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Jamaican Reggae singer Jah9 Releases Ma’at Single

Jah9 – Photo by Wade Rhoden

Jamaican vocalist and yogi Jah9 has released her new single “Ma’at (Each Man),” accompanied by a scenic visual directed by Samo Kush I. Jah9’s new track is the follow-up to her hit “Heaven (Ready Fi Di Feeling).”

“Ma’at (Each Man)” combines spoken word and melodies over a pulsating dub bassline.

The title “Ma’at” is derived from the ancient Kemetic (African) system of spiritual cultivation. The principles of truth, justice, balance, order and harmony govern all aspects of life and when these divine laws are put into practice it culminates in man’s evolution towards divinity. The chorus itself invites the listeners to “keep it light as a feather,” inspired by an analogy on how the dead would be judged based on how they live. Their hearts would be weighed against a feather on a scale to determine their ultimate resting place. These principles are a key part of Jah9’s life and yoga practice, which heavily feature Egyptian kemetic sequences.

I speak about the karmic cycle and its real implications for the individual relative to their actions. No actions go unnoticed, and I am ever reminded that what we pay, will be weighed, when we meet our judgement day. For I, it represents a coming of age, an initiation into the real meaning of social & personal responsibility, an understanding that fosters self-discipline and strength of will; the key tools for rising above karmic forces,” Jah9 explains.

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California Reggae Band Pepper Releases ‘Local Motion’


Pepper – Local Motion

Reggae band Pepper has a new album titled ‘Local Motion’ out on the band’s imprint LAW Records. Local Motion pays tribute to the many days and weeks they spend on the road touring, and the relationships forged both with their fans and the music community alike. Pepper comments, “We are fucking pumped and it’s contagious so get ready!”

Highlights include the lead summer song single “Warning” (Ft. Stick Figure); “Brand New Day” and love song “Candy.”

Pepper includes Kaleo Wassman (Vocals, Guitar), Bret Bollinger (Bass, Vocals), and Yesod Williams (Drums, Vocals). Pepper has expanded its brand to include wine and a cannabis strand “Hawaiian Pepper.” Recently they performed a popular set at the California Roots Festival where they sold-out of their limited edition Local Motion vinyl record only sold during their meet and greet.

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Rising Reggae Act Mortimer Releases “Lightning” Single

Mortimer – Lightning,

Emerging reggae star Mortimer has a new single titled “Lightning,” released via a partnership between top producer Winta James’s Overstand Entertainment and reggae label Easy Star Records

“Lightning” is a classic slow beat reggae love song with a modern update. With a thin rhythm section featuring a live Hammond organ and rhythm guitar, joined later by live steel guitar, brass, and synthesizers, which build to a fervent climax.

Mortimer’s previous single for Overstand/Easy Star was “Careful,” which came out in October 2018.

Mortimer is also well-known for his collaborations with Protoje, including a highlighted spot on the song “Truths & Rights” from the album A Matter of Time.

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Ghanaian Reggae Star Rocky Dawuni Releases “Elevation” Music Video

Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s reggae maverick, has released the “Elevation” video. The song appears on his most recent album “Beats of Zion.” With its message of supporting the oppressed, “Elevation” aims to represent global diversity in everyday life and focus on the unrecognized heroes who are essential to making a difference in many communities and societies.

The visuals, made in India by director Sairam Sagiraju, used multiple locations along the way from Bangalore to Goa showing India in diverse ways as a visual allegory of inclusion and connectivity.

Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion

Dawuni is seen as a traveling storyteller, interacting in scenes and identifying with various groups; promoting girl child education, liberation of untouchables, celebration of elders, defense of wildlife and the merriment of rural life.

In a time when divisive speech is on the rise, Rocky’s album Beats of Zion puts out an uplifting message about global unity and a worldview of solidarity. Rocky passionately says, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations. It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging sociopolitical issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zion is the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope. Beats of Zion is the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”

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Reggae on the Mountain Music & Camping Festival 2019

Reggae on the Mountain Music & Camping Festival will take place August 17 & 18, 2019 at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu, California. Headliners this year include Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Matisyahu, Third World, and Pato Banton.

Saturday, August 17:
Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Pato Banton, Anuhea, Arise Roots, Ital Vibes, Better Chemistry, Dread Kennedy

Sunday, August 18:
Matisyahu, Third World, Hirie, Mike Love, Gondwana, Makua Rothman, Cisco Adler, Quitno Sol, Pachamama, Synrgy, Prime Livity.

More at: www.reggaeonthemountain.com

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