Reggae Lover

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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover (@ReggaeLoverPodcast) pulls back the curtain on the issues, back-stories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena.

This reggae podcast features discussions on the culture, economics, and all things relatable to reggae lovers. Highlanda Sound produces this Caribbean podcast with new episodes every Monday.

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Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of All Time
Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of All TimeBest of New Summer and Fall 2021 Dancehall ReggaeTop 5 Most Underrated Reggae Dancehall ArtistsWhy Pacific Reggae Is Massive and Is Here To Stay
We all know by now that Pacific Reggae is a thing, but after his first trip to Hawaii, Kahlil Wonda gained a whole new perspective.Cloaked in reggae's nirvana, Pacific Reggae is an INCREDIBLE musical treat. The genre has grown tremendously in the last few years and shows NO signs of slowing down!Post a trip to Maui in Hawaii, Kahlil realized the island’s profound love for the genre of music - it was everywhere, right from their local radio to restaurants, and popular venues! In fact, the whole of the place supports reggae, making it the predominant music genre in Maui. The beat is slow and steady, but definitely pulsating. (Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago.)In this episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast, Kahlil Wonda and Agard explore why Pacific Reggae is massive, and here to stay for longer than we can imagine!We also learn the nuances of Pacific music and the subtle elements that make it different from its contemporaries. The duo walks us through the journeys of successful reggae artists in the Pacific, including J Boog, Hirie, Anuhea, Mike Love, The Green, and Rebelution (to name a few), and how many of them turned to become global sensations!Here’s a quick recap of some things we discuss:Kahlil shares insights from his trip to Maui and why he was blown away by the city’s acceptance of reggaeAbout Mauian radio - their popular radio stations and selection of music ( Paia 92.5 FM aka Hi92 is one of them)How does Collie Buddz’s music reflect his love for island music?The future of Pacific ReggaeHere are a few reggae artists, including Pacific islander and West Coast artists and bands, mentioned in the episode!Collie BuddzColin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is a Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single "Come Around”.GentlemanTilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician.Kabaka PyramidKabaka Pyramid is a conscious revolutionary lyricist with a unique musical style; blending the power, energy, and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica. This Bebble Rock Music artist uses his liquid and hypnotizing delivery to spread positive messages of spiritual evolution that force you to listen.J BoogJ-Boog is a rapper, singer, actor, and member of the R&B group B2K with Lil' Fizz, Omarion, and Raz B. He was born and raised in Compton, California.HirieHirie of the exhilarating reggae band HIRIE–grew up a global citizen. The mission to spread HIRIE began in 2013, and, since then, the septet has garnered some high watermarks.AnuheaAnuhea is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the island of Maui in Hawaii.Mike LoveMichael Edward Love is an American singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys with his cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson and their friend Al Jardine.The GreenThe Green is a reggae band formed in 2009 from Oahu, Hawaii. Their sound blends dub-heavy roots reggae, smooth lovers' rock, contemporary pop, and rock with indigenous Hawaiian musical/lyrical references.Inna VisionInna Vision is known as Maui Hawaii's first original roots, a reggae band, and has been considered one of Hawaii's foundation roots reggae bands with the overall message promoting love from Hawaii to the world.Jesse RoyalJesse David Royal is a Jamaican reggae musician. In 2017 Royal recorded the album Lily of da Valley, released by Easy Star Records in October. The album topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.Don CorleonDon Corleon is a Jamaican record producer, songwriter, and mixer. He has worked with artists including Migos, Sean Paul, Sizzla, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel, Shaggy, Romeo Santos, Nicki Minaj, Pressure, Gentleman, Protoje, and Pitbull.DemarcoCollin Demar Edwards, better known by his stage name Demarco, is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist.Kolohe KaiKolohe Kai is a Hawaiian reggae-pop musical group, formed in 2009 by lead singer and songwriter Roman De Peralta.Stephen MarleyStephen Robert Nesta Marley is a Jamaican-American musician and is the son of Bob Marley. Marley is an eight-time