Mikey General’s Updated Bio (@MikeyGeneral7)

00 mikey bioMichael Taylor, more popularly known as Mikey General, is a forty-year veteran in the reggae music industry. Over the past four decades he has released approximately 800 songs, 15 albums and has countless hit singles both at home (Jamaica) and abroad.

Being a very spiritual person, Mikey General‘s music carries a message of faith and optimism. His unyielding devotion and genuine sincerity set this singer apart from the rest. As one of the original members of the Exterminator Crew (Phillip “Fattis” Burrell, Luciano, Mikey General, Shadowman, Jesse Jenda, Ragnum Poyser and Sizzla), Mikey General has spent decades honing his talent. His hard work has taken him to stages in Germany, France, Italy, America, Canada, Gambia, England, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries around the world.

Though he was born in the UK, Mikey grew up in Jamaica in the middleclass community of Valentine Gardens (Kingston). He attended Saint Georges College and actually recorded and released his first song, “Roots Mi Roots,” while in school.

There are only a few artists that’s able to say they’ve worked with some of the biggest producers and record labels in the reggae and dancehall industry, and Mikey General is one such artist. He has created music with Viking, Saxon and Coxsone; Levi Roots, Blacka Dread and Sugar Minott’s Black Roots label, Dub Vendor, Exterminator, Black Scorpio, Conqueror Record label, Dean Fraser’s Cannon Music, and that is just to name a few. At the end of the 1990’s Mikey General established his own label, called Qabalah First Music. He has since released at least six albums via his label and is now gearing up to release the seventh.

As 2020 marks the 40th year since veteran recording artist Mikey General entered the music industry, he will be putting out a new album, which is not yet titled, on his own Qabalah First Music label. The first single from that project is a powerful reggae track entitled “Pay the Man,” which is a message in support of the working class.

The rhythm for “Pay the Man” was created by: Miguel ‘Sizzla’ Collins (drum programming), Moziko (bass, keyboard and additional drums), Paul ‘Wrong Move’ Crossdale (guitar) and Alphanso Craig (percussion). The vocals were recorded at Killamanjaro Studio by engineer Andrun Haase and mixed by Marvin Williams and Prince Villa.

As usual Mikey General stays on point with conscious messages i.e. social commentaries, spirituality, justice and equal rights, as well as the need for morality. “Pay the Man” is about bringing attention to the issue of employees not being compensated by their employer.

The artist is now busy promoting the project, while simultaneously working on new music.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/Mikey-General-381392715282570

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mikeygeneral7

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MikeyGeneral7

Jay Shephard’s Bio (@JayShephard @ReggaeVibesMus1)

Jamaal Marc Anthony Saunders (born 3 June), known professionally as Jay Shephard, is world renowned for his distinct and original sound. This genre-blending singer is a dynamic reggae fusion artist and vocalist who was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Early influences by artists such as Bob Marley, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Michael Jackson and Gentleman all form the dynamic vibes released by this eclectic artist. The name “Jay Shephard” resulted from a traumatic near death experience that shifted the entire course of his life and steered young Jamaal onto a spiritual journey where he was gifted with the ability to sing.

Jay Shephard molds his music to be medicine for the soul and therefore seeks to release strictly relatable sounds. From the deep roots of reggae, to the high tempo beats of dancehall combined with the modern sounds of pop, he appeals to an extensive audience. In 2013 Jay Shephard landed a distribution deal with SONY “RED” Distribution, which generated songs like “Sunshine” and “So High”. His current work with top Jamaican producers Troyton Rami (Black Shadow Records) and Omar Miller (Miller9 Records), produced hits like “No Surrender” and “One Time”. Jay continues to make an impact on both the local and international music community with his innovative style of music through his very own label, Good Vybez Nation LLC.

Ibru’s Biography (@Ibrumusic @ReggaeVibesMus1)

ibru bioIbru, (Angelo Smith) is an International Billboard reggae/ dancehall recording artist. His style and lyrics connects with listeners, as he brings a fusion of dancehall and pop hooks to various dancehall rhythms. Ibru‘s music, which is centered on social injustice, has given him a broad fan base, made up of mostly young people that can relate to his messages. He is not apologetic about bringing awareness to, or standing up for, the plight of normal people facing struggles in life. Being an Iraqi War veteran, combined with his humble beginnings growing up in the Bahamas, he’s able to put a unique spin on his music.

