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WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: One Culture “Take Control” | Top Shelf Reggae

East coast self-proclaimed “progressive roots” reggae band on the rise, One Culture, celebrates new music as of today! The latest single, “Take Control” featuring Tony Brand of Cultivated Mind, follows in the band's known activist agenda with a clear call to action: let's take back the planet after centuries of destruction and “build a better world with the pieces left”. With a peaceful, traditional reggae beat and cooing backup vocals, singer Kurt Jansohn chants, “Evil is the disease and all greed is a contagion // Love is the antidote and unity is the foundation.” With these words in mind, “Take Control” unfolds as an uplifting deliverance in a world of confusion. 

“Take Control” unfolds as an uplifting deliverance in a world of confusion. 

This ecocentric song coaxes listeners to look into sustainable energy while loving one another a little more than we're accustomed to. Don't feel we're too far gone; our way of life needs work, but at least we have each other to lean on as we implement change. A smooth saxophone on the bridge emphasizes that we shouldn't be stressed or anxious about taking action either… we can accomplish anything if we do it wholeheartedly and systemically. Enjoy the exclusive stream of the new single below and look for “Take Action” to hit all digital outlets this Monday, February 25th!

Exclusive world premiere of One Culture's “Take Control” single:

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/world-track-premiere-one-culture-take-control

The full experience of One Love Cali Reggae Festival 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

With the statuesque Queen Mary, the glistening Pacific Ocean and the stunning Long Beach skyline as the festival back drop, sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park on Friday February 8th for Day One of the 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae Festival. LA-based Arise Roots kicked the day off on the Koi CBD Main Stage, placing their unique imprint on the reggae genre, as always. In support of their latest album Longshot and here for their third One Love Cali Reggae Fest appearance, Passafire could be heard kicking off the SMKFLWR Side Stage. The boys were nice enough to interview that day, so stay tuned for a Top Shelf exclusive coming soon! With the recent release of their first new music since 2001, Long Beach Dub Allstars took to the Koi Stage. New York based ska-punkers, The Slackers, kept things rocking on the SMKFLWR stage.

… sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park …

Uncle Don Carlos brought old-school reggae vibes while Ballyhoo!, promoting their latest album Detonate, kept fans dancing across the venue. Battling through sound issues like pros, The Expendables played a powerful set and explosive set on the Koi CBD Stage, giving fans a taste of what to expect on their upcoming Winter Blackout tour. They played a few fun covers such as Dre and Snoop's “Just Chill Til the Next Episode” and Afroman's “Because I Got High”. Fans flocked back over to the SMKFLWR Side Stage to see Los Angeles-based Iya Terra's Roots-Reggae sounds, covering Bob’s “Exodus” in between fan favorites. Warming up for their summer festival tour, next up was the always fun and fabulous Pepper on the Main Stage. Bret rallied the crowd to get loud for the spirit of Bradley Nowell and lead the crowd in a sing-along of the Sublime song “Garden Grove”. While entertaining loyal fans, the band also announced their plans for an intimate after party at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach. 

The Hawaiian roots music of Landon McNamara, supporting his latest release Still Kickin', followed on the SMKFLWR Side Stage. Continuing with the good island vibes were Tribal Seeds, who you can catch on the upcoming 311 Cruise (because, let's face it, reggae on a boat is better). Mike Love’s unique sound and lyrics kept the crowd in the 'One Love' spirit. Be on the lookout for our exclusive One Love Cali Reggae Fest interview with Mike Love! Stick Figure then took to the Koi CBD Stage, playing their popular song “Breathe”. Bret Bollinger of Pepper joined them onstage for a high-energy set singing “Smoking Love”; Cocoa the Tour Dog joined the band onstage, as well. Being the only female performer of the day, three-piece band Bikini Trill served up great beats on the SMKFLWR Stage. Trevor Hall followed on the side stage, bringing his mix of roots and folk music, inspired from his numerous trips to India. One Love Cali Reggae Fest Night One closed out with the traditional ska-reggae sounds of The Delirians on the SMKFLWR stage as festival veterans Rebelution closed down the Main Stage. Attendees huddling for warmth were happy they stayed, since Don Carlos surprisingly joined Rebelution! 

