8 years after his first appearance at Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? Sean Paul returned to the show to talk about his massive new Dancehall album Live N Livin, about bredrins, bullets, bus driving, and why there is no female artist on his album, but 21 males. Additionally we introduce our new video segment on Reggaeville called In The News, we remember U-Roy and Bunny Wailer, introduce new releases from artists like Jaz Elise and Gentleman’s Dub Club and we celebrate the success of Teacha Dee’s Rastafari Way that will be featured in the upcoming James Bond movie.
After the Buff Baff Riddim Real People Music is happy to present to you another juggling entitled Marching. The militant Roots Reggae sound of the instrumental composed by Alex Drummie, and recorded with renowned musicians such as Errol “Flabba” Holt and Florian Münzer and Frank Pollack of Gentleman’s Evolution band, is dedicated to February being both Black History and Reggae Month. Besides the music driven by a heavy bassline and highlighted by the powerful staccato of the three-piece horn section of the Magic Touch band, also the lyrics of the six singles from artists like Anthony B., Cornadoor and Swiss-Congolese vocalist extraordinaire Irina Mossi focus on black consciousness and history, self-awareness, or Reggae music respectively. For three singles I conceptualized, filmed and edited the official visuals that you can enjoy now on YouTube.
Jah-Lil – Human Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXAUsg1s8v4
Blvk H3ro – Reggae Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9cSZkTG9Q8
Jerone & Evie Pukupoo – The Search Is Over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B2AOSrqz_k
For its “exceptional impact on the Reggae industry” the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association awarded Reggaeville in the category New Media at the annual JaRIA Honor Awards. The whole team at Reggaeville was extremely excited and amazed when we received the news. Both proud and grateful we feel honoured to be mentioned in a list of awardees that also includes Reggae legends like Bunny Lee, Dalton Browne and Cat Coore, and Aswad, just to mention a few. It goes to show that on the mission to foster, support and promote Reggae music we are all united regardless of where we come from or how we look like. Congratulations to all winners and big up JaRIA for this recognition and appreciation.
It was irie indeed when the US podcast series Irie Chat invited me to be their guest on the show. Host Joél Barsky digged deep in my journalistic history, from my beginnings as a hardcore Michael Jackson-fan to highlights like the several Lee Perry interviews I did. We reasoned about favorite musicians and personal projects like our label Real People Music and the works HELP Jamaica! does, the NGO I volunteered for while living in Jamaica. The podcast is online on most audio platoforms, Spotify and YouTube but there are also several video clips to be found on the Irie Chat channel.
February is Reggae and Black History Month throughout the world and also we at Real People Music created a piece to celebrate the latter. For the single The Search Is Over by Jerone and No-Maddz member Evie Pukupoo I conceptualized, filmed and edited the official music video that is out now on the Reggaeville YouTube channel. Both song and video want to create awareness of black identity, history and the origins of people of color by highlighting some of the greatest heroes such as Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks and Walter Rodney. At the same time the music and visuals encourage the audience to search for the next hero inside themselves. Jerone and Evie seized the opportunity to combine the video shoot with a lecture for the young kids in the clip to teach them about their roots and Jamaican National heroes like Nanny of the Maroons or Paul Bogle.
Even though 2020 has been a challenging and turbulent year, it is still a time worth taking a look back on. Reggaeville once more created its free, digital Yearbook for 2020 to highlight videos, photos and news of the past twelve months. The focus of this year’s edition is on the In.Digg.Nation Collective, the creative joint venture surrounding Protoje, including intriguing and impressive artists such as Lila Iké, Sevana and Jaz Elise. Further the magazine reveals the Album Of The Year voted by the fans themselves. Our Real People Music production Rising by singer Jerone reached number 23 in the poll, which we are extremely grateful for. Thank you for considering our record one of the best and voting for it!