Highlanda Sound live set

Live DJ set: “When Highlanda Sound brought reggae to Buckhead”

It has always been my belief that people want authenticity in their music regardless of the venue.  As a DJ, I have had the privilege of performing at high-end and hole-in-the-wall venues, but this did not mean that I had to switch up my playlist.

As a party builds, and the crowd begins to increase in size, it’s important for the DJ to control the vibe and energy in the room by not starting out too fast.  A gradual increase of the pace sets a solid foundation for the energetic climax later in the night that should take place.

To illustrate this, I have curated some audio of a live set recorded at one of my first residencies in the Buckhead party district of Atlanta during the early 2000’s – when nightlife carried on until 4am in the city.  This was the hottest attraction in the city at the ultra sexy upscale venue, Kream – the same one mentioned by Jermaine Dupri in the song “Welcome to Atlanta.”

It was important for me to give a really organic representation of how a reggae dancehall sound system controls a dance, not only for the entertainment of the patrons but also because I wanted my guest DJs to feel comfortable enough to go hard with the crowd when it was their turn to take control.  Once the foundation is set with a good “early-warm,” it’s then much easier and much more likely that the dance will erupt in excitement later on.

My set commences with strictly veteran singers from the 1970’s and 1980’s like John Holt, Sugar Minott, Nitty Gritty, Dennis Brown, The Heptones and Barrington Levy.  After about 40 minutes, selections from the 1990’s could be heard with the first Everton Blender tunes, Luciano, and a Garnett Silk mega mix.  Listen as the MC, SuperPEC welcomes several people to the dance, and a crowd gathers for the ensuing festivities.  Listen as I carefully advance the pace and turn up the heat while watching the dancefloor start to bubble.

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The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall – Reggae Lover Podcast 56

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The original styles of the most popular riddims in dancehall history are all right here in this mix.  Most of the mega hits from the 1980s and 1990s dancehall era’s were remade digital versions of the classics you will hear in this mix.

artwork: The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

The Greatest Studio One Riddims in Dancehall Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 56

If you downloaded Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55, then this will be a great companion.  This segment is more uptempo and even more iconic in content with no songs repeated from the previous mix (except my Little Pinchers dubplate which is on a different riddim).  If you should enjoy, please do leave a comment and share.


Tracklist:
1. Amazing Sound – Mikey General (dubplate)
2. Love is A Feeling – Earl Sixteen
3. Give Praise – Luciano (dubplate)
4. Heptones Gonna Fight – The Heptones
5. Give Love A Try – Barry Brown
6. Here I Stand – Carlton Livingston
7. Pretty Looks Isn’t All – The Heptones
8. The Girl is Mine – Frankie Paul
9. Never Give Up – Sugar Minott
10. Compliments to Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
11. Babylon Bridge – Dillinger
12. Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
13. No Call Me Cracky – Lone Ranger
14. Take a Ride – Al Campbell
15. Truths and Rights – Johnny Osbourne
16. Automatic – Lone Ranger
17. Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
18. New Millennium – Wayne Marshall
19. I’m Just a Guy – Alton Ellis
20. Vanity – Sugar Minott
21. Rub a Dub Style – Michigan and Smiley
22. Highlanda Kill Your Sound – Warrior King (dubplate)
23. Ram Dance Master – Brigadier Jerry
24. She Gone She Gone – Linval Thompson
25. Program – Frankie Paul
26. You A Fool Boy – Angela Prince
27. Deliver Us – Half Pint
28. Rougher Yet – Slim Smith
29. Come To Me – The Jay Tees
30. Our Love – Yami Bolo
31. Love Bump – Lone Ranger
32. No Say So – Little John
33. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths
34. Greatest Sound In The Dance – XO (dubplate)
35. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
36. Highlanda Bus – Sluggy Ranks (dubplate)
37. Render Your Heart – Sluggy Ranks
38. Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
39. Lend Me The Sixteen – Johnny Osbourne
40. Nice Up the Dance – Michigan and Smiley
41. Keep On Moving – Johnny Osbourne
42. Never Let Go – Slim Smith
43. I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
44. The Answer – Lone Ranger
45. No Regrets – Carlton Livingston
47. Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osbourne
48. Consider Me – Jennifer Lara
49. I Don’t Know Why – Doreen Shaffer
50. No War – Johnny Osbourne
51. Jah Jah Children – Sugar Minott
52. Far East – Barry Brown
53. Jam It Up – Carlton Livingston

Ultimate Studio One Riddims – Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 55

In honor of my favorite reggae music record label of all time, I have crafted one of my best mixes ever. This is dedicated to you, the reggae lover.