The One Love Cali Reggae Festival returned for Day Two, with a cast of iconic reggae musicians. Rain or shine! The skies dumped buckets of rain in the early morning, but by showtime, the clouds had parted and the sun shone down. Philadelphia bred and So-Cal transplant Mike Pinto returned again this year to play the SMKFLWR Side Stage, bringing his unique horn-infused ska with a hint of punk rock sound. On the Main Stage, Huntington Beach locals Pacific Dub kept the crowds going in the cold with their message of love and peace, sharing that a new EP will drop soon with a new tour to be announced. Celebrating the release of their new album Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2, The Expanders brought their classic 70’s/early 80’s reggae style to the SMKFLWR Stage, covering a Peter Tosh song. South Carolina based reggae-rock band, The Movement, took to the Main Stage in anticipation of their new album set to release in the spring.

The high energy antics of Mad Caddies got the crowd going and kicked up a pit over at the SMKFLWR Stage, while the bass from GRAMMY-nominated Matisyahu’s set on the KOI CBD Stage left your vision blurred and ears ringing. After, 82-year-old reggae legend, dub music pioneer and Jamaican music-producer, Lee Scratch Perry, entertained the crowd over on the side stage. Four-time One Love Cali Reggae Fest performers and fan favorites, Fortunate Youth, brought the crowds in droves while passing around a 15’ inflatable joint during “Pass the Herb”.

Continuing with the theme of reggae legends, dancehall deejay Yellowman’s electrifying performance on the SMKFLWR Stage kept fans dancing. Arlington, VA based SOJA took to the Main Stage where the great Don Carlos joined them. The band announced that they have been off the road for two months, writing a new album. The indie/roots band, Dispatch kept things hopping on the side stage until the Huntington Beach locals Dirty Heads took their place on the KOI CBD Main Stage to share their new song “Listen To Me”. The ever-positive vibes of Pato Banton filled the air on the SMKFLWR Stage, while the distinct ska, punk-rock, funk and soul sounds of Fishbone rounded out the night. Closing out the KOI CBD Stage, Ocean Beach-based crowd favorite and One Love Cali Reggae Fest alumni Slightly Stoopid brought their reggae rock sound to a packed crowd, who danced and sang trying to stay warm. Don Carlos joined that set as well, making him the One Love 2019 MVP.

Under dark clouds and rain showers, after two days of meet-and-greets, eager fans raced through the gates on Sunday to get to the KOI CBD Stage to see HIRIE perform. As the showers continued, HIRIE performed “Sun and Shine”, joking that it should be “Rain and Shine”. The band also announced that they are working on a new album. The now San Diego-based five-piece pop-reggae-fusion band, Mystics Roots, started out the day on the SMKFLWR Side Stage with a radiating show. Fans trudged through the mud to see Huntington Beach, CA favorites The Simpkin Project as they played through being cut off at the end of their set. We even caught Scott Clayton from New Leaf there in support of the band. With his latest EP release Moonlight Lovers climbing the charts, New Zealand reggae star Sammy Johnson followed HIRIE on the KOI CBD Main Stage with his eclectic reggae, ska, jazz and soul sound.

Adding to the strong female presence at One Love Cali Reggae 2019, the dynamic Nattali Rize took to the SMKFLWR Stage for a high-energy set, impressing fans as she played jimba, pumping up the crowd who was already singing along. Continuing with the Ohana vibes on the KOI CDB Stage, was Oahu-based The Green, bringing their modern reggae sound meshed with traditional sounds of the islands. Back for their second visit to the festival and bringing with them their catchy alternative/hip hop vibes, Katastro followed on the SMKFLWR Side Stage. Supporting their latest album release, Washed, Katastro rocked fans in the rain. Quickly following on the SMKFLWR Side Stage was GRAMMY-winning Morgan Heritage: the band of five siblings who are touring promoting their latest album Avrakedabra. Back over at the KOI CBD Stage, Orange County Common Kings brought their feel-good vibes to get the crowd moving. As they played a cover of “Could You Be Loved”, the rain stopped and the sun tried to push through the clouds to shine down on the dancing crowd. Maui sweetheart, Anuhea, closed out the female performances of the weekend on the SMKFLWR Stage sharing her signature pop, R&B and reggae sound. Check out her latest album Follow Me: Deluxe Hawaii Edition!

