I-Octane to Conquer the Globe – Reggae Lover Podcast # 104

I caught up with I-Octane to dive into the story of his reggae journey. The bright reggae-dancehall star explained that he didn’t choose music. Music chose him.

“Music became like a person that I could correspond with and express myself… then I fell in love with music.”

Reggae Lover Interview | I-Octane | Podcast Episode 104

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In 2018 Octane committed to growth by giving his fans a better live music experience. Bringing old-school standards to the new school, he will be performing with a live band as much as possible moving forward.

“Reggae music is the biggest music world wide… i’ve been to places in Africa where they don’t know about Jay-Z, but they know Bob Marley.”

I Octane is the executive producer of his new studio album, “Love & Life.” The album is an independent project recorded at his studio for his label, Conquer The Globe Productions. He talks about why he chose that route instead of signing with an international major label.

This artist is serious about applying proven business principles to solidify his career. Listen as he talks about his future goals, creative process, and reasons for his success. 

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Chino Nominated For IRAWMA Award

Reggae and Dancehall artiste Chino has scored yet another achievement. The artiste who has accumulated a number of awards including those at the EMEs, Youth View Awards and Magnum Stone Love Awards in recent months, has again been nominated, this time for an IRAWMA award.

Chino, whose correct name is Daniel McGregor, was nominated in the category ‘Most Improved Entertainer’ at this year’s 29th International Reggae & World Music Awards, (IRAWMA). Chino says, “When I heard I couldn’t help but smile. I feel really blessed for people to appreciate my work. I’ve been in the music industry for as long as I can remember; some people may remember me as ‘Cappachino’ an’ dem time deh a lot of people refused to even give a second glance no matter how good a song was. But nothing beats persistence, and I stuck with it. It’s been a long journey, an’ as we say ‘from mawnin wi a hustle an’ put we all in’. It’s not just a song. It’s my life; so I’m really appreciative to the fans, the media, the selectors and everybody both here and overseas for showing love.”

The singjay who is known for hits ranging from From Mawnin’, Protected, Ruff It Up, Pon Yuh Head, and more, will attend the event staged by Martin’s International & Associates on Sunday, May 2 at the York College Performing Arts Center in New York. This year’s IRAWMA ceremony is dedicated to the People of Haiti and Health Awareness.

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Bridgez “ON FIRE” All Access Interview Feature

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Check out Bridgez “ON FIRE” All Access interview feature on CariVibez

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Bridgez Roache, the melodic singer / songwriter has had a passion for music from a very tender age. She is currently hard at work promoting the ON FIRE single which also has an equally hot video.

The interview was shot on location at Home Grown Studio in Portmore, St. Catherine and captures Bridgez in her natural element. The interview provides an in depth chat with this rising star as she talks about her start in the music business and gives us insights on where she is headed.

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The Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards Will Be Staged on Thursday February 4, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel

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The prestigious Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME)  Awards is back and this year’s staging of the event will be  on Thursday February 4, at the Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston. The EME Awards is the brain child of popular radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess. He created this award show to honor the players in the local music industry, both past and present, for their hard work in creating and maintaining excellence within our rich musical culture. The EME Awards is a non-profit venture.

Since its humble beginnings back in  2005, as a small in studio production, the Excellence In Music  and Entertainment (EME) Awards has grown to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the local entertainment calendar , due primarily,to its high production standards. The EME  Awards has  garnered unwavering support and popularity through the years and has attracted coverage from both the local and international media. Last year, the presence of America’s  BETJ Channel, provided quite a fillip for the EMEs and their repeat airings of the event has  definitely added to the excitement both here and abroad.  Over 85% of the awardees were in attendance for both the 2008 and 2009  staging and the organizers hope to improve on that this year. This is a clear indication of the respect the industry has for this event. 2010 promises to be even bigger and better.

