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  • Wicked Sound Clashes With New Sounds on the Battlefield

    We revisited Wicked Sound Clashes With New Sounds on the Battlefield, including the 12-sound Battle Royal competition, Yung Gunz versus Notorius in Brooklyn, and Innocent Sound versus Emperor Sound in the DMV.



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    48m | Dec 12, 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.

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    23m | Nov 29, 2022
  • Expert Analysis - Who Really Wins in the Clash At Sea?

    Anticipation builds for the Welcome to Jamrock Sound Clash at Sea featuring World Clash champions Code Red versus Warrior Sound, Notorius with Little Shabba and Badgyal Marie, and Dynamq, a.k.a the "River Nile Crocodile." Who will win?

    We dissect recent and upcoming sound clash events, including:

    • 2022 Lawless Soundclash in California between Jah Mikey One, King Shine, and Blunt Posse.
    • Mention of Destination Badda Dan 123 Canada.
    • Emperor versus Innocent in DMV.
    • King Addies vs. King Waggy T in South Florida.
    • Irish and Chin 2023 Sound System Summit.


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    36m | Oct 24, 2022
  • Innocent Defeats Addies In A New World Order Clash

    We bring an analysis of the New World Order sound clash, which put Innocent Sound up against King Addies in Atlanta on September 17, 2022. Mello Promotions/Fam1st Entertainment and The Fresh Station promoted the contest, and Dynamq held down hosting duties.


    In this episode:

    • Recent clash record of both sounds.
    • Recapping rounds 1 through 4 and tune fi tune.
    • Where King Pin went wrong.
    • What's next for each sound?


    "When it gets to the 3rd and 4th rounds, you better have something special to play." - Kahlil Wonda.


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    35m | Sep 27, 2022
  • Remarkable Murder of 5 Sound Guy by Diamond Sunshine

    Breaking down the 123 Badda Dan Sound Clash held on August 13, 2022, in South Florida. Welcome to Season 10 of Reggae Lover!

    Last year's winner, Prodigy Movements (FL), competed against Super Tremor (Queens, NY), Redi Roc (Connecticut / FL), King Trendsetta (FL), Shockwave Sound (Brooklyn, New York), and King AP (Atlanta) in the 123 Badda Dan USA 🇺🇸 Sound Clash 2022.

    The winner of the Clash was Super Tremor with solo female selector, Diamond Sunshine at the controls. She exploited the other selectors in a remarkable fashion taking home the trophy and prize money along with 2 plane tickets to Europe to compete in the finals!

    The clash was hosted by Jimmy Spliff from King Shine and streamed live by Team Torment.

    Resources:

    (AUDIO) USA BADDA DAN SOUND CLASH 2022 (REDI ROC, KING AP, SHOCKWAVE, SUPER TREMOR, PRODIGY, TRENDSETTA).




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    40m | Sep 5, 2022
  • Top 5 Big Reggae Songs of the Year 2022

    We present the Top 5 Big Reggae Songs of the Year 2022 so far. This is the Season 9 finale of the Reggae Lover.

    Also, check out Kahlil Wonda and AGARD on Pandora New Reggae Radio's "Best Reggae+Dancehall '22" program, a special mid-year feature to commemorate International Reggae Day. Here’s a direct link to the program: https://pandora.app.link/JMK5vPHojrb.



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    24m | Jul 25, 2022
  • The Truth About Mental Health in the Reggae World

    This is a light touch on a heavy topic. More conversations like these need to be had.

    Resources:

    Heal and Grow Journey Podcast.

    Reggae Lover Episode 185 - Music Therapy featuring Jay Blessed.



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    39m | Jul 4, 2022
  • Downbeat Falls to LP In A Monumental Sound Clash

    We discuss how Downbeat and Firgo Digital Fell to LP In the "No Long Talking" Sound Clash.

    AGARD and Kahlil Wonda breakdown many aspects of this clash including:

    • Downbeat's next-generation finally debuts as Tony Screw watches from the crowd.
    • The competition between the 3 sound systems that strung up (audio quality).
    • LP International's strategy and preparation for this dance.


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    56m | Jun 6, 2022
  • What Happened At World Clash The End: Full Review

    Hosts Kahlil Wonda and AGARD review and discuss the results of World Clash featuring Code Red, Dynamq, Mystic, Stereo 5, Observer, Empire, Warrior, Klymaxx, and Rodem Cyclone, plus other recent sound clashes in New York and Atlanta.

    Topics Covered:

    • What Happened At World Clash The End: Full Review
    • Stereo 5 versus King Addies
    • King Animosity versus Blunt Posse
    • King AP versus King Eternity
    • Downbeat versus Firgo Digital versus LP International


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    1h 34m | May 14, 2022
  • Poor Album Sales Revisited and Reactions to Best Comments

    Processing the dismal first-week sales performance of recent albums from Koffee, Shensea, Spice, Skillibeng, Vybz Kartel, and Alkaline.