The 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae festival showcased many different sounds and bands from around the world…

GRAMMY-nominated, crowd favorite and Long Beach native, J Boog started out the evening sets on the KOI CBD Main Stage. Fans sang along to classics like “Good Girl” and had surprise guest Fiji join the electrifying band on stage. The soul-filled reggae sounds of Josh Heinrichs kept the feel-good vibes of the weekend going on the SMKFLWR Side Stage that had fans grooving along. In anticipation of their upcoming summer tour, alternative/reggae group Iration kept the party going on the KOI CBD Main Stage as they lit up the crowd.

One Love Cali Reggae Fest newcomer, Kyle Smith, took the crowd by storm on the SMKFLR Side Stage. With his latest single release “Astray” dropping in a few days, Kyle and his band showcased their talents and musical influences, tossing in a bit of punk in the mix which got a pit going in the rain and cold weather. Hopefully, you got your free EP at the show! After three-year hiatus, Groundation, the roots-reggae band from Sonoma County, returned with new members and new music. Blessing the side stage fans with an incredible set supporting their latest album The Next Generation, the band kept the crowd moving. The hip hop duo, Atmosphere, stormed onto the KOI CBD Main Stage as they returned to One Love Cali Reggae Fest with a vengeance, showcasing their deep beats and complex subject matter. The reggae punk rhythms of Southern California’s B Foundation could be found on the SMKFLWR Side Stage, with an electrifying show that kept fans dancing. New Zealand's Katchafire brought their roots-reggae sound to the fest, following the tour that was in support of their latest album Legacy and sharing their message of hope, love, family and togetherness.

Following on the SMKFLWR Side Stage and closing out in true Ohana fashion, Fiji shared his Pacific Island sound. Combining his love of classic reggae, hip hop, jazz and R&B, Fii gave fans a high energy show, showing off his personality and why he is easily one of the biggest names in Hawaiian reggae. Knowing the influence that Sublime had in forming and creating a new sound of reggae/ska/punk, fans rushed back over to the KOI CBD Main Stage to catch hometown favorites Sublime With Rome as they brought One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 to a close. Supporting their latest album Blessings, the band played “Wicked Heart”. Look for the band to tour in a town near you soon, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Rome joining the band. The 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae festival showcased many different sounds and bands from around the world to spread the message of, as Fortunate Youth says it best, “Peace, Love and Unity”. Until next year!

Photography by Sean McCracken

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/the-full-experience-of-one-love-cali-reggae-festival-2019

Twiddle & Iya Terra headed to LA’s The Troubadour | Top Shelf Reggae

If you happen to be in the vicinity of West Hollywood on March 1st, do yourself a solid and head on over to one of LA's most iconic venues, The Troubadour, to catch what is sure to be an EPIC show by the four-piece band, Twiddle, and the boys of Iya Terra. The Troubador, built in 1957, is a venue bordering Beverly Hills and is well known for it’s folk, singer-songwriter and rock history. Shows there are somewhat intimate and if you’re well aware of all the legends that have been there before, then you can already feel the vibe in the air when entering this historical building.

These two bands will be a perfect pairing for a great night of music.

You can count on the opening and rising band, Iya Terra, to get the crowd going once their music starts playing. They always re-vamp their performances to make their sets fresh: never disappointing the crowd with their feel-good melodies, inspirational lyrics and strong showmanship. The jam band Twiddle has a fantastic live performance, incorporating many genres such as rock, bluegrass, reggae and funk. Each of the band members are phenomenal musicians, but if you have never witnessed Mihali master his guitar in person, you are in for a feast for your ears! These two bands will be a perfect pairing for a great night of music.

This is the first show for these two bands, kicking off a month-long tour spanning the western part of the United States. Catch dates below!

Photography by Gia Krietzberg

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/twiddle-iya-terra-headed-to-las-the-troubadour

The smashing success of Arizona Roots Year One | Top Shelf Reggae

Arizona Roots out-did itself with supreme energy that shown so bright, it’s hard to believe this was a first year festival! From the organizers of Cali Roots (the premiere reggae-rock and hip hop fest, now in its 10th year), it’s actually no surprise that positivity and love surged through the desert the weekend of February 8th and 9th, full of collaboration and unifying hope for the reggae roots movement. With these words I’ll try to paint a picture in your mind… as pristine as the AZ Roots backdrop of sprawling mountains and ginormous cacti. This is your chance to relive the magic.

