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Masicka may not perform Friday Night

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Corey Todd told Irie FM that organizers of the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth failed to inform Masicka or management of line-up changes that pushed Masicka’s performance up from almost 3am to 12:30. Listen here


The only dancehall mix you need this Summer… 

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ZJ Liquid- Summer 17 Mix-download

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Chronixx drops by Sway’s Universe

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Chronixx stopped by Sway’s Universe to promote his album Chronology which dropped 7/7/17. He talked Life’s Purpose, African diasporic genealogical detachment, Rastafari Livity and more. He emphasized that despite the hurdles one faces in life, there is always a greater purpose to be fulfilled. He went on to note that his dedication is not just to Africa but to Humanity. Watch him murder Sway’s 5 Fingers freestyle with ease.

DANCEHALL the origins of Hip Hop

The usage of sound systems and rapping over beats (toasting) was prominent in Caribbean dancehall, reggae, calypso, and dub music before the 1970’s creation of Hip Hop in America. Example of 60’s Jamaican dub artist, King Tubby. source

DJ Kool Herc, often considered one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop, discusses how his Caribbean Heritage influenced him and his work in Hip Hop.

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Sumfest Roundup

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FRIDAY JULY 21, 2017  





Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka , African Star Patoranking , Devin Di Dakta, Tifa , Jahmiel , Ding Dong , Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous featuring Bucky Marshall & Tuffa Lie & John Hype & Shelly Belly & Shankle Dip & Blazzy , Shenseea , TJ , and surprise guest stars.

Program subject to change anytime.
Show Rain or Shine.







Featured artists are Sean Paul , Sizzla, Beenie Man, Jah Cure , Queen Ifrica, Christopher Martin, Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band, Kabaka Pyramid, Mad Cobra, Feluke, Deep Jahi, Meleku’, Davianah , and surprise guest stars.

Program subject to change anytime.
Show Rain or Shine.



Freddie McGregor, RastafarI and Dancehall

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Freddie Mcgregor celebrated his 60th birthday this week. He’s had a vibrant career contributing to reggae and dancehall over the course of almost 6 decades. Mcgregor is among the likes of Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Judy Mowatt and others who in time joined the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

Freddie’s popularity soared in the early 80’s with the release of Bobby Bobylon and hits like Big Ship, Push Comes to Shove, Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely (a UK top ten hit) and I Was Born a Winner.

The establishment of the Big Ship Label in 1983 is possibly one of Freddie’s most lasting contributions to the industry. The label has gone on to produce for artists like Papa San, Lieutenant Stitchie, Tiger, Luciano and Mickey Spice. His Son Stephen seriously intends to keep up with his father’s legacy having produced countless contemporary dancehall/reggae hits. This year Stephen contributed to Shakira’s latest album. In 2013 Freddie received a Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

RastaFaraI and Dancehall

There is no doubt that Rastafarianism has played a major role in defining Jamaica’s identity. Almost everything which makes Jamaica so different from the host of islands that dot the globe is Rastafarianism and reggae music. Many tourists still believe Jamaica’s national colours are red, green and gold. While these colors have been rightly appropriated from the Abyssinian flag to signify the movements imperial sovereignty and direct association with His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari).

The early 90’s saw an upsurge of interest in Rastafarianism. Perhaps it was due to a collective rise in black nationalism that surged after the widely publicized Rodney King incident, Spike Lee movies and Hip Hop music which began to reflect more and more nationalistic content. It appears simultaneously reggae and dancehall saw its own resurgence of nationalism as popular dancehall deejays like Capleton and Buju Banton began growing locks and infusing Africa and Rasta tenets into their tunes.

It seems music coming from Africans in the diaspora may follow common fluctuations of highs and lows in terms of culturally conscious content. Whether its Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Garnett Silk’s Christ in his Kingly Character or Buju’s Til Shiloh, there is a consistent common thread that seems to begin to lean towards something more than the money, love, power and sexual prowess subject matter that experiences popularity spikes throughout music’s ongoing history.

Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music

Tanya Stephens vs. Portia

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Some people can do no wrong and artists, athletes and some politicians have more in common than meets the eye. Tanya Stephens sounded off in a Twitter post this week on the resignation of Jamaica’s first female prime minister, Portia Simpson.

According to reports the now deleted comment compared Portia’s time in office to a rapist. The assumption that Simpson sold out JA during her term has been a sentiment shared by the older JA audience for some time now. Clovis has been speaking volumes in his daily funnies where Portia’s political endeavors often take center stage.

Tanya Stephens calls it like she sees it and that’s why we love her. She demands professionalism and respect in the industry and gets it because she has consistency to back her. She wrote about those things women thought about but don’t say. From Goggle to Too Hype to Gangsta Blues and the original Rebellution (before REBELLUTION) Stephens been inspiring and empowering women throughout the course of her career.

Some said that Stephens should support Simpson simply because she is a woman. While others commented that discrediting Portia’s time in office is somehow hindering the feminist movement. The way I see it Stephen’s is empowering women everyday through her lyrics old and new. Now some will say that I am bias by dancehall association. They are probably right.

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Athletes are often given a universal pass in the eyes of their global fans. Prime example Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un all buddy buddy right now. Dennis Rodman’s persona and career achievements trumps his alliances in the eyes of a country that is allegedly a known “enemy”.  The Washington Post has a pretty good breakdown of just how deep political alliances can run.

In a mammoth survey of 40,000 Americans in all 50 states, Public Religion Research Institute found that “only half (50%) of white Americans believe blacks face a lot of discrimination, while roughly as many (47%) say this is not the case. Majorities of black Americans (85%), Hispanics (66%), mixed-race Americans (64%), and Asian-Pacific Islander (API) Americans (55%) say blacks face significant levels of discrimination today.”

This is an interesting survey who’s implications infer a clear bias in a country just 50 years from the civil rights movements that spawned the likes of Malcom X and Martin Luther King and that in recent years has had more police shootings targeting young black males than ever before. But according to the numbers 47% of white Americans believe African Americans don’t face much discrimination. Like Trump supporters and Republicans, political biases are often founded on turning a blind eye to the Raw facts. Don’t shoot the messenger for calling it. It’s still a free country. I think. *ducks low*

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