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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.
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.
“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.
Dubwise Atlanta presented by Kings With Style Co.
Look out for RUB-A-DUB ATL (reggae music) at Wildpitch Music Hall (255 Trinity Ave, ATL) every month (Second Sundays).
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.
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.
The organizers of “Rocksteady ATL,” myself and The Honorary Citizen, will host the debut of Dubwise Atlanta on Saturday June 13th at the Sound Table’s SPACE 2 (485 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA) with Yaadcore from Kingston, Jamaica alongside Aba Shaka, Love People, and Highlanda Sound.
The original Dubwise Jamaica is a Roots Dub Reggae session every Wednesday in the city of Kingston, created to preserve the roots in the Dancehall & spread the message of love through music. Dubwise Jamaica guarantees strictly original & rootical selections all night coming from the vein stream & not the main stream, resurrecting songs that haven’t been heard in decades as well fresh selections from the new and upcoming Reggae artists.
Strictly roots and culture vibrations, with no slackness. Tunes played in a dubwise style, for their full duration, with messages of upliftment delivered live over the mic.
In December 2013, Yaadcore, the Jamaican selector known for his Reggae Aroma mixtape series, began holding a weekly, Wednesday-night session inside Kingston’s Whitebones Grill with the principles listed above. Dubwise Jamaica quickly became a magnet for similarly-minded selectors, including such foundation DJs as Rory Gilligan of Stone Love and Danny Dread of Stereo Mars and Volcano sound system fame. Jamaica’s young reggae stars Chronixx, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal and Micah Shemaiah were among its earliest supporters, passing through both as performers and just to hol’ a vibes, and it soon attracted veteran artists like Lutan Fyah, Mikey General and even Ninjaman, as well as international acts like Pressure Busspipe (St. Thomas) and Ziggi Recado (St. Eustatius).
A year and a half after its launch, Dubwise Jamaica has become an international brand representing what many see as a return to a more pure and natural style of playing reggae (as opposed to the fast-paced juggling style preferred by most of today’s Jamaican DJs). Yaadcore has teamed with selectors Corey Chase and DJ Rampage to launch Dubwise Miami, a weekly session at Coyo Taco in the Wynwood Arts district. Although Yaadcore’s schedule only permits him to appear in Miami about once a month, each Wednesday night the backroom of the fashionable taqueria becomes the “Coyo Dub Lounge,” attracting a loyal crowd as well as fellow DJs such as house DJ Armand Van Helden. Artist Kabaka Pyramid dropped in recently to perform.
Yaadcore has brought Dubwise sessions to New York City, Washington DC and Puerto Rico (San Jaun, Santurce and Rincon) over the past few months and relaunched Dubwise Jamaica in a new location following a brief hiatus. In Yaadcore’s view, he’s laying a foundation for a movement that can spread consciousness and upliftment through roots music whether he’s in the building or not.
This Reggae Lover Podcast episode opens with the leader of the reggae revival Protoje explaining that he makes music from his heart and not for the charts. Sizzla can be heard begging “Please do not mash up the dance.” George Nooks and Mikey Spice tell stories about having a good time in the dancehall. Alborosie excerpts that Reggae and rubadub music still rock the dancehall to this day.
Garnett Silk compares music to the rod that Moses walked with as he led the Father’s people to the promised land. Luciano sings about the many positive effects of reggae music on the body and mind. Richie Stephens and U-Roy sing out about the nicest times when real reggae music used to play.
Bryan Art describes the love and confidence that overcomes one when entering the dancehall. Christopher Martin paints the picture of a reggae road block where people are dancing in the streets, creating the perfect chill spot. Crooner Kashief Lindo shares a bit of his personal story on the song “Music Is A Part Of Me.”
Steel Pulse, Dubtonic Kru, Gramps Morgan, XO, Hero and Richie Spice all give their take on why Reggae music is so good and what it means to them. Busy Signal goes in about how everybody smiles and unites when positive reggae music is played.
Gentleman teams with Sugar Minott to reminisce about the good old days when there was no drama and the musical foundation imparted love and good vibes. Inner Circle alongside The Reggae Wave sing in defense of the genre.
This episode contains 40 of today’s most powerful songs recorded by Jamaican artists. These are songs of revolution, freedom cries, and warrior chants from the artists that currently carry the reggae banner including Protoje, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, and Kabaka Pyramid.
Listen for songs from Etana’s new album “I Rise,” Jah9’s new album “New Name,” and I-Octane’s “My Journey,” all featured in this episode. Please support these artists by purchasing their music.
