CANSAMAN (TRINITY SOUND)
Cansaman grew up in Richmond, Va and was introduced to the caribbean culture working with Jamaicans at the age of 16. He moved to Durango, Co at the age of 18 and sat in on reggae radio shows on the college radio station. In 1990 he moved to Portland, Or and started collecting records and making mix tapes. In 1995 he started Trinity Soundz and soon after he was playing in clubs, festivals, and house parties. You can hear Cansaman on Nice Up Radio every Thursday from 5-7pm (PST) and Saturday from 2-4pm (PST).
DJ PETE BODEGA
Beloved west coast DJ with more than 20 years experience as a rave, club, radio, podcast selector, sound engineer and turntablest. Co-creator of New Chat Mixtapes podcast streaming since 2008. Most recently in November 0f 2020 the Different Rankin Riddim received the DJ Pete Bodega treatment and was selected by VP Records as one of two mixtapes to represent the release of the riddim worldwide garnering features on VP Records SoundCloud, Audiomack, Riddim Stream and New Chat Mixtapes podcast. Bodega can be heard on air every Friday 7-9pm PST as part of Zion Train Radio on KRVM 91.9 FM in Eugene, Oregon and live in the YUSH mix every Wednesday from 5-7pm PST on Nice Up Radio.
YT (SMALL AXE SOUND INTL)
Selecta YT grew up in Cincinnati, Oh listening to and collecting reggae music since the early 80s . In 1995 He joined up with and started selecting for Survival Sound (CIN / NYC / VI) . In 1999 YT left Survival Sound and started his own Sound (Small Axe Sound) with Steve Treez & D Rock taking the music and jugglin to the next level . In 2001 YT relocated to Portland, Or. joining up with Portland's and the North West's top Sounds and DJs. In 2007 YT joined forces with Small Axe (Germany, Zimbabwe, NYC, CON) and took the sound to a higher level becoming Small Axe Sound Int . You can catch him live in the mix every week at clubs in Portland and spots around the NW. Selecta YT is live on Nice Up Radio every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm (PST).
SELEKTAH JAHYUT (JMP SOUND)
Selektah Jah Yut, Zolani Mahlangu, is a 23 year old optimistic reggae DJ from Kwa-Thema; a township in the Ekurhuleni municipality known for discovering young talent in the field of creative arts. Selektah Jahyut SA is a DJ and Ghetto Hero for promoting reggae and dancehall live all around South Africa. He has been crowned East Rand Sound Clash Champion from 2011-2014. You can hear Selektah Jahyut live on Nice Up Radio every Friday from 11am to 1pm (PST).
LETHAL SELECTA (PACIFIC SOUNDS OUTERNATIONAL)
Liloa, aka Lethal Selecta, is a founding member of Pacific Sounds Outernational, Hawaiʻiʻs original #1 reggae sound system. Formed in 1998, Lethal Selecta has been a prominent figure in Hawaiʻiʻs reggae & dancehall scene holding down dances in clubs, concerts, and radio shows. His musical interest in reggae and dancehall range from foundation roots to digi, dancehall, dub, progressive roots, soca, afro beat, and reggae music heard from around the world especially in the Pacific and Hawaiʻi. You can catch Lethal Selecta live on Nice Up Radio every Thursday from 7-10pm (HAST) 10pm-12am (PST).
MR G (UNDERTAKER SOUND)
Mr. G grew up in New York City and Boston, and he was heavily involved in music at a very young age. With one of his close friends working on a sound system, Mr. G was inspired to start his own sound in the early 90s. Listening to legendary clash sounds like King Addies and Bass Odyssey, Mr. G was motivated to start a clash sound, with a strong juggling presence. The big bad Undertaker Sound was then born!
With over 25 years in the business, Mr. G and Undertaker Sound has blazed many dances, and has toured with and DJ’ed for many legendary artists, which includes singers like Wayne Wonder and Ginuwine. Mr. G has also made many special guest appearances on countless radio stations around the world, and you can catch him live now on Nice Up Radio every Thursday from 11am-1pm (PST).
