode of Dancehall Now features Jamaica’s Dancehall King Beenie Man doing the Soca thing alongside Trinidad’s lyrical giant, Bunji Garlin on the remix of ‘Plenty Gal,’ a bonafied 2009 mega hit. Also in the mix is Beenie Man featuring Trini Jacobs with the Soca version of rapper T.I.’s ‘Live Your Life’ entitled ‘Superstar.’ Other carnival themed highlights featured are ‘Tonight’ by Reggae songstress Alaine featuring Machel Montano, and ‘Fly Away’ sung by Machel Montano and Collie Budz out of Bermuda.

Dancehall Now Episode 17 also includes new music from Daville, Vybz Kartel and Spice, Tarrus Riley, Laden, and Ms. Triniti featuring Beenie Man by request.

Right Click the file and select “Save As…” to download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment at http://www.highlanda.net/html/contact.php. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

Dancehall Now Episode 17

Playlist:

1 Automatic – Marcia Griffiths/Busy Signal
2 Brooklyn We Go Hard (Remix) – Wayne Wonder/Foxy Brown/Jay-Z/M.I.A
3 You Have It – Beenie Man
4 Fly Away – Machel Montano HD feat. Collie Budz
5 Burnin Burnin – Ms. Triniti feat. Beenie Man
6 Human Nature – Tarrus Riley
7 U A De Boss – Sizzla
8 Baby Mother Drama – Kiprich
9 Time To Shine – Laden
10 Ramping Shop – Vybz Kartel feat. Spice
11 No Games (Remix) – Serani feat. Raekwon
12 Sleepless Nights – Buju Banton
13 Jah Live – Luciano
14 Tonight – Alaine feat. Machel Montano
15 Superstar – Beenie Man feat. Trini Jacobs
16 Plenty Gal (Remix) – Bunji Garlin feat. Beenie Man
17 Start A New – Tarrus Riley
18 The Best In Life – Sizzla
19 Missing You Right Now – Daville
20 Know How Fi Love Dem Up – Assassin feat. Josey Wales

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Reggae Vault Classics Podcast Series – Episode 2

Highlanda Sound has put together something for the fans of that “Finest Years” era of dancehall. Reggae Vault Classics is here to represent the foundation of the music.

Listen to an episode and you will hear right away that Reggae Vault Classics features only classics mixed and blended so you can turn up your speakers or headphones and get lost in Kahlil Wonda’s mixes.

RVC Episode 2 starts off with Dennis Brown singing ‘Stop the Fussing and Fighting’ on the Real Rock riddim.  The mix also includes tunes on some of the biggest riddems ever such as Stalag, Far East, Swing Easy, and The General.

English: Reggae Singer Dennis Brown in Paris, ...

English: Reggae Singer Dennis Brown in Paris, France Français : Le chanteur de Reggae Dennis Brown à Paris (Palace) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Expect to hear artists and selections you don’t hear everyday, or maybe even every year for that matter.  The selection order and mixing are masterful, which makes it easy for anyone to enjoy, whether you are a dancehall novice or a foundation reggae enthusiast.

Click here to Listen: Reggae Vault Classics Episode 2.

1   Stop the Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
2   Drop It Cool – Terror Fabulous
3   Putting Up ResistanceBeres Hammond
4   He Is My Friend – Luciano
5   Know Jah – Tony Rebel
6   Ganja Song – Spragga Benz/Baby Cham
7   Sensimelia Persecution – Buju Banton
8   Every Knee Shall Bow – Garnett Silk/Cocoa Tea/Charlie Chaplin
9   True Love – White Mice
10  Send Them Come – Terry Ganzie
11  Murderer – Buju Banton
12  Cold Blooded Murderer – Capleton
13  Nuh Have No Heart – Bounty Killer
14  Blood Stain – Pinchers
15  Reality – Shabba Ranks
16  Tune In – Cocoa Tea
17  Here I Am – Sanchez
18  Are You Still In Love With Me – Sanchez
19  Dances Are Changing – Barrington Levy
20  Ever Changing Times – Alton Black
21  Goodie Goodie – Colin Roach/Galaxy P
22  Kill A Sound – Quench Aid

 

Luciano rushed off stage in Atlanta

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Review of Spiritual Fyah with Luciano, Queen Ifrica, and Tony Rebel, 11/8/08 at Club Intrigue in Stone Mountain, GA.

 

The Setting

 

First off let me say for the record that since the mid 1990’s, when asked which artist puts on the best live stage show performance, my answer was and is Luciano.  I found out that he was going to be performing in Atlanta through word of mouth the day before the concert and decided to go since it had been a while since I attended a stage show.  Knowing that Caribbean events in Stone Mountain typically start late, I was in no rush to arrive.  I got inside Club Intrigue at around 2am after paying $30.  I had no problem forking up the money, because after all, it was for Luciano – my favorite live performer.  At that time there was a short line outside and the venue, which can hold approximately 1000 people was about half full.  More people continued to arrive over the next couple hours but the club wasn’t packed at all.

 

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae ...

English: Photo of Tony Rebel, Jamaican reggae legend (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Early Warm (part 1)

 

Local sound man, Danger Marcus finished up his set on the turntables and turned the controls over to Adonai Sound from Jamaica.  Dred from Adonai selected and mixed, while Atlanta’s Mix Master David acted as MC.  Adonai’s Dred started out with some foundation music, but then brought it to more recent conscious and lover’s rock reggae before starting to juggle with songs like ‘Living Dangerously‘ by Bounty Killer featuring Barrington Levy.  The music was decent though I would have liked to hear more culture played since it was a culture show.  Also, Mix Master David’s specialty is mixing, hence his name, and he struggled to connect with the audience while talking over music being played by the Adonai.  I don’t recall any forwards (big crowd responses) being achieved.

 

The Early Warm (part 2)

 

At around 3am, the stage show began with opening acts performing dirty south style hip-hop.  The first 4 acts took the stage rapping about various subject matter unrelated to the theme of the night (Spiritual Fyah), performing at least 2-3 songs each which made me think to myself, among other questions, “are the promoters familiar with the music of Luciano at all?”  After that the MC introduced Fire Harp, the first reggae artist, followed by Ras Idon, Ishmael Turner, and a female duet that reminded me of the group Floetry called Last Lyricists.  These performances were good and much more appropriate, but I think this whole portion of the show was too long.  Standing up and watching 8 artists you have never heard of sing songs you never heard before for over an hour doesn’t exactly energize a crowd, especially at that time of morning.

 

More Earlies

 

The MC then announced that the DJ would take over for a while until the remaining artists were ready to take the stage so Nolan from King Eternity began to select and was joined by Danger Marcus as MC.  I think Danger Marcus was better than Mix Master David as he ventured away from the DJ booth in the corner of the stage out to front stage a few times to interact with the crowd.  He had more energy, but It didn’t transfer over to the audience.  This whole time, the majority of the people were at the back of the club, near the bar or in the far corners so it was pretty empty in front of the stage and on the main dance-floor.  During his set, Nolan selected 2002 – 2003 tunes and juggled on riddims like Diwali, Buyout and the Buzz at 4 o’clock in the morning.  The selection was not fitting with the theme of the night in general and this prevented the vibes from reaching anywhere.  I still can’t believe that I heard no Beres Hammond, Garnett Silk, Capleton, conscious Sizzla… No Anthony B, Everton Blender, Chuck Fender, Bob Marley or any other Marley…  You get my drift.

 

Showtime

 

It is at this point that the event started suffering from attrition and people began to trickle out one by one.  I am sure patrons wondered if the artists they had paid to see were even in Atlanta at all, I know I did.  Eventually the MC came back on stage to resume the stage show after the long break and brought out Anthony Malvo.  There was still no band in sight, but at least there was a known reggae artist.  Anthony Malvo was able to entertain the crowd singing covers of different reggae hits mostly, and his biggest response was in tribute to the late great Alton Ellis.

 

It was great to see band members emerge and take there place along with Delly who travelled from Jamaica to be the official MC/host.  It was around 5am now, and whoever had stuck around that long had to be glad to know that Luciano would be coming out soon.  Delly then introduced Papa Michi, Michigan from the foundation DJ duo Michigan and Smiley.  I was shocked just to see this artist still performing at his age, but he went through some covers, another Alton Ellis tribute with the same songs Anthony Malvo sang, and also performed the 1980 hit, Diseases.  Not bad at all, I just wished it was at least 3 hours earlier.

 

 

Star time

 

Queen Ifrica touched the stage and pulled stragglers in from the far corners of Club Intrigue to the front of the stage.  She was well received and sang all her hits from the past 2 years, stopping only to give relevant speeches and introduce her songs like a pro.  She worked well with the band and stayed on stage for approximately 30 minutes, ending off with her current hit tune, ‘Keep it to Yourself.’  Her performance was short and sweet.

 

Tony Rebel was up next.  Rebel Tony showed poise and veteranship while on stage.  He immediatley commanced attention from the crowd and went through the hits that he is know for globally, including Fresh Vegetable, Chatty Chatty, and If Jah.  He also gave some lyrics about the rise of President Barack Obama to bring it current.  Tony Rebel’s segment was longer than Queen Ifrica’s – I’d say about 45 minutes, which meant that now it was 6:30am.

 

Luciano took the stage to close the show and was well worth the wait.  I will continue to support this artist because of the vibes and energy he puts into his shows.  He skanked, jumped, and tumbled across the stage.  He prayed for Barack Obama and gave good reports from his trip to Kenya, which was during the time of the recent Presidential election in the US.  Luci did hits from different albums, but while singing Glory Be, given the signal that he had to leave to catch his plane.  His performance ended up being not much longer than some of the opening acts which is sad, however in the short time he was on stage (at almost 7am) he was still able to completely energize the audience and get everyone back onto their feet and in a vibes.  Then he stopped the last song and had the band start over, playing low so he could at least finish properly, kneeling down to say a prayer in the process.  The Messenger Luciano shook the hands of all who were near enough to the stage and posed for pictures as if truly grateful for the opportunity to carry out his life mission – to spread Jah love and a conscious message through singing.

 

Please share your comments on these artists, concerts or events you have been to, etc.  I will be breaking down the Atlanta dancehall scene in depth in future posts so you will want to stay tuned, trust me.  That’s all for now.