Changes We’ve Been Going Through

Popular reggae artists have pushed the sonic envelope recently. The reception by reggae lovers has varied.

There are different perspectives on why this is, and if its the right direction for the music. We analyze perspectives and presumed motives in the context of the current revolution and in general terms.


Listen to this episode to hear:

  • Reactions to Chronixx saying there is no match for Sizzla in a clash.
  • Reactions to Chronixx’s song “Cool As The Breeze/Friday.”
  • “Who would be the next best Jamaican versus battle?
  • A Taste of Sumfest: Who were the best performers?
  • Should artists give a different performance online versus in-person?
  • Is the reggae revival over?
    

Tastemaker Segment:

  • Jada Kingdom – Win (Single and Video).
  • Buju Baton – Blessed (Official Music Video).
  • Poison Dart @ Sound Man Link Up.
  • Team Torment “Locked and Loaded.”

Dancehall vs. Reggae: Is there a difference?

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Most people define dancehall as a genre that stemmed from Reggae. Others contend that Reggae music is the genre, but dancehall is a place or a culture.

In this ongoing debate, we analyze these points of view and list the pros and cons of each. Within that context, we uncovered issues that affect the perception of the music as an art-form and its viability as a business.
 
This is a dedication to all reggae lovers and we invite you to share your opinion in the comments. Join the conversation and share based on your own personal interaction with reggae.

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K9Boss (Atlanta K-9 Solutions) Interview – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 108

REGGAE LOVER and MASTER DOGTRAINER🐕K9BOSS™️ is my Guest on this episode.

REGGAE LOVER and MASTER DOGTRAINER🐕K9BOSS™️ is my Guest on this episode. Listen to find out the story of his #reggaelover journey.  Find more information on his world-class dog training solutions: ~www.atlk9.com ~678-360-8168 ~atlantak9solutions@gmail.com

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Listen to find out the story of his #reggaelover journey and find out about his world-class dog training solutions.

Contact www.atlk9.com, 678-360-8168, atlantak9solutions@gmail.com.

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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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Dash Eye from Tribe of Kings Tells Why He Became a Reggae Selector

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Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 96 | Interview: Dash Eye

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On this episode, I talk to Dash Eye, the selector from Tribe of Kings sound system, host of the Dash-A-Fire Podcast, and representative of Vegan in San Diego, to find out when and how he fell in love with reggae music.

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Health and Wellness Reggae Musik Festival 2017

Come out to enjoy a festival that helps you to promote a healthier lifestyle!

Join us for a jammin’ to your health, Health and Wellness Reggae Musik Festival. This open-air music festival is suitable for all ages! The Health and Wellness Reggae Musik Festival will be held July 15th, 2017, at The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30310 from noon to 9:00 pm.

This will be a fresh, motivating, and exciting festival that will showcase arts & crafts activities, healthcare presenters, poets, dancers, LIVE reggae music and much more.

Early bird tickets $10.00

At the gate $15.00

(children 12 and under are FREE)

Don’t miss it!

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE ATTENDING

Is there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, it is open for the entire family

Do I bring my printed tickets to the event?

-Yes. Printed tickets are required otherwise there is no entry permitted

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event

-Parking is located close to the event. A parking attendant will direct you

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

-E-mail: 3-2-1productions@att.net

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable

Weather:

The event will take place rain or shine

Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix. Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy's King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry "Junjo" Lawe's Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system. Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale's voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker. Josey Wales Playlist: Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin Weh Dem A Go Do Bobo Dread You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy Everyone Hustling Grooving Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics Whole Heap of Corn Bowl Dem Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy Na Lef Jamaica Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond Right Move Stamp Out Kingston Hot Ready Fi Josey Leggo Me Hand Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

‘The Outlaw’ Josey Wales a.k.a ‘The Colonel’ | Reggae Lover Podcast 62

Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix.

 

Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy‘s King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry “Junjo” Lawe’s Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system.

