Addis Pablo – One Love, One Heart, One Family

Addis Pablo, son of the great Augustus Pablo has been making waves throughout last year and into 2014. Along with his “Suns of Dub” crew, they have carried a legacy which may have died out in modern times, blending modern reggae, dub, and even EDM with the irresistible, dread shaking sound of the melodica.

This is only a preview and one of three vinyls being released in 2014 by the Suns of Dub crew, but think of it as an appetite wetter, it certainly made our mouth water and crave more!


We knew you’d want more!  So here is last years official mixtape produced by Walshy Fire of the Major Lazer crew! (Includes FREE download!)


Check out part 1 of a 3 part mini-series, “Meditations” from LargeUP, featuring Addis Pablo and friends, fittingly shot in the hills of Jamaica and featuring Jesser Royal and other artists at their most humble, natural being.

Better Late than Never – Best Mixtapes of 2013!

LoveDancehall has been on hiatus for a few months, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been listening! Here are a few of the best, must have, big big big mixtapes from the year that was 2013 (in no particular order).

1. “Head Kech a Fire”.

San Diego native sound system “Tribe of Kings” is rapidly spreading their rootsy rootsy love around the world. Having released a few mixtapes throughout 2013 they received recognition and praise on many of the top reggae/dancehall blog sites. Led by selecta “Dash Eye”, they host weekly roots reggae bashments at their Sunday “Uptown Top Ranking” and have brought big players in the reggae scene to San Diego, including Gyptian. Here’s one of their best 2013 mixtapes. Big up!

2. “Be Wise”

This mixtape hosted by none other than Protoje is another “Tribe of Kings” mixtape. Roots reggae, roots revival!

3. “Yaadcore Reggae Aroma Vol. 2″

Another mixtape following the roots reggae revival trend of 2013, this deh is filled with the biggest conscious reggae tunes of the year! Featuring tracks from 2013 rising star “Chronixx”, “Protoje”, “Jesse Royal” and many others. Do not miss this one, it embodies 2013 in just over an hour of tunes.

4. “Jesse Royal – In Come the Small Axe”

Jesse Royal establishes himself as one to watch for the coming years as he incorporates his sounds into the roots revival movement which has gained steam and only seems to continue growing. Collaborating with the other young, new artists of 2013, he brings Hip-Hop styled verses over new age roots reggae riddims. There is much to like and little to push away.

Double Bangz – Borcor (Official Video)

Sierra Leone’s “Double Bangz” delivers again!

Check out “Borcor”, Double Bangz second video, following the success of Sierra Leone’s most ever watched music video “No Lazy“.

This duo based in London has exploded over the past year, touring across the UK and Europe with shows in France, and Holland while on the road. They are highly in demand and keep producing high-energy, afro-beat club bangerz. The latest is nothing less than that.

Keep an eye on Double Bangz as they keep growing, they may be at a venue near you real soon. Check out their Facebook page here to stay current!

Bless Up!

Strictly Roots: Joe Higgs

Joe Higgs is an incredible man. His Music is just so incredibly Conscious, and Pure Hearted, it’s unbelievably Beautiful for the Human Spirit. He is a True Genius.

Joe Higgs

Joe Higgs

He really did a lot for Reggae, and is definitely the most influential Roots Reggae Musician from Jamaica in the 1970′s… ORIGINAL ROOTS. He essentially really did a lot for ManKind.

Jah Works.

I would highly recommend watching this performance of him. You might even weep, in all Honesty…

And here’s an amazing tune from a personally recommended album , “Life Of Contradiction”. Recorded in Jamaica, 1972, and released in 1975.

Sizzla Kalonji & Bretheren – Early Years in Roots Anthology

Remember the Sizzla Kalonji of old? This will bring some nostalgic feelings.

Over 3 hours of memorable, original tunes that will make you wonder, what happened?

Not to say that Sizzla is no longer relevant or still producing quality music, but this compilation of tracks accentuates the reasons why he became so popular musically as well as a leader of Jamaican culture and a role model for the youth. Sizzla was one of the most influential artists of modern times and it is a blessing to have witnessed his impact and felt his music.

Much respect and praise to Sizzla Kalonji, forever a legend.

Bless up!

J Boog – Live Up EP

Island Reggae magic!

Hawaiian reggae star J Boog drops this 5 track EP including hit “Break us Apart” and a colab with Alaine.

J Boog - Live Up EP

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Kenya Meetz Jamaica Mixtape

Loving the African influence in the dancehall! From Kenya to Jamaica! LoveDancehall!

I-Octane – Happy Times Mixtape

I-Octane’s “Happy Times” album lives up to it’s name.

This album is filled with happy tunes, good vibes and just in time for the summer bashment! As a relatively new artist, 5 years in the game, he has established himself as a positive, conscious reggae artist leading a new generation of musicians in the direction paved by greats such as Sizzla, Capleton, Buju Banton.

Feel the riddim!

I-Octane Happy Times

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Check out more from I-Octane!

I-Octane – Run Mi Out

I-Octane – Love Di Vibes

I-Octane – Mi Chargie

On-Stage Interview with I-Octane:

Artist Profile: Fantom Dundeal

Bajan artist gaining big recognition.

Arlon Griffith, “Fantom Dundeal” is an artist coming out of Barbados who has started to make a real name for himself over the past few years. What makes him such an exciting artist is his melodic style, singing/toasting over beats which are all positive, happy, sunny, and a reflection of the bajan, island life. Barbados has been typically known for producing the worlds hottest Soca, but Fantom Dundeal has taken bajan music in a new direction and has become the first internationally recognized Reggae/Dancehall artist to come from the island.

Fantom Dundeal

In Barbados, Fantom Dundeal is now widely recognized and has been active on the live stage and club scene for years, opening for acts such as Kardinal Offishall, Konshens, Darrio, KMC, Machel Montano, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Beres Hammond, Aidonia, Mavado, Sizzla, Junior Kelly and TYGA. Add to this the fact that he has been nominated for the Barbados Music Awards twice and you can see that the talent is undeniable. Fantom Dundeal has completed numerous music videos including hits like “Twisted”, “One Minute”, “TilT It” and “Rollin/Beg Nuh Fren”. More impressive are sales of his first album, over 2,500 copies sold in half a year within Barbados alone.

“Must Buss” which is “my way of saying I have to make it in life (positively)” is the motto he sticks by, and one we should remember. So far he is well on track to making it and the future can only hold further success for Fantom Dundeal.

Bless up!

Don’t think Dundeal has abandoned Soca though! Here’s the video for smash hit “Soca Anthem”. More videos HERE.

Need more? Get the Mixtape!

All Black Mixtape 2012 (Download)

Fantom Dundeal Performance

Check out these two original throwback tracks which helped Fantom get where he is today:

I Choose You

My Time

Morgan Heritage – Here Come the Kings

Modern roots music from Morgan Heritage

This is a top, top album from Morgan Heritage. It has been some time since the last album, and that may have scared some, but the quality of music remains and this album solidifies an already prosperous career. Modern roots reggae music at it’s best with lots of “pop” thrown in to stay relevant. Get it here!

Bless up!

Morgan Heritage Here Come the Kings

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Make sure to catch them on tour in a city near you. Schedule here.

Block Party Riddim

Block Party Riddim

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Adde Instrumental – Block Party Riddim [Instrumental]
Anarchie – Party Till Day Light
Charly Black – Happiness
Christopher Martin And Ajrenalin – Distorted
Di Genius – Empty Di Bar
J Angel – Wine Up [edit]
J Angel – Wine Up [raw]
Jah Vinci – My Love
Mad Cobra – Nuh Other Way
Popcaan – Unruly Rave [edit]
Popcaan – Unruly Rave [raw]
QQ And Blak Ryno – Feel The Vibes [hands Up]

(Remember that the best way to show your support for artists is to purchase music.)

Sarkodie – Original

Ghanaian front runner Sarkodie releases video for “Original” on his birthday.

So Sarkodie went and released an official video for his track “Original”, personally I’m somewhat disappointed. Am I disappointed in the video? No. I am disappointed with a trend which I hope stops here…

African artists striving and trying so hard to match and become like their American counter parts. I don’t condone African artists diving into Hip-Hop and “Rick Ross” type beats, it’s not original and it dissipates the spirit and beauty of African music and culture. Now, this isn’t an attack on African artists alone, let me point out that this trend is even more prominent in the Jamaican dancehall scene, with the likes of Mavado striking it big with the MMG label. I understand the strive for success, wealth and fame but hope and pray that they will find a way to reach foreign audiences by staying true to their roots, people, music and culture. Sarkodie will remain a top African artist and I don’t lose respect or love for him or his work, I only ask that this doesn’t spread. Afrobeats, Azonto, Hi-Life me say!

Hit the jump for Sarkodie’s “Original” video and form your own opinion.

+ Catch Sarkodie at his Afrobeats best right here!

Bless up!

Versatile – Road Carvaw Vol. 2

Versatile delivers 2nd part to Road Carvaw EP.

I was excited when I listened to the first installment titled, “The Road Carvaw EP“, this second part delivers a harder, darker set of tracks. While the first part was happy, and full of summer vibes, this is a much more self absorbed and self promoting sound. Personally I prefer the first installment of the “Road Carvaw” project, but to each his own.

Versatile Road Carvaw vol 2

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Check it out and decide for yourself. Don’t be afraid to let us know what you think!

Bless up!

Redsan ft. Demarco – Badder than Most

Internationally recognized Kenyan talent: Redsan.

Check out this track from Kenyan dancehall artist Redsan. After rising to fame with Kenyan entertrainment group “Ogopa Dj’s”, this dj is a testament to the natural talent found all over Africa.

Big up the motherland!

Albarosie – Sound the System

Albarosie releases 5th studio album “Sound the System”

This new album from Italian reggae artist Albarosie has received only positive reviews, and there’s no doubt in my mind or ears that all are 100% deserved and rightly earned.

Albarosie Sound the System

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It seems as the years have passed, Albarosie has matured and this is reflected in his sound, style, lyric and message. This album delivers a rootsy rootsy feeling full of conscious words and thought. What’s more impressive is that Albarosie took full control of this album, playing most of the music himself. Want more? Check out this review by Reggaemani and United Reggae editor Erik Magni.

Bless up!

Something New, Something Good

Feel the Fire – Musiq Soulchild ft. Syleena Johnson

Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson, US R&B artists are trying their hand at the Reggae ting, and you know what, LoveDancehall has nothing but love for this track. Hopefully the rest of the album titled “9ine” is as true to the music as this single. What do you think?

Here’s a short in-studio interview clip discussing their new colab album “9ine”.

Sauti Sol – Still the One

LoveDancehall loves these guys… Kenyan group Sauti Sol delivers “Still the One” single and video to go with. Modern African music making a big name for itself with talent like this.

Big up Sauti Sol!

King of Tribes presents: Be Wise Mixtape (hosted by Protoje)

I can’t lie, as a member of the San Diego community, this makes me very very happy. Big up to selector “Dash Eye” of San Diegos’ very own and very true sound system “Tribe of Kings” who delivers this essential, roots reggae revival mix hosted by none other than the leader of the “Roots Revival” movement, Protoje.

For more than 10 years “Tribe of Kings” has been going solid, promoting Jah message and music along the west coast. They have established themselves as one of California’s finest sound systems, running San Diego and featuring at reggae fests across the country.

Now comes this! Big! Listen and download to the “Be Wise” mix right here!

Summer Dub Mix

This DUB mix from French group “Dub Inc” will have you groovin and moving. Listen and DOWNLOAD here! Must must must have!

Matthew McAnuff – Be Careful Mixtape

Something to remember this member of the great McAnuff family.

Matthew McAnuff’s career was on the right path. Say no to Violence! RIP.

Read more about this artist in this great article by Marc Ismali, writer for UnitedReggae.

Bless up!

DJ Juls – Old School Mix

Some African flavor for all from DJ Juls! Bless the motherland!

Black Chiney & Willy Chin – Summer Paradise Mixtape

Upbeat Socca Dancehall vibes! Listen and DOWNLOAD right here!

Chris Martin & Romain Virgo – Rising Stars Mixtape

Mellow, sweet and pure reggae goodness! Pure niceness! Catch it here. FREE DOWNLOAD!


Ninja mi Ninja Official Video

Ninjaman is really a defining character in Jamaican dancehall. His career has spanned over 20 years and now he!s back!
This tune, pumped full of energy and confidence really embodies the success story which he has become since being freed from jail one year ago on murder charges.


Having put his addictions and past daemons behind him, this new video follows him through his reincarnation into the dancehall scene, showing him take the stage, trod the roads of him home, and even walk the runway at Caribbean Fashion Week. Believe it or not, this is only his third ever video, in a career which has seen him deliver hit after hit after hit. We are privileged to have him back in the dancehall scene and wish him continued success..

Big up yuh self Ninjaman!

Like Capleton? We Love him!

Check out this 40 minutes mixtape of all his greatest hits! We always got ears for this.


Fairy Tale Riddim



Try before you buy:

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Fairy Tale (iTunes)



Konshens & J Capri – Pull Up To Mi Bumper (Official Music Video)

It’s official. The video is here. And it’s hot!

Popcaan – Unruly Rave

Pree this new video from Dancehall dj Popcaan. Shot in Toronto, Canada by Niko, a member of Drakes label OVO.

Speculation is that this video is a sign of future colabs between “Fry Yiy” and Toronto based rapper Drake. It also goes to show the growing trend for collaborations between Jamaica’s dancehall kings and the hip/hop world, including Mavado’ s ties with the MMG group.

Some say these collaborations are helping to promote dancehall culture overseas, while others feel that it’s degrading true yaardi culture, for example, this video is shot in the clubs of toronto depicting a typical hip/hop scene rather than the bruk out vibes we associate dancehall with. I think it’s too early to tell, but one sure thing, this tune mad!

What’s your opinion?

Molly Riddim



Stream it here!

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Molly Riddim (iTunes)

Tun Ova Riddim

Tun Ova Riddim


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Tun Ova Riddim (Amazon)

Sizzla Kalonji June 2013 Interview

I stumbled across this recent interview with conscious Jamaican reggae legend Sizzla Kalonji. Interview was conducted by Eric Magni, one of the editors over at United Reggae and creator of reggae blog “reggaemani” (found in LoveDancehall’s blogroll). This is a revealing and intimate interview which gives us an opportunity to look inside the mind of this great artist. Read about his views on the media, his culture, roots and connection to the motherland Africa, and of course some talk about his latest album “The Messiah“.

Sizzla Kalonji

Sizzla Kalonji

Soca Salsa Riddim + Aidonia ft. Mr Renzo – Break ya Back (Remix)

Bruk out madness! Soca Salsa Riddim.

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Christopher Martin – Chill Spot EP

Dancehall lady killer Christopher Martin releases the Chill Spot EP. No surprises here, a compilation of previous super smash hits.

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Wyre, from Kenya to Jamaica

Kenyan reggae/dancehall artist Wyre is making quite the name for himself. Exposure and recognition on a global scale for him and his nation of Kenya have been the goal, and now his name is becoming a mainstay in the modern, international dancehall scene.

Long before becoming an international hit, he was well recognized and adored by his local fans in Kenya, after all he is nicknamed “the love child”. As part of Necessary Noize and the East African Bashment Crew, his name became synonymous with the dj, club and party scene in Kenya and East Africa. He has now however, cemented his spot as an international artist through collaborations with the likes of female Jamaican dancehall artists Alaine, and Ce’cile.

Speaking on his collaboration with Alaine and the growth of Reggae and Dancehall in Africa, Wyre had this to say:

“She (Alaine) is huge in Africa. A few months ago she was the main act for a concert in Nairobi and the crowd was massive. I opened for her then.”

“Some of the most successful concerts in Africa at this time are the reggae and dancehall shows. Artistes such as Ce’Cile, Konshens, Richie Spice, Turbulence, Mavado and Tarrus (Riley) are extremely popular and their shows are sold out. Tarrus was recently in Kenya and I also opened for him.” (Read more:

Furthermore, his achievements have not been overlooked by those in charge awarding talented musicians. Recently, Wyre was present at the International Reggae Awards in Florida where he won Best New Entretainer for 2013. Clearly this is no small accomplishment, beating out the likes of Chronixx (personal favorite), Cen’C Love, No-Maddz, Potential Kid, Tommy Lee Sparta and D-Major.

For a Kenyan artist trying to reach across borders, oceans and continents, Wyre is taking the stage and claiming it his own. Future success is now in his hands.

From Kenya to Jamaica,

Bless up!

Interview and short history with Wyre:

Catch a few of his tunes right here!


Goosebumps Riddims




Discovering new music is like making a wise investment. As you begin to learn and listen to the message and music, your wealth and joy grows. “Jahcoustix” is an artist who has been around for some time but that I have only recently stumbled across.


Initially I was intrigued by his personal background and made a connection with the fact that the German born Jahcoustix had moved around and lived in several different countries including Kenya, and Egypt throughout his upbringing, much like myself. It’s the music though that will capture roots reggae loving audiences.

This his sixth studio album titled “Frequency” delivers 17 tracks of rootsy vibrations and positive praise to the most high. Roots reggae with kicking bass, organ licks, classic drums beats, conscious lyrics, beautiful undeniable horns and harmonizing voices.

Bless up!

Catch a glimpse at the “Frequency” album in this condensed megamix version.

Don’t miss this BIG tune from Jahcoustix:

Hotta Step Riddim



You’ve Been Bad Riddim



Old to the New

A mix between old and new, this undeniably delicious dub EP, produced by JA powerhouse Equiknoxx Music, features current dancehall artist “Masicka” spitting lines over King Tubby’s timeless tracks.



This blend has produced a different type of sound which will have you shaking your dreadlocks. Respect goes to Portmores’ 19 year old “Masicka” for acknowledging that the old and the new can still coexist.

Stream 4 of the 7 tracks right here! (Download available bellow)


Versatile – Di Road Carvaw EP

Sheldon Taylor, better known as “Versatile” is an original, young artist straight out of Jamaica who’s climbing the charts and earning his stripes in the dancehall arena.


Dancehall artist “Versatile “

Throughout his childhood it Versatile started entertaining fellow students and parents with his musical talents, however he was also talented in many other areas both academic and extra curricular, and succeeded at most anything he attempted. This was the basis for his name “Versatile”, suggested by his mother once she realized she had a star on her hands. He owned the name it became widely known after producer Mario C of 357 records gave it his support and stamp of approval. Currently under “Romeich Records” he release hit track “Bank Inna Pocket” and has written songs for the likes of dancehall superstars Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. His career has taken off from there, touring all over the world and releasing more and more hits.

His most recent work is this, “Di Road Carvaw EP”, a 5 track compilation of guaranteed summer hits. Bouncing, happy beats and positive lyric are crowd pleasers. All 5 tracks are bound to end up on the charts. Drinks in hand, smoke in the air and women everywhere, you’ll have Versatile to thank.

Bless up!

Listen to “Di Road Carvaw EP” in it’s entirety right here!

Demo Delgado – Live and Learn (Official Video)

Demo Delgado is a conscious reggae artist not new to the scene but who has only created big ripples now and again. Despite working with some of the biggest reggae, dancehall, and rap/hip-hop artists in the world, his solo work has for the most part gone unnoticed, however in 2013, he’s jumped into the scene and it appears his time may have come!

Check out his official video for this rootsy reggae banger “Live and Learn”.

His roots take him back to Kingston, Jamaica, where he was born and raised, rubbing shoulders with Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Wayne Smith, and Elephant Man, all established and recognized stars in their own right. Collaborations on tracks “Enemies” and “Metal and Steel” with Wayne Wonder on the No Holding Back album helped get his name on the map, however without a solo album it has been hard to gain concrete following and international recognition.

Demo has been working endlessly to change this and is currently in the studio working on his solo studio album. Bless up Demo!

Catch a glimpse of his upcoming masterpiece right here!

Raw Cut Riddim (Chimney Record)

Rumor – Poetic Licence

Curtis Nana Benyin Quarshie, AKA “Rumor” is an Accra, Ghana based rapper who exhibits an original flow with creative lyrical content and well produced modern hip-hop beats.

