The JMC Effect

Part 2 of our interview with Kwasi Bonsu, co-founder of the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC), the preeminent annual conference for industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica.

 

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Jamaica Music Conference

In this episode’s main Segment catch an interview with Jamaica Music Conference founder and CEO, Kwasi Bonsu.  The 7th annual conference featured panel discussions, workshops, artist showcases, special events, exhibits and more.  Kwasi recaps this year’s JMC and highlights his favorite moments.

 

Buzzworthy:

Results from the JARIA honors. Mortimer dominates, beating Koffee and Lila Ike.

Tastemaker:

  • Steppa Riddim released by Gargamel.
  • “Down and Out” by Ras Fraser Jr
  • Runkus – $$$ (Money)

Soundclash Update:

Sean Pipa & Boomerang promotions out of the clash game.

 

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Music Therapy

Jay Blessed, an award-winning Caribbean blogger, dope writer, phenomenal podcaster, and prominent mental health advocate is the special guest on this episode.

 

 
We list reggae artists who are creating music about self-awareness and showing maturity.  It’s unfortunate that this refreshing music often gets no attention. 
 
Jay lists her top 5 Reggae artists of all times and talks about her most memorable Reggae concert experience.  Also, she describes the important role that reggae has played in her life.  
 
We also talk about her podcast, “In My Head with Jay Blessed” and recent live podcast experience in New York.
 
Jay gives advice to those who are dealing with backlash from implementing boundaries to protect their mental health
 
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Best Summer Songs 2019

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD list their top Reggae and Afro-Caribbean selections for summer 2019.

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AGARD recaps Walshy Fire’s exclusive New York City album release party. The new album, Abeng, is available now on all digital platforms.

Albums:

  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Shaggy – Wah Gwaan?!
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Collie Budz – Hybrid
  • Jemere Morgan – Self Confidence
  • Marcia Griffiths – TImeless
  • Unity Sound Worldwide – Family Buss (Riddim)
  • Oneness Records – Lioness Order (Riddim)

Singles:

  • Call Me – Walshy Fire ft. Mr. Easi and Kranium
  • Rapture (Remix) – Koffee ft. Govana
  • Shape Nice – Afro B ft. Dre Skull and Vybz Kartel
  • Level Up – Popcaan
  • Nah Mad (Ova No Gyal) – Munga Honorebel
  • Dolla Van – Busy Signal
  • Not Another Word – Protoje ft. Lil Ike and Agent Sasco
  • Toast – Koffee
  • Throne – Koffee
  • Country For Sale – Buju Banton
  • Mama – Jahmiel ft. Stonebwoy

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Reggae Music Forever

Our special guest was Shawn from the Reggae Talk podcast and ReggaeMusicForever blog.

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We discussed the state of dancehall/reggae culture including topics:
  • Dancehall supporters versus die-hard fans of roots reggae.
  • The overlooked conscious dancehall movement.
  • The American reggae scene.
  • Comparing white and black Americans taste in reggae.
  • Reggae Talk Podcast 1-year Anniversary event.
  • Other passions outside of reggae.
  • Is reggae music on life-support?
  • Predictions for the future.
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I-Octane Miami Album Release & Birthday Bash Promo CD | Reggae Lover 97

Listen to the official promo mix for I-Octane’s May 4th Miami Album Release/Birthday event.

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This is a special edition of Blackfyre Ent’s Madhouse Fridays at Club Fate, 601 Silks Run # 2499, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

I-Octane is celebrating his third full-length album “Love & Life!” Preview songs from the album “Love & Life,” including “Up to We”, “Pretty Loud (feat. J Boog)”, “Let Me Love You” and many more. Shaggy, Demarco, Yanique the Curvy Diva, Ginjah, and Romain Virgo have features on the album.

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Christopher Martin: Secret Love (Creep) #reggaelover

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Christopher Martin delivers a brand new single entitled “Secret Love (Creep)“.  Christopher just finished up a New York promo run where he made stops for interviews at Sirius XM, Randy’s Reggae Radio and Radio Lily (Miss Lily’s), before his appearance as a Co-headliner at Irie Jam’s Ladies Ball Stage Show at the legendary night club Amazura in the heart of Jamaica Queens.

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Reggae/Dancehall Year In Review 2013

A round-up of Reggae/Dancehall in 2013 with a month by month summary of events, album releases, performances, charts and the 2013 Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall artists alive.

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THE *TOP RATED 8* DANCEHALL REGGAE COUNTDOWN (10-23-13)

International ‘Top Rated 8’ – The HOTTEST 8 reggae and dancehall songs for the week of October 23, 2013 as heard on ‘Da Music Vault with Kahlil Wonda’ radio broadcast via Daflavaradio.com Wednesdays 6-9pm EST.

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Konshens #1 on the 'TOP RATED 8' with single 'Walk and Wine'

Konshens #1 on the ‘TOP RATED 8’ with single ‘Walk and Wine’

THE INTERNATIONAL ‘TOP RATED 8′ COUNTING DOWN THE TOP 8 REGGAE AND DANCEHALL SONGS OF THE WEEK.

8 – Angola – Jah Bouks – Sunizes Entertainment
7 – Redlight – Eddie Murphy/Scoop Lion – Electric Ave Records
6 – At The Top (Just Us) – Mavado – Armzhouse Records
5 – Dye Dye – Macka Diamond – Lock City Records/Truckback
4 – You Girl – Shaggy feat. Ne-Yo – Ranch Entertainment
3 – Love Yourself – Mr. Vegas – MV Music/First Name
2 – Mirrors – Da’Ville – Tad’s Record
1 – Walk And Whine – Konshens – Subkonshus Music