Reggae Lover

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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover pulls back the curtain on the issues, backstories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena with an emphasis on sound system culture.

The reggae lover podcast features quality discussions relatable to reggae lovers, from dubplates to current reggae to studio one lover's rock.

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Does Dancehall Have A Devastating Love Affair With Violence?
Nov 29 2022
Does Dancehall Have A Devastating Love Affair With Violence?
Reactions to the recent ban on violent content over Jamaican airwaves and TV. In addition, some alternatives for reducing crime are offered, and a short list of quality new music releases. Does Dancehall Have A Devastating Love Affair With Violence?Jamaica’s broadcasting regulator has banned all music and television broadcasts it perceives as glorifying criminal activity, drug use, weapons, or scamming. According to the Jamaican government, the goal is to reduce material that “could give the wrong impression that criminality is an accepted feature of Jamaican culture and society.” The ban comes after Jamaican authorities have battled rising gun violence rates, pushing the country’s murder rate to the highest of any nation in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2021. The ban also avoids “urban slang” related to lavish lifestyles, acquiring money, or making wire transfers.In Jamaica, the Broadcasting Commission is the regulatory body established to control media in the country. The Commission outlines its primary purpose as to serve as a regulator that leads and facilitates the development and advancement of a dynamic electronic communication sector for the benefit of Jamaica and the Caribbean.  Broadcast laws are established, and media entities are expected to follow the regulations outlined. Not following them could lead to sanctions and penalties.Resources: this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Why Pacific Reggae Is Massive and Is Here To Stay
Sep 27 2021
Why 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 — Inquiries: & Opt-Out: