Katchafire “Best So Far”: New Zealand Reggae Veterans Release Greatest Hits Album on VP Records

Katchafire - The Best So Far

“Best So Far” available now on VP Records

*Photo courtesy of VP Records

With over a decade of hits in the South Pacific, legendary New Zealand reggae band, Katchafire, has released their greatest hits album, “Best So Far” (VP Records).  The record features their most popular songs from the early 2000s to the present.  Katchafire’s signature roots, culture and lover’s rock sound has influenced many of today’s popular Hawaiian and Californian reggae bands, including Common Kings, The Green and The Hot Rain Band.

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Healing Boston with Reggae’s Remedy: Our Interview with Mighty Mystic

Mighty Mystic Live ColorBoston based singer/songwriter, Mighty Mystic, has become a leading trail blazer in the East Coast Reggae Movement.  He and his live band combine elements of rock and hip-hop into their distinct “Hard Roots” style.  His hits “Need Your Love”, “Lamb or Lion”, “Original Love” and most recently – “Concrete World” are all  featured on the prestigious VP Records’ You Tube Channel.  Additionally, Mighty has shared the stage with reggae heavy-hitters such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Beenie Man (just to name a few).  We got a chance to sit down with Mighty to talk about music, life and reggae’s healing powers.

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Majek Fashek “African Unity”

Photos: Various Sources including Tuff Gong International

Country/Region: Nigeria (West Africa)

In “African Unity”, Majek Fashek calls for peace between rival groups; he sings, “when will the Jews and Muslims unite?  When will the Christians and the Muslims come together?”  Majek says, “My dream is to bring two cultures together; the European and the African.  I don’t believe in color.  Who knows the color of God?”  His positive message of world peace reflects Bob Marley’s message of “One Love” and is an inspiration to everyone.

Not only is the message powerful, but so is his music.  Take a listen a see for yourself why Majek Fashek has become one of the most well-known international reggae artists.

What do you think of “African Unity”?  Comment below!

Our Interview with Conkarah: Jamaica’s Positive Reggae Sensation

Performing live at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest 2012

Performing live at Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 2012

If you’re seeking “feel good” music, look no further than Jamaica’s talented reggae singer, Conkarah.  With hits like “Forever”, “Draw You Close”, “Addicted”, “Island Girl” and “No Barbershop”, Conkarah is no stranger to the music industry.  In fact, he performed at last year’s Reggae Sumfest 2012 alongside Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley & the Wailers) and many more.  We got a chance to sit down with Conkarah and discuss his music, inspiration, goals and the global success of reggae music.

For those not familiar with you, can you briefly tell us how your musical career began?

“I was walking through one of the halls at my university and walked past a choir rehearsal.  It was fantastic!  From the harmonies to the tonality, I said to myself ‘I have to audition’.  The very next day, I did just that and earned a spot with the bass/baritones.  After my first choir practice, it was a wrap.  I knew I’d never be truly happy doing anything else but music, and it’s been an exciting journey ever since.”

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Kana “Pas de Problemes” (French Reggae)

*Photos: Various sources

Country & Region: France (Europe)

What comes to your mind when you think of France?  The Eiffel Tower, gondolas and crepes are some images that appear in our minds when we think of this romantic destination.  Believe it or not, reggae music is a popular style in France.  Artists like Yannick Noah have helped spread the genre’s influence across the country.

Kana’s “Pas de Problemes (No Problems)” is a catchy and uplifting tune about confidence, courage and integrity.  “Don’t listen to anyone but yourself/When making a decision/Let them talk/Don’t let them manipulate you/Nothing should stop you from moving forward/Show the others that you are not afraid/No problems/Everyone loves each other no matter what the problem is/Just be yourself.”

Kana channels the positive spirit of reggae music.  The band’s up-tempo rhythms and bright melodies are enough to splash a cloudy day with sunshine.  Kana’s cheerful horn section and soulful vocals complement each other nicely and are the finishing touches to this French masterpiece.

What do you think of Kana’s “Pas de Problemes”?  Comment below!

J Boog’s Rise to the Top

J Boog Solo Stage

J Boog has gained popularity across the world

When you collaborate with famous artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), you know you’ve reached reggae super-stardom.  If you haven’t heard of J Boog yet, then you’ve been missing out.  He blends both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae to create his own tropical style. Not only has Boog gained respect amongst the reggae elite, but he has also gained popularity all over North America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

J Boog was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up in the rough neighborhood of Compton, CA.  His loving family kept him in line and off the streets by instilling a strong awareness of Samoan culture and tradition.   He was soon to discover music at an early age and it would change his life forever.

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