The Reggae Defenders



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.

Modern Hit Songs on Classic Studio One Riddims


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Welcome to another episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast. This installment takes us on a Studio One rhythm excursion, but instead of the original vault classics, here I feature songs produced and released in the last two decades. This mix highlights some of the best new recordings on remade versions of defining riddims recorded at Studio One such as “Answer,” “Love Me Forever,” “Vanity,” “Cuss Cuss,” and more.

Studio One is one of Jamaica‘s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Learn more about Studio One here.


1 – Gappy Ranks – Put The Stereo On
2 – Chezidek – Far-I
3 – Luciano – Skank If You Skanking
4 – Sanchez – Praise Him
5 – Shinehead – Promises
6 – Burro Banton – Tek A Set
7 – Anthony B – Warrior
8 – Sizzla – Solid As A Rock
9 – Morgan Heritage – Reggae Music
10 – Sizzla – Jah Never Fail I
11 – Luciano – Where There Is Life
12 – Ray Darwin – False Alarm
13 – Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
14 – Beres Hammond – They’re Gonna Talk
15 – Buju Banton – Innocent
16 – Jamelody – Loving Drives Me Crazy
17 – Gappy Ranks – Pumpin Belly
18 – Macka B – Never Play A 45
19 – Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
20 – Warrior King – Melody
21 – Brian and Tony Gold – Sex Me
22 – Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (dubplate)
23 – Richie Spice – Youths Dem A Get Cold
24 – Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life
25 – Sanchez – Kiss Me Once
26 – Terror Fabulous – Can’t Stop Di Princess
27 – Sanchez – Chronic
28 – Doniki & Steady Ranks – Trod On
29 – Anthony B – One Thing
30 – Capleton – Can’t Sleep At Night
31 – Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It
32 – Torch – I Need Your Love
33 – Anthony Cruz featuring Nikkiesha Barnes – Hold Me
34 – Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life
35 – Buju Banton – Lipstick Stains
36 – Etana featuring Vybrant – I Love U
37 – Eljai – The Leaders
38 – Luciano – Give Praise (dubplate)
39 – Garnet Silk – Kingly Character
40 – Chris Demontague – Love Is In The Air (Dub Mix)
41 – Gyptian – Never Seen Love Like This
42 – Tinga Stewart and Princess Jameli – Guilty

The No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

the No More War Riddim, featuring Gyptian

Artwork for the No More War Riddim,

For an uplifting experience, check out these singles from the new “No More War” riddim, in stores now.


Richie Spice Launches New Album ‘Soothing Sounds: Acoustic’


Conscious reggae star Richie Spice officially debuted his new album Soothing Sounds: Acoustic to media and fans in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 30, 2012, a week after the launch was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. The 15-track acoustic opus of socially-conscious roots anthems bowed worldwide on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from Tad’s Record.

Richie Spice on stage at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records venue, for his  Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch.

Richie Spice on stage at Usain Bolt‘s Tracks & Records venue, for his
Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch.
[Photo by Niketa Thomas/NickFotoWorks]

We had high expectations for the launch and we superseded them,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Soothing Sounds: Acoustic was introduced with a bang and there are only greater things to come. The artist performed exceptional well and the crowd grooved and sang along with every song. This only proves once more that Richie Spice is a solid artist and Tad’s Record is just proud to be affiliated with an artist of such great caliber.”

The launch was hosted by Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, Kingston’s newest hot spot for intimate, live concerts, and saw Richie Spice backed by a four-piece band and flanked by three back-up singers. He performed several songs from the album in acoustic format, including “Free,” “My Heart,” and “Crying.” Spice then segued into regular renditions of massive hits from his extensive catalog, much to the crowd’s delight, as they sang along, word for word.

Richie Spice, Tad Dawkins and Shaggy at the Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch in Kingston, Jamaica.

Richie Spice, Tad Dawkins and Shaggy at the Soothing Sounds: Acoustic
album launch in Kingston, Jamaica.
[Photo by Niketa Thomas/NickFotoWorks]

I’m overjoyed by the support for my album,” reveals Richie Spice. “I aimed to bring my locals fans a good taste of the acoustic album at the launch and it was well-received.” The launch was attended by dancehall superstar Shaggy, famed cricketer Chris Gayle, and a slew of media that included Billboard Magazine, which will be covering the Richie Spice album and its Kingston launch in the upcoming week.
The Soothing Sounds: Acoustic launch was a wonderful opportunity to experience Richie Spice performing the best of his catalog in a small setting,” says Billboard’s journalist Patricia Meschino, one of the few mainstream journalists who continues to regularly journey to the Caribbean to and bring its music to the global audience. “The acoustic interpretations of his well known hits such as ‘Grooving My Girl’ and ‘Youth Dem Cold’ gave those songs a renewed vitality and brought Richie’s positive lyrics and spectacular vocals into sharper focus.”

Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a masterpiece collection that is testament to the evolution of Richie Spice, showcasing an eclectic mix of musical elements that fuse classic reggae vibes with modern day acoustic rock, Spanish guitar, jazz and African drum beats. The first single, an uplifting call for unity titled “Free,”remains in heavy rotation in Jamaica and across reggae specialty formats, worldwide. The video for “Free” debuted on television channels in Jamaica in September, and continues to garner traction for the growing classic. The second single “Crying” also remains in rotation across reggae radio, and its video was just released, adding steam to the sounds of Richie Spice across all airwaves.

Richie Spice “Soothing Sounds Accoustic” (album_cover)

Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is now available both physically and digitally worldwide, on the Tad’s Record imprint. For further information on Richie Spice, including upcoming tour dates, log on to, and follow his musical mission at and

Princess of Reggae Music Etana Interview


Arguably the most prolific female vocalist in present day reggae, we are pleased to be able to bring you this Dancehall Now interview with the beloved Etana.  This episode includes live footage from Highlanda’s Dancehall Now Radio Show on

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Dancehall Now Episode 35 with the Top Rated 8 Countdown


This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for October 27, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

This episode includes the Top Rated Eight at 8 Countdown which broadcasts weekly on the Dancehall Now Radio Show (Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on Da Flava Radio.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

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Top Rated 8 Countdown – 10/27/2009

1   Hold On To What You’ve Got – Richie Stevens
2   Street Life – Richie Spice
3   Young Hearts – Tarrus Riley
4   Life – G-Whizz
5   Pull It Up    –  Mikey Spice
6   Couple Up – TOK
7   Mama You Alone –  I-Octane
8   Love’s Contagious –    Tarrus Riley

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‘Sizzling’ featuring Sizzla Kalonji [VINYL Lovers/Culture Mixtape Download]

Sizzling starts with Gregory Issacs alongside Sugar Roy with the remake of Gregory’s hit ‘Soon Forward,’ followed by a big Sanchez on the rhythm, ‘Feel Like A Winner.’

Sizzling CD cover

Sizzling CD cover

The Sanchez is so nice I let it play out for a while before bringing in the next tunes on the riddim by Natural Blacks, Anthony B, and the original old gangalee, Louie Culture.  This intro to the CD sets a good tone as it draws you into the vibe of lovers and conscious tunes.


The sound effects and drops used in this mix are clean, well placed, and most importantly, not distracting from the music.  Sizzling features the Blaze rhythm out of Germany with Junior Kelly plus Fifth Element Crew members Chuck Fender, and Richie Spice, among others. This Highlanda culture/lovers rock mix caters to Sizzla fans with 12 songs by Kalonji, hence the CD’s title Sizzling. Download Sizzling now.

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