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.
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The Silky One | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 90

The emergence of Garnett Silk was as timely and triumphant as we’ve seen in the business of reggae music.

Upon first hearing Garnet Silk sing you can see this is somebody that wants you to feel what he’s singing about. You can feel that this is someone who has a deep conviction for the messages in his music. Garnett achieved iconic status within only a matter of years.

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His career took off between 1992 and 1994 when there was a conversion in the mood of the Dancehall. Silk sang cultural songs that spoke to the needs and desires of the African diaspora. Legendary producer Bobby Digital recorded his debut album “It’s Growing.” That album featured deep cultural themes, spiritual songs, and romantic songs. It went on to become one of the best selling albums in Jamaica for 1992.

Silk recorded hits for the Star Trails label, King Jammys, Jack Scorpio, Sly & Robbie, and Steely & Clevie. He headlined 1994’s Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Sunsplash festivals. Then he signed an international distribution deal with Atlantic Records. He started working on another album with Sly & Robbie at Tuff Gong Studios.

As this album was nearing completion, two burglaries took place at his mother’s house in Mandeville. Garnett borrowed two guns from his lawyer for protection. As he sat with his friends on the afternoon of December 9, 1994, showing them the guns, he confessed that he didn’t even know how to use them. One of his friends offered to show Silk how to fire them. At some point one of the guns discharged. The bullet hit a propane gas tank igniting a massive fire.

Everyone in the group was out of the house when Silk realized that his mother was asleep in her bedroom. Immediately he returned to rescue her. Silk and his mother got trapped in the burning house and did not make it out alive.

Garnet Silk passed away at 28 years old leaving a wife and three children. His son Garnett Smith Jr. has ventured into a career in music. His nephew Anthony Cruz, also a well-known singer, recorded a tribute album in 2013 featuring cover versions Silk’s songs.

Several singles and compilation albums got released after his death. If you are a sound system lover check out “Killamanjaro Remembers” released in 1999. Also, check out “The Conquering Lion dubplate selection” released in 2000. That one includes dubs that Garnett recorded for Conquering Lion Sound System in the 80s.

One of the big questions for reggae fans is “What if…?” What if Garnett was able to live on until today? We’re blessed with the musical legacy he left. Enjoy this mix, collect his music. Garnett Silk is definitely not forgotten. He is always remembered and always missed. Thank you for listening to Reggae Lover Podcast Episode # 90.

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I am going to be doing a series of interviews with prominent people working in the reggae business. I’ll be talking with people that perform on stage, and also some who work behind the scenes. I’ll still be coming out with one mix per week, but I am excited about the episodes in a talk show format. Keeping it fun and informative is the goal. I have dedicated this project to you my fellow reggae lovers. Thanks again for listening.

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Tabeta Cshae Living on High Hopes

Songbird, Tabeta Cshae is busy promoting her new record, Living on Hopes. The track is a collaborative effort with popular producer, Handel Tucker.Tabeta Cshae 1

Tucker is a music veteran and no stranger to working with young talented females. His credits include: The Fugees, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond and of course, Shy Guy singer, Diana King.

King’s musical prowess and break through success from local shores, to signing a major record deal with Sony Music, has made a major impact on the newcomer. Tabeta Cshae is immensely inspired and determined to acquire her goals in the rock-hard music industry.
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Tabeta is  presently in the “Big Apple” for promotional activities and shared her enthusiasm,  “I know the possibilities are endless. My focus is to apply myself through all the opportunities that come my way. I have been working with Handel for quite some time now and have learnt a lot along the way.” 

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Tabeta describes this new track as dynamic and up-tempo with strong emotional rivets that everyone can relate to. She states, “The lyrics are realistic. We all endure pain in relationships and hope for change. My upcoming record, Broken Wings also shares that element. It’s definitely one to look out for ”. 

If You Dont Wake up, is another record to watch by Tabeta Cshae. It is featured on the Rhythm Velocity – Operator 2013 compilation. This album is currently #12 on the New York Foundation Top 20 Chart. 

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Tabeta Cshae was a notable performer at Reggae Sumfest and was touted as one of the best cameos, over the three-day festival.  Her performance with controversial recording artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta was a hit with the massive crowd.

Presently their duet, Spartan Angels is doing incredibly well overseas with airplay via mainstream radio such as BBC and Sirius among others.You can connect with Tabeta Cshae online at www.Facebook.com/TabetaCshae as well as www.Twitter.com/TabetaCshae

The Rebel, Danielle Thrills Curacao

Over the weekend dancehall star, Danielle D.I. thrilled her fans in Curacao with a stellar performance. She delivered her hit songs: Beat It, Brown Girl, Pat It Up, Jamaican Girl and Rebel to uproars at Club De Shell.

Danielle D.I. arrives in Curacao with BET Award performers, Shaka Demus & Pliers, dancers Tsuna Kiss and Timry

Danielle D.I. arrives in Curacao with BET Award performers, Chaka Demus & Pliers, dancers Tsuna Kiss and Timry

“It’s a great feeling when you go to new territories and you’re onstage and the audience is singing with you line after line. I was surprised at some of the songs they requested. Tracks I don’t even perform”, she cheerfully expressed.

 She has now returned to her island home to make preparations for her big performance at Catherine Hall for Reggae Sumfest’s dancehall Night. Next Thursday July 25th the rebel is looking towards  exciting thousands in Montego Bay. General Degree’s Manchester Fiesta will be her next appearance on July 31st.

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The dancehall star has been hard at work in the studio and has dropped her latest release, Kuff. She revamps Shelly Thunder’s 1988 monster hit with the assistance of veteran producers Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and One Pop Music’s, Rorey Baker.

“I’m paying respect to one of the female pioneers that really made an impact that opened doors for myself and many others. Her breakthrough hit gave producers more confidence and encouragement to record more women”, Danielle D.I. explained.

The reggae performer released her debut album, The Rebel last month. The rebel is distributed by Tads Records and is available at all major music outlets, on iTunes, Amazon and other online music stores.

Wayne Wonder Teams Up With Mya on New Hit Single “If I Ever” Remix

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 Grammy Award-nominated reggae star Wayne Wonder adds heat to his new single that’s already blazing the charts by teaming up with Grammy Award-winning songstress Mya on the sizzling “If I Ever” Remix. The mastermind of Sean Roy Strachan, producer at Miami-based Jewmaican Records,

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puts the tune into extended play for Wonder, who hit reggae charts across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and the Caribbean with the original track, earlier this summer.

  The original mix was produced by Mark “Bronco” Marsh and co-produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winning music producer Anthony “CD”Kelly for Wonder’s very own SingSo Records. Once it started hitting ears and airwaves around the world, it caught the attention of Sean Roy, who got Mya into the studio to listen to the track and eventually fuse her vocals with Wonder’s for the monster single. The duo performed it live at Reggae Sumfest following Nicki Minaj’s set, on July 23 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“Working with Wayne Wonder was such a delight,” says Mya. “I’ve been a fan of his work for quite some time.  We linked through a mutual producer, Sean Roy, who also produced our remix to ‘If I Ever.’  While working in the studio and rehearsals, Wayne possesses a very focused, but kind, humble spirit.  I also got to see another side of him when he ripped up the stage at Sumfest 2011! What a treat!”

Wonder, who is currently on a North American tour with reggae icon Beres Hammond, is equally as excited about the collaboration. “It’s great to have the single on the charts and collaborate with Mya on the remix,” reveals Wonder. “We took it to the core when Mya joined me for the Sumfest performance and it was well received. Up next is the video so I’m looking forward to getting that out to the fans.” Plans for the video will go into motion once the tour with Beres ends; it will be directed by the internationally-acclaimed director Gil Green.

 Mya taking a first listen to “If I Ever” with producer, Sean Roy Strachan, in Miami. 

 Miami-based producer Sean Roy Strachan has produced tracks for artists such as Tanto Metro & Devonte and Kevin Lyttle, to name a few, and is also one of the producers in Sean Kingston‘s Time Is Money Entertainment camp. “Initially, I presented the remix project to good friend, Sean Paul, who really liked it and had agreed to do a feature on the record,” discloses Strachan. “But while in a listening session in Miami with Mya regarding tracks I produced for her upcoming albums, we somehow came across the ‘If I Ever’ track. Before then, I had never thought about it, but instantly I knew it would be a song better-suited for a male and female artist combination. We got into the studio a few weeks later and the rest is history.”

The remix also saw co-production from Christopher Garvey and Joshua Rechani, and was mixed at Interscope Records by multi-Grammy Award-winning engineer, Niko Marzouka. The sizzling single is now available on  iTunes. 

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Reggae Sumfest to Recognize Beres for Contribution to Jamaican music

“We at Reggae Sumfest are very pleased to be presenting this great reggae artiste and felt that he deserves to be recognised for his enormous contribution to the growth and development of our music. A Reggae Sumfest without Beres never truly feels complete,” Gourzong added.

Hammond, who is easily one of Jamaica’s most prolific singers ever and who has a massive fan base, will be making his return to the festival after a three-year hiatus.

Known for his soulful voice and eclectic lovers’ rock ballads, Hammond’s discography consists of at least 18 albums and six compilations.

He is expected to wow the Sumfest audience with his timeless hits, among them Step Aside, Can’t Stop A Man From Trying, Standing In My Way, and She Loves Me Now, to name a few.

