Review: Kabaka Pyramid Releases ‘Kontraband’ Album

16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.

Kabaka Pyramid - Kontraband. DIGITAL RELEASE [Ghetto Youths International, Bebble Rock Records].

I only heard 3 of the songs before the album’s release so this is a fresh, new experience. The album is reminiscent of Chronixx’s “Chronology” in its diverse representation of modern reggae music.

Hip-Hop influences are evident throughout but do not detract from the roots vibe. You can choose to bob your head and/or skank to the beats. Kabaka spits bars of knowledge with a cool, collected delivery. At times, he sing-jays on the riddims in perfect melody.  

‘Kontraband’ is a strong debut for Kabaka Pyramid and it bolsters his global appeal. The Damian and Stephen Marley executive-produced album features Akon and Stonebwoy out of Africa. Jr. Gong joins Kabaka to illustrate the story on the title track.

Pressure Buss Pipes from the U.S. Virgin Islands sings the hook on “Make Way,” the opening song of the album. Fellow reggae revivalist Protoje makes his mark with a succinct verse on “Everywhere I Go.” Kabaka teams with Chronixx on the mesmerizing and memorable “Blessed Is The Man.”

Kabaka doesn’t only chant a lyrical onslaught on Babylon. He considers the divine essence of black queens on “Natural Woman.” He opens up about affairs of the heart on “Kaught Up,” and “All I Need,” which features Nattali Rize. The different vibes on ‘Kontraband’ balance out. If you ranked this entry as one of 2019’s top reggae releases, I would say that’s accurate. 

MARLEY | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 84

A promotional mix featuring Ky-Mani, Damian, Stephen, Ziggy, and Cedella Marley among other heavy hitters for the BobFest ATL event in Atlanta, February 15 – 18.bobfestatl.com

 

BOBFEST ATL 2018 FEATURING JAH9 – MUSIC, ART, FILM, YOGA, FOOD, FAMILY

REGGAE FANS! YOGIS! FOODIES! FILM FANS! AND ALL OF ATL!! YOU HAVE A LOT IN STORE FOR THIS YEAR’S BOBFEST!

BobFest 2018. 7th Annual Festival, a special celebration of Bob Marley and reggae music.

Thursday: Yoga with Jah9 and friends Feb 15

Friday: Concert in the Village (and village marketplace!) featuring Jah9 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ATL, lyrical genius SaRoc and More- Feb 16

Saturday: AFRICA UNITE Film Festival- Feb 17
Sunday: Stir It Up Farm to Table Feast!- Feb 18

Purchase tickets at bobfestatl.com.

Email bobfestatlinfo@gmail.com for information.

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My Conclusion – Stephen Marley feat. Akon & Buju Banton (New Video)

My Conclusion – Stephen Marley feat. Akon & Buju Banton

Stephen Marley sings

Stephen Marley sings (Photo credit: GregPC)

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Buju Banton performing at the Ilosaarirock fes...

Buju Banton performing at the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu (Finland) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Talking Shotta Culture With Spragga Benz – Dancehall Now 44

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This feature recaps a candid interview with superstar reggae/dancehall artist turned big-screen actor Spragga Benz, plus highlights from the Highlanda mix show on Dancehall Now.  Spragga talks with SuperPec about the ‘Shotta Culture’ album, touring with Stephen Marley, his reaction to the Trayvon Martin case and more.  

Catch the syndicated Dancehall Now broadcast live on Daflavaradio.com each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm (EST).

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Proceeds from Gramps Morgan’s new single Go to family of Trayvon Martin

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Soulful Reggae star, Gramps Morgan has taken a stance in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old boy recently killed in South Florida.  To date, the man who shot and killed Trayvon has not been charged. So in an effort to support the Martin family’s demand for justice, Dada Son is donating a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of Gramps’ new single, ‘Life Too Short’.

