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.
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.
For further information see links below.
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.
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.
The name of this new reggae single from Teacha Dee will have you wondering about it’s meaning. Normally one could read the name of a song and immediately have some idea of what the song is about. However, “Dwello” is exactly the opposite of this trend. This song can only be understood when you listen to its classic arrangement, done by Italian top producer GREEZZLY and the lyrics cleverly delivered. You will get a clear understanding within the few seconds of the punchline.
This song wich is apart of a riddim compilation called ” Joyful Riddim” has struck many listeners in places few reggae artistes were able to reach in recent times. With a break from the present “rapish” type of reggae comes “Dwello”. If ou want to know what the term means and what the song is about then you will have to just listen to it. The Riddim also includes Skarra Mucci, Don Tippa, Teejay and more
Recently Teacha Dee broke from his normal routine and recorded what many deemed to be his first true party song.
This track entitled Party Day produced by newcomers Dancehallrulerz out of Germany, rocketed to the number 1 spot on two occasion on the German Reggae Charts #34 presented by Jugglerz.de and Riddim Magazine.
Party Day stood within the top five for the entire month of September and up until 10th of October was sitting at the edge of the top 10.
This amazing run lasted over a three month period starting August through
September. Listen Party day Here.
The world number one reggae portal “reggaeville.com” has released an impressive line up of reggae artistes on its riddim selection titled “Reggaeville Riddim”. This riddim compilation composed by Oneness Records has feature names such as Tarus Riley, Sizzla Kolanji, Etana and more.
Within this mix, comes Teacha Dee with a very catchy social commentary reflecting his “Beat Babylon” theme. This song “Sound System” has been hailed by friends around the world as witty and positive. With lyrics stating ” The only Good System is a sound System” no wonder it has risen suddenly to the top of his best selling songs with a title that was once a popular slang worn on T-shirts years before now.