Grammy Award winner, three times as a solo artist, twice as a producer of younger brother Damian Marley's Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock albums, and a further three times as a member of his older brother Ziggy Marley's group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.LucianoJepther McClymont OD, better known as Luciano, is a Jamaican second-generation roots reggae singer.SOJASOJA (an acronym of Soldiers of Jah Army) is an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington, Virginia. The eight-member band has released a number of singles, albums, and DVDs, including SOJA – Live in Hawaii. Their third full-length album Born in Babylon peaked at #11 on the Top Heatseekers chart while their 2012 album Strength to Survive topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. The band continues to tour and record new music.RebelutionRebelution is a reggae-rock music band formed in Isla Vista, California. The five original band members were Eric Rachmany, Matt Velasquez, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and Wesley Finley, who were all University of California, Santa Barbara students.Connect with Us!Our WebsiteSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reggae-lover/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Sep 27 2021
35 mins
Top Five Juggling Selectors of All Time
The hardest part for any real Reggae Lover is choosing WHO deserves to be in the TOP FIVE.Hear Kahlil and AGARD’s list of the top five juggling selectors of all time and discover their secrets to success. But before they present their list, what do you think it should be? Should technical skill matter the most or the showmanship? How much influence should one have in the selector’s community? Did they forget your favorite juggler?Here’s their combined list you’ve been waiting for -Fire Links - Veteran dancehall producer/selector Fire Links brings the heat every night. His 2016 collaboration with Kanye West titled Waves has debuted at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.Walshy Fire - Leighton Paul Walsh (Walshy Fire) is a Jamaican American DJ, MC, and record producer who is better known as part of the dancehall reggae-influenced group Major Lazer alongside fellow DJs Diplo and Ape Drums.Steelie Bashment - Steelie Bashment ( Dwayne “Steelie Bashment” McKay) is a popular selector from NYC whose Steelie Bashment Sound System set out on a mission to not only play music but to be a leading force in Reggae and Caribbean music entertainment worldwide.Super Twitch - Dancehall selector who always has electric energy. Twitch rose to prominence as a star on Afrique Sound before going solo.Rory - Rory Gilligan aka Rory Stonelove! Few have a better reputation for juggling than Rory. He is the long-time anchor of Jamaica’s most celebrated sound system, the Stone Love Movement.Sky Juice - Sky Juice is a Veteran selector and World-Clash winner, the frontman of Jamaica's Year-to-year sound, Metromedia.Tony Matterhorn - Tony Matterhorn is a dancehall reggae deejay and sound system selector from Kingston, Jamaica. He was featured on our Top 5 for Sound Clash selectors as well.Connect with Us! Our Website Kahlil Wonda Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube AGARD Twitter | Instagram  If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please help us reach more Reggae Lovers like you!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reggae-lover/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Sep 12 2021
29 mins
Staying Power in Reggae and Dancehall
The pandemic has affected both reggae and dancehall artists in more ways than one - we either have people shelving their releases or see artists putting out as much as possible to see if they can make a hit.That is why, in this episode, we decided to talk to Diego Herrera, Music Curator and Programmer, about Staying Power in Reggae and Dancehall and the changes we’re observing in the same today.For as long as he can remember, Diego has loved music. His interest in different musical genres led to a career working for streaming giant Pandora as their Reggae and Caribbean Music Curator and Programmer, creating playlists and stations for over 50 million streamers.Here are a few of the takeaways on Staying Power from Diego - ● Quality and not quantity is all that should matter to artists.● It would be best to consider an artist’s versatility while deciding the staying power - having that versatility helps you stand out and survive the onslaught of all the releases and noise. ● One hit song is all it takes to get you to the top of the artist’s community.● It helps to have a team around you and to be positive.Here’s a few artists mentioned in the episode!Bounty Killer Rodney Basil Price is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. AllMusic describes him as "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk". He is considered one of the best dancehall lyricists of all time.SizzlaMiguel Orlando Collins is a Jamaican reggae recording artist. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases.Vybz KartelAdidja Azim Palmer is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist, composer, record producer, and entrepreneur.Sean Paul Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques OD is a Jamaican rapper, singer, and record producer who is regarded as one of the genre's most prolific artists.PopcaanAndre Hugh Sutherland is a Jamaican deejay, singer, and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas.Buju BantonMark Anthony Myrie is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is widely considered one of the most significant and well-regarded artists in Jamaican music.SpiceGrace Latoya Hamilton is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer, and songwriter. Referred to as the "Queen of Dancehall", Spice is recognized as one of the most prominent dancehall artists in the world.Cardi BBelcalis Marlenis Almánzar is an American rapper and actress.ProtojeOje Ken Ollivierre is a contemporary reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica.Jeremy HardingJeremy Harding is a Jamaican musician, producer, and engineer. He was the manager for Jamaican reggae artist Sean Paul until 2011. He also produced for artists Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Tanto Metro and Devonte.DemarcoCollin Demar Edwards is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artistCharly Black Desmond Méndez is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, selector, and singjay.RihannaRobyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman.Connect with Us!Our Website Connect with Diego Herrera! Diego’s LinkedIn If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please help us reach more Reggae Lovers like you!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reggae-lover/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Aug 29 2021
1 hr 21 mins
The Top 5 Sound Clash Selectors of All TimeJamaicans Getting Love on Billboard Charts
Jamaicans have reached different parts of the world, generating a sensation with our music, and let me tell you what, Jamaicans get chart love.Singers like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, Carl Douglas, and many others have put Jamaica's name rising above with their music. In 2015 an article published by the Billboard Hot 100 positioned these artists as the audience favorites, not only in Jamaica but also internationally. But not everything has to do with artists. Jamaican producers also shine with their talent producing big hits inside and outside the country.In this episode, we will talk to you about artists, producers, and the economic problems existing in the music world. Is everybody receiving their part of the revenues? Find out in today's episode.SUMMARY• Tyshane Thompson co-wrote "Having Our Way" with Drake and debuts at 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.• "CULTURE III" by Migos and "Jordi" by Maroon 5 albums feature Jamaican producers.• Artists need millions of streams to make a good profit.• Pandora paid Pharrell Williams just $ 6300 for 105 million plays, which says a lot about the music industry's current state.• Some of the artists who defined reggae culture were the Marley family, Freddie McGregor's family, and Shaggy. You'll always see the same people on the charts over and over.• The current population of Jamaica is 2,974,880.• Producers prefer to work with recognized artists than locals.• In the United States, there is a higher profit margin for producers than in Jamaica.• On the creative side, music needs to diversify.• Currently, in the music industry, there are legal loopholes in copyrights.• Jamaicans performing on Billboard Top 100 international charts include:Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting.Shaggy - It wasn't me.Sean Paul - Temperature and Get Busy.Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girl and You Owe Me One.Omi - CheerleaderQUOTABLES• "Artist, be true to yourself but, you have to understand this is also a business."• "Labels they're not gonna work with people who are gonna be wasting their time."RECOMMENDED RESOURCES• Pandora Paid Pharrell Just $6300 For 105 Million “Happy” Plays• "CULTURE III" by Migos and "Jordi" by Maroon 5 feature Jamaican producers.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/reggae-lover/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Aug 2 2021
55 mins
Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All TimeReggae Lover History (Part 2)Reggae Lover History (Part 1)Why We Love the 90s (Replay)Best Non-Jamaican Reggae ArtistsTop 5 Albums of All Time + Season FinaleBest Summer Songs 2021The Need for Caribbean Representation in FilmThe Roaring Twenties?Stop The ViolenceIn the Exciting World of Dancehall with Steve WilsonHow To Make Dancehall And Sound Clash Better Now