Michael Jackson’s musical legacy stands as a testament to his talents and abilities. The King of Pop transformed pop music and has inspired generations of musicians and fans; from R&B to jazz to rock and reggae, Jackson’s songs and incredible dance moves defined a genre and have been copied and re-copied by almost every artist. KingstonToLA previously stated that Michael Jackson’s artistry transcends time, genres and cultures. Here are 5 reggae stars who pay tribute to and have been influenced by the King of Pop
Out of Holland is reggae dancehall selector DJ Madbwoy. Known for his high energy sets, which is a favorite for global dance crews, DJ Madbwoy keeps things LIT x current with his Dancehall Mixtape series. Listen to Vol. 8 hosted by Raga here on KingstonToLA.
Dancehall music is climbing to new heights and Jamaican entertainer Konshens is setting the bar high with the release of his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album was released under San Fransisco based label, Empire. It Feel Good features top reggae and internationally known hip hop artists. Find out more on KingstonToLA.com.
Rampage Sound Global presents a newer sound from DJ Rampage Global titled Livin It Up Pre Fix Global. Well known for his roots-reggae mixtapes, DJ Rampage reminds fans his flexibility extends beyond the confines of any specific genre. Livin It Up Pre Fix Global is a clean dancehall mix that will most definitely keep the party going. Listen here on KingstonToLA.com.
New Roots Vibrations Vol. 1 is a brand new 2018 mix from roots reggae selector Bramma Shanti. Never failing to disappoint, Bramma Shanti is known for his intricate knowledge of today's newest roots tunes. His latest works is a series of well researched music, showcasing a new generation of roots reggae artists.
Royal roots reggae vibrations this week, diligently brought to you by lion heart selector Zoodid Lion. Royal Queens Vol. 1 Virtuous Women of Jah, is a soothing blend of 2018's top roots reggae Rastafari empresses.
If theres one thing in this life that really truly matters, it's family. Family is a support system, a circle of relatives and friends who you can trust and you know will always have your back. They are the one's that cheer you on and motivate you and never let you give up. A family wants to see you win.
Hailing from Toronto Canada, now residing in Los Angeles, California is dancehall, african, reggae and soca music selectress, DJ Sunnee. Her name most definitely fits her happy and positive personality, a ray of light. Find out more here on Kingston To LA.
Back again with your weekly dose of new dancehall music and news.
It;s been a while since we've heard new music from I-Octane, but he is definitely making himself heard in 2018 by recording new song, "Pretty Loud," featuring Grammy nominated artist J Boog.
Reggae soul-rebel Kyenie King characterizes a mystical sound of the times. His haunting voice has a familiarity that catches listeners with relevant lyrics to empower the mind. The new age Jamaican reggae singer recently released his new album "Change Things" a 15 song compilation of King's best works. Click the link to learn more about reggae soul artist Kyenie King.
February kicks off carnival season. So to help get ready for di road, dancehall's hottest bad gyal, Shenseea, partnered with top Trinidadian soca artist, Bunji Garlin, remixing his 2017 hit, "Big Bad Soca." "We are the sound the sound dem selctors play. Everyday. Making you sway-ay-ay." Enjoy the remix of, "Big Bad Soca," here on Kingston To LA.
The first month of 2018 is just about checked off the calendar and January definitely did not disappoint on the dancehall front. Many dancehall artists have made their mark in the new year with a slew of new music. Beginning with Vybz Kartel, who has released four singles thus far, with news of a possible two more to be released before January 31st. Kartel's fourth single, "X (All Of Your Exes)," was voiced over the World Vibes Riddim produced his longtime go-to producer TJ of TJ Records. Learn more on KingstonToLA.com.
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.