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.
Straight from the 25th edition of the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbrueck, Germany comes the 51st episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? that welcomes Dancehall artist Busy Signal to talk to him about his latest single releases, the collaboration tune Feel Good he did together with the veterans of Third World for their new album More Work To Be Done, and his own upcoming album Parts Of The Puzzle. More vibes from the festival weekend come through Lila Iké’s amazing live performance, and we reach out to Africa as we highlight the brand new music video from Kenyan Binti Afrika.
In April 2013, we shot the very first episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? with Kumar in Dortmund, Germany. The following years we produced shows in places like the snowy Austrian Alps or the blazing Florida heat. We have been invited to the homes of Alborosie and Inner Circle, and we were welcomed at the legendary 56 Hope Road in Kingston by Julian Marley. We filmed at festivals like Afrika Tage in Germany, Rebel Salute in Jamaica, and One Love Sound Fest in Poland. Twice we shot episodes on water: once in a boat on lake Fühlinger with the Jugglerz, and once on the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise in international waters somewhere between Miami and Montego Bay. We had not only singers but also musicians such as Notis, producers like Rory Stone Love, or comedians Twin of Twins as guests. Some of them like Marcia Griffiths and Christopher Martin joined the show unplanned just by randomly being on the scene, and Ganjaman transformed from camera man into interview guest in Jahcoustix’ episode. We never did a show with a sports personality but had ski hikers, swimmers, and surfers appearing in some. Our most frequent guest was Kabaka Pyramid, the most clicked one Popcaan, and the last thus far Koffee.
After a stunning and energetic performance at Summerjam Festival she joined Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? backstage to openly, jovial, and genuinely talk about her personality, the relationship with her mom, and the upcoming debut album. Besides more impressions from Summerjam like Popcaan’s live performance the 50th episode includes more news from Yellowman and his daughter K’reema, and of course we compliment another celebratee: Reggaeville is now 10 years old – on July 1, 2009 the website kicked off! Happy Anniversaries to all of us! Thank you for watching, clicking, reading, liking, sharing, supporting, and loving the music that unites us all!