Upful Reggae Party

The Oxford Shire Ultra Lounge was the place to be on Tuesday night. We witnessed the official release of the “Upful Reggae Riddim” with it’s own party. The Shire at 1A Oxford Road is a new venue on the scene but it’s intimate atmosphere is promising. The bar space was illuminated with disco lighting, preparing us for the ‘party’.

The early patrons seemed pleased with the oldies that graced the air as Dr. Kool spun from his Dj booth. It reminded me of the early session at any dance. Soon after the Deejaying switched to Grei Show, with some roots dub mixes bringing a youthful flare of Reggae.

The vibrant host, Mama Mitzie, welcomed us to the space, sharing details of what we’d experience that night. Before introducing the first performer, and one of the producers of the Upful Reggae Riddim, Eesah. Backed by the Brick Wall Redemption Band, Eesah came out with a fiery energy contrasting his smooth voice. He went through four songs including, Big Tings, which seemed to be a crowd favourite, and Run Ova Dem, a message to all duplicitous persons.

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Mikey General (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Mikey General followed, starting off with his song, Miss Taylor Bwoy, an autobiographic song. “What happen to Miss Taylor bwoy? Him shoulda be a lawyer…” was a line from the song, he didn’t follow the norm of society and changed his lifestyle to one he thought suited him better, he became a Rasta. He sang, Is The Revolution Still Happening, which is on the Upful Reggae Riddim, and African Story.

Between sets Mama Mitzie would return to the stage and engage with us before introducing the next act. In celebration of Marcus Garvey’s 130th birthday, there was a giveaway, courtesy of I-Nation. The prizes were two copies of the book, 100 amazing facts about the Negro (with complete proof) by Jamaican author, J.A. Rogers.

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Silkki Wonda (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Up next was Silkki Wonda, another producer of the Upful Reggae Riddim. He kept a militant mood throughout his set, he chanted against being corrupt. He sang, I Am A Lion, and finally, I&I A Warrior, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. Dexta Malawi followed with his song, Relax, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. I enjoyed Relax as Dexta had a nice flow, urging one to give thanks in life; he closed his set with a song for the ladies.

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Dre Island (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

We had a short break from the performances to view the official music video for “Ganja I’m Smoking” by Dre Island, this is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim. The video was directed by Shaydz and recorded by Nickii Kane. Props to you guys, the video is so clean, I like it. Dre Island took to the stage and sang Ganja I’m Smoking, giving us a taste of the song live. I will never get over his voice, and was pleased that he sang Rastafari Way next. He was followed by Ashkenaz who sang his song, Relax in acapella, then Lion Fear No Foes on the Upful Reggae Riddim.

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Jah Bouks (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Jah Bouks was the final act of the night, he began by singing “She say she love it Ital!” we were amazed at his love song! He showed his strengths by doing a freestyle pon a riddim requested from the band. He also asked two of his friends to drop a few lines before singing, Love And Unity, which is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim.

The Upful Reggae Riddim was released under the Black African Museum Record Label/Studio, the promoters of the event. The party was a good vibe to me, we got to experience authentic Jamaican music, whether reggae, dancehall or the in-between, as new sounds keep emerging. So far I really like the songs on the riddim, you can take a listen to some of them, here. My only qualm is that none of the ladies on the riddim were on the show, bring on the ladies next time!

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone 🙂

Today I have a lovely lady that caught my eye at the launch of Coming In Hot. Yeza took to the stage and sang her first single, “Everyting Is Irie.” Her confidence and sense of style already had her on my good list, then she opened her mouth and I was even more pleased. She rapped her verses on the riddim and engaged her audience, she’s definitely one to look out for; take a listen to “Everyting Is Irie” by Yeza.

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Expression Wednesdays

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This week we have new reggae music… Again! Ziah from the In.Digg.Nation Collective released his first single “Streets.” What makes it even more special, is that he wrote and produced the song. Ziah stresses the importance of teaching children what is right, and how the role of parents is an important factor in this. He’s grateful for getting the proper understanding as a youth so that he wasn’t lead astray; take a listen to Streets by Ziah.