Rebel with a cause, Jamaican deejay, the music of Josey Wales featured in an exclusive mix. Josey Wales is one of my favorite original deejays. With a career starting in the late 1970s, Josey came to notoriety performing live on U-Roy's King Sturgav sound system. He recorded some of his biggest hits for producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawe's Volcano record label and was a dominant figure while touring with the Volcano sound system. Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale's voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker. Josey Wales Playlist: Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin Weh Dem A Go Do Bobo Dread You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy Everyone Hustling Grooving Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics Whole Heap of Corn Bowl Dem Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy Na Lef Jamaica Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond Right Move Stamp Out Kingston Hot Ready Fi Josey Leggo Me Hand Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

Josey Wales is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Wales is considered to be one of the best dancehall toasters of the 1980s dancehall era. A confident entertainer with a powerful presence on stage, Josey Wale’s voice was rough and gritty. His lyrics embodied the content of a street-side reporter, comedian, and motivational speaker.

Josey Wales, born Joseph Winston Sterling in St. Mary, Jamaica is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay.

Josey Wales was one of dancehall’s founding fathers

Josey Wales Playlist:

  1. Rebel With A Cause ft. Luciano and Charlie Chaplin
  2. Weh Dem A Go Do
  3. Bobo Dread
  4. You Nuh Wrong Fe Send Come Call Me
  5. Pick Your Choice ft. Barrington Levy
  6. Everyone Hustling
  7. Grooving
  8. Swing Low ft. Charlie Chaplin
  9. Do Good ft. Charlie Chaplin, Yami Bolo, and Jack Radics
  10. Whole Heap of Corn
  11. Bowl Dem
  12. Sweet Jamaica Vibes ft. Mr. Vegas and Shaggy
  13. Na Lef Jamaica
  14. Free and Single ft. Beres Hammond
  15. Right Move
  16. Stamp Out
  17. Kingston Hot
  18. Ready Fi Josey
  19. Leggo Me Hand
  20. Know How Fi Love Dem Up ft. Assassin

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61 - Reggae Lover Podcast - Original Vintage Ska (artwork)

Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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Classic Highlanda Sound early warm with Kahlil Wonda selecting, mixing, and eventually talking followed by DJ Passport of THC International and DJ Hourglass from the WERC Crew. #rubadubatl

Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 – Live Audio

Listen to Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 at Wildpitch in ATL, GA.

RUB-A-DUB LIVE AUDIO FT. HIGHLANDA SOUND

Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass

I pressed record after I had played the 1st song, “Heptones – Get In the Groove,” but essentially this recording begins just as the state-of-the-art WildPitch Music Hall sound system turned on.  What you will hear is my opening set in its entirety, but in addition to the cool, original song selection, you should pay attention to the “vibe” – the energy that travels from point zero all the way to a mid-tempo dancing situation almost 2 hours later.  It is not a frenzy because of the timing of the set and the theme of the night – RubADub.  This is a textbook early warm set where a few things happen:

  1. Each patron who entered through the door stayed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
  2. Each party-goer felt sure that the I was purely focused on making a connection with them from the DJ booth, and personally encouraging them to have a good time while inviting them to free-up and dance.
  3. Each performer that followed me encountered an audience that was, not burnt out, but already primed and poised to interact, exchange energy, and dance.  This meant the party’s energy flowed exceptionally well from start to finish regardless of multiple DJ rotations, and some technical difficulties (Serato software – DJ controller – laptop communication issues I suspect).

In today’s Atlanta reggae scene, the early part of dancehall events & concerts is being overlooked.

In my estimation, this costs the promoters more money because patrons have gradually been conditioned to intentionally arrive later and later.  This results in “Primetime” being pushed back to the early morning hours.  If your session is ram pack early in the evening with an ever-increasing vibration of energy, your door and bar sales can be maximized.  Currently, everyone is obsessed with “Star time” and many events lack the energy of entertainment and good value for money until it’s far too late.

I say it’s time to refocus on the early warm.

Staging quality DJs, Sound Systems, and opening performers who can entertain early arriving guests while prepping them to explode in a high-energy fashion at the appropriate time for the climax, later on, will help us all.

Shift the focus away from looking cute for pics and create a space where dance partners take the night and full-joy the moments they have together.  This is the way dancehall used to be back in the days when dance was nice.

