Bob Marley’s Life and Legacy

As we approach the date that commemorates Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6, we take some time to talk about his amazing legacy. This episode is all about Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a The Legend a.k.a the king of Reggae.

As we approach the date that commemorates Bob Marley's birthday, February 6, we take some time to talk about his amazing legacy. This episode is all about Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a The Legend a.k.a the king of Reggae.

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We list some artists that have been compared to Bob or seen as the next Bob Marley at some point. Then we explore why there hasn’t ever been another artist quite like him. No recording artist has been as revered and respected. We also touch on conspiracy theories circulating around his assassination attempt, and death.
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Roots, Rock, Reggae A Bob Marley Celebration

Bob Marley’s favorite singer: Jacob Miller

Jamaican reggae artist and Rastafari musician, nicknamed Jacob “Killa” Miller. Inner Circle lead singer, Jacob was a legendary Reggae singer with an exciting stage presence and memorable voice.

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Listen to songs from Jacob Miller like Tenement Yard, Healing of the Nation & more.

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40 Amazing Dub Songs from the Masters

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This is an essential mix and overview of Dub, a Jamaican genre or sub-genre that grew out of Reggae music in the 1960s and has extended way beyond the scope of Reggae to inspire other genres including dubstep, hip-hop, jungle, grime, rock, house, techno, drum and bass, trip-hop, garage, and more.

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Dub was pioneered by Osbourne “KING TUBBY” Ruddock (pictured above), Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Augustus Pablo among others. Hear this specially curated mix now on the Reggae Lover Podcast, episode 120.

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2018 Lovers Rock Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast # 110

Mix with Jamaican Lovers Rock Reggae 2018

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Curated mix featuring some of this years best releases within the Lovers Rock reggae category.

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Joe Gibbs Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 99

The producer Joe Gibbs, hardcore Jamaican entrepreneur, engineer, and record producer started recording artists in the back of his electronics repair shop in 1966.

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He worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One. Bunny Lee helped them form The Amalgamated record label. Soon ‘Niney The Observer‘ joined the team and they were able to produce Rocksteady era hits.

In 1972, Errol Thompson came on board as the chief engineer and together with Joe Gibbs formed “The Mighty Two.” Their studio band called The Professionals featured bassist Sly Dunbar, drummer Robbie Shakespeare, and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Hundreds of hits came out including “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown and “A So We Stay” by Big Youth. In 1977 the Culture album entitled “Two Sevens Clash” debuted and became a smash hit which coincided with the punk rock craze in the UK. 

Artists recorded and produced by Joe Gibbs included Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Byles, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken, Althea and Donna, Ranking Joe and Peter Tosh. The list goes on and on.

In the new millennium, Joe Gibbs focused on marketing his back catalog.  Joe Gibbs passed on to Zion in February 2008.  He had over 100 Jamaica number one hits and over a dozen UK hits.

He released music on an array of different record labels. An amazing body of work, the Joe Gibbs catalog includes some very important songs in the story of Jamaican music.  Salute to the icon, the giant, one of the greatest producers ever – Joe Gibbs. 

Please subscribe to the reggae lover podcast. Please share and invite others to listen. Email your requests and feedback to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com.   Until next time, keep it positive. This is Kahlil Wonda from Highlanda Sound saying Jah bless.

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Freddie McGregor and John Holt | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 85

This episode features songs about Rastafari, roots, reality, and culture from Freddie McGregor and John Holt.

Episode 49 features Freddie McGregor singing only in the reggae lovers rock style. That episode has over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud and is still very popular. I definitely hope you enjoy this one as well and play it 20,000 times each. This mix shows the well-roundedness and the prolificness of Freddie McGregor. This is powerful music about the black struggle, and about overcoming.

I wanted to elevate everybody that’s listening no matter what’s going on in your life. If you’re able to listen to this music right now that means that you still have a chance and you have opportunities. Even if you were a victim, right now you’re a Survivor. You’re surviving and you can carry on the mission of improving yourself. Don’t give in to depression. There’s good in every situation and what didn’t kill you can make you stronger.

Show love to anybody that shows you love and let them know what you think of them. Let them know that you appreciate them being in your life. If anybody is sending negative vibes your way and taking shots at you, I say cut them off. Go the other way every time the negative energy comes around. Put up your hypocrite shield and hold your head high. Don’t give them power over you by letting them see you crumble. Hold your head up high, stick to your morals, set your boundaries, and continue to live your life in peace. God will bless you. That’s my positive word of the day. Thank you all for listening.

Sir John Holt has passed away, but Freddie McGregor is still captain of the Big Ship, and still doing his thing. His legacy is solid. Big ups to Freddie. Salute to our living legend, and rest in peace to the loving memory of John Holt. Respect is due to all the friends, family and supporters of the John Holt. Please support and spread their music. Once again I thank you so much for listening and I hope you are uplifted and feeling good vibrations.

It’s now February. It’s reggae month. It’s Black History Month. Some know this day as Valentine’s Day. The movie Black Panther is premiering in 1 day. This Friday is Bob Fest ATL 2018 starring Jah9 and her band all the way from Kingston, Jamaica. Also featuring the Saroc the MC and me, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound. See you there!

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Johnny Osbourne, The Dancehall Godfather | Reggae Lover Podcast 72

Seen as one of the greatest Jamaican singers and talked about as a top sound system dubplate artist, Johnny Osbourne, the dancehall Godfather climbed to the top of the reggae mountain over 30 years ago and remains there today.

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The Ultimate Answer Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 65

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.

The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go" at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since. Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Answer Riddim Mix, Episode 64 of the Reggae Lover Podcast by Highlanda Sound

Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go” at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since.

Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.

Playlist:

  1. Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
  2. Philip Frazer – Never Let Go
  3. Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose
  4. Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
  5. Supercat – History
  6. Johnny Osborne – Keep On Moving
  7. Slim Smith – Never Let Go
  8. The Answer – Lone Ranger
  9. Marca Griffiths – I Shall Sing
  10. Buju Banton – No Respect
  11. Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
  12. Macka B – Never Played A 45
  13. Warrior King – Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound)
  14. Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
  15. Sugar Minott – Feel The Rydim
  16. Sanchez – Take Your Time
  17. Anthony Malvo ft. General Degree – Comforter
  18. Sizzla – In My Thoughts
  19. Beenie Man – Fassy Try To Dis (Too Bad Mind)
  20. Edley Shines – Lead Out (dub plate)
  21. Anthony B – Global Awareness
  22. Junior Kelly – Ghetto Region
  23. Half Pint – She’s Fever
  24. Marcia Griffiths – Cry No More
  25. Sanchez – Groove Me
  26. Pinchers – Lift It Up Again
  27. Supercat – Vineyard Party
  28. Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley and Buju Banton – Traffic Jam

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Original Vintage Ska | Reggae Lover Podcast 61

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.

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For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

  1. Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
  2.  Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
  3. An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.

Playlist:

  1. Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
  2. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
  3. Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
  4. Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
  5. Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
  6. Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
  7. Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
  8. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
  9. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
  10. Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
  11. Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
  12. U-Roy – Wake the Town
  13. U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
  14. Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
  15. Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
  16. Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
  17. Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
  18. Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
  19. Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
  20. The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
  21. Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
  22. Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
  23. Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
  24. Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
  25. The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
  26. The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  27. Derrick Morgan – Forward March
  28. Prince Buster – Al Capone
  29. Derrick Morgan – The Hop
  30. Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
  31. Don Drummond – Man in the Street
  32. The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
  33. Bob Marley – Judge Not
  34. Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
  35. Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
  36. Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
  37. The Wailers – Simmer Down
  38. Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
  39. Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
  40. Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
  41. Owen Gray – Midnight Track
  42. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

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Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall. Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present #RubADubATL every 2nd Sunday. This uniquely flavorful international retro reggae celebration in Atlanta is the premier platform for showcasing, promoting and sharing the vibrancy and variety of reggae culture and music with a broader audience. Sounds by: ~Highlanda Sound ~DJ Passport

The last RUB-A-DUB ATL of the year is this Sunday

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Join us on Sunday, December 11th for the 2016 grand finale and an entertaining evening of reggae music, culture, cocktails and great Jamaican food.

Pre-sale TICKETS.

Come out early for a taste of the Caribbean buffet by Webba’s Jerk Hut (404) 246-0709.

Enjoy $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Strip until 10pm along with many other drink specials all night.

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Come party with us as we celebrate the holiday season and the birthday of Shooks Slr.

Ladies, Come Early To Party and enjoy complimentary admission until 9:30pm.

Admission – Free Before 9:30pm for Queens | $5 Online in advance | $10 Regular all night at the door.

Rub A Dub (Second Sundays in ATL @ WildPitch Music Hall)

Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

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Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present #RubADubATL every 2nd Sunday. This uniquely flavorful international retro reggae celebration in Atlanta is the premier platform for showcasing, promoting and sharing the vibrancy and variety of reggae culture and music with a broader audience.

Sounds by:
Highlanda Sound
DJ Passport

Guest DJs:
Funkregulata Celo of 456 Sound
Empress Movements with selector Tach Lovinglife

Dress Code: Comfortable & Classy.

Age Limit (21): Mature clientele only.

Come early for great food & drink specials: (8pm – 10:00pm)

Parking is available for $5 directly across the street at 248 Trinity Ave.

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