Life is Beautiful 2017 lineup has arrived | Top Shelf Reggae

The 5th Annual Life is Beautiful Festival has officially taken shape, and this year is looking to be more thrilling than ever! Since its origin in 2013, Vegas-based Life is Beautiful fest has been the host to the biggest names in music, examples being Stevie Wonder, Mumford and Sons, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Kendrick […]

Morgan Heritage “Avrakedabra” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Few albums have the ability to captivate from the beginning to end, but this stunning new release from GRAMMY award winning reggae legends Morgan Heritage does that and more. From the shimmering and smooth opening track, “Want Some More,” to the melodic and nostalgic tones of “One Family,” this entire collection is velvety listening throughout. […]

Satsang “Pyramid(s)” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae and alternative artists of today strive to make the world a better place through their music. Whether through personal experiences or from their own hypotheses of change, modern music is transitioning into a source of hope and deliverance from the troubled times we've grown accustomed to. Although modernized, cultural calls to action are something […]

Nattali Rize “Rebel Frequency” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

In these times of disorientation and uncertainty, at least music can offer a way out of feeling lost in the wilderness. International reggae songstress Nattali Rize will prove this with their debut album Rebel Frequency released on March 24th, 2017. Rize continues her uplifting and conscious music through her latest offer. Invigoratingly direct and assertive lyrics […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

The last of Jungle Jam 2017 was upon us, and everyone woke up to amazing weather, good vibes, and everlasting memories from the last few days in paradise. With Day 3 being a shorter day, most flocked to the festival a little earlier to enjoy the most music in the smaller amount of time. Some […]

VP Records bringing hot fyah to Apple Music | Top Shelf Reggae

VP Records has proudly announced their latest endeavor with Apple Music for its own specially curated playlists. VP will be providing dedicated playlist geared towards your interests and hopefully introduce music lovers to some new tracks while creating a more intimate connection through their carefully crafted lists. “The idea is simply to offer a selection […]

New Bob Marley Autopsy Documentary

Watch this new documentary: Autopsy – The Last Hours Of… Bob Marley”A documentary series that reveals the truth behind the controversial deaths of global icons and people whose untimely deaths were surrounded by scandal and intense media attention.” Latest News

House of Reggae Pt. 186

It’s time for another monthly delve through the archives to hand pick another hour of fine Jamaican music… The Pioneers – Me Little But Me Tallawah Keith & Tex – Touch My Hand Macka B – Legendary Reggae Icon Cornel Campbell – My Roots Girl The Radicals – Rum Tree The Termites – Rave All […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The party in the Jaco jungle continued with Day Two Jungle Jam 2017! Saturday promised some big names in reggae-rock-alternative music, and it sure delivered! Starting off the day was Congo Sanchez, a side project with Congo of Thievery Corporation who headlined the night before. Bursting with energy, the Congo Sanchez rapping lead vocalists took […]

Costa Rica’s 7th Annual Jungle Jam | Top Shelf Reggae

Pura vida. Stepping off the plane in Costa Rica, it's one of the first things that you hear. “Pura vida!” Exclaims the taxi driver outside the terminal, as you pile into what you figure is a normal hour-long commute after a half a day of traveling. “Pura vida!” You shout back, not really knowing if […]

Project: Out of Bounds “Sounds of Revolution” EP | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego progressive reggae band Project: Out of Bounds (POB) is celebrating a decade of music with their new EP, Sounds of Revolution. Over the years, POB has made a name for themselves touring up and down the west coast, promoting their self-proclaimed “dark reggae” sound: roots, dancehall, California and New Zealand reggae, intersecting with […]

Jungle Jam 2017: Day One | Top Shelf Reggae

Costa Rica's hottest festival had begun, with Day One Jungle Jam underway! And, let us assure you, the music wasn't the only thing that was fire! Reggae lovers from around the globe converged in the small beach town of Jaco, Costa Rica on Friday, March 10th to enjoy a cool evening of music following a […]