 

“Yes Rasta!” American-Jamaican crooner, Gramps Morgan is unleashing another anthem with his unique brand of ‘Rockaz’. His first single ‘Life Too Short’emerges from his upcoming second, solo album, Reggae Music Lives which will be released on April 24 2012, in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Penned with his brother Peetah Morgan, ‘Life Too Short’ was co-produced by Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan and keyboardist, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown (Stephen Marley). Gramps Morgan has the gift of delivering spiritually uplifting lyrics aimed precisely at the listener’s soul. Through song, Morgan reminds us to live this life while we still have it. Gramps says ‘Life Too Short’ is simply “a song of comfort”, and as a firm believer in delivering music to heal humanity, ‘Life Too Short’ raises consciousness of the fragility and sanctity of life.

Gramps Morgan’s songs and lyrics tend toward the positive in all situations, so when he belts out “…Life too short fi a stress di small things when we know Jah bless me with everything /Life too short fi a worry bout bad mind when the world a suffer from war and crime…” he means that he draws his strength from Jah/God. Believing in a greater power than self, Gramps urges the listener to stop wasting time sweating the small stuff and to let go of grudges and “bad mind” (a Jamaican idiom that refers to being envious of, or grudging someone).

 

Trayvon Martin

 

Gramps’ perspective on the murder of Trayvon Martin is that of a father and an American citizen. In a recent statement the Centric Soul Train nominee said: “I couldn’t imagine that ever happening to my son.” He’s speaking of his eldest, Jemere. “As a father of a 16 year old…I don’t know what I would do if I was in that situation, but I know that justice must be served.”

 

“We have been following the tragedy that has happened with Trayvon,” explains Wendy Morgan, Gramps’ manager, “and after reading a report that he was a lover of Reggae music, it humbled us to have someone of that age love our music. We wanted to do our part to pay respect to his young life and contribute to help keep Trayvon’s memory and legacy alive.”
Finding strength in the hardest of times isn’t always easy, but Gramps is reassuring people that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

‘Life Too Short’ was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Grafton Studio and Dada Son Recording Studio in Atlanta Georgia.

 

The single is now available on iTunes with a portion of the proceeds going to the family of Trayvon Martin.

 

“I’m free like a bird, Jah is my word, that means my word is love.” Gramps Morgan


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Nowadays Lovers Rock mixtape from Highlanda

Mix by Highlanda Sound featuring music released in 2011 by various artists performing in the lover’s rock reggae genre.  Hear new tunes from Buju Banton, Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest, Hezron, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Alaine, Jah Cure, Romain Virgo and more.   Click Image To Download from Mixcloud.

Cover of Nowadays Lover's Rock Mixtape

 

 

 

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Dancehall and Reggae’s Top Rated 50 Songs of 2011

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THE DANCEHALL NOW SHOW

Buju Banton performing at New York's Apollo th...

Buju Banton performing at New York’s Apollo theater during the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


TOP RATED INTERNATIONAL REGGAE AND DANCEHALL COUNTDOWN BEST OF 2011
BY HIGHLANDA SOUND
(Based on the Dancehall Now weekly Top Rated International 8 @ 8 Countdown compiled from a composite of all major global reggae and dancehall charts)