I’ll try to paint a picture in your mind… as pristine as the AZ Roots backdrop of sprawling mountains and ginormous cacti

You’re running through this wild western theme park, the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, the sun is beating down and the volume is pumped up for Katchafire’s thumping sound check off in the distance. Suddenly, this intense and beautiful rush of positive vibrations hit your body and the soft rumble of the 'One Love' message flows through you — BOOM! Just like that, Arizona Roots has kicked off festival season 2019 and you’re now a part of it!

The lineup seemed to flow seamlessly, with a groovy atmosphere pulsating through the site and local AZ bands like Rilen Out and The Yoties hippie-charming the masses into groovetown territory over on the Rawhide Stage while popular acts like Trevor Hall and Clint Stevens kept it mellow and sultry on the Main Stage. Blissful energy rode through the tumbleweeds. An overlap-free weekend, with a lovely decorated arena giving the AZ Roots audience the pleasure of indulging happily through every set with time to twirl and frolic in your own uninhibited way. Walking around, everyone was blissful, judgment-free and immersed in love for the music and peace to the people.

My latest imagined happy place will reign for a while in my head as the picturesque sun set over AZ Roots that Saturday night. J Boog brought his famous island heat with style and swag as the desert temperature dropped. Mike Love harmonized to the romantic hues of purple igniting the night sky that melted lovers and friends from all backgrounds. Rebelution headlined their hearts out, rounding up Night One with an electrifying and nostalgic set that brought together all festivalgoers to swaying and smiling ear-to-ear from the photo pit to the parking lot. One of the most notable aspects of AZ Roots was its deeply connected and immersed crowd due to the intimate setting that was created. Time seemed to stand still when everyone joined hands to Atmosphere dishing out a bass-heavy and thought-expanding experimental hip hop set, delivered so whimsically and smooth, it left you thinking till late that night after the beat stopped.

Sunday packed the same kind of punch for fun and games, with wholly diverse sets by locals Kill Babylon Coalition, Black Bottom Lighters and SYNRGY on the Rawhide Stage… along with another eye-opening, nature-embracing and ambitious set from indigenous activist and upcoming superstar Xiuhtezcatl. Iya Terra's explosive presence lit up the Main Stage from the start, followed by The Movement soaking up and dishing out the dopest family vibes, sharing the stage with Johnny Cosmic and KBong of Stick Figure to play some feature collaborations before those two had an equally body moving set of their own later on. Collie Buddz sent the love and appreciation for his fans soaring, reminding us all to keep the spirits high as life really can be as simple as smoking, drinking and loving your girl to some old-school reggae.

Dispatch brought that same glorious love up to the mountaintops and spilling over with another collaborative performance featuring upcoming artist Raye Zaragoza in a beautifully jammy, soulful way that left many (like myself, who had been waiting years to hear them rip live) feeling like it doesn’t get more raw and fabulous than this! The AZ Roots family seemed to hold an unspoken, shared wavelength amongst everyone that radiated with love and respect for one another, as well as the Native American grounds we danced upon. The love in the air replaced all the hate in the world, even if just for a moment as we all stood unified, reflective and thankful to be a part of something so cohesive.

…its safe to say the seed has been planted down in 'IRIE-ZONA'…

The mood was as high as the stars and we floated onto the moon when Stick Figure took the final slot of the weekend and shook every inch of the ground in a 'holy effing bass' performance that poured freely with gratitude and tingling synergy. Overall, Arizona Roots provided unmatched positive vibes and a powerful reminder to break the status quo to live our own way. With an official Top Shelf round of applause and seal of approval, its safe to say the seed has been planted down in 'IRIE-ZONA' and we cannot wait to watch it bloom!

Photography by Kristy Rose

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/the-smashing-success-of-arizona-roots-year-one

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park on Friday February 8th, for Day One of the Fourth Annual One Love Cali Reggae Festival in Long Beach, CA. Back up to three days from two last year, much like the weather, fans flooded the gates as LA-based Arise Roots could be heard playing their unique spin on reggae on the Koi CBD Main Stage. Shortly after, Passafire could be heard kicking off the SMKFLWR Side Stage for their third One Love Cali Reggae Fest appearance. Be sure to stay tuned for the TSR One Love Cali Reggae Fest interview with the guys! Up next were local boys Long Beach Dub Allstars on the Koi Stage while The Slackers, who are anything but, kept things rocking on the SMKFLWR stage.

