Dancehall music in 2018 isn't showing signs of slowing down. Especially when one of the most recognized R&B singers in the world, Usher, collaborates with top dancehall producer in Los Angeles, Don Corleone.
This week I, Amanda Holmgren, am doing a special feature on my Kingston To LA business partner and bestie, Kalifa Madden. She is actually away discovering more earth, culture and herself in Ethiopia, Africa. So, I thought it was the perfect time to finally feature her mixtape, Evolve 2 "Roots Reggae Rastafari." She wouldn't be too happy with me if she knew this article was being written (and that it's late), but I think she's just humble and hardworking.
The new year is already showing signs of success for dancehall music. Check out the hot new songs and music videos that have already released thus far. here an Kingston To LA.
Mixtape master DJ Junky is already providing us with new material in 2018. Brand new is V.I.S.I.O.N Dancehall Gone Reggae Mixtape 2018 featuring UP tunes such as Agent Sasco's "Winning Right Now" "Hallelujah" by Tony Curtis, "Who Jah Bless" by Romain Virgo and "Them Use to Laugh" by I-Octane. Listen here on KingstonToLA.
Starting the new year off on a good note is the Shaggy & Friends benefit concert. Now In it's 6th staging, the concert will set up on the prestigious lawns of the Jamaica House on Saturday January 6th, for The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF). The foundation helps raise money for the only full-service children's hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. The concert is put on every other year where tickets are sold to see world renowned musicians and top reggae and dancehall acts come together and perform to raise money for the great cause.Find out more here on Kingston To LA.
Roots reggae, Dub, conscious living and legalization are all making way as we head into 2018. Miami based DJ, producer and engineer Zoodid Lion celebrates all these elements in his latest mixtape, In Dub Mix Series Vol. 1. A futuristic blend of tunes, Zoodid dubs it wisely with dub versions from Bob Marley, Lee Scratch Perry, Steel Pulse, Chronixx and more. Listen here on KingstonToLA
As the end of 2017 approaches many of us take this time to look back and reflect on the all good and even the bad that took place in the span of the 52 weeks, whilst looking forward to new sights, beginnings, opportunities and changes in the new year. Only one way to go from here and that's UP!
We've applied this reflection to our Dancehall Fridays edition and are giving you our 10 Top Ranking dancehall tunes of 2017.
Out of Trinidad & Tobago is roots reggae sound Lion Twin. Identical twins by birth, the two have become known for their collective mission to bring roots reggae music to the world. Also music producers, the two have also made a name with their creative mixtapes. Their most recent mixtape release Not An Easy Road, is a timely tribute to legendary reggae artiste Buju Banton.
The last month of the year is always a bustling one. So here at Kingston To LA, we made it our job to catch you up on the top new dancehall music and videos out in December. Think of it as our gift to you.
Rootical mixtape, 6 Million Ways To Dub, was manifested, envisioned and realized in the true style of foundation music. Presented by Jamaica's own, Yaadcore, the mixtape features Trinidad's solo reggae artist, BuzzRock, listen here on Kingston To LA.
This week's edition we feature two lyrical videos that were released along with the debut of the artist's new clothing line. Just in time for the holiday season! First, is Nattali Rize, who has been on the up over the past few years putting in heart-work for the sol purpose to spread truth and positivity through her music.
It's great to have a passion in life. Passions are what make people spark and light up. Its something they care about and want to purse with all of themselves. It takes a strong person to push and strive for that daily, but many succeed if they continue to do what they love. Read more about #TEAMUNSTOPPABLE, and what makes them most passionate here on KingstonToLA.
Heavy lighters since 1998, Soulfire Hi-Fi brings us a heavy dance inspired mix, challenging the mortality of reggae. Titled Reggae Is Dead VI. The eclectic compilation features tunes from dancehall greats such as Mr. Vegas' "Self Respect," Beenie Man's "Million Gal." However, the vibe is a global blend including newer dance music genres such as Basshall, Gabba Reggae and Trop - some of Dancehall music's closely related cousins - that you can't call reggae. Per se.
Around the holidays many reminisce about the good 'ol days and the fond memories of family, where one grew up and the sound track of that moment in time. That's why we are taking it up the 101 to the Bay Area to the originators of the hyphy movement with 106KMEL's, Master of the Mix, DJ Rick Lee's new, "Zion I Street Legends 2," mixtape.
One thing in life that will always keep you grounded is to remember where you came from. David Brooks, who fans have come to know as Mavado, has done that by paying respects to his mother. In a single released earlier this year titled, "Mama," Mavado expresses admiration for his strength influenced by the determination of his mother, while being grateful for the ability to give it back in return. Listen to "Mama" here on KingstonToLA.