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix artwork by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55

Ultimate Studio One Riddims Mix by Highlanda Sound, Reggae Lover podcast episode 55


Tracklist:

  1. Pick Up the Pieces – The Royals
  2. Reggae Is the Key – Earl Sixteen
  3. Africa Here I Come – Freddie McGregor
  4. Sweet Sweet Guyana – Luciano and Mikey General (dubplate)
  5. Love You Still – George Scott
  6. When I’m Ready – Freddie McGregor
  7. A Love I Can feel – John Holt ft. Dennis Alcapone
  8. Unity – Johnny Osborne
  9. Murderer – Johnny Osborne
  10. Keep On Coming A Dance – Lone Ranger
  11. Dry Cry – Sizzla (remix)
  12. Love Me Girl – Leroy and Rocky
  13. Little Girl – Freddie McGregor
  14. Get In the Groove – The Heptones
  15. Come Now Sister – Freddie McGregor
  16. Highlanda Run Yah So – Little Pinchers (dubplate)
  17. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Tennessee Williams
  18. Ten to One – Cornell Campbell
  19. False Alarm – Ray Darwin
  20. People’s Choice – Ray Darwin
  21. Roof Over My Head – Sugar Minott
  22. No No No – Dawn Penn
  23. Jah A the Creator – Michigan and Smile
  24. Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
  25. Chase Them Crazy – Lone Ranger and Welton Irie
  26. No Bother With No Fuss – Angela Prince
  27. Love Knows No Shame – Glen Washington
  28. Come On Home – Sugar Minott
  29. Girl of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  30. Shine Eye Girl – Clint Eastwood
  31. Sexy Dancer – Eddie and Sleepy
  32. Stop Crying – The Silvertones
  33. I’ve Got the Handle – The Heptones
  34. Breaking Up – The Heptones
  35. Give me Jah Jah – Sugar Minott
  36. Throw Me Corn – Larry Marshall
  37. Slacky Tidy – Horace Andy
  38. Wildest Dreams – Joseph Quote (dubplate)
  39. Bring Back the Love – Rude Boyz International (dubplate)
  40. Little Soundboy – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  41. Kill Another Soundboy Tonight – Johnny Osbourne (dubplate)
  42. Sing Jay Stylee – Johnny Osbourne
  43. Please Be True – Alexander Henry
  44. Wine of Violence – Freddie McGregor
  45. Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  46. Smile – The Silvertones
  47. Jah Righteous Plan – Johnny Osbourne

The Reggae Defenders

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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.

Foundation Roots, Reality and Culture

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Roots_Reggae_by_guidenzinIn this episode, I present some essential Roots reggae cuts, mostly from the 1970s. These songs deal with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists concerned, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God.

The featured artists provide social commentary and deliver lyrical themes including spirituality, resistance to government, black pride and repatriation.

You will hear Studio One classics, gems from Tuff Gong, Exterminator and Volcano, plus quintessential Trojan recordings, among others. The full track list is posted below. Enjoy the musical mix!

Song List:

1 Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp
2 Bob Marley – Africa Unite
3 Black Uhuru – Sensimilia
4 Sammy Dread – Road Block
5 Hugh Mundell – Rasta Have The Handle
6 The Gladiators – Easy Squeeze
7 Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
8 Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile
9 Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master
10 John Holt – Up Park Camp
11 John Holt – Tribal War
12 Barrington Levy – No Fuss Or Fight
13 Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed Inna Bush
14 Barrington Levy – Do Good
15 Barrington Levy – Murderer
16 Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed
17 Bob Marley – Forever Loving Jah
18 Bob Marley – Them Belly Full
19 Bob Marley – Rebel Music
20 Don Carlos – Natty Dread Have the Credentials
21 Half Pint – Political Fiction
22 John Holt – Police In Helicopter
23 Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard
24 Gregory Isaacs – Border
25 Yabby You & The Prophets – Babylon A Fall
26 Yabby You & Tony Tuff – Falling Babylon
27 Burning Spear – Follow Marcus Garvey
28 U Brown – Jah Is My Father Still
29 Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
30 Dennis Alcapone & Delroy Wilson – It Must Come
31 Barrington Levy – Teach The Youth
32 Cocoa Tea – Rasta Man
33 Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
34 U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
35 Johnny Osborne – Truths and Rights
36 Bob Marley – Time Will Tell
37 Burning Spear – Columbus
38 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
39 Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise
40 Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
41 Johnny Osborne – Jah Righteous Plan