1 Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx – Ghetto Blues
2 Jah9 – New Name
3 Etana – Stepping Out Of Babylon
4 Torch – Blazing
5 Shuga – Freedom
6 Busy Signal – Nah Follow Dem
7 Mr. Perfect – Awake
8 Lutan Fyah – Rebel Warrior
9 Jah9 – Imagine
10 Kabaka Pyramid ft. Masicka – Choppinz
11 Lutan Fyah – Sorry Fi Dem
12 Chronixx – Judgement
13 Chronixx – Capture Land
14 Jah9 – Intention
15 Tarrus Riley & Kabaka Pyramid – Fly Di Gate
16 Zebi Lion – Blaze Again
17 Kelissa – Sellassie I Way
18 Shuga – Ebony
19 Etana – I Rise
20 Jesse Royal – Muddy Road
21 I-Octane – Blood A Go Run
22 Pressure ft. Chronixx – Africa Redemption
23 Kabaka Pyramid – Global Warning
24 Cherine – Wah Dat Fah
25 Chronixx – I Am Chronixx
26 Shuga – Bun Dem Down
27 Iba Mahr – Red Fire
28 Chronixx – Capitalist
29 Tasha T – Bed of Fire
30 I-Octane – Babylon
31 I-Octane ft. Ky-Mani Marley – A Yah Wi Deh
32 Kabaka Pyramid – Never Gonna Be A Slave
33 Historyman – Fire Fe The Heathen
34 Bugle – Real Soldier (I Want Jah)
35 Iba Mahr – Let Jah Lead The Way
36 Chronixx – Warrior
37 Exco Levi – Ready to Revolute
38 I-Octane – Jah Jah Warrior
39 Chronixx – Di Youth Dem
40 Jah9 ft. Protoje – Legitimate
This single, like ‘Who Knows’ is produced by Winta James. Shouts out to Overstand Entertainment and the In.Digg.Nation Collective.
The second edition of Noisey Jamaica is a look into the revolutionary new young reggae movement led by charismatic artists like Chronixx and Jesse Royal.
Presented by Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire and also featuring controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline, Noisey Jamaica travels from downtown to the beaches to report on one of the most exciting periods in Jamaica’s rich musical history, including a look at the influence of Vybz Kartel, currently incarcerated for murder.
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This installment of the Reggae Lover Podcast focuses on motivational songs performed by the finest artists of today including Alborosie from Italy, Zebulun from Trinidad, Gentleman from Germany, and Jamaica’s reggae revival catalysts: Chronixx, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Jah 9, and Jesse Royal among others.
Select veteran artists are featured here as well, all singing uplifting and encouraging lyrics of socially conscious, responsible, and spiritual subject matter.
Please research each of these artists, purchase their music, and support this very important resurgence in the global reggae music movement. Links to purchase most of the songs are provided in the track list below.
1 Alborosie featuring Spiritual – Marathon
2 Alborosie featuring Gentleman – Celebration
3 ReneGrade – Black Survivor
4 Agent Sasco – Rebellious Nature
5 Spectacular – We Can Do It
6 Jah Bouks – No Slave
7 Kelissa – Wake Up
8 Koxx – Believer
9 Jah Cure – Life We Live
10 Chronixx – Wall Street
11 Protoje featuring Chronixx – Who Knows (feat. Chronixx)
12 Spragga Benz featuring Marcia Griffiths – No Way No How feat. Marcia Griffiths
13 Sizzla – Chant Dem Down
14 Zebulun – Better Will Come
15 Lutan Fyah featuring Chronixx – Cyaaan Do We Nothing (feat. Chronixx)
16 Jah 9 – Reverence
17 Iba Mahr – Great is H.I.M
18 Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble
19 Jesse Royal – Modern Day Judas – Single
20 Christopher Martin – Jah Light
21 Chronixx – Eternal Fire
22 Kabaka Pyramid featuring Protoje – Warrior
23 Kelissa featuring Keznamdi – Gideon (feat. Keznamdi)
24 Kelissa – Afrika
25 Dubtonic Crew – Nah Give Up
26 Etana – People Talk
27 Protoje – Resist Not Evil
28 Jimmy Reid – Nah Give Up
29 Etana – I am Not Afraid (Acoustic)
30 Chronixx – Champion
31 Chronixx – Beat & A Mic
32 Warrior King – Never Lose My Culture
33 Chronixx featuring Kabaka Pyramid, Sizzla, & Protoje – Selassie Souljahz
34 Protoje – Our Time Come
35 Chronixx – Odd Ras
36 Chronixx – Spirulina
37 Kabaka Pyramid – World Wide Love
38 Kelissa featuring Kabaka Pyramid – Word Power Sound
39 Chronixx – Thanks and Praise
40 Chronixx – Ain’t No Giving in
41 Sizzla – I Am No Better
42 Sizzla – It’s a Rocky Road
43 Jah Sun and Kabaka Pyramid – Foundation
44 Kabaka Pyramid featuring Chronixx – Mi Alright
45 Chronixx – Life Over Death
46 Kabaka Pyramid – Liberal Opposer
47 Hyah Slyce – Jah Is My Keeper
48 Etana – I am Strong
49 Chronixx – Like A Whistle
50 Nas and Damian Marley – Count Your Blessings
51 Jesse Royal – Light Like A Feather
52 Masicka – Me Seh Life
53 Mavado – At The Top (Just Us)
54 Charly Black – Unstoppable
55 Tessanne Chin Ft. Alaine, Tami Chynn & Queen Ifrica – Beautiful Sista
Everyone knows that reggae is best appreciated loud through a sound system with a stomach shuddering bass. This is not what one normally associates with music heard through the internet – the speakers on most laptops are not going to do justice to King Tubby’s dubs or Prince Far I’s vocals. However, the internet has brought lots of good things for the world of reggae and Jamaican music.