Back up to three days from two last year, much like the weather, fans flooded the gates…

Reggae legend and “Uncle” to many, Don Carlos, brought the old-school reggae vibe back to the main stage while Ballyhoo! kept fans dancing across the venue. The Expendables' powerful set played on the Koi CBD Stage, as fans flocked to see Los Angeles-based Iya Terra spreading their message of love with traditional roots reggae on the SMKFLWR side stage. Next up was the always fun and fabulous Pepper on the Main Stage, who announced their plans for an afterparty at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach, followed by the Hawaiian roots music of Landon McNamara on the SMKFLWR Stage. To continue with the good island vibes were Mike Love and Tribal Seeds, who you can catch on the upcoming 311 Cruise along with Passafire, Day Two legends Fishbone and Day Three favorite Katastro.

Stick Figure then took to the Koi CBD Stage with Bret Bollinger of Pepper joining them on stage. Being the only female performer of the day, Bikini Trill served up high energy and great beats on the SMKFLWR Stage. Trevor Hall followed on the side stage, bringing his mix of roots and folk music blended with inspiration from his many trips to India. Be sure to look for the upcoming interview with Trevor, as well! The night closed out with the traditional ska-reggae sounds of The Delirians on the SMKFLWR stage, while fans huddled together to stay warm, singing along to the smooth sounds of Rebelution on the Koi CBD Stage.

Kaleo Wassman of Pepper took to the stage at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach for an afterparty with a special group of friends to celebrate the kick off of the 2019 One Love Cali Reggae Festival. Fans packed like sardines into the intimate venue to continue the good vibes felt all day at the Queen Mary. Joining Kaleo on stage were KBong of Stick Figure, Hirie, Evan from Through the Roots, Jacob of Tunnel Vision, festival newcomer Kyle Smith, his bass player Chris and drummer Scotty B, along with Louie Castle from Tribal Seeds. Hayden Hanson, singer for Tunnel Vision, joined the stage via crowd surfing! Stay tuned for Day Two and Three galleries to come.

Photography by Sean McCracken

Recap by Jenni Lynne

Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/gallery/one-love-cali-reggae-fest-2019-day-one

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Kalalea “Universal Language” ft. Tubby Love | Top Shelf Reggae

Hawaiian artist on the rise, Kalalea, teams up with Tubby Love in his latest single “Universal Language”, recently available via Roots Musician Records. The track, mixed and mastered by roots reggae visionary E.N Young, features Kalalea preaching peace, love and unity in spite of social structures in the way – like media scares and corrupt peace officers. “We can live in harmony” if we stay true to ourselves and our ingrained values. From the time we can walk and talk, we make moral choices; we were born carte blanche. Where along the way did our sense of values get so skewed? Kalalea adds imagery to ideals in the world video premiere of “Universal Language”, juxtaposing shots of wide-eyed children with racing cop cars, implying that our childhood innocence has long since left the building. What's more, Kalalea and Tubby Love dance on the docks of a beautiful island break, instruments in hand and declaring vibes heal all.

“Reggae is bigger than music” and Kalalea shows us the entire world to prove it.

“Reggae is bigger than music” and Kalalea shows us the entire world to prove it. From islands to India and back, we can live a simpler life away from the static we've grown accustomed to. News sources feed citizens fear on the daily, prompting Kalalea to ask, “Why trust the media when all they promote is excuses?” We can unite on a global level if we recognize how programmed we've become and shed a light on humanitarianism as we do it. With text overlays during the video chorus, Kalalea and Tubby Love truly get their message of harmony across for the masses.

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/video/world-video-premiere-kalalea-universal-language-ft.-tubby-love

New Orleans Jazz Festival set to celebrate 50 years | Top Shelf Reggae

New Orleans… a city rich with customs, where the American south meets Creole culture meets big band brass meets general debauchery. Tourists near and far flock to the diverse hotspot for many annual celebrations, Mardi Gras being the most regailed. Yet, just as impressive as Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival sits pretty at the top of the NO attraction list. Combining jazz with chart-topping artists since the birth of blues and rock 'n' roll, it's crazy to think that Louisiana's Jazz Festival is set to celebrate its 50th year strong this upcoming April 25th-28th and May 2nd-5th, 2019. Four days, hundreds of performances, 12 stages, two weekends in a row… what an experience.