TOP NOTCH HI POWER
Top Notch Hi Power is the original Father and Son Sound based south of Boston, MA. Comprised of Berger Dee and Frantz J, Top Notch brings classic foundation rub-a-dub vibes with a modern twist to satisfy all reggae and dancehall lovers. You can catch Top Notch every Sunday at 1pm PST on Nice Up Radio
BENJI ONE WISE
One Wise Sound has been representing the Humboldt County Reggae scene since 2001. Sound partners Benji, Max Garrison, and J the Sarge created the Sound and have been running regular dancehalls, streams, and competing in Sound Clashes ever since. Azad and Styler Don joined the Sound in 2009 and 2010. One Wise won back-to-back Club Dread Sound Clashes in San Francisco in 2010 and 2011. Come check the vybz Friday Nights with Benji from 10PM-12AM PST for some hardcore juggling on Nice Up Radio!
DJ DADDY SPLEECE
DJ Daddy Spleece of Reality Sound International, a reggae and dancehall radio, club, festival, and clash selector, started in 1994. He’s clashed sounds such as Jah Warrior Shelter Hi Fi, Broken Silence, Lone Star, and beat Tribes of Kings Sound from San Diego in 2010, as well as TNT sound from Oakland in 2019. He co-hosts, promotes, and opens for most of the live reggae performances that come through Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz. He currently hosts ‘All Fruits Ripe’ on KZSC, and ‘Up Like 7’ on KSQD. You can listen to DJ Spleece every Sunday from 7pm - 9pm PST on Nice Up Radio.
Umoja Soundstation radio features DJ Tomas (San Francisco), Culture D (Los Angeles) and King CoknI (Dallas). The three selectors met in LA in the early ‘90s when Tomas and DJ Daz formed Umoja HiFi, a now seven-strong DJ collective. Tomas has been spinning reggae and other genres since 1984, on radio stations KXLU and KUSF, and clubs from LA to SF to Seattle and beyond. Culture D, also of LA’s Tallawah Sound, has been playing reggae since 1990, and has been active in clubs and radio ever since. His juggling style is as renowned as his versatility, fluidly mixing digi-dancehall, roots, one-drop and up-to-the-time burners. King CoknI a.k.a. Cokni O Dire (Scheme Team, House of Pain, The Angel) is a recording and visual artist, emcee and turntablist. Born in Wembley, UK, and raised in Brooklyn, NY, CoknI has been constantly active touring, playing clubs, radio and recording since the late 80s. https://umojahifi.blogspot.com/ + @umojahifi on all socials. You can listen to Umoja Soundstation every Sunday from 3pm - 5pm PST on Nice Up Radio.
DJ ELEMENT (ZIONS GATE SOUND)
DJ Element aka Shellement (Zion’s Gate Sound) is based in Seattle, WA originally from Maryland. He first started as MC Element and started ZGS in 1998, he is now one of the premier Reggae Dancehall Djs on the West Coast. Element is the creator of MONDAY Night #JamJam in Seattle which has been going since 2006. He has toured Europe, Canada and all over the USA promoting and playing Afro-Caribbean and Hip Hop music for the masses! Follow on www.SoundCloud.com/zionsgatesound and all socials @zionsgatesound. Make sure to also follow DJ Element on Twitch at Twitch.TV/ZionsGateSound. You can listen to Crates of Zions Gate every Thursday night on Nice Up Radio from 7-9pm (PST).
Reggae music has been a lifelong passion for Dj Marko. During high school Marko started djing party's and clubs in Southern Oregon, and eventually started traveling the West Coast, Europe, South America djing clubs and events! While living in New Zealand in 2006 he started writing songs which led to more touring and releases as a solo artist!! In 2011 he joined the Mystic Roots as a drummer, vocalist, and producer. All the while releasing a series of albums, mixtures, singles, and various projects. In the past few years radio, mcing, and event hosting has been added to the fold. Dj Marko is proud to join the Nice Up Radio Family! Reggae music forward!! DJ Marko is live on Nice Up Radio every Tuesday from 5-7pm (PST)
X-MAN grew up in South Trinidad, lived in NJ and NYC for over 12 years and moved to the Seattle area in 2015. He's always had a passion for music and maintains a strong connection to his Trini roots. He plays various genres, but specializes in Soca and Dance Hall. You can catch him playing at parties, special events and clubs around the NW, such as Contour, Red Lounge and Baltic Room. You can hear X-MAN every Monday on NiceUp Radio from 7-9PM (PST).
Reggae Lover podcast is a music podcast featuring discussions on the culture, economics, and all things relatable to reggae lovers. Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, the Reggae Lover music podcast pulls back the curtain on the issues, stories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena. Highlanda Sound produces this Caribbean music podcast with new episodes released every Monday. Listeners can rely on fresh, high-quality content that is curated for them on a regular schedule. You can catch Reggae Lover every Monday at 12pm PST on Nice Up Radio.
DJ SHORT CHANGE
DJ Short Change has grown his love of Bob Marley into a career spinning a variety of Reggae records, from the hits to the obscure. Reggae Revelation began in 1999 on Portland’s KPSU 1450AM and moved to Nice Up Radio in 2018. His early work caught the attention of DJ Professor Stone, founder of the Good Vibes Crew. Teaming up, the two held weekly dances at the Red Sea, Portland’s premier Reggae club during the late 1990s and early 2000s. This led to more collaboration with other prominent area DJs, as Short Change and DJ Xacto founded XactChange HiFi and hosted Reggae on Broadway, a weekly event at the 715 Inn, a staple of old Portland. From there XactChange HiFi moved to McMenamins Ringlers and held a weekly dance Just Cool Mon-days for the next two years. Later, Short Change would bring his own unique energy to another Portland institution, O’Malley’s, just as the bar’s neighborhood was developing its nightlife. For three years, he led Reggae Revelation In the Mix among the pool tables and slung pizza slices, sometimes spinning solo and other times hosting local DJs. In addition to radio and club nights Short Change has also opened for touring acts when in Portland including The Wailers, UB40, Junior Reid, Don Carlos, Kabaka Pyramid and more. You can currently check Short Change live every Tuesday night from 9PM-11PM PST for Reggae Revelation on Nice Up Radio.
Born and raised in Georgetown Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America until age mid twenty's then migrated to the United States mid two thousands and assumed residency in the DMV area which has been home ever since.
In the persuit of getting settled, seeking familiar culture and aligned social interest I started / continued a life long friendship with the members/owners of the biggest sound systems in the DMV area originating from Guyana, TRINITY SOUND SYSTEM.
Joining the Nice Up Radio team in early 2019 during the outbreak of the covid-19 health crisis pandemic in the US resulting in most of the nations population outside of essential workers being at home in an attempt to control the spread. During this time a thought by selector, Baby Face a know MC on sound system and now host of the Sunday morning Stir It Up Sundays program to which I co-host of us collaborating to present a morning package of music to listeners in an attempt to restore a sense of spiritual, emotional and social uplifting energy taking them into the week ahead. You can listen to Stir It Up every Sunday from 8am - 11am PST.
BANA A.K.A DADDY B
DJ Bana is a Radio DJ & Selector in Tokyo Japan. Has been on the airwaves and playing in dances for 30years. Currently on FM Yokohama with Mighty Crown every Saturday Night. You can also catch DJ Bana every Monday at 4pm PST on Nice Up Radio.
Selectress Margo strives to bring the hottest Jamaican music to Portland, playing tracks from the 1980's to today. She started her music career playing at dancehall parties in her hometown Arcata, California. After relocating to Portland in 2012, she started playing at reggae, dancehall and Afro-beat parties across Portland, with guest appearances in Northern California and Seattle. She's opened up for reggae artists such as Tanya Stephens and Christopher Martin, and the international sound system Mighty Crown. She enjoys bringing the Caribbean vibes she loves to Nice Up Radio and dance parties across the Pacific Northwest! You can listen to Selectress Margo every Saturday from 12pm - 2pm PST on Nice Up Radio.