CATEGORIES * NOMINEES * HONOUREES

EME AWARDS 2010

(for recordings and impact between October 01, 2008 – September  30, 2009)

*Note: more or less than six (6) nominations in a category is the result of ties



1) DJ OF THE YEAR  (MALE)

(for overall impact as a  solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

VYBZ KARTEL

BEENIE MAN

BOUNTY KILLER

ELEPHANT MAN

BUSY SIGNAL

DING DONG

FLIPPA MAFIA

KIPRICH


2) DJ OF THE YEAR  (FEMALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

MACKA DIAMOND

STACIOUS

TIFA

LADY SAW

SPICE

LADY G

PAMPUATTAE

LISA HYPE

3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR   (MALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility)

ROMAINE VIRGO

JAH CURE

TARRUS RILEY

RICHIE SPICE

STEVIE FACE

DAVILLE

HEZRON


4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

ETANA

SOPHIA BROWN

CHERINE ANDERSON

ALAINE

TAMI CHIN

PHYLLISIA

BARBEE


5) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR  (DANCE HALL)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

TARIQ ‘RUSSIAN JOHNSON – CHIMNEY RECORDS

STEPHEN MCGREGOR – BIG SHIP / DI GENIUS

D. & C. HARRINSINGH, C. MARSH –   DASECA

LINTON ‘TJ’ WHITE – TJ RECORDS

AINSLEY MORRIS – NOTNICE / ADDIJAHEIM

JASON HENRIQUES / SHAUN ANDERSON & MATTHEW GRAY – COPPER SHOT

ARIF COOPER – FRESH EAR

UNGA & WELCH – NOTICE

6) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

KEMAR’DJ Flava’ Mc GREGOR – NO DOUBT RECORDS

DELMAR ‘Della’ DRUMMOND – DANGER ZONE

DONOVAN BENNETT – DON CORLEON LABEL

SLY & ROBBIE – TAXI LABEL

DONOVAN GERMAIN – PENTHOUSE RECORDS

LLOYD JAMES JNR. – JAM II LABEL

STEPHEN McGREGOR – BIG SHIP LABEL

7) BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes his public identity as a recording artist)

GEE-WHIZZ

RAS PENCO

WASP

ROMAINE VIRGO

CHASE CROSS

CHEVAUGHN

MERITAL


8 ) BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

STREAM

GAZA INDU

PHYLLISIA

RAINE SEVILLE

SOPHIA SQUIRE

GAZA KIM

LISA HYPE

TIMEKA MARSHALL


9) DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

(for overall impact as a vocal performer by established duos or groups in the eligibility year)

RDX

LUST

TOK

ANDREW & WADA BLOOD

BONAFIDE

VOICEMAIL

SUGAR ROY & CONRAD CRYSTAL

MERITAL


10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST

(award to an artist whose release(s) in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

CHUCKLE BERRY

ANTHONY RED ROZE

LLOYD LOVINDEER

RUFFIAN

SPANNER  BANNER

MIKEYLOUS

11) SONG OF THE YEAR  (DANCE HALL)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

COMPLETELY

MOCKING BIRD

I AM BLESSED

MIND PON MI MONEY

LIFE

FROM MAWNING

HOLIDAY

GOOD GIRL, GONE BAD

12) SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

SO IN LOVE  – Hezron

CALL ON ME – Jah Cure/Phillisia

A THOUSAND MILES AWAY – Ras Penco

CAAN SLEEP – Romaine Virgo

MAMA YOU ALONE – I-OCTANE

LIONESS ON THE RISE – QUEEN IFRICA

TELL IT LIKE IT IS – STEVIE FACE

ONE MORE NIGHT – BUSY SIGNAL

13) ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s) whose album had biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

UNIVERSAL CURE – Jah Cure

RASTA GOT SOUL – Buju Banton

MR BROOKS – A BETTER TOMORROW – Mavado
CONTAGIOUS – Tarrus Riley

MONTEGO BAY – Queen Ifrica

2 SIDES OF MY HEART – Gramps Morgan

MADE IN JAMAICA – Courtney “Yogi” John

IMPERIAL BLAZE – Sean Paul

14) RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the artist with the most charting hits in the eligibility year)

