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SHOK WAVE is your weekly new REGGAE music blog. SHOK WAVE finds music that is out there in the form of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Ska, Dub, Reggae Rock & anything else musical with a Caribbean origin and in any language.

Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!

Instead of not doing a blog this week we decided to list a bunch of good songs that released. I did not find anything great just good. Maybe this should be the start of an additional playlist? What do you think?


Kabaka Pyramid "The Kalling"
The sophomore album from Bebble Rock's Kabaka Pyramid is "The Kalling." His sound has gone from a rapper/hip hop underground street artist to an internationally known reggae dancehall artist who incorporates his hip hop roots in his sound and flow. The modern day creator of this sound is the son of the king of reggae Damian Marley. So who better to produce the album. The album starts with the accurate and immaculate ‘Mystik Man’ Peter Tosh’s moniker and ‘Legalize It’ is mentioned in ‘Stand Up’ with the sharp Nathalia, who sings ‘if I dont stand up for something I'll fall for nothing.’ She handles the chorus well and Kabaka handles his hybrid of music perfectly. A prelude to what is to come. It is obviously Damian & Kabaka’s ‘Addiction,’ since Damian produced Kabaka's first, or at least until they find their next ‘prescription.’ This shows the heavy influence of the 'Steeping Razor' Peter Tosh. The first single was an easy choice since Damain is produce and Kabaka is the artist, why not do one together. That's when the colors of reggae come in 'Red, Gold & Green.' A tough tune. Rastaman will always 'Make Things Work.' Another sibling great graces the album twice in Jemere Morgan who is 'Grateful' and on the uptempo & positive 'Energy.' There are two versions of 'The Rastaman' with Tifa. I can't imagine a dirty version. Speaking of rastamen, the title track is an all star cast of reggae stars and speaks of their calling with Stephen Marley, Jesse Royal and the one who really paved the way for Kabaka is Protoje. The single to precede the album's official release off the album, which released Friday Sept 30, 2022, is a song that uses Jr Byles 'Fade Away' as the backdrop for this dancehall banga. Basically, it talks about selling out to the system. Do not bow to babylon. It's called 'Faded Away.'  Another Ghetto Youth's artist joins Kabaka on his 'Mary Jane,' it's Black Am I.' You will love it, just as they do. It’s never an ‘E Z Ride’ in life, yet the powers of the Pyramid are set and with inspiration on this one from Edi Fitzroy, it will be smooth sailing. As much as music is life, 'Life Is Everything' with Answele and puts the album and things into the perspective of the is important to this and the soldiers of Selassie. The album ends with a bonus track and a reminder of the first album 'Kontraband Pt 2' again with Damian Marley. "The Kalling" is 'a 'Safe' place to drown your fears and any problems that may be present. A modern day classic. There is something here for music lovers. Get your piece as "The Kalling" is life's calling.
Kushite 'Love Like This'
Our favorite new reggae artists out of Trinidad is Kushite. Her latest is 'Love Like This.' A beautiful song about how special it is to have someone 'to hug up and kiss, a blessed love when him kiss me pon mi lips.' It is very special
Ras Matthew & Rankin Joe 'Turn Up The Sound'
As a professional skateboarder, Ras Matthew made his name as a skater and now his latest project could put him on the map again. He's always been a lover of reggae music. It now is apart of his resume. 'Turn Up The Sound' is his best yet and his sound has changed for the better, too. It doesn't hurt that he uses the veteran Rankin Joe on the 'Cherry Oh Baby' riddim as the backdrop. So do as they say 'Turn Up The Sound.'
Brothers Within 'Somebody Somewhere'
This young band Brothers Within have a come a good ways in a short time. 'Somebody Somewhere' feels the same as they do, which is very true. It's their sound change that has impressed us. It sounds like they have been listening to alot of Stick Figure. A band that just knocked of Bob Marley from the #1 spot on the reggae charts. Listen and comment if you feel the same.



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