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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 31, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, January 31!

Estelle begins her 2019 world tour Montego Bay
Samini’s #Untamed picks up “2018 Album of the Year’ honors on Raggaeville
“Loving You Is Easy” marks first single for new Third World CD

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 Jan 28, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Monday, January 28!

Guspy Warrior wants to help unify Gwanda
Lydia Ndwiga releases reggae cover of Travis Greene song
New Zealand still buzzing from last week’s UB40 show

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 Jan 27, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, January 27!

Collie Buddz releases single “Bounce It” featuring Stonebwoy
Aimed at tourists, Kingston to build $25 million reggae museum
• What are the top ten Lucky Dude songs?

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: January 24, 2019

Awesome Sounds from Africa and Jamaica

When we don’t have the ATX Sound System turntables spinning, we like to keep our ear to the ground in two of our current favorite reggae hotspots: Portmore, Jamaica and Accra, Ghana. Thanks to the wonder of internet streaming, we’re able to tune in to local radio stations in each locale to get our fix of what’s new and bubbling in reggae, dancehall and Afrobeats.

SunCityFM: Located in Popcaan’s hometown of Portmore, situated halfway between Kingston and Spanish Town, SunCityFM plays a lot of mainstream hits (with a lot of talk) during the daytime but as evening time comes around, things really tend to pick up with more fresh dancehall riddims, especially on the weekend.

YFMBilled as Ghana’s “Number 1 Urban Youth Station”, YFM broadcasts across the capital of city of Accra and the golden triangle of Accra, Tumasi and Takoradi. YFM also tends to pick up more on nights and weekends (luckily +6 hours ahead of Austin, so this is afternoon time for us), where you apt to hear a mix of mainstream hits, Ghanaian reggae from the likes of Stonebwoy and Samini, and up-and-comers like Shatta Wale or Nigeria’s Burna Boy.

 

Classic Album: Cocoa Tea

In the early 1980s, producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes was on a hot streak, delivering 7″ singles by some of the brightest young (and not-so-young) talent on the scene — Yellowman, Toyan, Eek-A-Mouse, Little John, Linval Thompson and John Holt, to name a few — via his Volcano record label. Two notable releases among these were “Lost My Sonia” (1982) and “Rocking Dolly” (1983), infectious songs performed by a smooth-voiced singer named, fittingly, after the Jamaican word for hot chocolate: Coco Tea. Both are included on the 1985 debut album from Coco Tea (as his name was spelled then), Wah Dem a Go Do… Can’t Stop Cocoa Tea. Produced by Junjo, it features the muscular backing of the Roots Radics band and the Midas touch of Sylvan Morris (mixer extraordinaire who worked with from everyone from Bob Marley to Augustus Pablo) at the controls, using many of Junjo’s most popular early dancehall riddims. It wouldn’t be long before Junjo’s crown was stolen by an upstart producer named Prince Jammy (later King Jammy) who had previously served time working with sound systems and as King Tubby’s engineer. Ironically, Coco Tea’s next significant LP, The Marshall would be produced and released by Jammy. But his debut remains a classic in his catalog. You can see Cocoa Tea perform at this year’s Austin Reggae Festival and, in the meantime, hear the aforementioned tracks on our Spotify Playlist.

 

This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 22, 2019


Your daily dose of international reggae news for Tuesday, January 22!

Buju Banton criticized for comparing himself to Nelson Mandela
February 2019 is reggae’s golden anniversary month in Jamaica
I-Reef ready for new release “Govern the Road”

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 Jan 21, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for MLK Day on Monday, January 21!

Awa Fall talks about her new release “Words of Wisdom”
Bobi Wine’s powerful performance at the Rebel Salute Festival
Mighty Mystic announces new album “Enter the Mystic”

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 Jan 20, 2019


Your daily dose of international reggae news for Sunday, January 20!

Ed Sheeran continues to refine his reggae street cred
Jäh Division set for January 24 release
Welcome To Jamrock Cruise sold out for 2019

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 Jan 19, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Saturday, January 19!

Koffee answers five questions from the Jamaica Gleaner
Nattali Rize delivers to the masses on her new “Evolutionary” video
Spice battles to get out of her contract with VP Records

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: January 18, 2019

New Album: Eye Judah
Glued to the ATX Sound turntable this week is the debut LP from Ghana’s rising reggae star Eye Judah, entitled Genesis. Since first emerging in 2015, Eye Judah (real name Bernard Okaiteh) has been regularly name-dropped by such Ghanaian reggae royalty as Samini (who guests on one of the tracks here) and Stonebwoy. While the album shares multiple producers, the most notable tracks here are the ones produced by Vincent Mensah. Better known as Beatz Dakay, Mensah was previously the beatmaker behind many of Stonebwoy’s bigger hits. His production style is unexpectedly spare, with a surprising amount of space left between the beats and the instruments. The resulting effect is thoroughly intriguing: The beats feel remarkably rhythmic and percussive, and yet they contain far less actual percussion than your typical reggae riddim. The track “Nuh Play” is a perfect example. Be sure to check it out on the Austin Reggae Fest Playlist on Spotify.

 

Classic Album: Freddie McGregor

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at classic tracks and LPs recorded by artists performing at Austin Reggae Festival 2019. We kick it off this week with the timeless Freddie McGregor and his 1981 album, Big Ship. McGregor was, and remains, a devout Rastafarian who wasn’t afraid to address religious or social concerns in his music. But he could also channel his love of American R&B to deliver some of the sweetest Lovers Rock. Here, the two sides of McGregor combine seamlessly to create probably our favorite album in the Jamaican legend’s catalog. Credit also goes to the team behind this recording: The Roots Radics band, producer Lynval Thompson and mixer Scientist. Fans of Scientist will know that some of his most iconic output in the early 80s utilized Roots Radics sessions produced by Thompson, so the young King Tubby protege is right at home adding his magic touch here. It’s especially evident during the fadeouts and on the drum tracks, which reverberate throughout the album as though they were recorded at the bottom of a well. Wonderful stuff. At one point or another, McGregor would work with every notable producer in the game–from Coxsone Dodd at Studio One to Winston “Niney The Observer” Holness–but Thompson (an artist-turned-producer who, a the time, had only recently returned to Jamaica after completing a studio engineering course in New York) delivers a bonafide classic with Big Ship. In fact, McGregor would end up naming his record label after it! You can check out both original and dub versions from these sessions on the Austin Reggae Fest Playlist on Spotify.

 

This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

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Reggae News You Can Use For Jan 17, 2019

Your daily dose of international reggae news for Thursday, January 17!

Bob Marley estate to sell CBD-Infused drinks
“Famalay” jumps to the top of iTunes most downloaded reggae list
Lee Scratch Perry to celebrate birthday with special UK show

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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