Our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Viewers’ Choice 2015: Your Top 20 Romantic Reggae & Dancehall Songs From Around the World!

*Photos Courtesy of the artists’ official Facebook fan pages and various sources

For our second annual Valentine’s Day Viewers’ Choice article, we asked you to submit your favorite romantic reggae and dancehall songs from around the world.  Thank you for your song submissions.  Even though we could not include every single video, we featured the most requested songs.  In no specific order, here were your top picks for February 2015 (aka International Reggae Month).  Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Randy Valentine “Lock Me Up” (England)

Trey Smoov “Beauty Queen” feat. J Boog & Fiji (USA & Fiji)   

Quique Neira “Agua de la Fuente (Un amor)” (Chile)

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The 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Reggae Album Announced!

*Photos: Various sources including Grammy, Reggae Sumfest and more

Last night, the Recording Academy celebrated the 57th Annual Grammy Award Nominations by hosting “A Very GRAMMY Christmas” concert on CBS. Hosted by hip-hop icon, LL Cool J, the night was filled with delightful performances by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith and more.  Although no reggae artists performed, the academy announced the official nominations for “Best Reggae Album” yesterday. And the nominees are (drumroll please) …

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The Summer’s Hottest Compilation: Our Album Review of VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2014

*Photos: Various Sources including VP Records

In addition to their 35th Anniversary, VP Records has released their highly-anticipated, annual compilation, Reggae Gold 2014.  As their most successful compilation to date, Reggae Gold consistently tops the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts.  The album comprises of the hottest radio anthems of the summer. 

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Who’s Ready For Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest 2014? It’s The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth!

Reggae Sumfest 2014

Reggae Sumfest 2014 [Photo Courtesy of Reggae Sumfest]

The Reggae Around the World Team is proud to announce Reggae Sumfest 2014: The Greatest Reggae Show On Earth from Sunday, July 13 to Saturday, July 19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica! The world famous annual festival, features the best artists and DJs in reggae, dancehall and international music.  This year’s Sumfest features a week long celebration of music parties and concerts.  Check out our performer slideshows and event details below!

Date:  Sunday, July 13

Event:  Reggae Sumfest Beach Party

Location:  Aquasol Beach

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Get Ready to “Rise Up” with Golden Chyld

 

Golden Chyld "Rise Up" now available on iTunes.

Golden Chyld “Rise Up” now available on iTunes.

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Golden Chyld

After the success with his previous single, “Joanna Wine”, Canadian-born reggae artist, Golden Chyld, returns with his follow up single “Rise Up”.

This up-tempo, drum-driven reggae anthem flows with conscious lyrics that urges social action.  “The single ‘Rise Up’ was one of the core messages I wanted to convey to people for 2014.  Irrespective of what you’re going through, rising against all odds and doing your part to make society a better place is always one of the most lasting impacts you can make.  That’s what I want to do with my music: leave a lasting impact on fans and society,” Golden Chyld tells us.

“Rise Up” is now available on iTunes.  You can follow Golden Chyld on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

What do you think of “Rise Up”?  Comment below!

 

VP Records Releases Reggae Gold 2013

VP Records' Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

*Photos: Various sources including VP Records

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right, summer’s here and you know what that means … the release of VP Records’ annual compilation album Reggae Gold!  This year’s long-anticipated edition features top hits from today’s most popular reggae and dancehall artists including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Konshens, Shaggy & Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, KES The Band, Etana and many more!  The double-disc set also features classic songs from Desmond Dekker, Yellowman and Beenie Man (just to name a few).   Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online.

Watch some of the music videos from the album!  What do you think of Reggae Gold 2013?  Comment below!

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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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Sean Paul & Wayne Marshall “Here We Go” (Jamaican Reggae)

*Photos: Various Sources including Washroom Entertainment and Warner Music Group

Country & Region: Jamaica (Caribbean)

Sean Paul and Wayne Marshall’s “Here We Go” fuses dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and R&B to create the new genre its producers (Washroom Entertainment) calls “island pop”.  This pulsating party jam features the duo showcasing their energetic vocal skills as they trade verses and harmonize each other.  As Wayne sings, Sean adds his signature and rhythmic ad-libs.  Washroom’s unique tune combines retro sounding synths with contemporary Caribbean rhythms.  “Here We Go” is an iconic earworm that continues to crawl in our ears (even when we aren’t listening to music)!

What do you think of “Here We Go”?  Comment below!