VYBZ KARTEL

MAVADO

ELEPHANT MAN

DING DONG

KONSHENS

QUEEN IFRICA

JAH CURE

TARRUS RILEY

15) CULTURAL /POSITIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best/biggest cultural/positive recording(s) in the eligibility year)

TARRUS RILEY

QUEEN IFRICA

RICHIE SPICE

JAH CURE

I – OCTANE

KONSHENS

LUTAN FYAH

16) BREAKTHRU ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

CHINO

CHARLEY BLACK

BLACK RYNO

JAHVINCI

DING DONG

FLEXX

BRAMMA

TYRICAL

17) SONG WRITER/ LYRICIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose writing skills on all ‘charting’ songs were of a consistently high standard )

VYBZ KARTEL

BUSY SIGNAL

MAVADO

KONSHENS

ASSASSIN

QUEEN IFRICA

WAYNE MARSHALL

DEMARCO

18) SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligilibility year)

NESBETH

MAVADO

MR VEGAS

CHARLEY BLACK

I – OCTANE

CHINO

SERANI

KONSHENS

19) SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligibility year)

CECILE

D’ANGEL

QUEEN IFRICA

TANYA STEVENS

BLACK QUEEN

RUFFIAN

ISHAWNA

20) COLLABO OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

COMPLETELY – VYBZ KARTEL & INDU

THINK BOUT MI – MACKA & UNICORN

UGLY SO – KIPRICH & BLACKER

GOOD GIRL, GONE BAD – TARRUS RILEY & KONSHENS

DIP AGAIN – ELEPHANT MAN & DING DONG

HOLIDAY  –  DING DONG & CHEVAUGHN

VERSITILITY – VYBZ KARTEL & INDU

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY – VOICEMAIL & BUSY SIGNAL

21) COLLABO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

CALL ON ME – JAH CURE Feat PHYLLISIA

DUMPLING SHOP – LLOYD LOVINDEER & MAMA TIA

PRESSURING THE POOR – SPRING-1 & RAS SHILOH

YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING – NODDY VIRTUE & JODIAN PANTRY

KING AND QUEEN – RICHIE SPICE & ALISON HINDS

FOREVERMORE – TARRUS RILEY/ ALAINE

TRY JAH LOVE – JOSIE MEL & SMOKEY BENZ

JAH JAH SEE DEM A COME – SUGAR ROY & CONRAD CRYSTAL

22) RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the producer of the reggae rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

CHANGES – DON CORLEON RECORDS

AUTOMATIC – PENTHOUSE RECORDS

SWEETNESS   – MAC D RECORDS

GOOD LOVE – JAM 2 RECORDS

SWEET RIDDIM – NO DOUBT RECORDS

KARMA – ARROWS RECORDING

23) RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the producer/ label of the dance hall rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

SET ME FREE – HEART OF LOVE PRODUCTION

MOVIE STAR – CHIMNEY RECORDS

STREET TEAM – FIRE LINKS MUSIC

GOOD LIFE  – LIV UP RECORDS

NATIONAL PRIDE –  FRESH EAR PRODUCTIONS

TRIPLE BOUNCE – CR0203 RECORDS

FITNESS – DI GENIUS MUSIC

GO GO CLUB – HEAD CONCUSSION

24) REGGAE // DANCE HALL COMPILATION OF THE YEAR – VARIOUS ARTISTES

(award to the distributor // licensor of the reggae/ dance hall compilation with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

THE HIT LIST – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

REGGAE GOLD 2009 – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ VP

THE ULTIMATE REGGAE/DANCEHALL X-PERIENCE – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

NATIONAL PRIDE – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ TADS

GOOD LIFE RIDDIM – VARIOUS ARTISTES/ LIV UP

GREATEST REGGAE ONE DROP ANTHEMS (2009) –VARIOUS ARTISTES/ GREENSLEEVES

STRICTLY THE BEST VOL. 40/ 41- VARIOUS ARTISTES/ VP

25) MOST IMPROVED ARTIST

(award to a ‘next generation’ artist whose career improves most dramatically in all areas over the eligibility year)