I would love to hear your feedback about this topic.  What has been your experience with showing up early to events?  Were you happy with what you encountered?  What is the difference you feel with going out late?  Which do you prefer and why?

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Jamaican Lovers Rock Music Showcased | Highlanda Sound Live Audio

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Highlanda Sound Early Warm @ Live Edge – 4.12.17 

Playlist:

  1.  Bob Marley ft. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Remix)
  2.  Jah Cure – Call On Me
  3.  Black Uhuru ft. Shabba Ranks – Shine Eye Girl (Remix)
  4.  Garnett Silk – Complaint (Remix)
  5.  Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
  6.  Jah9 – Hardcore (Mad Professor Dub Mix)
  7.  Jah9 ft. Chronixx – Hardcore (Remix)
  8.  Ras Fraser Jr. – Vacation For Two
  9.  Morgan Heritage – She’s Still Loving Me
  10.  Queen Ifrica ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Trueversation
  11.  Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart
  12.  Ikaya – Love Note
  13.  Ikaya – For You
  14.  Christopher Martin – Give You My Love
  15.  Gyptian ft. Estelle – Majestic Love
  16.  Simpkin Project – Hustling
  17.  Raging Fyah – Ready For Love
  18.  Shawn Antoine – I Love You
  19.  Sizzla – Give Them A Ride (Morgan Heritage Mix)
  20.  Sizzla – Give Me A Try
  21.  Etana – Warrior Love
  22.  Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son
  23.  Welton Irie & Prince Weedy – Nice Up the Dance
  24.  Lady Ann – Informer
  25.  Wayne Wonder – Talk About (Dubplate)
  26.  Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
  27.  Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
  28.  Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
  29.  JC Lodge – Love Rewind
  30.  Maxi Priest – Bonafide Love
  31.  Sanchez – Rearrange My Life
  32.  Sanchez – Missing You
  33.  Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My
  34.  The Tamlins – Baltimore
  35.  Tessanne Chin – Firework
  36.  Rihanna – Right Now (Jr. Blender Remix)
  37.  Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
  38.  Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire Remix)
  39.  Etana – All I Need
  40.  Stephen & Damian Marley ft. Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
  41.  Cocoa Tea – Tune In
  42.  Shabba Ranks – Reality
  43.  Sizzla – Just One of those Days
  44.  Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
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3 DJ Crews Visit ATL to Crush the Home Team in One Epic Showdown | Soundclash: Friday, March 3

Mikey Glamour invites you to a 4-sound dubplate soundclash entitled “DEAD SOME BWOY FI DEAD” taking place on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Don Janelle’s (4457 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30035).

The home team sound, King Eternity featuring King DJ Nolan will be defending their Atlanta turf against:

  • Silver Fox from the United Kingdom
  • TurboForce  from Jamaica
  • OGS Genesis from Bermuda
The event runtime is 7 hours, from 10 PM – 5 AM, and the soundclash competition starts at 1 AM.
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Early juggling duties will be handled by the very capable selector Propa English of Innocent Sound, and the soundclash host will be hardball selector Negus British

The promoter has ruled that this is a dubplate only clash. No 45s will be allowed once the soundclash starts.

“…every ting booked, sounds are ready, 3 sounds must dead……There can only be one winner……lock the date in yuh diary…..strictly undiluted WAR!!!!!!”
~ International Soundclash Promoter, Mikey Glamor (Mikey Glamour Sound Chat)

Soundclash newbie? Read on…

A soundclash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sound systems pit their skills against each other.  Read more from Wikipedia.

Soundclash is Jamaica’s musical sport that has gone global.  Clashing is a celebration of reggae sound system culture and well, really a celebration of dubplates – exclusive recordings customized with the DJ/Sounds name mentioned in it.

“It’s really a glorified boxing match, where the public decides who wins. What makes it unique, and what makes you qualified to enter, is that you should have a number of customized recordings made especially for you by artists who are renowned, and those artists must call your name in the recording.”

