Summer 2019 Report | Reggae Lover # 155

On Reggae Lover podcast episode 155 we discuss the state of the culture and news from the dancehall.

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TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Our reactions to Reggae Sumfestin Jamaica and Reggae Summerjam in Germany.
  • Responses to our earlier shows from this season.
  • Revisited last week’s topic about looking back at the decade of 2009 to 2019.
  • Checked in on our “songs of the Summer” predictions.
  • An updated report on our women in Reggae leaders of the new school.
  • An updated report on Buju Banton.

[Podcast] Lila Ike – Where I’m Coming From

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Rising reggae star Lila Iké is our special guest for the 150th episode of Reggae Lover.

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Often highlighted on this platform for being part of the resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, it was a pleasure to discuss the state of the culture with Lila. The talented Manchester native shared her story with us in an amazing interview.

During the interview we touched on:

  • Lila’s new single “Where I’m Coming From”
  • Childhood and the Influence of her mom
  • Musical inspiration
  • Move to Kingston and linkage with Protoje
  • Learning the business of music
  • Working with Protoje
  • Love of sound system culture and creating dubplates.
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Reggae Music Forever

Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and ReggaeMusicForever blog.

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We discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture including topics:
  • Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae.
  • The overlooked conscious dancehall movement.
  • The American reggae scene.
  • Comparing white and black Americans taste in reggae.
  • Reggae Talk Podcast 1-year Anniversary event.
  • Other passions outside of reggae.
  • Is reggae music on life-support?
  • Predictions for the future.
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Review: Kabaka Pyramid Releases ‘Kontraband’ Album

16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.

Kabaka Pyramid - Kontraband. DIGITAL RELEASE [Ghetto Youths International, Bebble Rock Records].

I only heard 3 of the songs before the album’s release so this is a fresh, new experience. The album is reminiscent of Chronixx’s “Chronology” in its diverse representation of modern reggae music.

Hip-Hop influences are evident throughout but do not detract from the roots vibe. You can choose to bob your head and/or skank to the beats. Kabaka spits bars of knowledge with a cool, collected delivery. At times, he sing-jays on the riddims in perfect melody.  

‘Kontraband’ is a strong debut for Kabaka Pyramid and it bolsters his global appeal. The Damian and Stephen Marley executive-produced album features Akon and Stonebwoy out of Africa. Jr. Gong joins Kabaka to illustrate the story on the title track.

Pressure Buss Pipes from the U.S. Virgin Islands sings the hook on “Make Way,” the opening song of the album. Fellow reggae revivalist Protoje makes his mark with a succinct verse on “Everywhere I Go.” Kabaka teams with Chronixx on the mesmerizing and memorable “Blessed Is The Man.”

Kabaka doesn’t only chant a lyrical onslaught on Babylon. He considers the divine essence of black queens on “Natural Woman.” He opens up about affairs of the heart on “Kaught Up,” and “All I Need,” which features Nattali Rize. The different vibes on ‘Kontraband’ balance out. If you ranked this entry as one of 2019’s top reggae releases, I would say that’s accurate. 

2017 Roots | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 71

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2017 has seen terrific progress for the sound of roots reggae music with the release of some powerful albums.

2017 Roots Reggae

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Traditional roots music which is beloved by many and hailed as the sweetest vibe is refreshed and on display in the works of today’s artists featured here.  This is message music of the positive variety.

Chronixx, Jah9, Samory I, Kristine Alicia, Iba Mar, Spiritual, Queen Ifrica, and Protoje, along with veterans Anthony Malvo, Nadine Sutherland, Sizzla, Capleton and more paint pictures that speak loudly with powerful songs.

It brings me great pleasure to present Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 71 – dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

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Dubwise Atlanta ft. Protoje

Protoje Live performance @ Dubwise Atlanta – WildPitch Music Hall [video]

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Protoje was the featured artist at the 3rd installment of Dubwise Atlanta held at WildPitch Music Hall on December 4, 2016.

Get Protoje’s latest “Royalty Free” project here.

“The mission for Dubwise is to spread roots, reggae, dub, culture music to the masses and provide a space and balance with other musical genres penetrating society and the minds of the youth. With that mission we only could have one outcome: spread the dub wisely!”

Read more about Dubwise here.

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Dubwise Atlanta presented by Kings With Style Co.

Dubwise Atlanta ft. Protoje – audio [Live set recorded 12.4.16]

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#dubwiseatlanta ft. Protoje, Yaadcore, Aba Shaka and Farinheits Creation, Sunday, Dec. 4th at WILDPITCH MUSIC HALL, home of #rubadubatl (2nd Sundays). Kings With Style prod.

Dubwise Atlanta ft. Protoje

Dubwise Atlanta ft. Protoje

Dubwise Atlanta with Protoje – Picture Gallery

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Rub-A-Dub ATL and WildPitch host Dubwise Atlanta presented by Kings with Style featuring Yaadcore with Protoje live from Kingston, Jamaica, alongside Aba Shaka and Farinheits Creation.

Look out for RUB-A-DUB ATL (reggae music) at Wildpitch Music Hall (255 Trinity Ave, ATL) every month (Second Sundays).

Protoje is heading to GA. for his 1st performance: Dubwise Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 4th @WildPiTcH

Kings With Style presents: live from Kingston, Jamaica, DUBWISE Atlanta featuring Yaadcore (#dubwisejamaica) with Protoje performing inna sound system style.

Kings With Style presents: live from Kingston, Jamaica, DUBWISE Atlanta featuring Yaadcore (#dubwisejamaica) with Protoje performing inna sound system style with support by Farinheits Creation and Aba Shaka. Powered by #rubadubatl. Sound System provided by D.A.S. Audio. $20 at the Door / $15 Online. Doors 8pm-12am.

Powered by #rubadubatl (every 2nd Sunday @WildPitch).  Sound System provided by D.A.S. Audio.  $20 at the Door / $15 Online. Doors 8pm-12am.

One of reggae's emerging masters of dubwise producon, Alborosie

Alborosie’s new album, “Freedom & Fyah” now available

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One of reggae’s emerging masters of dubwise production, Alborosie has honed his craft through the creation of six studio albums.

Alborosie - Freedom & Fyah - Artwork

Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah – Artwork

Along the way, he has become the biggest selling European roots reggae artist. His latest album, “Freedom & Fyah” demonstrates his production skill and depth of feel with 13 contemporary and authentic reggae jams. All tracks are produced and performed by Alboroise.

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Alborosie – Freedom & Fyah

Featured performers include Ky-Mani Marley on the ballad and Protoje on the track “Strolling” and reggae legends, the Roots Radics band on the track “Everything featuring Pupa Avril.” Stand out tracks include “Poser

which has chalked up over 1 million YouTube views and “Rocky Road

which is up to 500k YouTube views. Alborosie’s YouTube channel puppaALBO has 17k subscribers.