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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.

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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.

    Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of All Time

    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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    • 36 min
    Best of New Summer and Fall 2021 Dancehall Reggae

    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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    • 36 min
    Top 5 Most Underrated Reggae Dancehall Artists

    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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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Why Pacific Reggae Is Massive and Is Here To Stay

    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 Reggae
    Here 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 200

    • 35 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

DaStandard ,

There’s no better time than now for this show!

Listening feels like I’m having a conversation with friends that I wouldn’t normally be able to engage with around the music and culture that I know and love.

MikelahMango ,

Reggae Lovers Podcast is awesome!

Really love this podcast! Great interviews and knowledgeable content around reggae music and Caribbean DJ culture. Big up Khalil Wonda and Āgard for their awesome work, keep doing it for the culture.

All hears ,

Great conversation

Enjoyed this episode going down memory lane, brought back few for me as well. Keep up the good conversation and advocating for reggae.

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