    Reading the "mailbag" and reacting to comments from listeners live.



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    41m | Apr 25, 2022
  • On The New Koffee, Shensea, and Bling Dawg Albums

    Reviews of Koffee - "Gifted," Shensea - "Alpha," and Bling Dawg - "ELEV8."

    Three full-length debut albums out of Jamaica for 2022.



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    42m | Apr 7, 2022
  • Ways for Reggae Artists to Make Money Now

    Traditional and Creative Ways for Reggae Artists to Make Money Now.

    In a conversation inspired by Sister Nancy finally earning royalties from her 1982 hit single 'Bam Bam,' we discuss what's going on in the business in 2022.




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    45m | Mar 21, 2022
  • Best Big Reggae Dancehall Riddims in the 2000s

    Conversation running down the Biggest and Best Reggae Dancehall Riddims of the 2000s.



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    43m | Mar 7, 2022
  • Really Special Tribute To The Legend Robbie Shakespeare

    Tribute To Robbie Shakespeare, the iconic Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer. We would be remiss to not honor such an instrumental member of the reggae fraternity.

    Robbie was affectionately known as half of the dynamic reggae rhythm section and production duo, Sly and Robbie. He and Sly Dunbar worked together on hundreds of thousands of recordings.

    Bassist for Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, and countless reggae legends, Robbie won 2 Grammy Awards among numerous industry accolades over a decades-long career that helped to shape reggae music and propel the sound of dancehall into the future.




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    36m | Feb 13, 2022
  • Complete Review of Massive Debut Album from Masicka, '438'

    Our Masicka '438' Album Review kicks off Reggae Lover season 9.

    Adjectives that describe '438:' emotional, introspective, dark, cohesive, impressive.

    This body of work provides an excellent introduction to the artist.

    Songs depict life inclusive of its positivity, inspiration, sexuality, and inevitable toxicity.

    Masicka excels at painting imagery with his lyrics. Featured artists include Popcaan, Dexta Daps, and Stefflon Don.

    Wordplay is on the level of Kabaka Pyramid, Busy Signal, or Aidonia. Storytelling is vivid, reminiscent of Nas, Slick Rick, or your favorite movie screenplay.



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    33m | Jan 30, 2022
  • Best of 2021 Reggae

    2021 results are in! What things do we want to see happening in the upcoming year? Can this really be the end of another Reggae Lover season?

    Kahlil and AGARD bring you a wrap-up of 2021 highlights and superlatives from the reggae world. Looking ahead, they list anticipated events and releases before getting a bit political.

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Reggae Lover Podcast Youtube channel, support our merch shop, and share the links with your people.

    Give thanks!



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    34m | Dec 12, 2021
  • Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of All Time

    Best dancehall riddims of all time. For the first time ever both co-hosts present one unified Top 5 list. Fantastic discussion about a very debatable topic.

    Thank you for your patience in waiting for this delayed-release as the Reggae Lover team has juggled multiple projects this fall. The next episode will bring season 8 to a close. Big up to all reggae lovers worldwide. We dedicate this podcast to you.



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    36m | Nov 25, 2021
  • Best of New Summer and Fall 2021 Dancehall Reggae

    Post-Covid Highlights, Verzuz, Clash updates, New music, and shout-outs.

    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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    36m | Oct 25, 2021
  • Top 5 Most Underrated Reggae Dancehall Artists

    Jamaican State of Mind host, Nick, joins the team to discuss their opinions on the most underrated artists in Reggae and Dancehall.

    Mentioned in this episode: Agent Sasco (formerly Assassin), Tanya Stephens, Masicka, Cham (formerly Baby Cham), Frisko Kid, Agent Sasco (Assassin), Louie Culture, Sugar Minott, Roundhead, Mr. Lexx (formerly Lexxus), Merciless, Junior Cat, Bushman, Tony Curtis, Demarco.



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    1h 7m | Oct 10, 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 reggae
    • About 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 Reggae


    Here are a few reggae artists, including Pacific islander and West Coast artists and bands, mentioned in the episode!

    Collie Buddz

    Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is a Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single "Come Around”.

    Gentleman

    Tilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician.

    Kabaka Pyramid

    Kabaka 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 Boog

    J-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.

    Hirie

    Hirie 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.

    Anuhea

    Anuhea is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the island of Maui in Hawaii.

    Mike Love

    Michael 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 Green

    The 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 Vision

    Inna 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 Royal

    Jesse 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 Corleon

    Don 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.

    Demarco

    Collin Demar Edwards, better known by his stage name Demarco, is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist.

    Kolohe Kai

    Kolohe Kai is a Hawaiian reggae-pop musical group, formed in 2009 by lead singer and songwriter Roman De Peralta.

    Stephen Marley

    Stephen 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.

    Luciano

    Jepther McClymont OD, better known as Luciano, is a Jamaican second-generation roots reggae singer.

    SOJA

    SOJA (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.

    Rebelution

    Rebelution 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.

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    35m | Sep 27, 2021
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