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# – Artist – Song – Label
1 Laza Morgan ft Mavado – One By One – Elektra
2 Gramps Morgan – The Almighty – Pure Music
3 Baby Cham ft. Mkyal Rose & Bounty Killer – Stronger – Madhouse
4 Vybz Kartel – Summer time – Addjahiem
5 Sean Paul ft. Alexis Jordan – Got To Love You – Atlantic
6 Romain Virgo – Dark Skin Girl
7 Courtney John – Love Is
8 Buju Banton – Innocent
9 Duane Stephenson ft. Gramps Morgan – Rescue Me
10 Beenie Man – Nah Talk Too Long – Seanizzle
11 Romain Virgo – I Am Rich In Love
12 Kiprich – Caan Get Brown – Birch Hill Records
13 Da’Ville – When I’m With You – Tad’s Records
14 Damian Marley – Things Just Ain’t The Same
15 Wayne Marshall – Good Ole Wife – Washroom Ent.
16 Wayne Wonder – If I Ever
17 Wayne Marshall ft Tifa & Fambo Swaggin –  Washroom Ent.
18 Tarrus Riley – Peer Pressure – John John
19 Vybz Kartel – Dancehall Hero – CR203
20 Lady Saw – Wife A Wife – TJ Records
21 Beres Hammond – Pull Up Selector
22 Junie Ranks – Bring Back The Love
23 Mavado – Settle Down – JA Production
24 Vybz Kartel – Dumper Truck
25 Khago – Blood A Boil – TJ Records
26 Mavado – Delilah
27 Queen Ifrica – Times Like These – 2Hard Music
28 Assassin – Talk How Mi Feel – DJ Frass
29 PopCaan – Only Man She Want – Sounique
30 Shaggy – Sugarcane
31 Toya ft Beenie Man – One Man Woman – Downsound
32 Richie Stephens ft Gentleman – Live Your Life – Pot Of Gold
33 Maxi Priest – Bonified Love – Lockdown Records
34 Stevie Face – Thank You For Loving Me – Penthouse
35 Mavado – Star Bwoy – Chimney
36 Hezron – Forever &  Always
37 I-Octane – Nuh Love Inna Dem
38 Stephen Marley ft Damian Marley & Buju Banton – Jah Army  – Ghetto Youths
39 Ikaya – Hard Way
40 I-Octane – Puff It – Cashflow
41 Mavado – Final Destination – Chimney Records
42 Gyptian – Nah Let Go – VP Records
43 Lovers Rock – Sophia Brown – Music Mecka
44 Etana – People Talk – VP
45 Mavado – Pepper Big Ship
46 Jahdore – This Love Is Over – Heartcour Productions
47 Shabba Ranks – None A Dem – Big Ship
48 Mavado – Messiah
49 Alaine – You Are Me – 1Thirty1 Records
50 Ray Darwin – False Alarm  – Joe Fraser

Circle House Studios Scores Big With Latin Grammy Nominees & Winners

 

Shakira

Calle 13 (Trece) nabbed numerous Latin Grammys, including;

 

Album of the Year

Record of the Year  “Latinoamerica”

 

Song of the Year  “Entren Los Que Quieran”

 

Best Urban Music Album 

 

Best Tropical Song “Vamo’ A Portarnos Mal”

 

Producer of the Year – Rafael Arcaute

 

 Shakira 

 

Best Female Pop Album 

 

Sale El Sol, Shakira [Epic/Sony Music Latin]

 

 Nominees for the Latin Grammys included:

 

Album of the Year 

 

Euphoria Enrique Iglesias, Universal Music Latino/ Universal Republic Records.

 

Sale El Sol [Epic/Sony Music Latin] Shakira

 

Grammys nominations for 2012:

 

Best Reggae Album 

 

Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. Stephen Marley [Tuff Gong/ Universal Republic]

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 

 

Motivation Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne from Here I Am [Universal Motown]

 

Circle House Studios opened its doors in 1998. Located in North Miami, the recording studio soon became a favorite among the A-listers. Owned by the reggae legends Inner Circle, the studio has recorded artists such as; No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Rico Love, Jim Johnson and Good Charlotte just to name a few.

 

Ian Lewis stated; “We took a little bit of Jamaica and brought it to Miami. It’s a home away from home for the artists. When we built Circle House, many of the elements reflect that relaxed vibe.”

Circle House is currently one of the only two studios in South Florida to have a SSL duality console. Each of the three rooms hold a Pro Tools HD system, one SSL 9000j and a SSL 4000g+. Along with state of the art tools, artists can lounge by the waterfall and pool while the in-house chef cooks.

“You gotta be diverse and have a good working atmosphere that’s comfortable for artists. With us you get more than just a studio”, stated studio director Abebe Lewis.

In addition, CircleHouseStudiosOnline.comoffers an online mixing service where you can be anywhere in the world and get that Circle House sound.

 

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Stephen Marley Returns With Revelation PT 1: The Root Of Life

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7-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to release his third solo project, REVELATION PT 1: THE ROOT OF LIFE from Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic on May 23, 2011.  Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, REVELATION PT 1: THE ROOT OF LIFE ensures that the music’s regal template is maintained throughout the 21st century.

