Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.
Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.
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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.
The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.
Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.
Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
I discuss Buju Banton’s triumphant return to the stage at the Long Walk to Freedom Concert. There’s no way I could fail to talk about this historic event.
Also, Koffee’s debut EP release and the placement of her single “Toast” in the box office blockbuster movie “Us.” Stream or download her EP “Rapture,” now.
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This episode includes footage from when I was a guest on the Dash-A-Fire podcast. You learn where I was born and raised. You learn where and how Highlanda Sound got started. I talked about my love for vegetarian food and where I go get it in Atlanta. I list some of my favorite artists and explain my inspiration for starting this podcast. All good stuff.
The island of Jamaica, West Indies continues to make noise, and we love it!
Noisey introduces #NoiseyJamaica II with appearances by Walshy Fire, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Jah9, Keznamdi & more! #ReggaeRevival
The second edition of Noisey Jamaica is a look into the revolutionary new young reggae movement led by charismatic artists like Chronixx and Jesse Royal.
Presented by Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire and also featuring controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline, Noisey Jamaica travels from downtown to the beaches to report on one of the most exciting periods in Jamaica’s rich musical history, including a look at the influence of Vybz Kartel, currently incarcerated for murder.
2. Hotta the Battle
3. Greedy Babylon
4. Modern Day Judas
5. Preying on the Weak (Overstand Ent.)
6. Clear My Head (Gachapan Records)
7. Light Like A Feather
8. Silent River
9. Good Morning
10. D.O.A (Dreaming of Africa)
11. Baby Let Me Be
13. Little Did They Know (XTM Nation)
14. Talk To Me
15. World Cry (Jus Bus Remix)
16. Wadada (Burning Spear Remix)
17. Jam Rock (Gachapan/Palace Pikney Records)
18. Forever (Eccentrix)
19. Gimmie Likkle Herb
20. Muddy Road
22. Get Away
23. If I Give You My Love (Maya Angelou Speaks)
24. Journey (Gachapan/Palace Pikney Records)
25. Rastafari Call You/Outro
Ragga Soca king, Bunji Garlin is poised for his greatest worldwide success with “Differentology,” the biggest hit to emerge from 2013’s Caribbean Carnival season.
Already the recipient of multiple International Soca Monarch awards in his native Trinidad, Bunji has not rested on his laurels. He maintains a steady international touring schedule and continues to push the sonic envelope with edgy soca tunes like “Differentology.”
The genre-bending song also caught the attention of Major Lazer, who immediately jumped on the remix. The song (which is featured on Major Lazer’s SoundCloud) is currently the DJ supergroup’s go-to track to open all of their live shows and has helped fuel the buzz to a crossover audience.
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Dates Venue City Event
Friday July 12th Gatey St. Lucia Sexy in Black
Saturday July 14th Celebration Square Mississauga Irie Music Fest
Intro – Hulk Hogan 0:15Bunji Garlin – Ready for the road (Major Lazer Dub Remix) 3:41 The Partysquad – Lion 5:52 Kid Kamillion/Rod Lee – Get Yo Handz up 7:15 KW Griff feat. Pork Chop – Bring In the Katz 9:35 Blasterjaxx – Miami (Original Mix) 12:07 GTA & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Wolfpack – Turn It Up 14:22 Bauuer – Slip 15:56Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (FASTA Boombahton Bootleg) 19:30Diplo and M83 – Express City (Benzi Short Redo) 21:37 Macklemore – Thrift Shop (Bounce Edit Benzi Refix) 22:12 Pepe y Otto – Culo 22:23 Action (Richie Beretta 7th Grade Dance Remix) 24:25 Alesia and DJ Snake – Bird Machine 26:42 Popcaan – Talk Bout We (Major Lazer Remix) 28:17 Mavado – Wah Dem A Do (Major Lazer Remix) 29:14 Bunji Garlin – So & So (Doc Jones Remix) 31:16 Jeff Retro – What U Came For (Trap to Toe Tap Remix) 33:22 Kid Khamillion and Dirk Diamonds – Blood Rave 36:28 Krafty Kuts – Feel Like Jumping 39:04 Gangnam Style – PSY (강남스타일) (Diplo Remix) 40:10 Yellow Claw & Cesqeaux – IBETCHU 41:16 Trap- Treat Me Right 43:26 Trap- Boom Clash (Major Lazer Remix)
Audio includes the International Top Rated 8 at 8 Dancehall/Reggae Countdown. Catch the syndicated Dancehall Now broadcast live on Daflavaradio.com and affiliate stations each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm (EST).