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On September 29th and 30th, Jam Link Intl. will host the 3rd annual Aarhus Reggae Festival at Voxhall (Vester Allé 15, 8000) in Aarhus, Denmark. As they’ve done previously, day one, the 29th, will be dedicated to the dancehall culture, while day two, the 30th, will focus more on the ever growing reggae scene.
This year’s theme will be on “the foundation of Jamaican music.” That being said, unlike other festivals, the 2017 Aarhus Reggae Fest will be centered on the sound system tradition. What this means is that, as was customary in the early days at Jamaican parties and stage shows, all artists will be supported by a selector behind a turntable spinning the rhythm on vinyls.
So far the organizers have confirmed long time reggae sensation Norris Man and Jamaican born, Germany based, reggae star, Teacha Dee. Additionally, they have added Donna Marie, Omar Perry and several others. The full line up will be announced shortly. The popular brand Reggae Grill, which is known for their amazing Jamaican cuisine, will be on hand cooking up their famous reggae burgers. There will also be reggae inspired art on display by Vogel Arts.
Teacha Dee has teamed up with House Of Riddim out of Austria, Giddimani Records based in the United States, Greezzly Productions from Italy, Boomrush Productions from Germany and Evidence Music out of Switzerland to drop what is dubbed his “debut” album today.
This 13 track album titled “Rastafari Way”, has edged away the “Debut Album” title away from ” Reggae Souljahs: Beating Babylon with Music”. This was mainly because “Reggae Souljahs” was more a compilation of released singles than a complete album when it was released in 2011.
Rastafari Way opened todays sales by holding the number 4 spot on Hungary’s Itunes Charts for several hours as digital shops open. The album has been available for pre-order since February 28th and may have racked up some serious numbers for the 16 days before official release.
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 recent visit to Austria for the 5th anniversary of the Riddim Bar located in mountainous regions of Austria called Telfs, was a resounding success.
The entertainment package consisted of Skarra Mucci, I-Nity for Undisputed Records, Big Mama Sound and Teacha Dee as invited guests. Invasion Sound which hosted the event as the local reggae heavy weights represented for Austria.
This event dubbed the “Mannheim Invasion” unofficially, was well received by the lovely people of Telfs, Tirol and other adjoining communities. The warm sunny weather was also a plus, as it did not hinder any0ne from enjoying the music from the islands.
As was expected, Teacha Dee and Big Mama Sound delivered a powerful set in the opening segment, which was followed by a massive set from Skarra Mucci and I-Nity. The party fans were left wanting more way into the early hours of the morning when Big Mama sound on their second round hammered dubplates after dubplates with Invasion sound until the break of dawn. The patrons openly expressed their satisfaction with the performances, especially the final two songs of Skarra Mucci’s set. Skarra Mucci and Teacha Dee closed the live performance segment with Red, and Forward Inna the Dance.
View Photos HERE
House of Riddim along with Giddimani Records will be releasing the much anticipated riddim compilation entitled ” Bay Area Riddim ” on February 12, 2016.
This hard hitting Reggae composition has in it’s line up Perfect Giddimani, Teacha Dee, Ras Attitude, Young Shanty feat. Skarra Mucci, Menny More, Bobby Hustle, Robbie Rule, Dajure, Andi Ites, Don Tippa and Da Fuchaman.
This release is expected to create a wave within the reggae scene. House Of Riddim delivered another classic riddim and the production team from Giddimani Records has assembled this project with a wealth of expertise. Stay Tuned.
Kathmandu Productions in partnership with House Of Riddim have released their first riddim selection for 2016 entitled “Pac Man Riddim“.
This selection features Natural Black, Perfect Giddimani, Danny Ranks, Dr. Ring Ding, I Razor and nine other artistes. Songs were delivered in German, Italian, Swiss German and English/Jamaican Languages respectively.
Amongst these assorted expressions comes Teacha Dee’s first release of 2016 dubbed ” Jah Jah Is Calling” which has been getting good reviews on the internet. Below is the official Megamix from House of Riddim and Kathmandu Productions for your listening pleasure.
There are also several different Megamixes available on youtube from other deejays from several countries across the world. You can also listen – Jah Jah is calling – HERE ON YOUTUBE
Dub Inc a frenched based band, has released a massive riddim compilation entitled ” Better Run Riddim”. This has some top caliber artiste such as: Kymani Marley, Morgan Heritage, VC, Richie Spice, Skarra Mucci, Esco Levi, Torch, Teacha Dee and Don Tippa as well as a single from the Dub Inc band from which the riddim got it’s name.
Teacha Dee along with Skarra Mucci and Don Tippa recorded a massive herbsman tune called ” Medication ” which carries a message from the perpective of the farmer to the smoker. The Megamix of this riddim selection can be heard below: #Reggaeville