NEW Sizzla Kalonji Culture Mix with 49 Songs Is Solid As A Rock

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This Sizzla mix was suggested by a fellow Reggae Lover, Kris in Atlanta, and truthfully I am grateful for such a suggestion.  The messages in Sizzla’s music have aroused and inspired many people over the past 20 years including myself.  This mix goes through the best of Kalonji’s catalog from 1995 to now and includes singles from ‘Radical,’ one of 2014’s Sizzla albums – a real “throwback” and a surefire treat.  Listen now, and spread the download link around when you get a chance.

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The Reggae Lover Podcast Sizzla Salute Mix – 20 years of Kalonji. Mixed by Kahlil Wonda, Highlanda Sound System

The Reggae Lover Podcast presents Sizzla

SIZZLA PLAYLIST

1 No White God
2 Really and Truly
3 Praise Ye Jah
4 Solid As A Rock
5 Smoke Marijuana
6 No Wicked Man
7 Dem Ah Wonder
8 Babylon A Listen
9 Jah Never Fail I
10 Radical
11 One Love
12 Clean Up Your Heart
13 Made Of
14 Blaspheme
15 Babylon Homework
16 Jah Blessing with Luciano
17 Freedom
18 Kings Of The Earth
19 Police in Helicopter with John Holt
20 Do You Ever?
21 Good Ways
22 Real
23 Gwaan Star
24 Like Mountain
25 Juvenile
26 Good Things
27 Dem Ah Try Ah Ting
28 Lovely Morning
29 Freedom Cry
30 Render Your Heart
31 Chant Dem Down
32 Take Myself Away
33 To The Point
34 King In The Jungle with Jah Cure
35 Holding Firm
36 Explain To The Almighty
37 Azanldo
38 Till It Some More
39 Show Us The Way
40 Love Is Always There
41 Beautiful World
42 Give Them A Ride
43 Trust and Love
44 Sad Mistake
45 Blaze Fire Blaze
46 No Other Like Jah
47 Collie with Sugar Minott
48 Dem Ah Gaze
49 Hardcore

Dubplates, Ganja Tunes, and Studio One Riddims

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This mix contains classics from some of the Studio One label’s biggest riddims. The dubplates selected here help to illustrate the story of Highlanda, an original sound system founded in Atlanta in 1999 by Guyanese and Jamaican selectors from Brooklyn, New York.  See tracklist and download link below.

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1   The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie
2   Early B – The Visit of King Selassie
3   Buju Banton – Concrete Jungle Rock
4   Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone Chalice
5   Luciano and Mickey General – Sweet Guyana (Dubplate)
6   Mykal Rose – Stalk of Sensimelia
7   Everton Blender – Bring The Kutchie Come
8   Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderalla
9   Imani – The Sweetest Sound I’ve Ever Known (Dubplate)
10  Sugar Minott – Soundboy Killing (Dubplate)
11  Sluggy Ranks – Sodom and Gomorrah (Dubplate)
12  Sugar Minott – Never Gonna Give Jah Up
13  Hopeton James – Send Your Threat (Dubplate)
14  Sugar Minott – Vanity
15  Warrior King – Highlanda Kill Your Sound (Dubplate)
16  Garnett Silk – Kingly Character
17  Luciano – Give Praise/Jah Blessing (Dubplate)
18  The Heptones – Were Gonna Fight
19  Mickey General – Amazing Medley (Dubplate)
20  Barry Brown – Give My Love A Try
21  Carlton Livingston – Here I Stand
22  Johnny Osbourne – Jah Righteous Plan
23  Sugar Minott – Don’t Fuss or Fight
24  Johnny Osbourne – No War
25  Carlton Livingston – Jam It Up
26  Sugar Minott featuring The Congos – Oh DC (Dubplate)

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Super Stars of Reggae (1987-1989)

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Thanks for joining me on this Reggae Lover journey.  This is the 5th episode of the podcast in and I’m truly thankful for the feedback coming. It has been very encouraging.  Each episode has a brief intro and outro, but I do not talk over the music, nor do I place sound effects over the mixes.  You can actually hear all the songs, the mixing and blending clearly as they are recorded live. Within this episode I feature the Super Star Riddim from 1989, the I Need You Riddim from 1987, a nice Delroy Wilson off the More Ideas Riddim (1988), the Enquirer Riddim from 1988 with Sanchez covering Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative,” and finally ending off with Singing Melody and Shabba Ranks on the Gal Yu Look Good riddim.