Four days, hundreds of performances, 12 stages, two weekends in a row… what an experience.

The New Orleans Jazz Fest is so much more than a live music staple; it honors all that New Orleans has to offer. From traditional craftsmen creating new treasures using old methods of artisanship to stages showcasing the art and influence of New Orleans' indigenous peoples, Jazz Fest truly fuses music to history. Ever since the 1st Annual Jazz Fest in 1970, when locals Eureka Brass Band led festival attendees through the concert grounds big band style and headliner Mahalia Jackson grabbed the mic to join the spirited hubbub, the event cemented its appreciation to its birth place. Lousiana cuisine, musical styles and more are inescapable throughout the festival arena, whether you're watching one of the main stages or perusing through the Louisiana Folklife Village, the Native American Village or The Grandstand (featuring four stages in itself!!). Throw the agenda out the window, for the overwhelming amount of activities at Jazz Fest will keep you entertained from start to finish.

And, speaking of entertainment, the 50th Annual is going bigger than ever. Although split between two weekends, the lineup remains the same – with rock 'n' roll legends The Rolling Stones headlining it all! Other mainstream artists include Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seger, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth Wind & Fire, J Balvin, John Fogerty and almost too many more to list. And, what would Jazz Fest be without that big band sound? Jazz Fest 2019 welcomes Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Breed Brass Band, Original Pinettes Brass Band and a myriad of other acts spicing up the stages with local flavor. Want indie? Enter The Revivalists, The Head and the Heart, Better Than Ezra, Hurray for the Riff Raff, among others. Reggae? Enjoy rootsy heavyweights Tank and The Bangas, Ziggy Marley and Jimmy Ciff. Prefer blues? Gary Clark Jr. will be shredding onstage, not to mention Buddy Guy, Leon Bridges, Boz Scaggs while funky jam bands like Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Dumpstaphunk bring a groove all their own. Girls can shred too, so make sure to catch Samantha Fish's set amongst the madness! Want to stick to Top 40? Depending on your generational preference, Jazz Fest has Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Pitbull, Chaka Khan and beyond. The 50th Annual even has Latin and country audiences covered with Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton. 

Sound simply too good to be true? It might be. With tickets on sale since mid-January, the fest is quickly selling out. At this time, single day general admission passes are still available except for the second weekend Thursday kickoff party on May 2nd. All single day tickets are as low as $75 until day of, with children ages 2-10 getting in for only $5! Locals can save a buck by opting to attend Thursday, April 25th, with tickets only $50 at the gate (limit two per Lousiana resident). It's honestly worth it to upgrade to VIP, too! The Big Chief VIP packages sold out fast, but Weekend One still is on the table for Grand Marshall Weekend One VIP and Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP packages available at $1350 and $750, respectively. Don't forget to spring for a parking or shuttle pass! For more information or to lock down your tickets now, visit www.nojazzfest.com.

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/new-orleans-jazz-festival-set-to-celebrate-50-years

Getting to know K-Rizz | Top Shelf Reggae

Love, Knowledge, Laughter, Joy, Loss, Insecurity, Rage, Respect… The list is thorough for this outspoken middle child raised in the ‘biggest little city’ of Reno, Nevada. 
As we speak on the phone, the artist Kris Rodriguez (formally known as 'K-Rizz') and myself vibe instantly, going to work on describing a few of his songs as well as each of his projects' ‘specific styles’. K-Rizz is not one thing and that’s for sure.

K-Rizz is not one thing and that’s for sure.

The 25-year-old is gnawing at the gates that separate hip hop and soul, while maintaining his natural intrigue and comfort in a relaxed reggae/alt infusion. Growing up in a large traditional Mexican family, strong family values apply. K-Rizz feels his heart “opened up” to a more spiritual path after loosing his older sister to an inoperable brain tumor at a young age. During the beginning stages of his adulthood, K-Rizz spoke largely on leaving a positive imprint on the world and the importance of real and raw emotion in a very overstimulated world. Now in his mid-twenties, K-Rizz is ready to spread his messages to the public. “I wanna feel [my music],” K-Rizz states, “be moved by it or what’s the point!?”

