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.
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 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