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Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration

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Kahlil Wonda Birthday in Atlanta

Commemorating the legacy and 70th anniversary of the Bob Marley’s birth

Highlanda Sound will be hosting A Bob Marley Tribute event at Studio No. 7, an art gallery, craft bar, eatery, and lounge in downtown Atlanta, voted Best of 2014 by Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

The tribute event will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10pm-3am to commemorate Marley’s 70th birthday, as well as to honor the birthday of Highlanda Sound co-founder ĀGARD.  Highlanda’s Kahlil Wonda, who shares an Aquarius birthdate with his wife, will also be celebrating on this special occasion. Musical selections as global as Marley himself will be presented all night by Highlanda Sound’s other co-founder, SuperPEC Archangel alongside selector M.I.C and surprise guests.

Located at 393 Marietta Street near to The World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, the venue Studio No. 7 is billed as a space for creatives and will offer a blend of art, cuisine, cocktails and music for this event.  Tickets starting at $10 will be available online and at the door.

Although he passed away in 1981, Bob Marley’s music still accounts for over half of all reggae music sales, and his message continues to resonate across the globe as a beacon of truth, justice, and love.

“Mr. and Mrs. Wonda and I wanted to organize a big Aquarius anniversary, meanwhile Highlanda’s supporters were asking for a special event on a weekend since many folks are unable to attend Rocksteady on 1st Sundays.  This all coincided with Bob’s 70th and Studio No. 7’s interest in hosting an event with Marley-inspired music.  More than just reggae, its an international music phenomena and a great way to infuse people,” said ĀGARD, founder of Highlanda Sound and ĀGARD Entertainment.

About Highlanda Sound

Highlanda Sound was started by DJ’s Superpec, Kahlil Wonda, and ĀGARD, who had a vision of creating an entertaining experiences and promoting reggae music world wide. Highlanda Sound launched in the spring of 1999. To learn more, visit Highlanda.net or call Kahlil Wonda at (404) 552-0492.

About Studio No. 7

Located between West Midtown and downtown Atlanta houses an art gallery, test kitchen, and lounge.  The space is reminiscent of a New York City loft with its exposed brick and high ceilings, and is the perfect place for drinks, great food and late night events.  To learn more, visit StudioNo7.com or call Earl Adams at (404) 549-9839.

View the event’s Facebook page here.

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

Bob Marley, The Legend #ReggaeLover #Podcast

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Reggae Lover podcast produced for promotional purposes by Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound featuring classic reggae music in a DJ mixed format.

Bob Marley

Reggae Lover Episode 11 – Bob Marley Still Rules. Click image to listen now.

This episode deals strictly with the music of “The Legend” himself, The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley. This is an audio montage in tribute to the man who has influenced world culture through his music and brought reggae music to the far corners of the universe.

Download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. I sincerely hope you enjoy the selections and mixing. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com or feel free to comment here.

Bob Marley Playlist

1 Roots Rock Reggae
2 Kinky Reggae
3 Slave Driver
4 Pimpers Paradise
5 Exodus
6 Rastaman Live Up
7 Natural Mystic
8 Roots Natty Roots
9 Easy Skanking
10 Natty Dread Rides Again
11 Buffalo Soldier
12 Jamming
13 Ambush In The Night
14 Redemption Song
15 We Don’t Need No More Trouble
16 Coming In From The Cold
17 Revolution
18 War

House Of Shem

Reggae band House Of Shem release album, “Harmony”

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House of Shem a 7 piece reggae band out of New Zealand is an exciting blend of talent sharing a solid bloodline and a passion for music with a mission.

House Of Shem - Harmony - Artwork

House Of Shem – Harmony – Artwork

House of Shem has enjoyed hit singles ‘Keep Rising,’ ‘Dreams’ and ‘What about the Children’ which have been included in the “Conscious Roots series 1, 2 & 3.”
They have also appeared on main stage at the Nga Puhi Festival, Raglan Soundsplash Festival 06 & 07, Parihaka Peace Festival 06 07 &08, One Love, & The Mighty Raggamuffin festival with UB40, THE WAILERS & MAXI PRIEST.
House of Shem released “Harmony” their third album last month via VPAL Music.
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Peter Tosh Performing Live in New York, 1978 & ’79 (Audio)

Check out recordings from two historic shows featuring Peter Tosh, provided by our friends over at The Midnight Raver Blog.  One Love.

Peter Tosh: My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY, 1978 & 1979 (2 shows).

New Site Where Reggae Kings Live Forever

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Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, Switzerl...
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New online presence ReggaePalace.com is a place for anyone to gain insight into the world of Reggae music. This site entertains all fans of Reggae, from the new surface level fan, to the deep rooted classic Reggae lover.   Artists featured include Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sizzla, and many many more!!

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The New Princess of Reggae

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With so much talent coming out of Jamaica everyday it is the hardest thing to burst through the pack and attain superstardom in the reggae music business.  The small island nation of Jamaica produces the most music per capita in the world each year.  Shocking statistic – I know.  I have to do my part in highlighting that which I consider to be exceptional talent.  Introducing a new artist by the name of Cen’ C Love

The daughter of Bunny Wailer, the living legend and original band member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Cen’C comes from a long legacy and musical tradition, but is a star in her own rights.  I first heard her in the studio in Atlanta and was instantly captivated by her skills on the guitar, combined with melodious vocals, and wholesome lyrics.  Her debut single “A Little More Time” is now receiving air-play in Jamaica and around the world.  Cen C Love was recently featured in Suzie Q’s new artist spotlight on ReggaeTopTen.com where you can also view and VOTE FOR the “A Little More Time” music video.  Check out this future reggae idol – Memba me tell you!

In these times turn to ‘The Book of Life’

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One of the reasons I love foundation (reggae) music is because of how the messages brought forth in songs recorded decades ago still can be applied directly to life today. Many of the lyrics and concepts are actually quotes from biblical texts sung over reggae bass lines. The Highlanda mixtape entitled ‘The Book of Life’ is dedicated to such selections from the Finest Years era and offers the wisdom of the ancients to those who will listen. ‘That’s right! If a reality you want, let me hear you shout out Highlanda!’ Listen to the Book of Life, now streaming online at www.highlanda.net. This mix will also be available as an mp3 file for download on demand soon. I welcome your comments and feedback.

Song List
1 – Intro – Tings Change
2 – Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
3 – Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
4 – Cool Out Son – Junior Murvin
5 – No Man’s Land – Cornell Campbell
6 – Tribal War – John Holt
7 – Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
8 – Whip Them Jah Jah – Dennis Brown
9 – No Man is an Island – Dennis Brown
10 – Never Gonna Give Jah Up – Sugar Minott
11 – Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
12 – Feeling Soul – Bob Andy
13 – Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin
14 – Satisfy My Soul – Bob Marley and the Wailers
15 – Slave Driver – Bob Marley and the Wailers

16 – I am the Conqueror – Dennis Brown
17 – Rebel Music – Bob Marley and the Wailers
18 – General Penitentiary – Black Uhuru
19 – Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
20 – Fade Away – Junior Byles
21 – Unchained – Bob Andy
22 – Hog and Goat – Don Carlos
23 – Cost of Living – Half Pint
24 – Early Sunday Morning – Eek A Mouse
25 – Praise Jehovah – Tenor Saw
26 – Ruff Ole Life – Sugar Minott
27 – M-16 – Sammy Dread
28 – Rudeboy Skanking – Israel Vibration
29 – Skylarking – Horace Andy
30 – See A Man’s Face – Horace Andy

31 – Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
32 – Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
33 – I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds
34 – Jah Promise – Johnny Osborne
35 – Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
36 – I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
37 – Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
38 – None Shall Escape – Johnny Clarke

The Empress

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I would like to big up all the aspiring artists out there. My last blog topic, Girl Power got the attention of many female artists currently making their own mark in the industry and I think its great. Thanks for reading the blog. Even though the road may be rough and rugged, in the words of Tupac Shakur,

“…keep your head up.”

For the record, my favorite singer in reggae is Marcia Griffiths. She is credited with the mega hit “Electric Boogie,” by far one of the biggest, most recognizable tunes in the history of the world. In fact its one of the earliest dancing tunes I remember to have come out of Jamaica. Known as the Empress of Reggae Music, Marcia was one of the I-Threes, who sang harmonies alongside Bob Marley and the Wailers. Of her material I most enjoy the solo work she did for the legendary Studio One label. Marcia Griffiths totaled 16 solo albums released, 4 with Bob Marley, and 2 with the I-Threes in a career spanning over 30 years of performing. She is still featured on tour alongside Beres Hammond.

That is what I call inspiration for all the young ladies out here striving to make a dream come through. Personally I like to play female artists whether at a live gig or putting down a studio mix even though many DJs ignore those selections as a whole. Big up DJ Pauze from Shock Out Radio out of the UK everytime. He has a slew of female artists from the UK, and the Caribbean islands that he is promoting. Check out his MySpace dedicated to promoting his female artists.