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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Reggae Lover pulls back the curtain on the issues, backstories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena, emphasizing sound system culture. The reggae lover podcast features quality discussions relatable to reggae lovers, from dubplates to current reggae to Studio One Lover's rock.


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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Reggae Lover pulls back the curtain on the issues, backstories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena, emphasizing sound system culture. The reggae lover podcast features quality discussions relatable to reggae lovers, from dubplates to current reggae to Studio One Lover's rock.






Wicked Sound Clashes With New Sounds on the Battlefield

We revisited Wicked Sound Clashes With New Sounds on the Battlefield, including the 12-sound Battle Royal competition, Yung Gunz versus Notorius in Brooklyn, and Innocent Sound versus Emperor Sound in the DMV. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Innocent Defeats Addies In A New World Order Clash

We bring an analysis of the New World Order sound clash, which put Innocent Sound up against King Addies in Atlanta on September 17, 2022. Mello Promotions/Fam1st Entertainment and The Fresh Station promoted the contest, and Dynamq held down hosting duties. In this episode: Recent clash record of both sounds.Recapping rounds 1 through 4 and tune fi tune.Where King Pin went wrong.What's next for each sound? "When it gets to the 3rd and 4th rounds, you better have something special to play." - Kahlil Wonda. Recommended Resources: (South Florida Caribbean News 2022) Sound Clash and Innocent Sound Win Big in Atlanta.(Youtube 2022) New World Order - King Addies vs. Innocent Sound - Atlanta GA - 9-17-2022.Facebook: King Addies Music Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Ways for Reggae Artists to Make Money Now

Traditional and Creative Ways for Reggae Artists to Make Money Now. In a conversation inspired by Sister Nancy finally earning royalties from her 1982 hit single 'Bam Bam,' we discuss what's going on in the business in 2022. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Best Big Reggae Dancehall Riddims in the 2000s

Conversation running down the Biggest and Best Reggae Dancehall Riddims of the 2000s. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Really Special Tribute To The Legend Robbie Shakespeare

Tribute To Robbie Shakespeare, the iconic Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer. We would be remiss to not honor such an instrumental member of the reggae fraternity. Robbie was affectionately known as half of the dynamic reggae rhythm section and production duo, Sly and Robbie. He and Sly Dunbar worked together on hundreds of thousands of recordings. Bassist for Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, and countless reggae legends, Robbie won 2 Grammy Awards among numerous industry accolades over a decades-long career that helped to shape reggae music and propel the sound of dancehall into the future. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Complete Review of Massive Debut Album from Masicka, '438'

Our Masicka '438' Album Review kicks off Reggae Lover season 9. Adjectives that describe '438:' emotional, introspective, dark, cohesive, impressive. This body of work provides an excellent introduction to the artist. Songs depict life inclusive of its positivity, inspiration, sexuality, and inevitable toxicity. Masicka excels at painting imagery with his lyrics. Featured artists include Popcaan, Dexta Daps, and Stefflon Don. Wordplay is on the level of Kabaka Pyramid, Busy Signal, or Aidonia. Storytelling is vivid, reminiscent of Nas, Slick Rick, or your favorite movie screenplay. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Best of 2021 Reggae

2021 results are in! What things do we want to see happening in the upcoming year? Can this really be the end of another Reggae Lover season? Kahlil and AGARD bring you a wrap-up of 2021 highlights and superlatives from the reggae world. Looking ahead, they list anticipated events and releases before getting a bit political. Don't forget to subscribe to the Reggae Lover Podcast Youtube channel, support our merch shop, and share the links with your people. Give thanks! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


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. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


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. Find Kahlil Wonda and AGARD on Social Media: Instagram: @KahlilWonda @AOAgard Twitter: @ReggaeLoverPod CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE Follow the ‘Reggae Lover Podcast’ Page: Facebook Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


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. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


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: Hi92 Here are a few reggae artists, including Pacific islander and West Coast artists and bands, mentioned in the episode! Collie Buddz Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, is a Bermudian reggae artist best known for his single "Come Around”. Gentleman Tilmann Otto, better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician. Kabaka Pyramid Kabaka 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 Boog J-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. Hirie Hirie 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. Anuhea Anuhea is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the island of Maui in Hawaii. Mike Love Michael 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 Green The 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 Vision Inna 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 Royal Jesse 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 Corleon Don 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. Demarco Collin Demar Edwards, better known by his stage name Demarco, is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist. Kolohe Kai Kolohe Kai is a Hawaiian reggae-pop musical group, formed in 2009 by lead singer and songwriter Roman De Peralta. Stephen Marley Stephen Robert Nesta Marley is a Jamaican-American musician and is the son of Bob Marley. Marley is an eight-time Grammy Award winner, three times as a solo artist, twice as a producer of younger brother...


