Monthly Archives: May 2016
House of Riddim and Papa Noah Productions will be releasing a riddim compilation called “After Berlin Wall”.
Papa Noah Productions recently released the official artwork for the compilation and hinted that its release date is coming soon.
Anthony B, Chezidek, Perfect Giddimani, Teacha Dee, Don Tippa, Menny More, Dotta Coppa, Unstoppable Fyah and Fyah George are slated to appear on this project.
This one is another in a long line of massive riddims from the House Of Riddim gang and the first major effort from Papa Noah Productions. With such an impressive line up, this project is expected to create waves on the roots reggae scene worldwide.
Visit Papa Noah’s Official Facebook page here for more information.
House of Riddim teamed up with french based graphic designer Fred Tidouz and his newly founded record label Tidouz Production to release a project dubbed the “Colorful Side Riddim“. This is a free distribution project geared towards promoting the record label, as well as to highlight several talented reggae artiste.
Teacha Dee recorded a song titled “Power Hungry” for this project and it is slated to be released early June. A number artistes from far and wide were asked to contribute towards this project also. To date, there are approximately eight tunes in rotation and two in waiting to be released. “We have more artistes coming. The colorful Side riddim is a continuous project”, said Fred the founder of Tidouz Production.
Currently, the Colorful Side riddim has Solaion and Monsieur Lézard from France. Perfect Giddimani, Teacha Dee, Anthony John, King Lorenzo and Denham representing Jamaica. There is also Jah Defender from Trinidad and Tobago, Jah Marnyah from Monsterrat and Deliman from Austria.
For more information about the aim of the Colorful Side riddim, the artistes involved and to get your free downloads click this Link.
Teacha Dee’s most successful song of recent times has been a single released by House of Riddim and Kathmandu productions entitled “Jah Jah Is Calling”. The combined efforts of the Pac Man Riddim megamix which was officially released on YouTube and the music video within a few days has made this single a resounding success.
The blistering cold of late January, offered no support for the one man production team and his limited equipment. The video was shot over two days with an average temperature between 5 degrees Celsius and 8 degrees Celsius. The windchill factor coupled with poor natural lighting and sporadic rainfall, were just a few of the challenges that mother nature presented the one man production team.
The trees in the background stood almost lifeless with the exception of a few evergreens scattered around the park. Dressed in a full winter gear, Teacha Dee was out in the cold trying to produce a music video within ten days of the projected release date. When asked about the gloves and the thermal jacket, he stated that they were compulsory to avoid serious health problems. In some places there was still ice on the ground.
Choosing a location
The single location chosen for this video, has more significance than what meets the eye. “This monument was erected in honor of Martin Luther, who was the first person to successfully expose the evils of the papacy. He was a professor of theology and a composer too,” Teacha Dee said with a huge smile.
At first glance, the video seemed to be lacking in scenes. The angles of the monument offered only a slight panoramic view. There were statues of men pondering reality, as well as others with crucifix and Bibles. They seemed to visually fit the message of the song, yet they were not the focus of the video. This monument is called “The Luther Platz” and it is located in Worms, Germany.
When asked about the overall composition of the video he stated.
“I wanted to highlight the story of Martin Luther. This story was never taught to me in the west. I knew nothing of this great battle between man and the abusive powers hidden in religion.”
Editing, Shooting and Colouring
As an audio engineer, video editing was not something Teacha Dee was fully knowledgeable about before “Jah Jah is calling”. He revealed that he studied video editing for several hours by watching tutorials on YouTube. “This video was done with final cut only. I had some experience with Vegas Video but nothing professional,” He stated.
This project lead him to undertake some serious studies in video colouring and editing which never benefited “Jah Jah is calling” but another video released a few weeks after called ” Traffic Light Dread ” which he also captured, cut, edited and coloured.
Not a new song?
When asked about a comment made by a YouTube user that the song was not a new song Teacha Dee replied.
” At the time when i recorded this song, i had no idea there were other songs with the same name nor did i hear any of them. I am not surprised though. This is a fundamental message of reggae music and i expect to see many more with a similar message in the future. We all need to get back to righteousness”.
Currently “Jah Jah is calling” has spent three months on YouTube and has received over 76 thousand clicks. You can view it by clicking the image above or by clicking here.
The city of Mainz in Germany will be having their annual open air festival this summer. Teacha Dee and Sound Generators band will be there. Also on the roster is Soundition, Da Fuchaman and the EPG Sound System.
This event will take place on the 2nd of July in Mz-Kastel. The promoters Irie Vibes are expecting a large turn out which is customary for open air presentations in this area.
Chanta Crew in association with Roots Rebel Sound invited Teacha Dee to perform in Club Exit as replacement for Jah Bouks who was unable enter Europe for his booking. These last minute arrangements resulted in a surprise Teacha Dee performance for Düsseldorf.
Singing U aka Bobo Israel who was present opened the live show with an energetic set after some hours of hard hitting sound system juggling. Teacha Dee then graced the stage at approximately 2PM and gave a long interactive performance which lasted until about 3:30 AM.
Teacha Dee attempted to end the live segment by calling Singing U on stage for a freestyle, but the crowd kept calling for more. Teacha Dee then sang two more songs before bringing the live music to an end followed by a very loud applause blended with shouts of approval.
The patrons that were in Club Exit were quite happy. They spoke volumes about his performance on Facebook and other social media the following day.
“We would like to say a big thanks to Teacha Dee. It was indeed a great show”, said Miss Brake managing director of the Brotfabrik. Teacha Dee’s performance started sharply at 9:00 PM and ended a few before 12:00 AM.
The show was divided into two parts with a brief pause in the middle, going from song to song in a smooth but deliberate manner. Teacha Dee entertained the crowd with sporadic bursts of dancing reminiscent of the reggae roots era.
There were many highlights, the most memorable may have been the riveting lyrics of “Long Day” or “The Blessing”. Teacha Dee and Sound Generators also premiered two songs off their upcoming album which was still in production.
In closing Teacha Dee introduced the band members to the people personally to the delight of the massive. He also did a meet and greet where he signed autographs and took photos.