David ‘RamJam’ Rodigan, the UK’s very own soundclash Godfather, a titan of clashing who’s been crushing opponents worldwide for close to 40 years.

A soundclash is one of the most unique live music events you’ll ever see!

Huge playlist of soundclash video.

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Photo: Rub-A-Dub ATL | 3.12.17 at Wildpitch

Rub A Dub is the Perfect Event for those who are Happier on Old-School Reggae

For this special March edition of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, we’re featuring a singer/musician for fans of live music plus 4 DJs showcasing their best tunes for reggae sound system lovers!

Real Jamaican reggae comes to the ATL, and it's all irie with styles ranging from ska and rock-steady to roots, dub and dancehall. There'll be live bands and performers, and guest DJs will be laying down the grooves, along with DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound, who's co-producing with The Honorary Citizen. This special celebration is designed to share the vibrant reggae culture with a broader audience, so come on out to Atlanta's WildPitch Music Hall early to enjoy a Caribbean buffet from Webba's Jerk Hut, plus Red Stripe and other drink specials throughout the night.

Rub-A-Dub ATL | 3.12.17 at Wildpitch

Doors will open at 6 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017, with a live reggae music mixer from 6 to 8 pm featuring an acoustic performance by Dawit Selassie, lead singer of the Atlanta-based reggae band Eastern Standard.
Four sound system selectors will set the dance floor on fire with DJ Sets from 8 pm to 12 am.  Residents DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda will be joined by guests Selector Webba, formerly of Jamaica’s “year-t0-year sound,” Metro Media, and DJ Chung from Boston’s Sound International Entertainment.  DJ Chung recently relocated to Georgia and this will be his debut performance at Rub-A-Dub ATL.

Also by popular demand, we’re bringing back free jerk chicken and will have Rub-A-Dub apparel on sale.

Webba’s Jerk Hut will be offering FREE Caribbean food until 9 PM and available for purchase after while supplies last.  SHOP for Rub-A-Dub branded T-shirts and Hoodies for men and women along with other featured styles from The Honorary Citizen’s apparel catalog.  
This all takes place at WildPitch Music Hall (255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303) featuring high-definition sound by D.A.S. Audio.  A limited number of pre-sales tickets are available for $5 online (+fee) and general admission is $10 at the door.

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Jamaican dancehall music live audio

RUB-A-DUB ATL, the Best Reggae Music live Dancehall Audio to Download

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The 70s, 80s, and 90s were prolific decades for dancehall music and many strides were made in Jamaican music during that time.

The 1970s is still heralded as the golden age of Jamaican reggae music, but with the advent of digital technology, the 80s and 90s decades became known as the sweetest time for commercially successful crossover dancehall fusion, sound clashes and juggling dances alike.  The transitional period out of the golden age and into the digital era is when the term rub-a-dub emerged as both a description of the musical style (heavy drum patterns accompanied by swinging basslines) and a verbal representation of the popular hip-to-hip movements between dance partners of the time.

To this day in cities around the world, there remains a high demand for the fashion of dancing with accompanying classic riddims and anthems that rocked the dancehalls of yesteryear.

As such, it brings me great pleasure to present Rub-A-Dub ATL – dedicated to you, the reggae lover.

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Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound, DJ Rootsqueen, and Jah Prince at Wildpitch on 1.8.17.

Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets and live music performances monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

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Highlanda Sound live set

Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

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International Musikal Matinee, family friendly outdoor concert series.

The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series featuring uplifting conscious music and more returns this Sunday.

See performances by Hope’s Anchor band, Roots A Fire band, Highlanda Sound, and more this Sunday August 21st at The Wren’s Nest. Gates open 4pm, showtime is 6pm. $10 advanced tickets are available here.  Tickets will be $13 at the gate (children under 12 get in FREE).

Interview with Kerrie of Virtuous Styls, The Clothes Whisperer

Virtuous Styls offers styling tips, wardrobe editing, personal shopping, and more http://www.virtuoussytls.com. This RVC Magazine interview features Kerrie of Virtuous Styls talking about her art and her brand live on The Reggae Vault Classics show with Highlanda Sound on DaFlavaRadio.