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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by *Kahlil Wonda* and *AGARD* , Reggae Lover ( @ReggaeLoverPodcast ( https://www.instagram.com/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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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by *Kahlil Wonda* and *AGARD* , Reggae Lover ( @ReggaeLoverPodcast ( https://www.instagram.com/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.

Find Kahlil Wonda and AGARD on Social Media:

Instagram: @KahlilWonda ( https://www.instagram.com/kahlilwonda ) @AOAgard ( https://www.instagram.com/aoagard/ )

Twitter: @ReggaeLoverPod ( https://www.twitter.com/reggaeloverpod )

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    Top Five Juggling Selectors of All Time

    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.

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    • 29 min
    Staying Power in Reggae and Dancehall

    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.

    Sizzla
    Miguel 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 Kartel
    Adidja 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.

    Popcaan
    Andre Hugh Sutherland is a Jamaican deejay, singer, and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas.

    Buju Banton
    Mark 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.

    Spice
    Grace 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 B
    Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar is an American rapper and actress.

    Protoje
    Oje Ken Ollivierre is a contemporary reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica.

    Jeremy Harding
    Jeremy 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.

    Demarco
    Collin Demar Edwards is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist

    Charly Black 
    Desmond Méndez is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, selector, and singjay.

    Rihanna
    Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Top 5 Sound Clash Selectors of All Time

    The Top 5 Sound Clash Selectors of All Time

    Reggae Lover Podcast episode with Kahlil Wonda and AGARD listing their Top Five Selectors in Soundclash history.


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    • 38 min
    Jamaicans Getting Love on Billboard Charts

    Jamaicans 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 - Cheerleader
    QUOTABLES
    • "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.


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    • 55 min
    Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All Time

    Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All Time

    Season 8 opens with an overdue Top 5 list from the Reggae Lover hosts - their Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All Time.
    We discuss the criteria used in selecting these top reggae sounds aka DJ teams. These lists include juggling sounds, clash sounds, Jamaican-based sounds, "Foreign" sounds, foundation/rub-a-dub sounds, and all-purpose sound systems. Respect goes out to all the Jamaican Sound Systems out there and of course all the fans.
    During this analysis the need for a separate top selectors list became apparent. Look out for that topic to be covered in-depth during a separate upcoming episode. Also, moving forward we will be adding the video format so look out for links to those shows on our Youtube channel.
    Mentioned in this discussion: Downbeat The Ruler, LP International, King Addies, Stone Love Movement, Killamanjaro, Bass Odyssey, Kozmik Movements, Studio One, Stur Mars, Mighty Crown, Highlanda Sound, King AP, King Stur Gav, Afrique, King Jammys.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Reggae Lover History (Part 2)

    Reggae Lover History (Part 2)

    A continuation of the historical episode in which we described the foundation of Highlanda Sound. This part of the conversation recaps our first gigs and the years that followed.
    In the late '90s, the three young lions that started Highlanda Sound vowed to become one of the most dangerous sound systems that played mostly 45s. 
    They committed to learning and practicing the arts of selecting and juggling in the dancehall arena. They set out to bring a different level of energy to the scene in Atlanta. They prided themselves on being versatile enough to entertain any type of crowd.
    They accomplished all that and more. Listen to the evolution that led to this podcast.


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    • 46 min

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