In 2010, a young Jamaican entrepreneur and computer programmer created a new reggae/dancehall computer game which was reported in The Gleaner. Alex Morrisey, who previously created the famous website jamaicanmusic.com, called the game Songwrita and hopes it will be played by fans all around the world. His earlier website is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to know about Jamaican music.
The idea behind the game is that you have to catch various song lyrics as they fall from the sky while you name the artiste – it also links in to iTunes too, so you can buy the music you like. Morrisey told The Gleaner that “I am delighted to have launched this game because dancehall and reggae music is an international entertainment staple that influences so many cultures around the world – Songwrita will definitely help to bring popularity to upcoming artistes and further establish the strength of our music around the globe – something that we are all proud of.”
This wouldn’t be the first time music has inspired a computer game. Music is found in everything from corporate blockbusters like the Grand Theft Auto games, which include lots of great tunes, to smaller games, like pocketfruity.com and Kerrang Radio‘s collaboration on Stairway to 7. Other internet entrepreneurs have looked to Facebook and other social media for inspiration rather than games. The website muzikspace.com is a Caribbean online community where people can meet other music fans and share music, images and videos. An interesting project that is currently seeking funding on the crowd funding website Kickstarter is Trendy Reggae. This is a social utility for reggae and dancehall music fans to discover new music and gigs. The app was created by Tarique Smith (based out of New York) and Calvin Brown (based in Kingston) and you can help funding it until the end of Monday May 12th 2014. Another good reggae community site is reggaelution.com, so check that out too.
There are many other good reggae themed websites – and ours should surely be right at the top – and here is one of the best: For anyone who live in the UK or Europe generally, David Rodigan‘s site rodigan.com should be a saved your bookmarks. Rodigan is a legend in the UK where he has been DJing reggae since the 70s on the radio and live, he has even won the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York in 2012. This man has a serious passion for the music.
A few other websites you can try to find music, videos or to chat to fellow reggae fans are yardflex.com which has lots of news about Jamaica in general, but music in particular; dancehallreggae.com has loads of videos and lots of forums where fans can chat with others; if you’re just after a forum dancehallareaz.com forum is a great place to chat; and if you’re just after videos reggaetopten.com has lots of good stuff.
Two of Reggae music’s emergent leaders have gifted their fans what they have been anticipating for the better part of two years. The new record titled “Who Knows” is an indomitable combination of Protoje‘s lyrical prowess and Chronixx’s mesmerizing melodies.
“Who Knows” is the first official single from Protoje’s third studio album, scheduled for release in September 2014. The song is an anthem for the free spirited, unrestricted by the opinions of others and the perception of inadequacy.
DJ and selector extraordinaire, David Rodigan, premiered “Who Knows” on BBC’s 1Xtra last month, and the record has been in consistent rotation on international and home-grown radio stations ever since.
Production on “Who Knows” is another testimony to the evolving genius of James, who has been setting a high standard this past year, with projects including the Rootsman and Militancy Riddims. James is also the main producer of Protoje’s third album, which will be released on the newly incorporated Indiggnation Collective label.
“This is my first collaboration with Oje. Winta and Oje are geniuses, and the result brings I and I a great joy,” Chronixx declared. “Music that teaches gratitude and self-sufficiency is especially relevant in these times.”
Protoje and Chronixx have toured extensively with their respective bands, The Indiggnation and Zincfence Redemption, commanding the attention of audiences globally. “Who Knows” is currently available on iTunes, and the official music video will be released on April 8.