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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*

Break Away Mix-Dexta Daps, Chris Martin, Kabaka-free download

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This Riddim Mix is addicting. Whether Chimney Records intended or not the melody seems to lull listeners into a sweet trance. Mixed and enjoyed by yours truly since the riddim dropped early this year, I thought its about time to spread the love.

Christopher Martin’s Pirate of the Caribbean and Dexta Daps 1 Minute battle for number the one spot. Kabaka takes on Jamiel and triumphs with Wake Up and See. Masicka rides this riddim like a pro with Fly Ova Dem while Vershon and OCG appear to stand strong against a host of young reggae veterans. We love it.


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Feel Good Mix Down free download

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Get your mood right for that morning grind.



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Sizzla Teams up with Khalid for I’m so Grateful

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(Intro) I’m So Grateful”
(feat. Sizzla)

I wanna say thank you for the time and the love you share
All the help and the effort just to get me there
When everyone turned their back you showed me how much you care
You believed in me never forget you I swear

I’m so grateful for all you’ve done to bless your soul
With the riches of love forever
Every last time
It’s a human blessing, hey, let it flow
It’s a pleasure

Put my trust in the most high and my prayers are so consistent
Who’d have thought, it would be like this today
Nothing beat prayers, lift up your red lion in the jungle
I tell ya, he whom have been blessed

Welcome to Grateful (strength is strength)
To realise and appreciate your blessings
Embrace your blessings from your heart
Express your gratitude from doing righteous deeds
Asahd, my son – I love you
Thank you God
I also want to thank all my enemies, for turning they backs on me
Thank you
I’m so…

I’m so grateful for all you’ve done to bless your soul
With the riches of love forever
Every last time
It’s a human blessing, hey, let it flow
It’s a pleasure

Power is up an hour, searching for a better way out
DJ Khaled!

I’m so grateful for all you’ve done to bless your soul
With the riches of love forever
Every last time
It’s a human blessing, hey, let it flow
It’s a pleasure

Peter Tosh Son Beat while serving time for Ganja

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The family of Peter Tosh have recently filed a civil rights suit against the U.S. Department of Justice after the son of the legendary Wailer, 37 year-old Jawara McIntosh was beaten into a coma while serving time in a New Jersey jail on a ganja possession charge.
The February 21st assault resulted in severe head injuries and has since left McIntosh in a coma(now 4 months).
Attorney Jasmine Rand has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and is now representing the Tosh family.
They are also seeking the immediate release of additional information and evidence from the incident, and have sent a request to the Department of Justice, asking for an impartial investigation into what transpired at the jail.

Have the prison authorities become so emboldened after the recent flare up of attacks against young men of color in the streets?

Does this have anything to do with the new administrations hard left stance on immigration? Since the proliferation of legalized ganja in US states it is sickening to believe that young men of color continue to be picked up, charged, convicted and sent to prison for possession of marijuana which is now being used in global pharmaceuticals.
I think its a good time to review one of Tosh’s most recognized anthems Legalize It.
Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise itSome call it tampee
Some call it the weed
Some call it Marijuana
Some of them call it GanjaLegalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

Singer smoke it
And players of instruments too
Legalize it, yeah, yeah
That’s the best thing you can do
Doctors smoke it
Nurses smoke it
Judges smoke it
Even the lawyers too

Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

It’s good for the flu
It’s good for asthma
Good for tuberculosis
Even umara composis

Legalize it – don’t criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

Bird eat it
And they love it
Fowls eat it
Goats love to play with it

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