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At approximately 9:00 Pm or 21:00 hours German time, Teacha Dee entered the special stage at Reggae Jam backed by Next Generation Family Band based in Munich. Wearing a pair of fire red shoes and a matching long sleeve button up shirt covered with black suspenders that coordinated with his Black Turban and Jeans pants, he ran out kicking up a storm of cheers from anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000 patrons.
From the very moment his name was announced, the anticipation of the audience could be clearly heard and his appearance did not disappoint. Teacha Dee’s set began with a loud roar which was paid to his presence alone which lasted for couple seconds while he danced and waved hello to the audience from left to right of the stage before he began singing.
Teacha Dee is no stranger to the Reggae Jam massive as it was there about 6 years ago his career took off in Deutschland and the rest of Europe. His appearance now was greeted with the rewards of years of ground work going from clubs to clubs pushing his brand of roots music.
Song after song the audience sang along with him. There were short bouts of extreme clarity as the band played a bit lower than his vocals as he drove the point home on ever song especially the new ones of his album “Rastafari Way“.
At the end of his set, he called upon stage “Don Tippa” who have been on the journey with him musically for as long as his name has been known to patrons worldwide. He left the stage with people begging for more but time did not permit it.
Here is a video provided by “Reggae Story” which highlighted “Smoke and Fly”, “Jah Jah is calling” and “Emperor Selassie”.
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.
Rastafari way produced by Giddimani Records in association with House of Riddim has been climbing swiftly on the list of Reggaeville video premieres released on the 8th of August. Reaching just under 11,000 views in a little over 3 days with no major promotional campaign or major label deal/support, this track is definitely a shot to watch.
Rastafari Way is on a compilation titled Horn Of Africa, with other artistes such as Norris Man, Perfect Giddimani, Cookie the Herbalist, Young Shanty, Da Fuchaman and more which is to be released soon.
This video which shot in Austria, has a combination of corn fields, lush green grass and parts of the beautiful Alps mountains located in Telfs. The message of the song however, has been the most contributing factor to its speedy online growth. See the video below.
Giddimani Records teams up once again with House Of Riddim to release yet another mighty production called the ” HORN OF AFRICA RIDDIM”.
This compilation has on its roster Perfect Giddimani, Norris Man, Teacha Dee, Young Shanty, Cookie the Herbalist, Da Fuchaman, Da Real Storm and Rob Symeon.
Stay tuned for more details on this project and its megamix.
Teacha Dee, Cookie the Herbalist, I razor and McKeycam are a few of the artiste set to be released on Edlhood Musik’s debut production dubbed the Sick Nature riddim. This compilation which has some X-rated tunes along with some hard hitting badman singles is slated to be released soon.
In stark contrast to the other songs, comes Teacha Dee with “Stones and Gems”. This is a song geared towards explaining his love for natural jewellery and precious stones over platinum, silver and gold. Interwoven within this song are several references and explanations to why he wears his iconic safari hat.
Check out the megamix here. Parental Advisory: This Megamix contains X-rated music.
Italian based reggae and dancehall producer Catchy Greezzly, has struck the right note with his most recent release “Roots & Kulcha“. This project was released official on the 7th of June on all digital platforms and consist of 13 songs.
This compilation won the award for Best new riddim by vitowar blog site on the 13th of june. View the article here.
This project is expected to continue to do well. Congrats to the Grezzly Music Team. To listen a megamix of the project click here.
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.