How to be a Reggae Selector


Tips on how to be a good reggae dancehall sound system selector.






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  • 0:56 – Early history of King Apocalypse
  • 9:43 – Meeting Marc Stewart, doing college radio, and getting bookings
  • 10:39 – Preparing to be a hardcore selector by cutting foundation dubs
  • 11:50 – Process of building a dub box in the late ’90s
  • 13:40 – Competition and being able to defend yourself at any time when playing out
  • 15:49 – Voicing the big bad Super Cat dubplate
  • 20:09 – Expanding to incorporate King AP’s Connecticut branch
  • 24:27 – Doing more sound clashes in the future
  • 33:20 – 1990s soundclash versus today
  • 35:58 – The most well attended ATL sound clash
  • 43:22 – Team Torment family
  • 47:11 – Events: Beer Vibes (ATL) & Jouvert (CT); Reggaematic carnival band

Follow King AP on Twitter and Instagram @KingAPSound @faddajinx. For bookings contact (678) 923-1981 or

This episode was sponsored by DOGS420 and featured analog style instrumental, Körsbär (Cherry) by Hans Majestät from Sweden featured on 2019 album Frukt, Vol. 1.

The Reggae Lover theme music was produced by ĀGARD out of Brooklyn, NYC.


Sound System Chat with Webba

Once one of Kingston’s most sought after selectors, Webba talks about his time playing some of Jamaica’s top sound systems including Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Stone, and African Star.

Once one of Kingston's most sought after selectors, Webba talks about his time playing some of Jamaica's top sound systems including Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Stone, and African Star.  We talk about how he got his start in music, why he transitioned to promoting reggae events, and more. Catch all the stories and insights in this fun Reggae Lover interview.

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We talk about how he got his start in music, why he transitioned to promoting reggae events, and more. Catch all the stories and insights in this fun Reggae Lover interview.


2 Legendary Jamaican Deejays

Nicodemus and Early B are legendary dancehall stars that were active from the late 70’s until the 90s.

Listen to this tribute mix and learn more about these two bad deejays that inspired the next generation of Jamaican artists.

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Listen for a cool vibe and a Dancehall sound system culture education. This is a labor of love for me. If you respect it, rate it, review it, like it, repost it, share it. The world should know.

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


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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Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul Tribute | Reggae Lover Podcast 58

Frankie Paul, the late great dancehall icon sang many classic tunes that will forever extend his legacy.

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I was inspired to pay tribute to FP because of his beloved voice and his great body of work in the music industry, but unfortunately, he passed away prior to this episode being released.  If you are missing Frankie Paul, go ahead and listen to this mix for some upliftment and celebrate our fallen general. Buy his music, share it, and play it. Look into his life story if you are unfamiliar. You will see that foundation reggae artists and musicians do not get their proper due.  In far too many cases their careers are “unsung” and their contributions are underrated and forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Frankie Paul’s family and loved ones and I hope that he receives as much recognition as he deserves for being one of the quintessential figures in the history of reggae, Jamaica’s greatest claim to fame. There are many other trailblazers that need to be highlighted and honored. Thank you for taking some time out to download or stream Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 58, a Tribute to Frankie Paul, and a dedication to the reggae lover in you.

Frankie Paul Playlist:

  1.  Worries In the Dance (Trojan version)
  2. Don’t Worry Yourself
  3. Jah Jah Children
  4. Children of Israel
  5. Alesha
  6. Stars
  7. The Girl Is Mine
  8. Love Is Like Candy
  9. You Came Running Back
  10. Sindie
  11. Worries In The Dance (Volcano version)
  12. Do Good
  13. Ready or Not
  14. Skettel
  15. Pass Di Kushumpeng
  16. Loose Off A Dem
  17. Pass The Dub Plate
  18. Stuck On You
  19. Casanova
  20. Foreign Mind
  21. I Know the Score
  22. Come and Talk To Me
  23. Agony
  24. Steady Skanking
  25. I Need You
  26. Big and Ready ft. Heavy D, and Super Cat
  27. Out Your Mind
  28. I Miss Your Love
  29. Don Man
  30. Where Is That Love
  31. Ghetto Man Skank
  32. Curfew In the Dance
  33. Mistri Lady
  34. Giving You the Benefit
  35. Cassandra
  36. Head To Toe
  37. Bring Yu Body Come ft. Buju Banton
  38. We Rule The Border
  39. Sarah
  40. Day Oh
  41. Idle Jubie
  42. I Just Wanna Love You
  43. Call The Brigade

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Health and Wellness Reggae Music Festival in Atlanta: What you need to know



3-2-1 Productions and the RGB Alliance present to you the 2015 Health and Wellness Reggae Music Festival.  This annual event is a Tribute to Marcus Garvey and a proactive response to the current family, food, and health crisis that plagues the black community and America as a whole.

Come and learn from holistic healers and practitioners.  Be entertained by Poets, Dancers, and Drummers hitting the stage along with top notch reggae bands, Highlanda Sound alongside Lion of Judah Sound, vocal performers, and musicians for a day of upliftment and positive energy.  More acts are to be announced.

Feast on healthy foods, drinks, and snacks.  Purchase arts and craft items, books, DVD’s and more.  Get screened for variety of conditions to know your status.  Come for the holistic healing of mind, spirit and body.


Powerhouse Production Team Yaga Sounds features Sizzla In New Tune DBM (Dem Bad Mind)


Reggae artist SIZZLA

Powerhouse production team, Yaga Sounds, features Sizzla Kalonji with the new tune DBM (Dem Bad Mind) currently available on iTunes. While Sizzla is constantly releasing songs throughout the year, this trio aspires to take this one from a major buzz on the streets to the international market.

DBM was premiered on Large Up and Reggaeville last week, two of the largest Reggae sites in the world. Sizzla delivers a heavy message over a driving up-tempo riddim, “You have some people go on like them are the best, all them do is fight against the progress, tell da wicked man say dem just can’t test, tell dem life over death….Dem Bad Mind.”

Dubbed as a hard-hitting dance hall tune, DBM gives a hardcore message. It speaks against negative people and negative situations, while promoting a good positive environment and positive energy. Playfully at the end Sizzla teases with an unpredictable ending for the ladies.

Yaga Sounds member, EchoSlim describes the message, “Dem Bad Mind is deep in turns of all the social issues that are going on with the Ferguson Riots, the murder of Mike Brown and Mario Deane, all the way to Trayvon Martin to as far back to even Emmett Till. It represents injustice happening to people all over the world. It speaks to everyone that has an unjust way of thinking from politicians to police officers to every day people. No one is exempt, from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low.”

“The riddim is going to be one of the baddest riddims of the year. This track should be one that the DJ’s will like and will turn up the parties. It can fit in any time of early or late juggling. The lyrics and the riddim fit in for everyday life, everyone can relate to it. Look out for more bad riddims that we will be releasing in the future,” expresses one of the members of Yaga Sounds, Joshua “Gappo” Manning.

Yaga Sounds is currently made up of Flexx, a Dominican and world-renowned engineer that works with Flo Rida, Lauryn Hill, Robbie Shakespeare and others. EchoSlim is a Trinidadian that has toured the world with Black Violin under the moniker DJ TK. Gappo is a Jamaican and the son of legendary reggae singer Donald Manning of the Abyssians and is currently the keyboard player for Beres Hammond. Yaga Sounds is an unorthodox sound crew. A hybrid of a sound system and a live band, aimed to spread West Indian culture and music around the world.

For more information or to set up interviews, contact international publicist Olimatta Taal 1-876-554-8969/1-347-474-8274,

Cocoa Tea Confirmed for Bass Odyssey’s 25th Anniversary

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinal, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

Cocoa Tea, King Jammys, Stone Love, Renaissance, Sentinel, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey

The Official Launch set for July 31st


The Official Launch of is set for July 31st, 2009.