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Twitter: @TheZiahMusic
Instagram: @TheZiah

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Expression Wednesdays

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Today we have brand new Reggae music! Mr. Jesse Royal blessed us with this slow and steady melody called, “Always Be Around.” He preaches that love is the foundation, reasoning with the listener on a personal note. Take a listen, and tell me in the comments below what you think! Did you enjoy it?

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Expression Wednesdays

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We’re in the midst of Reggae Month, so I must do my part by sharing some of the new music slashing through the reggae industry. Jah9 released her album “9” near the end of 2016 to bring us love and light into the new year. And a song that really touched on some deep problems in society, and brings out the inner warrior, in me personally, is “Unafraid.”

9 is available in stores, also follow Jah9 on Instagram @jah9online and find her on Facebook at Jah9online.

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Expression Wednesdays

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Have you ever been in love? Today I’m sharing a song from the tribute album “We Remember Dennis Brown,” it is “Have You Ever” by Marsha Ambrosius; a cover of Dennis’ “Have You Ever Been In Love.” My friend Minkah shared it with me the other day, and I’ve had it on repeat, take a listen.

For the fun of it I’m going to share the original as well, “Have You Ever Been In Love.”

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Hi everyone, I haven’t been posting much quotes or photos on Wednesdays but all this new music is giving me life. Today I’m sharing Jah9’s new song with you; it’s titled “Humble Mi” check it out below. It sounds Jah9-esque to me, and I love it.

The Protoje photo is by Yannick Reid.

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Expression Wednesdays

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Today I’m sharing some new music with you, well they may not be new but they’re new to me, and I’m loving them. I heard Samory I at Dubwise Jamaica last week Wednesday and I love his voice, I had to search for his music the next day. Take a listen to “Take Me Oh Jah” performed live at Dubwise.

I had seen this song circulating on the web since it was released but I just took the time out to listen to it last week and I like it, it’s different! I’m feeling Jane. This is Jane Macgizmo, take a listen to “Babylon.”

This new song, “Rise Up Now” by A-Game is lit! I like it because it’s really inspiring, there are a lot of people out there suffering, take a listen to this song and don’t give up, continue striving to provide for your family.

Chronixx released a few new songs near the end of 2015 and them mad, they have been ruling the airwaves in 2016. I’m gonna share “Spanish Town Rocking” with you today.

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Expression Wednesdays

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It is Ash Wednesday, which means today is the start of lent, are you giving anything up?

Today I have a ‘meme’ to share with you, it’s one of those “What’s your __ Name?” pictures, I found it on Irie FM’s Facebook page. So in the liveliness of Reggae Month, let’s play this game! Comment your Reggae Name below 🙂

I am Sugar Vibration…And for some reason I love the name, so imma run with it! My friend said I must be an Island since I have a palm tree (tattoo) on me. So I’m trademarking (not literally…yet) Isle Sugar Vibration. The name just feels right to me, like I can do something with it in the future.

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Capture Land Jamaica Tour Part 2

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The other day I bucked this article on Chronixx’s website (chronixxmusic.com) and it was a good read but something he said stood out to me.

“I hold this tour very close to my heart. The true Reggae experience with a live band has for centuries been the genesis of the acceptance of our music internationally. Now Jamaicans are no longer able to readily access this movement because of cost and accessibility of our best musicians.  I have seen the love for Reggae in other parts of the world and I just want fans in Jamaica to have that opportunity to really connect with the music,” said Chronixx.

Taken from “Chronixx announces second staging of ‘Capture Land’ Jamaica Tour” by Dean Jackson.

As a reggae lover, simply as a music lover I really appreciate the effort that artistes are making to have concerts in Jamaica, so that we are able to experience what other countries get when they have a tour, also these are at an affordable price. Another concert I enjoyed was Live From Kingston. I missed the first staging of the Capture Land Jamaica Tour but I’m going to try to go to the nearest one to me in the second staging, Spanish Town.

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