TORONTO’S Trailblazer award winning artist KAFINAL

Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, Kafinal has emerged as an entertainer and vocalist with diverse talents.

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The singer/comedian/actor who is now based in Toronto, Canada credits his sometimes difficult upbringing with giving him his strong work ethic and sense of humour. The second of five children for his parents, he remembers how his mother worked hard to make ends meet. With that determination, he has decided to pay homage to her with his work.

Like many of the musical greats he started singing as a child in the church as well as in school and at community events. In 2001 while still living in Jamaica his professional musical timing had come and he released songs like “Cooking Dat Pwile” and “Drive By”.

Upon relocating to Canada, Kafinal began to make a name for himself on the Caribbean live show and performance circuits both as a singer and comedian.

The re-emergence of his first love, music, which Kafinal describes as “soul-filling”; presents him with an opportunity to entertain the best way he knows.

Influenced by all genres of music, he lists Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Beres Hammond among his musical influences.

For Kafinal the sky is indeed the limit as he plans to build on the exposure and fan-base he has garnered and take it to the highest level. He promises to continue to put out excellent music with the best production quality.

Lyrically he is definitely on his way as he has already released not only “catchy” but very relevant content. His latest project is titled “Road Tonight”, has been rocking the airwaves in Jamaica, Toronto, the Caribbean and North America.

Expect more from this talented brother of the Caribbean.

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Dancehall Now Episode 25 with Michael Jackson Tribute

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for July 17, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

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. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to podcast@highlanda.net or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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Playlist

1 Call On Me – Jah Cure featuring Phyllisia
2 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz featuring Jah Cure and Lil Wayne
3 Guide Me – Jah Vinci
4 Love Sex Magic – Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
5 Too Much Killing – Bescenta
6 Human Nature – Tarrus Riley
7 Dirty Diana Angella – Vybz Kartel featuring Michael Jackson
8 Wanna Be Starting Something – Michael Jackson and Mavado (Afrikan Vybz Rmx)
9 Da Style Deh – Busy Signal (MJ Remix)
10 Keel Dem – Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Bounty Killer
11 20 To Life – Cherine Anderson
12 Talk If Yuh Talking – Cherine Anderson
13 Good Life – Mr. Vegas featuring D’Angel
14 This Means Money – Konshens
15 Far Away – Queen Ifrica
16 A Little Bit Of Sorry – Buju Banton
17 Recession – Baby Cham
18 Protected – Chino featuring Stephen Di Genius McGregor
19 I Wanna Wake Up With You – Stevie Face
20 Watch Your Friends – Jah Vinci
21 Beep – Busy Signal
22 See You Again – Beres Hammond

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Machel Montano Mourns the King of Pop

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Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009


MACHEL MONTANO
June 26, 2009
[IN HIS OWN WORDS]

Condolences to the King’s family, friends and fans as we all mourn together! Michael Jackson will be missed but never forgotten. Even in death he was able to unite people of all creeds and colors and make them happy; he is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Machel Red Side


I and so many others owe our
careers to MJ – he encouraged my dream. So much of what I have done has been inspired and informed by him. His standards have set the stage for my goals and in this way he has touched so many.

It is also very important to note that he chose to use his influence for the greater good of mankind in the messages he delivered through songs like “We Are The World,” “Heal The World,” “Man In The Mirror,” “Black Or White,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and so many more.

MJ was more than a man – he was a “moment in time,” and like Bob Marley, this moment will never end. Long live the King!

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Rare Gems Found In Reggae Vault

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The lastest installment of Highlanda’s Reggae Vault Classics podcast starts off with singer/deejay Shinehead singing a cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean over an instumental that has become known most commonly as the Billie Jean riddim.  Sanchez’s solid lover’s rock hit from the 1990s, My Sweet Lady, follows on the riddim with as a nice of a mix as  will hear.  At this point in the mix, if you don’t feel the warm embrace of the rub a dub bassline, you may want to upgrade the speaker system you are listening on.  Billie Jean rolls on with tunes by Yami Bolo, Garnett Silk, Sizzla, and Wayne Wonder before the Nitty Kutchie, Bounty Killer and Terror Fabulous provide a rudeboy finale.

The next tune is Train to Zion, performed by Linval Thompson on the Death in the Arena riddim and this is where I would say Highlanda begins to expose rare gems.  Following that gem is Tenor Saw/Nitty Gritty sound a like, King Kong with Trouble Again, one of his biggest tunes.  The more commercially known mid-90s version of this riddim, known as Champion of the Arena is next featuring just the Bounty Killer, Long or Tall, and then Garnett Silk’s Splashing Dashing.

Garnett’s silky smooth voice on Retreat Wicked Man is next and takes us further into the Vault as the following transition welcomes the voices of reggae’s Crown prince, Dennis Emmanual Brown alongside Junior Reid singing lyrics that are prominent even in today’s dancehall, “No Dance Nah Keep Again, a just modelling…”

The next mix which brings in a remix of Night Nurse featuring U-Roy, Dennis Brown, and Gregory Issacs in combination, is the only part of this episode that sounds a bit rushed –  I was really enjoying the D. Brown/Junior Reid.  This however more uptempo version of Gregory’s Night Nurse may not be familiar to many listeners so the tune  has some exclusivity value to it.  Not Because I Smile which is sung over an extremely vibesy version of the Rockfort Rock riddim makes it two Gregory Issacs’s in a row.  The transitions that follow include a Wayne Wonder and a Bounty Killer on the same riddim – Well Done!

One thing to note here is that not only are you hearing selections you may not have heard in years, but these classics are being played in the traditional Brooklyn inspired style of Highlanda’s selector Kahlil Wonda.  Big ups go to King Addies and Earthruler among others for the inspiration.  Reggae Vault Classics episode 4 ends off with three songs on the Shank I Sheck riddim, also from the 1990s, and as Sanchez fades out my only complaint is that the mix was too short.

Reggae Vault Classics (Tuesday, December 16, 2008)

1   Billie Jean – Shinehead
2   My Sweet Thing – Sanchez
3   Hot Stepping – Yami Bolo
4   Bless Me – Garnett Silk
5   Big and Bold – Sizzla
6   Only You – Wayne Wonder
7   Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer/Nitty Kutchie
8   Ole Dog – Terror Fabulous
9   Train To Zion – Linval Thompson
10  Trouble Again – King Kong
11  Long or Tall – Bounty Killer
12  Splashing Dashing – Garnett Silk
13  Retreat Wicked Man – Garnett Silk
14  Dance Nah Keep Again – Dennis Brown/Junior Reid
15  Night Nurse – U-Roy/Gregory Issacs/Dennis Brown
16  Not Because I Smile – Gregory Issacs
17  Childs Play – Wayne Wonder
18  Disrespect – Bounty Killer
19  Jah Power – Tristan Palmer/Beenie Man
20  World Too Haunted – Bounty Killer/Junior Reid
21  Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer
22  Brown Eye Girl – Sanchez

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