Being a current California resident, he has released some songs that are all quite different… putting a large emphasis on going with the flow of things and becoming less of a perfectionist for the sake of art. The single “My Type” is smooth like a cigar and glass of whiskey after a long day at work, while “Diggin The Vibe” is what you bump at the beach when the sun finally sets and you’re feeling the moment you’re in good company.

Always pushing himself above his latest step and staying active with his music in the Los Angeles community, Kris will simply continue to come into his own by growing the vibe he sets and creating the music he shares. With four EPs under his belt, it's only a matter of time that K-Rizz becomes a well-known name.

Anything you want people to know about you?

  • K.R: Yeah, come check out a show and LIVE in the moment with me! The time is now to start living, so see ya at a show and let’s live it together.

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Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/news/getting-to-know-k-rizz

Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter and global ambassador and humanitarian activist, has combined passionate vocals with soothing rhythmic melodies that paint breathtaking scenes on his latest offering etitled Beats of Zion available March 8th, 2019 on Six Degrees Distribution.

Beats of Zion was born out of my desire to use my diverse global musical influences and exposure to various traditions to paint a multi-cultural musical vision of the world that I perceive. The beginning of the year saw me visit Ethiopia and India. In Ethiopia, I visited Lalibela, witnessing ancient Christian rites and my journeys in India also exposed me to its diverse spiritual culture and the shared similarities I saw to Africa.” He adds, “The title Beats of Zion is inspired by a vision of the drumbeat of awareness and elevation of consciousness; a musical call to arms for my audience to be proactive in this day and age as to each person's responsibility to be an active instrument for positive change.”

Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope.

In the album’s lead off and title track, “Beats of Zion”, Dawuni puts his best foot forward. It sets the tone for what is to come — an album that punches you in the stomach with intensity, be it through the lyrics, the heaviness and coarseness in Dawuni’s voice as he sings them or the pure energy and clear passion visible in the composition and delivery of the track. It’s clear from the get-go that this album is something different.

The track, “Elevation,” opens and closes with grace, building sounds that beautifully illustrates the meaning of the word “spirituality.” Not only are the lyrics deeply honest, but Dawuni’s delivery evokes such powerful imagery and feeling that it could strictly be poetry.

Rocky passionately states, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging socio-political issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope.” He concludes, “Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”

Beats of Zion is more than just an album. It is a sociological observation of recent history and the current state of today’s world. It’s no wonder that CNN named Rocky Dawuni “Africa's Top 10 global stars”

Listen and order “Beats of Zion” on:

Track listing

  1. Beats Of Zion
  2. Wickedest Sound
  3. Champion Arise
  4. Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu
  5. Elevation
  6. Freedom Train
  7. Let's Go
  8. Burn One
  9. Modern Man
  10. Mr. Jones
  11. Turn It Up
  12. Sunshine Day
  13. Thank You Lord

Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion”

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Original Release Date: March 8, 2019
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Label: Aquarian Records
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WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Mister Kali “Hungry” feat. Dub Gideon | Top Shelf Reggae

New Mexico native Mister Kali speaks out against America's Food & Drug Administration throughout the title track off his latest album Hungry. The song, featuring Dub Gideon, dropped mid-January off Rebel Sound Records and is stuffed with eating clean initiatives, saying he'd rather go “hungry” than eat what passes for food in this country. Mister Kali is now adding visuals to his call to action lyrics in this world video premiere for “Hungry”, only accessible on the Top Shelf site!

Mister Kali says live life to the fullest by avoiding “shelves full of poison”…

The video starts as Mister Kali traverses the aisles of a convenient store entitled “Fair 'N' Square” (let the irony ensue). Turning items over to read nutritional contents, words like “DEATH” flash across food labels, insinuating that our diet is killing us more than we're aware. The video, created by Brandyn Brady and Lucas Quinones, cuts between mulling around a grocery store and Mister Kali calmly trimming weed – a clear indication to keep it organic. But, here's the kicker: you can heal your body naturally with marijuana all you want, but medicine from the earth is rendered useless the minute you take your munchies down to the closest bodega to stuff your face with Funyuns. Consider yourself canceled out, my friend. Mister Kali says live life to the fullest by avoiding “shelves full of poison”; your body will thank you later.

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