Reggae is NOT Dead

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The pre-release for "18 Karat Reggae: Stepping out of Babylon" is now available for digital downloads. Fans of Reggae and Dancehall music do not need to wait for the official release date of November 17th to get their hands on the latest release in the classic reggae series.

18 Karat Reggae: Stepping out of Babylon

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The latest album in the "18 Karat Reggae series" is now available digitally, for reggae fans who cannot wait for the CD. Although the official album release is not until November 17th, fans can now download the pre-release on Itunes, Amazon and other major download sites. The latest installment in what is a yearly release of the best reggae out of Jamaica is called "18 Karat Reggae: Stepping out of Babylon".

Anyone who says that real reggae music is dead, they have not listened to any of the albums from the "18 Karat Reggae" series. It has long been said that reggae is being dominated by her offspring dancehall. Now the saying is that dancehall has sold out to hip-hop as artists and producers become more interested in commercial success than they are in keeping the beautiful reggae genre alive.

The 18 Karat Reggae series shows that not only is reggae music alive and well, but it is as beautiful as it was in the 80s and 90s. The series showcase reggae greats such as Beenie Man, Luciano, Sizzla, Turbulance and Dawn Penn, to name a few; performing on authentic reggae and dancehall rhythms.

"It is great to see that the effort is being made to preserve real reggae and dancehall music", said King Jammy the legendary dancehall producer out of Jamaica. Whether it is live reggae instruments or digitally produced dancehall beats, listeners will know that they are listening to real reggae as oppose to some crossover attempt.

The series also features hot newcomers like Boom Viniyard, Massicker and Jango Fresh. Boom Viniyard's song "Thank you Jah" is being heralded as song of the year by reggae fans all over the world. Even though Massicker's appearance on the 18 Karat Reggae series is his first published recording, he has already been listed in Itunes as a future reggae superstar among other young stars such as Collie Budz, Damian Marley, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal.

Reggae superstar Sizzla whose single "Smoke good marijuana" appeared on the "Axum" album in the 18 Karat reggae series gives full support to the series. "18 Karat Reggae is for the true reggae / dancehall fans. The fans that do not want their music watered down", said the top-flight sing-jay. All the albums in the 18 Karat Reggae series are now available for download on Itunes, Amazon and other major download sites.

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