Anchored in reggae’s scorching drum and bass backbeat, THE ROOT OF LIFE delivers an organic and richly textured sound through its 14 tracks, making it a true body of work that delivers powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses (“Working Ways”); depicts the harrowing residual effect of slavery (“Old Slaves”); evokes the sorrow of rejection (“She Knows Now”); conveys the disappointment of “False Friends”; in reggae’s lovers-rock tradition a duet with Melanie Fiona, “No Cigarette Smoking”; to the final track “Now I Know,” a contemplative song about moving on.

The first single, “Jah Army,” features Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Buju Banton spitting formidable, career-defining verses over a thunderous one-drop rhythm with lyrics to rally the troops. “Whether it’s in the music or our life, get it together man, the Gideon is on,” declares Stephen.

Conceived as a two part project, THE ROOT OF LIFE will be followed by the release of REVELATION PT 2: THE FRUIT OF LIFE, due in fall of 2011, which will feature an array of styles that have emanated from reggae’s core.

Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music, “Stephen reasons. “THE FRUIT OF LIFE will be more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”

Having recently completed a cross-country tour to launch this album, Marley will also see exclusive distribution for the vinyl version of THE ROOT OF LIFE from VP Records.

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Dancehall and Reggae’s Top Rated 50 Songs of 2010

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Dancehall Now
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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System.  The live Dancehall Now radio show airs on Da Flava Radio (http://www.daflavaradio.com) every Tuesday at 6pm EST.  Dancehall Now features the very latest Caribbean music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

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COUNTDOWN

1    Drinking Rum & Red Bull – Beenie/ Fambo
2    Hold You    – Gyptian
3    In the living years – Stevie Face
4    TIME AND PLACE – Buju Banton
5    ONE MORE NIGHT – Busy Signal
6    My Heart – Wayne Marshall / Mavado
7    Wanna Give You Love – Warrior King
8    For Your Eyes Only – Shaggy / Alaine
9    Clarks – Vybz Kartel / Popcaan / Gaza Slim
10    Thank You For Loving Me – Stevie Face
11    Clarks 2 – Vybz Kartel
12    The Leaders – Eljai
13    How We Do It    – Elephant Man / Bounty Killer
14    I’m OK – Beenie Man
15    Touch A Button     – Vybz Kartel
16    Free    – Etana
17    Nah Sell Out – Khago
18    One Man – Vybz Kartel / Gaza Slim
19    Color Of Love – Richie Stevens
20    Gal A Mad Ova    – Mavado
21    Innocent – Buju Banton
22    House Top – Mavado
23    Bad boy – Chuck Fenda / Sammy Dread
24    Put The Stereo On – Gappy Ranks
25    Murderer    – Romain Virgo
26    Long Time – Shaggy
27    Skip To Ma Lou     – Serani / Ding Dong / Biggy
28    Butterflies – Gappy Ranks
29    Wildfire – Tarrus Riley
30    Unconditional Love – Jah Cure
31    End Of Time – Stephen Marley / Christopher Ellis / Jah Cure
32    IN MY CUP – Richie Loops
33    LIFE WE LIVING – Vybz Kartel
34    Messiah – Mavado
35    Keeping it real – Beres Hammond
36    Million $ Check    – Mojo Morgan
37    Moving On – Luciano
38    Nightshift    – Busy Signal
39    The Pill – Junior X
40    Wine You a Wine – Da’ville
41    Only You – Peetah Morgan
42    Dance the night away – Voicemail / Busy Signal
43    Schoolaz – Ding Dong
44    The Realest Song – Konshens
45    Come Back To Bed – Gramps Morgan
46    Come Into My Room     – Mavado / Stacious
47    Gangster Life – Junior X
48    Hand Inna Di Air – Assassin
49    Land of Promise – Nas / Damian Marley / Dennis Brown
50    Heaven In Your Eyes – Gappy Ranks

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