Congratulations to everyone who was voted into the Riddim Magazine reader’s poll. From the best new album section which received over 2000 votes, the results are;
1st place goes to Trettman with the album: #DIY
2nd goes to Miwata with: Nicht ohne Grund
3rd is Gentleman with his album: The Selection
4th goes to Schwarzpaul with: TM100
5th is Teacha Dee and his album Rastafari Way
Trettman gathered a whopping 33 percent of all votes, Miwata and Gentleman scored 6 and 5 percent respectively, while Teacha Dee’s album along with Schwarz Paul’s “TM100”, got 3 percent.
The results show that these 5 albums combined, got 50 percent of all the votes, this is totally amazing, considering the amount of albums of all genres, that were released in 2017. It is therefore incredible that Teacha Dee’s album, made such a bold stand among the heavy weights of the German music industry.
Teacha Dee’s “Rastafari Way” album was also ranked 2nd in the Netherlands, for three months running, as the best top 50 album released. It got a 90 percent approval rating which translates to 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Rastafari Way was released March 17th 2017, by Tenfloor Records, Teacha Dee’s record label, and was a huge success. Working with Teach on the album were top producers from around the world ;
Greezzly Productions from Italy who produced “Lightning, Earthquake and Thunder“.
Boomrush Productions out of Germany produced “Stop Follow People“.
Evidence Music from Switzerland whom produced “One Big Stone“.
Two of the voted top tracks off Rastafari Way are, “Rastafari Way” and “Emperor Selassie“, both produced by Perfect Giddimani’s label, Giddimani Records.
All of the other songs were produced by Austria’s “House of Riddim” label, including “Jah Jah Is Calling” which has also been voted as one of the top three tracks off the album.
Rastafari Way is a song about the struggles of adjusting to a Rasta Tafari way of life, a song which many Rastafarians can relate to…
Article by: C.K.
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.
Beatport.com has reported that Teacha Dee’s single “Rastafari Way” on the Horn Of Africa riddim compilation, has made it’s debut in 48th place on it’s Reggae/Dub top 100 charts yesterday.
Beatport is a digital music platform which provides music in Mp3, Wav format and ad-free streaming to it’s users. This store, started in 2004 was geared towards providing top quality music to deejays and club owners. It has become popular for providing original sound based content too such as sample packs for producers. Beatport has recently changed hands after a wapping sale to SFX Entertainment. In recent times this music provider has been experiencing some troubles but it has remained a top hub for EDM, Dub and many other forms of music.
Implications of this chart placement
This is a strong indication that the single has been gaining some traction with Deejays across the globe. The exact number of users on Beatport is not exactly known, however it has been rumoured to be in the millions all customers included. The integrity of this chart is also very high as Beatport has made serious efforts to rid its services of chart fixing users and labels.
It also means that the main audience of Beatport (EDM fans) maybe tuning in to the roots reggae vibe of “Rastafari Way” in a strong way as it went in at number 48 out of a 100.
Do Radio Deejays buy music?
Yes, Deejays worldwide have been coming under pressure by major labels for not having legal copies of tracks since of recent times. This has caused some strange situations where promotional tracks without proper labelling indicating that they were given for promotional purposes are refused by top deejays. The High quality offered by these site (for example Beatport) is ideal and safer as many producers provide sample rates way below standard.
“Born Free” a nineteen years veteran and C.E.O. of Born Free Records stated that,
“In today’s world, it is not the norm to buy music people just stream it.
A lot of deejays stream (music) from online.“
In regards to the Deejays who still purchase music he explains,
“A good deejay will want the best copy also if they play on radio.
It would sound like rubbish if it is an illegal download.“
Born Free also warned that Deejays who steal songs from videos and slideshows on youtube are not getting the best sound of the music. He explains that,
“Youtube downloads go thought filters during the upload and also during the download which changes the sound quality.“
Perfect Giddimani stated that a lot of deejays have been linking up directly and though the Giddimani Record’s email address for official promotional copies of the Horn Of Africa project”. This means many of the people supporting the project have high quality masters playing on air.
Greg “Giddimani” Rose c.e.o. of Giddimani Records has expressed delight and gratitude for the performance of the overall project and congratulated Teacha Dee via a public post on facebook in regards to the chart placement and promotional work done. Other users called this latest feat an “up move” for Teach and his music career.
More positive reactions came from deejays and sound system operators within the European scene. The majority of shares and likes however came from Costa Rica, Argentina and Uruguay where the project has been playing non-stop between the radio stations respectively.
The megamix which was present by Dj Become for Rising Sound based in Costa Rica has been racking up near to 20,000 clicks on soundcloud while the official video on youtube has racked up just under 34,000 views in 3 weeks.
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