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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Even though he presented several projects in 2019 already the ever productive musical talent Lutan Fyah also dropped another EP in January. Entitled Touch Di Road the longplayer was produced by German Oneness Records and shines with organic Roots music, rich instrumentation, and critical and observant lyrics about different aspects of life and our world in these modern days. For the 54th episode the singer touched di road to visit Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? in Kingston to talk about the EP, his inspiration, family, and his daughters. More new albums are also coming from Jah9, The Wailing Trees, and Chezidek, and also Jerone’s new single Give Me A Minute is featured in the recent show.
With his vocally, lyrically, and emotionally touching performances Mortimer was one of the most impressive highlights of this year’s Reggae Month in Jamaica. How the talent turned from cadet to musician, what he enjoys beyond music, and how open he can be with is fans are just some of the aspects he speaks about in the 53rd edition of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!?. Spending February in Jamaica the episode also presents live footage from Bob Marley’s 75th earthstrong celebration at 56 Hope Road and the Essence – The Livity Of Reggae show in Kingston.
With his EP Bare Thoughts Devin Di Dakta opened up about some very personal and controversial topics. At Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? the 2015 talent competition winner shares his story on suicide thoughts, weakness as a Dancehall artist, and the music business very openly and moving. Additionally the 52nd episode from Kingston, Jamaica takes a look back on 2019 and highlights the most popular album and most viewed video premiere on Reggaeville.