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Late 1980s Super Stars of Reggae

I have many ideas and themes for upcoming episodes, some already recorded, and some still in my brain.  If you too have ideas of stuff you would like to hear me put down in a mix feel free to hit me up using the hash tag #ReggaeLover onTwitterFacebookGoogle +Instagram, or Pinterest.

Also you can email me at ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com.

Tracklist

1 Gregory Isaacs – Love Contract
2 Ken Booth – Call Me
3 Colin Roach – Oh Girls (Don’t Be Cruel)
4 Thiller U – Have Fun
5 Brian and Tony Gold – Bullseye
6 Cocoa Tea, Home T and Shabba Ranks – Who She Love
7 Tiger – Boombastic
8 Cocoa Tea – Come Again
9 Al Campbell – Easy Loving
10 Chuck Turner – I Need You
11 Super Black – Got To Be Careful
12 Cornell Campbell – Mix Up Family
13 Pinchers – Champion Bubbler
14 Little John – Block Traffic
15 Delroy Wilson – Ease Up
16 Sanchez – My Prerogative
17 Carl Meeks – Rawborn Rub A Dub
18 Ini Kamoze – Stress
19 Sugar Minott – Jah is the Way
20 Singing Melody – Hurry Back Home
21 Shabba Ranks – Gal You Good

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Tribute to Studio One: Reggae Vault Classics

Tribute to Studio One Reggae Vault Classics by Highlanda

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Reggae Vault Classics presents Tribute to the legendary Studio One record label.  Nuff respect to the founding father, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd!!!

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Tracklist :

  • Intro – SuperPEC
  • 1  No No No (You Don’t Love Me) – Dawn Penn
  • 2  Truly – Marcia Griffiths
  • 3  Love Me Forever – Carlton And The Shoes
  • 4  Love Won’t Easy – The Heptones
  • 5  I’ve Got The Handle – The Heptones
  • 6  Breaking Up – Alton Ellis
  • 7  Girl Of My Dreams – Cornell Campbell
  • 8  Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
  • 9  Mr. BassieHorace Andy
  • 10 Unchained – Bob Andy
  • 11 Skylarking – Horace Andy
  • 12 Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
  • 13 Tribute To Studio One – Michigan and Smiley
  • 14 Pretty Looks – The Heptones
  • 15 I’m Just A Guy – Alton Ellis
  • 16 Vanity – Sugar Minott
  • 17 Created By The Father – Dennis Brown
  • 18 Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
  • 19 No Man Is An Island – Dennis Brown
  • 20 Soul Power – The Heptones
  • 21 Real Rock Instrumental 
  • 22 Undying Love – Ernest Wilson
  • 23 Let Them Say – Bob Andy
  • 24 Rock Me – The Heptones 
  • 25 Sea Of Love – Marcia Griffiths
  • 26 Money Can’t Buy My Love – Johnny Osborne
  • 27 Too Experience – Bob Andy
  • 28 I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
  • 29 I Dont Know Why – Doreen Schafer
  • 30 DC – Sugar Minott
  • 31 DC (Highlanda Dubplate) – Sugar Minott
  • Outro – Kahlil Wonda and SuperPEC

Theses tunes are foundation!!!  Studio One still rules!!! Nuff Respect!!!

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U-Roy Interview – Reggae Vault Classics 33

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Vault Classics podcast produced for promotional purposes only by Highlanda Sound for March,  2011 featuring classic reggae music in a radio broadcast mix-show format.

This episode includes a very special interview with Daddy U-Roy and the Featured Artist Special Mix which broadcasts weekly on the Reggae Vault Classics Radio Show (Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on Da Flava Radio and Route1Radio.com.

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Playlist:

1  Rightful Ruler featuring Peter Tosh
Wake The Town
3  No More War
4  Come Home Little Girl
5  The Higher The Mountain featuring Big Youth
Tide Is High
Jah Jah
8  Listen To The Teacher
9  Runaway Girl
10 Have Mercy
11 Dread Inna Babylon Dub
12 Chalice In The Palace
13 Love Is Overdue
14 “A” Class Rub-A-Dub with Sugar Minott and Supercat
15 Tom Drunk with Hopeton Lewis
16 My Girl
17 Small Axe
18 Natty Rebel
19 Night Nurse with Dennis Brown, and Gregory Isaacs
20 Wear You To The Ball

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