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ATX Sound System: December 30, 2018

With 2018 drawing to a close, and everyone making lists of their favorite music of the year, we decided to compile a list of our top 25 tracks. There were big album releases this year — ranging from old-skool legends like Ziggy Marley, to modern roots revivalist Proteje, to dancehall icon Popcaan — but the singles finding their way onto sound systems around the world this year were even more varied, with an international flair that continues to fuse influences from London to Lagos to Kingston (with plenty of other stops in between, like New York and Toronto). With that in mind, these are the tunes that enjoyed the heaviest rotation on our ATX Sound System over the past 12 months. Here’s to 2019!

1. “Addi Right Size” – Vybz Kartel, Lolaa Smiles, Eagle Sound

2. “Hard Drive” – Rvssian, Shenseea, Konshens

3. “Body So Good” – Popcaan

4. “On The Low” – Burna Boy

5. “Ben’ Ova” – WSTRN

6. “Banana” – Jada Kingdom

7. “Rice & Peas” – Chi Ching Ching

8. “Drogba (Joanna)” – Afro B feat. WizKid

9. “Last Night” – Kranium

10. “Netflixxx & Chill” – Moyann (pictured above)

11. “T-Shirt Weather” – Busy Signal

12. “Up Top” – Teejay

13. “Enjoy The Moment” – Charly Black

14. “Doing U” – Maleek Berry

15. “Legacy” – Rygin King

16. “Ouchea” – Ili Sanchez, Vybz Kartel

17. “Look Good” – Gyptian

18. “Emotional” – Kamille feat. Kranium and Louis Rei

19. “Rope” – Chi Ching Ching

20. “Mirage” – Alkaline

21. “Prove Dem Wrong” – Ding Dong

22. “JA Party” – Tifa

23. “Winningz” – Hard Fi Deal Wid

24. “From Morning” – Addis Pablo feat, Shanique Marie

25. “Rehwe Mie Enyim” – Y-Bayani and His Band of Enlightenment, Reason and Love

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 29, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Saturday, December 29!

• Koffee could be reggae’s next superstar
Shocking homophobic lyrics prompt call for Buju Banton boycott
• Teejay answers five questions for the Jamaica Gleaner

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 27, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, December 27!

• Bob Marley’s love of soccer explored in new short film
Remembering legendary UK reggae promoter Jumbo Vanrenen
UB40 loses original keyboard player Mickey Virtue

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 26, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, December 26!

• Giark will bring his brand of roots reggae to a new video game
Koffee makes a surprise holiday visit to Matthew 25 Boys’ Home
Reggae Sunsplash comes to Goa from January 12-13

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 23, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, December 23!

• Denzil Williams Jr bridges Swedish reggae and Jamaica
Third World celebrates more than four decades of hits
• Welcome to Jamrock cruise sold out one year in advance

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 21, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Friday, December 21!

• Etana’s Grammy nomination signals that 2019 will be breakout year
March 16 show in Jamaica for Buju Banton announced
• Morgan Heritage set for New Year’s Eve concert in Nairobi

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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ATX Sound System: December 20, 2018

Christmas, Jamaican Style

Despite the association between reggae and Rastafarianism, the majority of Jamaicans celebrate Christmas, and the island remains home to one of the most unique Christmas music catalogs in the world. Even when Jamaican artists take on a well-known, traditional carol, it is typically infused with the sort of reggae vibes and Caribbean-centric touches that could only have come from this part of the world. The musically-obsessed site Aquarium Drunkard last year dug deep into the crates to assemble an unprecedented collection of rare and vintage Jamaican Christmas tracks. They also set the scene with a history of popular Christmas music in Jamaica, along with a little insight into Yuletide celebrating, past and present, on this special island. If you’d like to transport your holidays back to a Christmas eve in 1970s Jamaica, we highly recommend checking it out here: Christmas Jambree: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape.

 

Afro B: Dancehall on an Afro Wave



South London (via Ivory Coast) resident Afro B is another name from the UK’s red-hot Afrobeat scene that’s been crossing over into dancehall sets of late. A self-described dancehall fan, Afro B prefers to use the term “AfroWave” to describe his sound, which is a fusion of African pop, UK hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall. After his track “Drogba (Joanna)” went global earlier this year (you know the one: “Joanna, Jo Jo Joanna…”), Afro B has been on fire. His newest single, “Melanin”, finds him pairing again with Team Salut, the (equally-hot) UK production trio behind “Drogba” and several other recent hits, and dropping a tune that immediately found its way onto our turntables. Check out “Melanin” on our Spotify playlist–and try to resist putting it on repeat.

 

Dutty Rock vs Afro Beat

The influence of dancehall on the Afro beat scene seems to now be going in both directions. Sean Paul’s latest production, the Gang Gang Riddim — which provides the foundation for his new single, “Look Quick”, as well as a series of other vocals from the likes of Konshens, Chi Ching Ching and Wayne Marshall — shows the resurgent singer/producer clearly absorbing the sounds of Afro Beat and Afro Swing. The Gang Gang Riddim displays the sort of gentle lope and bouncy melody that would be right at home in an Afro beats set. Listen for it on the Farenizzi track “Tonight,” which we’ve added to our Spotify playlist this week.

 

This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

Click here to hear the dub sounds we have been listening to the last few days.

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 19, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Wednesday, December 19!

#R9 album will see Rhianna more fully embrace reggae
Gingermon to release “Baked To Perfection” in 2019
• New video for Landon McNamara and Leilani Wolfgramm single

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 18, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, December 18!

• Bunny Wailer launches the the Wailers Statue Project
Interview with Austin Reggae Festival alum Kabaka Pyramid
• Reggae holiday sounds add more flavor to the season

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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Reggae News You Can Use For Dec 16, 2018

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, December 16!

Buju Banton hits the studio with Stephen Marley and producer Lenky
Is reggae’s new cultural status a kiss of death?
• Magma single ‘Diamonds’ added to ‘Ultimate 2018’ reggae compilation

Also, mark your calendar for April 19-21, which are the dates for the 2019 Austin Reggae Festival. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival raised $129,543.14 to help feed hungry Central Texas families. Let’s do even better in April 2019!

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