ELECTRIC DANCEHALL

Hurry! Electric Dancehall Early Bird Ticket Price Ends This Friday

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You might want to jump on these $15 early-bird tickets for Electric Dancehall – Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

These discounted tickets will be available until Friday, July 8th so you have 2 days to secure your spot and save $$.

‪#‎electricdancehall‬

HIGHLANDA sound alongside Empress movements (1)

[Audio] Highlanda, Empress Movements + DJ Hourglass, DJ Empress Rah & DJ Passport @ Rub-A-Dub

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Recorded live on Mothers Day 2016, Rub-a-Dub is every month on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Recorded live on Mothers Day 2016.
Highlanda Sound alongside Empress Movements

DJ Passport, DJ Hourglass, and DJ Empress Rah

Live recording of Highlanda at Rub-A-Dub ATL (2nd Sundays) #rocksteadyatl

Live set: Highlanda Sound at Rub-A-Dub ATL [4.10.16]

Rub-A-Dub feat. Highlanda Sound - 4.10.16

Audio: Rub-A-Dub feat. Highlanda Sound live set – 4.10.16

BRAP Band and Julie Dexter headline the International Musikal Matinee, May 15th at The Wren’s Nest #ATL

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International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series featuring uplifting, healing, conscious music with performances by: @juliedexter @brapband and #HighlandaSound.  Saturday May 15th @wrensnestatl.  Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm.  $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE)   Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance

The International Musikal Matinee family friendly outdoor concert series returns May 15, 2016.  Be uplifted, and healed with conscious musical performances by Julie Dexter, the BRAP Band, and Highlanda Sound System.

This takes place Sunday May 15th @wrensnestatl.  Gates open 4pm, showtime 6pm. $8 in advance, $10 @ the gate. (children under 12 FREE). Brought to you by Sarynity-Khai along with RBG Alliance.  Click here for tickets/information.

Free daytime indoor/outdoor reggae music event

3 Top Female DJ’s headline the “Rub-A-Dub” Mother’s Day Edition

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Our Rub-A-Dub ATL  Mother’s Day special event will highlight ‪female DJs‬, DJ Empress Rah, DJ Hourglass, and Empress Movements.  Doors open promptly at 5pm on Sunday May 8th for this FREE daytime indoor/outdoor reggae music event.

Rub Mothers Day May 1
Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present RUB-A-DUB:
“A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together. ”

This takes place every SECOND Sunday at The Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue with music by guest DJs, alongside DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound.

Cheers to the Sunny Season: The “Rub-A-Dub” Day Party is Sunday April 10th

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Rub-a-Dub ATL Day Party, Sunday April 10.

Rub-a-Dub ATL Sunny Season Day Party, Sunday April 10, Free admission 5pm-12am

Join us at The Sound Table from 5PM-12AM on Sunday, April 10th for a #Reggae DAY PARTY.

Enjoy the sunny weather to classic tunes selected by #ATL reggae music powerhouses:

  • special guest selector Juggla,
  • DJ Passport,
  • Highlanda Sound,
  • & featuring Cartel Sound.    

Billboard named Joss Stone Reggae Artist of the Year 2015, But Here’s the Thing

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I noticed the recent uproar caused by, and massive publicity being given to Billboard Magazine, who announced their best of 2015 recently.  The initial blip that came on my radar was a Jamaica Observer article, but since then I have seen many of my peers in the reggae industry, especially those representing Jamaica, sounding off and voicing their disapproval of Billboard as if this was an objective award selection.

This controversy inspired my inquisitive mind so I did some research into Billboard Magazine’s previous year’s Reggae superlatives and found that it’s solely based on Reggae Album sales and these statistics have never been friendly to Jamaican performers.  Check the history over the past 5 years:

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

No Jamaicans have been Reggae Artist of the Year according to Billboard Magazine

By simply visiting Billboard’s website and reviewing the rankings I saw that what happened in 2015 – a non-Jamaican crowned Artist of the Year – also happened in 2014, 2013, and so on and so forth. No one slammed the magazine when California-based reggae group Rebelution, Israel’s Matisyahu, or American rappers NAS and Snoop Lion were crowned.

If anything, Jamaican reggae artists, supporters, and the media alike should be reporting that 2015 was the best year in recent history for Jamaican reggae acts as evidenced by releases from Morgan Heritage, Protoje, Jah Cure, and Kymani Marley all selling well enough to be on the 2015 Reggae Album charts.  Yes, Joss Stone (UK) sold more, but in prior years only the Marley name could be found consistently among the top selling reggae albums reported by Billboard.

Congratulations to the aforementioned artists carrying the reggae banner in 2015.  How can we continue this resurgence of Jamaican reggae and secure a place for artists from the genre’s homeland on international music charts, and concert stages?  Start by putting your money where your mouth is.  Vote for the artist you love by buying their album.

ATLANTA ROOTS REGGAE EVENT *Rocksteady ATL* Friday, Jan. 1

Every first Friday, Rocksteady ATL explores the sub genres of reggae music..dub, lover's rock, roots and rocksteady.

Highlanda Sound, DJ Empress Rah and DJ Passport #RocksteadyATL

Every first Friday, Rocksteady ATL explores the sub genres of reggae music: dub, lover’s rock, roots and rocksteady.  Kick off 2016 with us, reggae style.

RUB-A-DUB ~ Sunday November 8th at The Sound Table

Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen present RUB-A-DUB – A style of Jamaican Reggae emerging in the 70’s and 80’s, the term “Rub-a-Dub” comes from a dance style where the man and woman rub up very close together.  This takes place Sunday November 8th at The Sound Table located at 483 Edgewood Avenue with music by YahQuan Da Travellah, alongside DJ Passport and also Highlanda Sound.  Doors open promptly at 8pm for this Free Party.

Rub A Dub Nov 8 artwork

Rub-A-Dub, 2nd Sundays at The Sound Table w/ Highlanda, DJ Passport and guest DJs monthly.

AUDIO Re-up: Rocksteady ATL Oct. 2, 2015 #download #stream

Highlanda Sound with Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Youtube:

Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting the riddims, featuring Little Twitch and Ras Fraser Jr. performing live at Rocksteady ATL.  Recorded live on Friday October 2, 2015 at Studio No. 7 in downtown Atlanta.  Also in the area to touch the microphone is Jahfyah Kush. #RocksteadyATL is a roots reggae session monthly on #1stFridays

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Soundcloud with download link:

Highlanda Sound ft. Ras Fraser Jr. and Little Twitch on Mixcloud:

DJ Passport segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Roots selector DJ Passport juggling from Ska to current reggae revival anthems live at Atlanta’s reggae 1st Friday, #RocksteadyATL inside Studio No. 7.

Isis Swaby segment on Soundcloud with download link:

Featured at #RocksteadyATL our special guest DJ, Rockers International and Radio Kangol representative out of NYC, Empress Isis Swaby, visual artist, DJ/producer and daughter of famed reggae icon Horace “Augustus Pablo” Swaby.