His first venture into rapping came at the age of 14 after he teamed up with K-Yos, Loonee and Boyd from Pope John Senior High School to release “The New Era” mixtape under the group name “Arms of War”. This amateur tape created ripples in the local scene and was an indicator of future success.

His influences Talib Kweli, Common, Rae Kwan, Killa Priest, Mos Def, Nas, Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco, all part of Rawkus Records Project “Lyricists Lounge” are the figures who turned Rumor away from singing and towards rapping, a gift which would bring him a bright future. His debut EP, “Fans, Friends and Followers” was released in 2012, after ”My Epitome” his first single from the EP became a hit upon release in August 2011. This was the seed which sprouted into a solo career.

Look out for track 8 “Broke and Famous” and feel free to skip track 9 “Buzunga”, a forced remix of Ace Hood and hip-hop giant Rick Ross’s “Bugatti”. It should also be noted track 6, “Hangover”, is produced by “Juls“, a fellow Ghanaian producer who has become an integral part of the modern afrobeats scene.

Bless up!

Listen to “Poetic Licence” in its entirety right here!

+Free Download

Dj Juls Extras!

+Dj Juls – Jungle Book Beat Tape

+Dj Juls – Afrobeats Mixtape Vol. II

Ricky Blaze – The Maestro Mixtape


Ricky Blaze – The Maestro Mixtape

Far from the typical Jamaican dancehall sound, Ricky Blaze‘s “The Maestro” mixtape delivers a modern, pop, RnB sound. The Brooklyn born, 22 year old hit producer/artist delivers melodic verses with catchy hooks and deep, deep, hip hop bass, relating tales of love and love lost.

Ricky Blaze started out producing tracks, including Gyptian‘s hit “Hold You” and eventually ventured into becoming an artist. His success has continued and collaborations on this mixtape with A Tribe Called Quest legend Talib Kweli, and fellow Brooklyn mc Maino solidify his status as a creative musical force.

Bless up!

Listen to “The Maestro” in it’s entirety right here!

Mykal Rose – Showdown inna Bloody Town LP

30 years on Black Uhuru legend Mykal Rose still delivers, a throwback roots sound on this new LP.


Stream the album here!

Camp Mulla

Camp Mulla is an up and coming Nairobi entertainment group comprised of members K’ Cous, Shappa Man, Taio Tripper, Miss Karun, Mikey “Tuchi” Toni.


This young Kenyan group is starting to take Africa and the world stage by storm, rapidly gaining exposure and growing their fan base. Their new found success can be measured by their nomination for the BET “Best International Act – Africa” award. This made them the first Kenyan act ever to be nominated for a BET award, alongside already established acts like Ice Prince, Sarkodie and WizKid.

To date, they have released one studio album titled “Funkytown”. Collaborations with some of Africa’s biggest and finest artists including Ghana’s “M.Anifest” is catapulting Camp Mulla onto the African and world stage and there is no end in sight for their future success.

Hit the jump for links and a taste of the Camp Mulla sound.

Bless up!

Barrington Levy Live in Tijuana, Mexico

Live in Tijuana, Mexico (photo by: @josslikeaboss)

Living legend Barrington Levy paid  a visit to the “Black Box” venue in Tijuana, Mexico last night May 24, 2013, an event organized by the San Diego World Beat Center. There he delivered a performance filled with the energy and passion he is so known and loved for. Bellowing out his trademark sounds and working past language barriers, even taking time to educate the crowd on the patios dialect, “if you listen to reggae music you have to know patios, it is our native language.”

At the ripe age of 49, this Clarendon legend has not lost his enthusiasm and love for reggae/dancehall music, after all he is one of the Dancehall originators. The two hour set kept the crowd skanking and sweating to true and pure Jamaican vibes.

This performance will be followed by an appearance at the Los Angeles Regga/Jazz festival held at the UCLA ground on the 27th of May. Part of a two day festival, mr. Levy will be performing alongside Ziggy Marley, Marcia Griffiths and dancehall legend Mr. Vegas.

Bless up!

Live in Tijuana, Mexico