Mas Camp, Kingston I sat down thinking what angle to take for this introduction, so much happened in the space of one week. Getting to the concert was such an emotional roller coaster for me, thanks to procrastination. I had been waiting on my friend …
On this Expression Wednesday, we have new music from Jah9, last week she blessed us with “Feel Good”. A reggae track enlightening us on the importance of physical health. Jah9 urges us to surrender to the high vibration of the tings weh mek yuh body feel good, no matter where. This song really is the in-depth variation of “drink water and mind your own business”; she speaks of keeping hydrated and practicing exercise, whether yoga, dancing, or otherwise, all on a smooth reggae riddim. As a yoga practitioner and teacher, and a believer of the holistic and natural ways of healing; this is what she wants to bring to the world, and what better way than through her art form.
I must commend Nickii Kane for the accompanying visuals, they are immaculate, and that yellow, it really brings an air of positivity. Take a listen to “Feel Good”, let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Hi Everyone! Come here please, take a look at the newest track to touch the street. 17-year old, Koffee, introduced herself to the world with a catchy reggae song. “Burning” was released the beginning of October. Don’t sleep on this song y’all, after listening to it …
Fresh out the studio, Lila Ike’s second single, “Gotti Gotti” is available on all platforms; stream it on Soundcloud, YouTube or Spotify, buy it on iTunes or Amazon, what are you waiting on? Lila is basically telling off the greedy people roaming the earth. In Jamaica there’s a saying “Wanty wanty nuh get it and getty getty nuh want it” which translates to “those who want it aren’t getting it and those who got it don’t want it.” In this song, miss Lila is playing on the saying; instead she says “you got it but you ever (still) want want…” Leaving little for those who have none at all. Straight out of Jamaica under the In Digg Nation Collective, take a listen to Gotti Gotti by Lila Ike.
Follow @_LilaIke on Twitter and @LilaIke on Instagram. The track artwork is by @PaigeZombie on Instagram.
Hi Everyone! Today I have a new reggae song on the scene, “Punchinella” by Pentateuch Movement. I appreciate the authentic ‘rootsy’ sound of the riddim. In the song he’s telling Punchinella what he has to offer, some reasons she should accept his love. Though, Punchinella …
“One good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain”
Reggae is…. Indescribable. It is a musical language born from a people who had no voice, people who were the downtrodden of society and cast aside. In the history of Jamaica, you will find Reggae has a prominent part to play as both a symbol of unity and peace where its lyrics held sway over the ambitions of many a youth who sought the spotlight in the good ol’ Sound System days where the One Drop ruled supreme.
Fast forward to present day where Reggae’s younger sibling, Dancehall has been dominant for the last few years and where Reggae is seen as something for the more mature crowd who are not necessarily into the raunchy and outspoken nature of Dancehall, where it is more celebrated in Europe and Japan and you wonder about the allure that Reggae has on these predominantly white/Asian cultures. You see Reggae for us (Jamaicans, Caribbeans and African races) is built in, the drums are our heartbeat, the guitar resonates with the tingles in our skin. For persons not in black culture, it is almost a rare sensation, almost like watching an eclipse and then feeling the sun on your skin again after a cold morning. Its warmth spreads and there is this feeling of calm in your body. For us, it is natural.
Lately I have been listening to to Reggae instrumentals, a strange habit I know yet it has let me have a new appreciation for where the genre is today. In the past musicians were expensive and to keep costs down, you had to keep the beat to the minimum. You had your pianist, rhythm guitarists, the drummer who was the heartbeat of the riddim with the One Drop and then of course the bassist who is the soul with the rhythmic, resonating thumm thumm in the background . Then there was one additional sound to add, whether this was a horn or a harmonica or the mento box but something to “sweeten the beat.” This of course meant that your lyrics in a sense were front and center. Think of Dub Poetry as Reggae’s other cousin with the beat helping to tell your story but can also tell a story BY itself. Dancehall as a pop variant of Reggae is a slave to the whims of its younger audience, having to move to trends and fads remember the auto tune (computer voice) phase that almost every genre went through? Exactly.
Reggae’s deliberate and sometimes unconscious simplicity is what gives it that ability to transcend cultural borders and norms. It’s one of the reasons why long after his death Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds even without its lyrics feels like a song that one can wake up to, “Redemption Song’s” instrumental has a feeling of deep thought, sadness and hope, “Is This Love?” has a joyous and questioning feel to it. Reggae’s roots in simplicity and the earnestness of its everyday practitioners in the ghetto who valued togetherness and had a certain honest nature to them is welcomed even more so that it is so rare these days. After all if you do Reggae these days, you do it for the love not the likes.
Contributed by Patrick Lawson from Patricklawson.online.