Collie Buddz new album details emerge | Top Shelf Reggae

Bermuda bred Collie Buddz just announced details on his new album. Titled Good Life, his second full length will arrive on May 19, 2017 on his own Harper Digital label and follows not so hot on the heels of 2007’s self titled album. Accompanying the exciting announcement, Collie released his three-minute title track produced by […]

3rd Annual KAABOO Festival announced | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego's biggest and best festival is back, with a more amplified line-up than ever before! Del Mar's KAABOO Music and Arts Festival stands as a sophisticated 'MIX-perience': a synthesis of sound, culture, cuisine, art, and comedy. And, class – lest we forget. This isn't Coachella, marketed primarily to youngsters; this isn't Oldchella, lost on Gen Z […]

One Love 2017: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

As the weekend came to a close, One Love attendees gathered in front Long Beach's Queen Mary shipliner one last time, full of love and full of life, to experience the third and final day of the 2nd Annual festival. After rain and shine, mud and memories, the third day promised to continue the good […]

Chris Brown flexes Dancehall prowess with Konshens

Dancehall, the difficult to quantify and forever shape-shifting genre, finds Konshens consistently evolving with its sound yet remaining true to his core fanbase. With a little over a year since its debut, his single Bruk Off grabs an irresistible remix from RnB crooner Chris Brown. Latest News

The Expendables release “I Won’t Give Up” featuring Hirie | Top Shelf Reggae

After some social media teasers, Southern California’s own Expendables dropped their highly anticipated new collaboration I Won’t Give Up with reggae songstress Hirie. The track is definitely a more mature-sounding work The Expendables, whose most recent songs have combined hard-hitting surf rock with reggae undertones. The SoCal band perfectly balances Hirie’s soft vocals with increasing […]

House of Reggae Pt. 101

In another show crammed full of old time classics, fresh new music and miscellany background details, I’ll also be revealing which show has been the most popular House of Reggae podcast so far… Jah Woosh – Jah Is The Ruler Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu PIckney Alpheus – Far Away Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze […]

House of Reggae Pt. 102 – Life Special

As a counteraction to the Death Special a few weeks ago, today I’ll be digging out an hour’s worth of tunes that celebrate the joys of being alive, while recognising the struggles it can take to survive, and like a good self help book, giving out some pertinent advice on how to live your life […]

Jon Wayne and The Pain album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Singer Jon Wayne, of Jon Wayne and The Pain, has overcome a circumstance that many people unfortunately never do. At 27-years-old, Jon was homeless, living on the streets, addicted to heroin and to alcohol. Fortunately for Jon, he was given another chance. He reached out to MusiCares and they gave him the tools to help […]

House of Reggae Pt. 103

It’s time to take another dive into the deep end of fine Jamaican music while occasionally coming up for air to comment on what’s being played, so grab your snorkel and flippers and press that play button below… Knowledge – Centry YT & Mr Williamz – Smiley Culture Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling Burru Banton […]

Leilanni Wolfgramm “Change the World” ft. Jacob Hemphill & Fortunate Youth | Top Shelf Reggae

Leilanni Wolfgramm from Orlando, FL performing her original song “Change the World” featuring Jacob Hemphill and Fortunate Youth live at the Sugarshack Recording Compound in Bonita Springs, FL. Episode #202 of the Sugarshack Sessions Acoustic Live Music Series. Tags: videos, sugarshack sessions, soja, leilani wolfgramm, jacob hemphill, fortunate youth, Source: https://topshelfreggae.com/video/leilanni-wolfgramm-change-the-world-with-jacob-hemphill-fortunate-youth Top Shelf Reggae | […]

House of Reggae Pt. 104 – Drum Special

Today we’re going deep into the roots to hear the African inspired nyahbinghi sound, the pulsating and hypnotic bedrock of so many great Jamaican records, in the House of Reggae’s Drum Special… Karl Bryan & Count Ossie – Black Up Winston & Roy – Babylon Gone Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina Bunny & Skitter – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 185

It’s time for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I am paying tribute to three musical legends, vocalist and percussionist Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, trombonist Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson and ex-Tennor and Ital Ronnie Davis, who have all sadly passed away this year… Ronnie Davis – Jah Jah Jahovia Mellow Cats – Rock A Man […]