“Beres loves to perform at Sumfest because of the exceptional reception he gets. It’s been a while since he has graced the stage at Catherine Hall, and he has made it clear that he will be delivering one of the best sets locally, come July,” said Hammond’s manager Mervis Walsh.

Reggae Sumfest, set for July 17-23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, promises to be an explosive affair featuring top acts such as international sensations R Kelly and Nicki Minaj, as well as Jamaican stars CeCile, Tifa, Kip Rich, Protoje, Jah Cure, Half Pint, and Konshens.

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Reggae Artist Ras Penco, Ready For Sumfest, Releases New Single

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Reggae sensation Ras Penco is making the rounds on local and international airwaves, as his hit single “Thousand Miles” has been garnering airplay on radio and television throughout the Caribbean and North America. The single went to #1 in Jamaica in April, is currently #2 in the Cayman Islands, and the video has been in regular rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul ever since.

Now as the summer concert circuit heats up, Penco will be taking centerstage at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday, July 24. Billed as “International Night,” Penco will be sharing the stage with the likes of Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Jazmine Sullivan. Sumfest is touted as the best reggae show on Earth and Penco is one of the few reggae artists that will be bringing its authentic sounds to the thousands of international tourists who journey to Sumfest each year.

“It’s a great accomplishment for me to be performing for the first time at Reggae Sumfest,” states Penco. “Sharing the stage with Ne-Yo on ‘International Night’ and representing reggae music on that line-up and that stage is a big step for me.”

Back with his new single “Most High,” Penco composes a more cultural theme than the romantic “Thousand Miles,” in a timeless conscious tune that laments the guidance and protection offered by the Rastafari faith. The single is already climbing the charts and finding fans in reggae aficionados everywhere. “It’s a prayer for me now to further my career and for Jah to guide me along my journey,” reveals Penco. “It’s doing well in Jamaica, as well as the U.K. and Canada and I’m looking forward to performing for my fans there soon.”

With two consecutive hit singles, Ras Penco is tapped to be the future of reggae music and someone reggae fans can count on to deliver solid songs that define the soulful genre. Stay updated with artist news and tour information by logging on to www.myspace.com/raspenco.

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New York Launch For Reggae Sumfest

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Promoters of the world’s greatest showcase of reggae music will return to the Big Apple later this month for the 2009 kick-off of Reggae Sumfest.

The annual New York media launch is set for a top New York Club and will be hosted this June 11th by Upscale Crowd, promoters of several top events in New York City.

While the launch kick-off is restricted to the media and VIP guests only, all Sumfest fans are invited to the after party at Club Eden, 268 W 47th Street in Manhattan from 9 p.m. For the third consecutive year, Hard Beat Communications will coordinate the New York launch and subsequent North American promotion in the lead up to the festival.

So far, Sumfest executive director, Johnny Gourzong, has announced a top list of reggae acts for the July 19th – 25th event. The who`s who list of performers includes Damian ‘Jr. Gong` Marley, the doctor, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Busy Signal, Spice, Kip Rich, D’Angel, Konshens, Prodigal Son, Black Ryno, Jah Vinci, Charly Black, Flippa Mafia and I-Octane.

On Friday night, July 24th, a series of conscious vibes will take over Montego Bay with performances from Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Coco T, Queen Ifrica, Da’ville, Dub Tonic Kru and Jazmine Sullivan.

And on Saturday, ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley along with Nas, Inner Circle, Tarrus Riley, Etana and Rhaatid, are set to heat up the stage.

The world’s greatest showcase of reggae music will officially open on July 19th and close on July 25th. Sponsors for the 2009 event include Digicel, Air Jamaica, Jamrock Magazine, Ocean Spray and the Jamaica Tourist Board among others.

Tickets can be bought online through the site at http://www.reggaesumfest.com. Hotels can also be accessed through the site. The Festival has devoted a section of its website to accommodation and fans can view a list of hotels in Montego Bay, as well as read short reviews and other information on the properties. Organizers say they will continue to add more properties as the deals are finalized.

`We are putting a great deal of emphasis on the availability of rooms to our patrons. Our website addresses the whole issue of travelling to Jamaica, and specifically to Montego Bay, while concentrating a lot on where to stay in Montego Bay,` said ` the Festival’s Marketing Manager Marcia McDonnough. `We plan to add some hotels in Negril as well, for those persons who like the laid back feel of that area and don’t mind the drive. With the highway between Negril and Montego Bay, it now takes a relatively short time to travel between the two points.`

Some of the hotel options available for patrons include the 5 star Fiesta Grand Palladium, which is a mere 25 minutes from the Sangster International Airport. This hotel boasts some 1000 rooms, a fitness centre, a ‘club’ for children, seven restaurants, and five swimming pools, and a spa.

Reggae Sumfest is presented annually by Sumfest Productions.

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