It’s Friday, and it’s that time to roll up some green, and blaze it to some good tunes! DJ Dar wants to assist with the musical selections today with the release of his latest Mixtape, “Roots & Dub Vol. 2“! Giving listeners a dose of audio for that meditation and medication session, Dar pays tribute to US Virgin Islands Reggae Artist, Akae Beka. Throughout the hour long mix he also spins tunes from Jahdan Blakkamoore, Pressure Busspipe, and Lutan Fyah. For those who need a proper hit of consciousness while steaming the herbs, you can’t go wrong with “Roots & Dub”! Be sure to look out for the DJ as he readies a weekly series where he spins nothing but the best tunes, all while throwing in some of his work as the Artist known as “Da Supreme“. Check out the mix below.
We wanted to drop this yesterday on “Oldies Sunday“, but didn’t get to. While today many Americans recognize “Columbus Day“, many folks have done their revision on World History over the years, and have since challenged the higher ups to discredit the “Discoveries” of Christopher Columbus and recognize the day as “Indigenous Peoples Day“. While the European Explorer made his travels with the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria, he couldn’t have discovered land that was already occupied. Calling him out on the claims is Reggae Icon Burning Spear with “Columbus“!
Released in 1980, and featured on his Album “Hail H.I.M.“, Spear calls out Columbus as a “Damn blasted liar” and sets the record straight on what the Explorer really did. He didn’t discover Jamaica or all the lands he has claimed to discover! What happened to the Arawak people? What happened to the black people that were already here? Why are they still celebrating this man? There have been protests for years, and there will be more until the day is more recognized for Indigenous People (big up the 55 cities in the US that have made the change). Stay woke! Have a listen to the tune below.
When the music hits you, you feel no pain, right? Reggae Music continues to win more hearts over the past few decades. With its many sub genres, fans are treated to all sorts of talent and we hear many songs that can stand the test of time. With Jamaican acts like Protoje, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and many more touring the world and sharing our art, we can’t help but demand its sibling Dancehall to step up its game. Again, we love Dancehall, but we need to see it doing just as well as the big sibling. Tune in to our rant below, and share your thoughts!
Protoje really had our attention in 2016.
With the release of his “Royalty Free EP”, appearances at Coachella, his launch of the “New Wave” concert series, and other various happenings, people are still asking if he’s dropping a follow up to the outstanding “Ancient Future” album anytime soon. While no word on that yet, Protoje has been feeling a lil on the crimson side late last year and it now manifests itself as his 2017 debut single, “Blood Money“.
Another Thursday, another installment of “Tune In Thursday“! Get ready for some audio dopeness from 13th Street Promotions and Views From 876! From Reggae to Pop to Dancehall to Hip Hop, we’re doing this for the Culture! Special shout out to the Virgin Islands this week! Free your schedule up for some lovely selections below!
#TuneInThursday Week 3 – 2/11/2016
- Toian – Ride The Wave
- Tia – Can You Feel It
- Keznamdi – Straight Royalty
- Chiney Kiki – Afrikan Woman
- Koro Fyah ft. Lila Ike – Got It For You
- Silkki Wonda – Shitstim
On November 9, rising Reggae Roots Lyricist 5 Star is set to premier his latest single titled “3rd Eye Open” off his upcoming project scheduled to be released in early 2017.
“3rd Eye Open” was produced by Phillip Myers from Circa 11 and is a follow up to his popular 2015 single “Warn Dem” which helped to boost his name within the Reggae scenes in Jamaica and overseas.
5 Star hopes his latest single will encourage persons to USE their 3rd Eye to see the true energy in others and as a tool to protect oneself in avoiding negative vibes and mediums. Most persons are unable and even unaware that the 3rd Eye even exists and that it can be used to channel a self-awareness that can be beneficial in a number of different ways.
“3rd Eye Open is a song about living in tune with your spiritual faculty from day to day using wisdom, ovastanding, cultivating morality to try and get through obstacles and situations that are in everyone’s lives especially living in the system that we are in. A lot of people drown and get thrown away to the wayside because of the nature of the system so we have to stand strong and keep a clean heart.” – 5 Star.
5 Star’s potential has been recognized throughout the world using music that not only brings awareness to real life situations but by also providing encouraging lyrics that simultaneously stand as reminders to stay on the righteous path.
“In the streets I sight bare devastation, yet I sight chapter 5 Revelation, bring composure to I n I meditation which in turn sustain at my dedication.”- 3rd Eye Open
The single is said to be followed with an official music video in the near future.
“3rd Eye Open” will be distributed by Independent Distribution Collective and available for purchase and streaming on all digital platforms November 11th.