For a festive final of 2020 I connected with Shaggy online to speak to him about his latest album Christmas In The Islands that features a long list of great artists from Beenie Man to Joss Stone, from Ne-Yo to Shenseea. In episode 56 of the show Mr Boombastic talks not only his music but gives an insight on how he spends the holidays, his culinary highlights of the season, and his New Year’s resolution for 2021 after this tumultuous Covid year. More news and recent releases come from Dub Inc, Tessellated, and Jerone. You can vote for your favorite album in the annual Album Of The Year poll, and for more Christmassy Reggae vibes – and the best weed and ganja tunes – you can check new playlists on Spotify curated by Reggaeville.
25 years ago, on July 18, 1995 Buju Banton released his groundbreaking album `Til Shiloh that marked his international breakthrough and is seen as a turn towards a more serious path. Up until today the record sold more than half a million copies and remains a classic of the genre. In celebration of the anniversary a special collector’s edition of the album was released on Friday, December 18, and I took the opportunity to connect with the artist who created the masterpiece. I spoke to Buju Banton about the iconic production and its anniversary edition, the musicians and producers involved, and about making music in the course of time.
After three well-received singles we are happy to announce the release of Jerone’s first EP entitled Rising on December 4, 2020. Five tracks all produced by Alex Drummie for Real People Music range from rocksteady to classic one drop and modern roots reggae, and show the diversity and skills of young talent Jerone Riley. His lyrics about love, self-confidence and own identity, as well as friendship and trust are deep and touching stories everyone can relate to and were written by the gifted singer from the Waterhouse community in Kingston, Jamaica. Besides guest artist Evie from the No-Maddz, who is featured on the opening track The Search Is Over, the EP unites prolific and prestigious instrumentalists from Jamaica and Germany, and veteran musicians such as Errol “Flabba” Holt of Roots Radics and Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul of Black Uhuru. Until the final release, fans can already enjoy the previously released singles Brother’s Keeper, Give Me A Minute and Keep You Safe.
Because “real know real” it was really just a matter of time until the Keep It Real Crew would invite the producers of Real People Music to their popular podcast. For the “spontaneous anniversary”, the 25th episode, Munchy joined the series to talk about Reggae journalism and the industry, Jamaica, sexism, the works of Real People Music, and eventually her favorite food. Talk di tings with Munchy is free to listen to on Soundcloud and so are all the other very intriguing 24 episodes of the Keep It Real podcast.
After more than 20 years in the business and six solo albums in English, Reggae superstar Gentleman dropped his first German album Blaue Stunde on November 20, 2020. Prior to the release we linked for a virtual Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? episode to talk realness and honesty, privacy and personality, walking the dog and Don Corleon’s language skills. Additionally the 55th shows introduces new music by Exile Di Brave, Rocky Dawuni, Kenny Smyth & Kumar, and Eesah.
Without events or dates yet ram packed with galleries from past festivals and concerts, reviews and interviews the magazine, that is free to read and download, offers great insights, news and stories about artists such as Richie Spice, Luciano, and Etana. I got the chance to link with Dre Island and no other than the legendary Gargamel Buju Banton to discuss their respective brand new records, as well as the current global situation due to Corona, and their love for Jamaica. Speaking to the Gargamel was surely one of my personal music and professional highlights, and so hopefully is the read of the interview for you all!