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. Connect with Us! Our Website Kahlil Wonda Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube AGARD Twitter | Instagram If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please help us reach more Reggae Lovers like you! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


The Top 5 Sound Clash Selectors of All Time

Reggae Lover Podcast episode with Kahlil Wonda and AGARD listing their Top Five Selectors in Soundclash history. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Jamaicans Getting Love on Billboard Charts

Jamaicans have reached different parts of the world, generating a sensation with our music, and let me tell you what, Jamaicans get chart love. Singers like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, Carl Douglas, and many others have put Jamaica's name rising above with their music. In 2015 an article published by the Billboard Hot 100 positioned these artists as the audience favorites, not only in Jamaica but also internationally. But not everything has to do with artists. Jamaican producers also shine with their talent producing big hits inside and outside the country. In this episode, we will talk to you about artists, producers, and the economic problems existing in the music world. Is everybody receiving their part of the revenues? Find out in today's episode. SUMMARY • Tyshane Thompson co-wrote "Having Our Way" with Drake and debuts at 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. • "CULTURE III" by Migos and "Jordi" by Maroon 5 albums feature Jamaican producers. • Artists need millions of streams to make a good profit. • Pandora paid Pharrell Williams just $ 6300 for 105 million plays, which says a lot about the music industry's current state. • Some of the artists who defined reggae culture were the Marley family, Freddie McGregor's family, and Shaggy. You'll always see the same people on the charts over and over. • The current population of Jamaica is 2,974,880. • Producers prefer to work with recognized artists than locals. • In the United States, there is a higher profit margin for producers than in Jamaica. • On the creative side, music needs to diversify. • Currently, in the music industry, there are legal loopholes in copyrights. • Jamaicans performing on Billboard Top 100 international charts include: QUOTABLES • "Artist, be true to yourself but, you have to understand this is also a business." • "Labels they're not gonna work with people who are gonna be wasting their time." RECOMMENDED RESOURCES • Pandora Paid Pharrell Just $6300 For 105 Million “Happy” Plays • "CULTURE III" by Migos and "Jordi" by Maroon 5 feature Jamaican producers. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All Time

Season 8 opens with an overdue Top 5 list from the Reggae Lover hosts - their Top 5 Dancehall Sound Systems of All Time. We discuss the criteria used in selecting these top reggae sounds aka DJ teams. These lists include juggling sounds, clash sounds, Jamaican-based sounds, "Foreign" sounds, foundation/rub-a-dub sounds, and all-purpose sound systems. Respect goes out to all the Jamaican Sound Systems out there and of course all the fans. During this analysis the need for a separate top selectors list became apparent. Look out for that topic to be covered in-depth during a separate upcoming episode. Also, moving forward we will be adding the video format so look out for links to those shows on our Youtube channel. Mentioned in this discussion: Downbeat The Ruler, LP International, King Addies, Stone Love Movement, Killamanjaro, Bass Odyssey, Kozmik Movements, Studio One, Stur Mars, Mighty Crown, Highlanda Sound, King AP, King Stur Gav, Afrique, King Jammys. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Reggae Lover History (Part 2)

A continuation of the historical episode in which we described the foundation of Highlanda Sound. This part of the conversation recaps our first gigs and the years that followed. In the late '90s, the three young lions that started Highlanda Sound vowed to become one of the most dangerous sound systems that played mostly 45s. They committed to learning and practicing the arts of selecting and juggling in the dancehall arena. They set out to bring a different level of energy to the scene in Atlanta. They prided themselves on being versatile enough to entertain any type of crowd. They accomplished all that and more. Listen to the evolution that led to this podcast. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Reggae Lover History (Part 1)

Reggae Lover hosts, AGARD and Kahlil Wonda take time out to re-introduce themselves. They discuss who they are, where they come from, and how they got into the music industry. Part 1 of this "flashback" conversation. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Why We Love the 90s (Replay)

The first guest appearance by Nick, Jamaican State of Mind podcast host. The Reggae Lover crew reminisces about the most trendsetting decade, the 90s. But why do we love the 90s so much? Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Best Non-Jamaican Reggae Artists

A replay of a classic focusing on the Best Non-Jamaican Reggae Artists. This Reggae Lover Podcast Episode (118) highlights the global reggae phenomenon. R.I.P to Akae Beka. Listen to the full mix here. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Albums of All Time + Season Finale

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD share their personal TOP 5 Albums of All Time. These selections are not limited to reggae. This is the final new episode of Reggae Lover season 7. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out: