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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?


Jimmy Cliff feat. Wyclef Jean ‘Refugees’
One of the most important reggae artists of all-time, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductee, and GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Jimmy Cliff makes his long-awaited return with a new single entitled "Refugees" [feat. Wyclef Jean]. It is the title track to the album due Aug 12.
‘Refugees" captures the spirit of Cliff's most classic output with a neo-soul hip-hop twist courtesy of the legendary Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean. It also continues the creative and spiritual connection between these two mavericks. One part has a dubstep feel with reggae and a worldbeat feel close to Afrobeats.
The Skanking Monks feat Kenyatta Hill ‘Babylons Big Dog’
The Skankin' Monks featuring Kenyatta Hill are making a big tribute to his father, the legendary Culture vocalist, Mr. Joseph Hill. Babylon's Big Dog is a rearranged remake of the Culture classic from 1982's Lion Rock LP. We don't know the song originally, we just knew when we heard it how much it sounded like Joseph that that alone was very impressive. The Skankin' Monks are a reggae formation from Amsterdam
that gets inspiration from several styles. The Monks indulge themselves & meditate on the music they create. It's very evident in this song and gives it that authenticity.
Stranjah Miller 'Make Way'
'Jah is going to make a way, thats why its going to be a good day, dutty heart, dutty mind dont want to see the youths them rise.' Work hard and you will prosper. A song of hope and faith.


Imeru Tafari 'Awaken'
Imeru Tafari has been on the radar and now comes with a tune to get partially noticed. 'Awaken' is his first song that has caught our ear. We love the lyrics, delivery is fair and it's done more in a dancehall style. 'Praises to the most high, one thing that keeps me going in the morning, Jah Rastafari keeps me calling' this is 'Awaken.'


The Movement "Always With Me"
The Movement have been consistent over the last 6 years: they have consistently been releasing music and it's been good music. This brings up to their new album 'Always With Me.' No better place to way start then with the title track. More lovers rreggae rock singing hey ho.....Ill never be alone you will always be with me.' Reggae is more popular in the summer for many people and that's one reason 'Sounds Of Summer' with Slightly Stoopid works well. The other reason is this is probbly the albums best song. It just has that vibe. Why do people love summer so much because there is a good reason to 'No Worry' yourself. Schools out, work is a bit more lax and it's summer.....come on. Maybe come 'On & On,' 'anytime you need me Ill be right by your side, we can go on & on girl.' The next lover's rock reggae with Iration. Saving some of the best tracks for last. Consistency is good for The Movement, it helps build a solid fan base.
Gonzo "Downtown Swing"
A purveyor of reggae by any means, Gonzo has stood the test of time & endurance in this reggae business. He has been solo, worked with several of the genres biggest bands like Fortunate Youth & Tribal Seeds. Now he's back on his own. It's a testament to his talent. Now he's released one if not his best solo album in "Downtown Swing." The album comes across as a lover's reggae rock album. We might be on to something here. Even the title track does it with a little of that 'swing.' There are diverts from the love as in 'Crucial,' 'Addict' and . The true love starts with one of the albums best songs in 'I'll Be There.' 'Whatever you done, whenever you call 'I'll be there for you baby.' Any girl that can 'Rock My Boat' is a girl for me and I think Gonzo would agree. If you were into that early 2000's R & B, here's a song by Usher, that you will remember Gonzo's great version of 'New Relationship.' There's always room to grow because if not its over and its just beginning for Gonzo.



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