More people listen to dancehall now

On this week’s show we feature more new music of course and yes, more people are listening.  Check the playlist below and here’s the direct link to the new show. You can right-click and Save As to download the file, or just left-click to listen now: http://stuff.highlanda.net/rss/podcast/s2/Dancehall_Now_Episode_3.mp3

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Dancehall Now Episode 3
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:08 AM

1   Need You Bad – Jazmine Sullivan
2   Jail – Busy Signal
3   Real Jamaican – Mykal Rose featuring Busy Signal
4   Me Nuh Give a – Timberlee
5   Gal dem tired – Buju Banton
6   Gal A You – Demarco
7   Hand up – Determine
8   Style Dem – General B
9   Know Long Time – Zebra
10  Love LockDown – Kanye West
11  So Special – Mavado
12  Kill Dem All – Bounty Killer
13  I Can Feel Your Pain – Gyptian
14  In Your Eyes – Sanchez
15  She Loves Me – Serani
16  The Mission – Stephen Marley featuring Damian Marley
17  We Need Barack – Mavado featuting Barack Obama
18  Nuh Linga – Elephant Man
19  Long Distance Girlfriend – Heavy D
20  Money Fi Spend – Vybes Kartel
21  Keep It To Yourself – Queen Ifrica
22  The Way You Make Me Feel – Serani
23  Street Life – K, Salaam featuring Trey Songz & Buju Banton
24  100 Stab – Aidonia
25  Tic Toc – Busy Signal
26  I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
27  Barack Obama – Cocoa Tea

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Kahlil Wonda On Dancehall Now

Dancehall Now is the name of Highlanda’s new podcast, which launched its first episode yesterday over the web.

http://www.highlanda.net/rss/podcast.php

Reggae Hits and Dancehall Pre-Release from Highlanda

The podcast (also known as webcast, media cast and many other synonyms) takes on a commercial radio station musical format which means there is not necessarily a DJ mix even though short mixes will be included from time to time.  The program’s playlist will feature primarily songs that are topping reggae charts internationally and receiving airplay, but Highlanda will also select pre-release music that has the promise of becoming hits.

You can expect to hear a cross section of Dancehall Now, hence the name of the show, and the playlist varies the tempo of songs  in a seemingly random fashion.  One can also expect to hear interviews and be kept up on major current events that pertain to the dancehall industry.

The hosts of the show, which is to be updated weekly, pop in periodically to give you song and artist information, and usually get back to more music within 1 minute so that the show’s run time includes as many songs as possible.  Requests are welcomed as Highlanda will be keeping the more popular songs in the rotation based off of listener feedback at podcast@highlanda.net.

Alton Ellis Remembered

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One of my all time favorite artists, Alton Ellis passed away today and will be missed by many across the world. Alton was a former member of The Heptones, another of my favorite groups from the Finest Years era. Listen to or download a copy of The Finest Years, and The Book of Life at www.highlanda.net for a taste of some Alton Ellis selections mixed with other timeless masterpieces.

It comes with great sorrow that I spread the news that Mr. Soul of Jamaica, Alton Ellis, passed away on the morning of October 9th. The world was given this treasure in 1944 when he was born in Trenchtown, Kingston, JA. His career spanned nearly five decades and his ever-lasting impression on the future of Jamaican music came in the mid- to late-sixties as the riddim-laden grooves filled with his soulful melodies permeated the upbeat vibrations of the ska era. The summer of ‘66 saw the explosion of rocksteady in the Kingston scene and Alton ruled the dancehalls during this time as he cuts tunes for Studio One and Treasure Isle among others.

His musical longevity persisted for years and years and he enjoyed much-deserved praise from a new generation of listeners as ska and rocksteady made a revival in the late nineties. Among them was myself, who had goosebumps on my skin when hearing his voice for the first time around the age of 16. Over time, I became exposed to more and more of his tunes, none of which every left me without my heart beating at a faster pace or a tear in my eye from the passionate sounds coming out of my hi-fi. His sound truly made a lifelong impression on me and he will forever be missed in my heart.

Alton…your music was there with me during the joy-filled times in my life and it was also there during those dark, lonely times. We’ll sit under the willow tree together with Phyllis one day and I’ll tell you all about it.

From: www.thegoldbrick.net

When the Roll is called up yonder, Alton Ellis will be singing there…

Spotlight on Guyana

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Well written by Highlanda.net‘s Crisis Don, here’s a feature on my hometown, GT – the Republic of Guyana.

As most of you who follow Highlanda Sound System already know, we are a sound that treats our heritage with much respect and admiration.  We alone are not the ones who have a say in our destinies.  We believe that because of those that have passed before us, we are blessed with endless examples of excellence.  Therefore I will give you a synopsis, so to speak, of our country Guyana.

Guyana Flag

Guyana Flag

The word Guyana is of Amerindian descent, meaning “land of many waters”.  The country was termed this because of it’s many rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water.  The three main rivers in Guyana are the Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice Rivers.  Furthermore, the area is below sea level at high tide.  In order to fight off the Atlantic Ocean, sea walls and sluices are used to holt the great body of water.

Guyana is about 83,000 sq. miles which is roughly the size of the United Kingdom.  Speaking of which, Guyana (formerly British Guiana) is the only English-speaking country in South America.  The countries surrounding it are Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana).  The country is also considered the largest country in the West Indies (note that the rest of the countries in the West Indies are island states).

Guyana was first populated by the Amerindians which included of Caribs, Arawaks, Warraus, Wapisianas, Arecunas, Akawaios, Macusis, Patamonas, and Wai-wais.  Modern Guyana has six distinct ethnic groups that comprise it’s population: African (40%), East Indian (51%), Chinese, Portuguese, European, and Amerindian.  This diversity of ethnicity was caused by the vast history of the country.

Map of Guyana

Map of Guyana

When the Dutch were in control of the northern South America coastline, slaves were brought from West Africa to work on the cotton and sugar plantations.  In 1831 when the British became a major player in the colony race, the three colonies of Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice were united and named British Guiana. In 1834 slavery was abolished which led to the use of indentured servants.  Immigrants also came from Europe, China, and India, causing the ethnic landscape we see today in the country.

British Guiana gained independence on May 26, 1966, which led to the country’s title of Guyana.  Guyana became a Republic within the British Commonwealth on February 23, 1970, the full name then became The Cooperative Republic of Guyana.  Guyana’s  constitution also came about in 1980.

This is a very brief synopsis of the country of Guyana.  Highlanda Inc. is dedicated to spreading not only our music world-wide, but we also find it necessary to spread our culture.  Stay posted for more on this and other topics.

– Crisis Don