Listen to Highlanda Sound System’s Dancehall Now Show debuting on Wednesday August 5th at 7pm.

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Slanted Reality and Dancehall

I find that the music coming out of Jamaica over recent years has been overwhelmingly violent with very lude lyrical content. This, among other factors which I will discuss here, I feel has left many fans totally disenfranchised. Some say it is due to the violence encountered in everyday life in parts of Jamaica. This I understand, however with that being said, wouldn’t it serve society better to deliver messages about peace, or just non-gun related topics? My question assumes that there are artists whose purpose it is to serve humanity. Perhaps this is not realistic.

There are Jamaican arists today, such as Luciano and others for example, who in every way represent the messages of truth, rights, roots and culture, and who bring strong, thought provoking lyrical content as opposed to just “Pop.” Popular culture in Jamaican Dancehall now includes:
men in tight pants dancing with each other while ladies are left alone (strange in a place where alternative lifestyles are taboo and frowned upon), songs with lyrics that intricately describe guns and scenes of shoot outs and even torture, and of course the extremely simple dancing tunes ala Pon the River, Dutty Wine, Nuh Linga, etc. This is all fine and well if done in moderation.

Nowadays in America, many partrons, DJs, selectors, and sound systems are guilty of perpetuating rubbish by following, copying and mimicing whatever they see coming out of Jamaica. Let me explain. The dancehall DVDs, the clips that make it to youtube, and the CDs from dances we access here are edited to only really feature the “hype” part of the dance when the “dancers” are in a frenzy, etc. This means that the same songs get played in the background over and over and over again. These “sound bites” have become dancehall.

Sounds no longer study music or prepare to perform for their audiences. Selectors no longer select. They simply download mp3 that they hear others spinning and run out to be their gigs to be mediocre at best. But you can’t tell them that because the just played alot of Mavado so therefore they ‘done the place?’

For the unoriginal, non-creative average DJ who doesnt know any better, this to them means they MUST play the exact same songs over and over. Not only that, but all the phrases, jokes, stories, and song intros that selectors in JA use are copied and used over and over.
Many of these DJs (so called entertainers) do not realize that in Jamaica most of the dances last until the early morning hours, which means that at points during the night the music varies to enable many different types of reggae music to be featured. Even at Passa Passa many other genres of music get played and get good responses from the crowd too.

The real victim is the partygoer who has spent money and alotted the time to come out and be entertained only to hear the same songs over and over with no introduction of anything new or refreshing and no chance for nostalgic vibes to be conjured up because 40 years of reggae music mega hits are left out and the DJ only plays the new mid to uptempo music (which will stay hot 6 months max.)

I have faith that the times will change and the real will recognize real. The truth is always true and will always come to light. Good will always conquer evil.

New Web Presence for Highlanda Sound System

July 23, 2008 (Atlanta, GA) — Highlanda Sound announced
today the launch of, its new web portal, which serves to provide top quality musical entertainment and to create innovative forms of expression, while maintaining a deep Caribbean foundation.

“By enabling our customers to choose from an extensive catalog of reggae music online available for free download or streaming over the web, strengthens our strategic position in the reggae music entertainment and sound system markets,” according to Crisis Don, Co-Founder of Highlanda. “WWW.HIGHLANDA.NET also follows our demonstrated plan for entertaining the masses, while spreading the culture we love to the world.”

Websites like are an important part of the
growing market for reggae and dancehall.  More and more consumers are using the internet to access their favorite artists and musical genres as opposed to buying CDs and Highlanda plans to be a major player in this arena.

Already, Highlanda has earned a reputation for crowd thrilling performances at hundreds of venues.  Now online, the new Highlanda web portal WWW.HIGHLANDA.NET consists of News, Pictures, Mixes/Mixtapes, Live Shows, and more, and will cost $000 to the users.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Highlanda’s Guyanese bred members have carved out their niche, and as a world leader in reggae music entertainment encourage you to visit often.

Contacts: Kahlil Wonda,