CHINO

BLACK RYNO

JAHVINCHI

WASP

TIFA

ROMAINE VIRGO

KHAGO

FLEXX


26) GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the gospel artist with the biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

GODDY GODDY

PRODIGAL SON

DJ NICHOLAS

OMARI

JUDITH GAYLE

RYAN MARK

CARLENE DAVIS

CHEVELLE FRANKLYN


27) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the artist scoring the biggest charting International Hit during the eligibility year)

SEAN KINGSTON – (hit song) – FIRE BURNING

MAVADO – (hit song) I’M SO SPECIAL

SEAN PAUL – (hit song) SO FINE

SERANI – (hit song) NO GAMES

VYBZ KARTEL/ SPICE – (hit song)  ROMPING SHOP

CHERINE ANDERSON – (hit song) SAY HEY (I LOVE YOU) with Michael Franti & Spearhead

28) BEST ROOTS PLAY

(award to the theatrical production with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

BASHMENT GRANNY

BASHMENT GRANNY 2

DIANA

THE XTORTIONISTZ

ME AND MI CHUPSIE

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS :

29) VIDEO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE) ???

30) VIDEO OF THE YEAR (DANCEHALL) ???

31) PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ???

32) BEST DRESSED ARTIST – Male/ Female ???

32) SHOW OF THE YEAR ???

33) DANCHALL TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR ???

34) BEST ORIGINAL DANCE MOVE OF THE  YEAR ???

HONOR AWARDS :

35) ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR AWARDEES:

(Jamaican Artist (s) of International Accclaim who’s led his/her life by example and have brought their offspring into the world of Reggae)

TOOTS HIBBERT

DENROY MORGAN

36) INTERNATIONAL FRIEND OF REGGAE AWARDEE(S)

( International. Super Star(s) will receive this Awards for his/her support of Reggae Music)

INDIA ARIE

MELANIE FIONA

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ATL’s Best Kept Reggae Secret – Sunday’s On Da Drive (SODD)

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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. Sundays On Da Drive

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.

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Highlanda Baby Cham Interview

This interview conducted in Atlanta after a Baby Cham performance is original content from the award-winning Highlanda.net. Big ups to top rated Baby Cham! Look out for the something new from Highlanda coming at you over the internet very soon.

Baby Cham


Kahlil: Cham you just mashed up and leveled Planet Q. What do you have to say about the show?

Cham: Its like a regular night. Everyday of the week we work; Monday through Friday. We just thank the fans for coming out and showing us so much love. Each time we try to give them at least 190% worth of work, you know…?

Kahlil: When can we expect the next album?

Cham: At the end of this year or early next year. I’m in the studio right after this tour. I’ve been touring since last year October, non-stop. I’ll get a break now so I’ll be in the studio trying to get some tracks together for the next album.

Picture of Baby Cham with Kahlil Wonda

Baby Cham with Kahlil Wonda

Kahlil: As far as influences and motivation, what’s your driving force right now?

Cham: I feel its my mother and son–straight up. And just love for the music and trying to see the music reach places. Music, in regards to reggae music and dancehall music as a whole.

Kahlil: …And who were some of the artists you looked up to when you were coming up also?

Cham: Dave Kelly, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, Major Worries, Shabba Ranks, the majority of the top entertainers from Jamaica. Every single entertainer that was mashing up the dancehall scene while I was attending school, those were the artists I tried to portray–DJ their lyrics. And now I can do my own and hopefully have youth trying to portray me and DJ my styles.

Kahlil: How do you deal with the negative people and influences in the music industry?

Cham: I stick around the positive. I never go around the negative. Negative ain’t good for you at all. I stick to my family. My family is positive to me and never show me a negative side. And that’s it. …Go get the album Wowow! The Story.”