His songs are like a guide that takes the listener through the different stages in his life; from simple beginnings to the pinnacle. Last year his internationally acclaimed single “Pinnacle” was featured on the “Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica Deluxe Edition” album released by Amada Records. That project also featured prominent artists like Capleton and Mykal Rose, and was in the top five on the Reggae Billboard Charts.

In August, 2019, The Star, Jamaica’s nationwide newspaper, cited Ibru as the “Bahamian artist ready to take on Jamaica.” When Shereita Grizzle (of The Star) interviewed him, she was impressed by his poise and confidence. She asked him about his high level of confidence taking on the tough Jamaican audience and he said: “I’ve been in the studio, just working, perfecting my craft and just steadying my focus.”

In December of 2019, he released his highly anticipated EP called I’m So Focused”. The six track EP highlights Ibru’s versatility and also has a collaboration with Sizzla Kalonji called “Stop The Violence.” This EP is gaining traction and attracting the attention of reggae and dancehall fans internationally. Ibru’s sing jay style is always punchy and gravitational, drawing in his fans to lock in for the exciting ride.

Teacha Dee’s Short Bio (@jamlinkintl)

Teacha Dee

Teacha Dee is no stranger to the European roots reggae scene and has been hailed as one of the best live performers on the festival scene. Since 2011 to the present day, Teacha Dee has been a headliner on several reggae festivals in France, Holland and Germany as well as within numerous clubs and concert halls across Europe.

In March of 2016, Teacha Dee released his sophomore album titled “Rastafari Way” produced mainly by the House Of Riddim out of Austria, which has only one feature by the legendary Echo Minott.

This album was ranked 5th best national album in Germany by Riddim Magazine and Number 2 in Holland by Reggae-vibes in their top 25 reggae album charts.

In 2017, Teacha Dee was recognized as one of the highlights of Germany’s prestigious Reggae Jam festival in Bersenbrück and went from there to headline festivals in Denmark, Switzerland and Hungary in 2018.

In 2019, Teacha Dee embarked on a Mexican reggae tour in collaboration with Kass Smith, which was a resounding success. With a large number of releases under his belt, Teacha Dee has teamed up with the all Jamaican GOADE band and Jamaican-Mexican reggae sensation Kass Smith, to present to Europe an electrifying tour series dubbed the “Pushing you” tour for 2020.

Kass Smith’s Bio (@jamlinkintl)

kass smithKass Smith is a bilingual, award winning, Jamaican-born singer, songwriter, fine artist, entrepreneur, holistic teacher and motivational life coach who has lived in Mexico for most of his life.

Born Roger Kassiano Smith in Hanover, Jamaica, in a family of five, Kass began singing and performing at the age of six . His father, an architect, and mother a school principal and Justice of the peace, instilled focused work and determination as key to achieve preset goals. At the age of nine, he won his first gold medal in the national performing arts festival. This was the genesis of a prolific career as a recording artist, writer, musician and actor. In the years to follow, Kass performed at various theaters across the island and received several gold, silver and bronze medals in the national festival awards. He also acted alongside Christopher Walken in “Going to Extremes” and Maxi Priest in “SCAM.”

Kass studied painting, Jazz piano and vocals while at Cornwall College and then went on to study Management at the University of the West Indies where he graduated with an honors degree. While at the University he continued to make waves on the entertainment scene and opened for artists like Grammy winning reggae artists Shabba Ranks and Gregory Isaacs.

His performances, which punctuate with spontaneity and a stage presence that commanded the full attention of his audiences, won him the “JFM Best New Artist Award” in 1990.

In 1992 Kass moved to Mexico, learned Spanish, and landed a successful four-year, three album deal with Emi – Music Records. His 1996 album KuKaramakara, which included ten original songs and four covers, was produced by Midi Ortega (Grupo Moeña).

He then became a household name in Latin America after releasing “Ay Cosita Linda”, the hit single from his debut album that featured what would become his signature sound; a unique blend of Mexican music with original Jamaican/Caribbean flavors.

That mega hit gave way to performances at international events such as the Miss Mexico World Beauty Pageant, Siempre en Domingo, Octoberfest, The Acapulco 96 and 97 Festivals, Merida Carnival, Coca Cola Tour, Veracruz Carnival, Hard Rock Live, and the annual Teleton, a benefit concert for disabled children.

He has shared the stage with Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Los Pericos from Argentina and recently Rick Ross, Beenie man, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Kymani Marley at the High Vibes Reggae Festival in Jamaica. His notoriety has exposed him to over 150 countries worldwide via Televisa’s International Broadcasting Network.

In 2013 Kass recorded his hit single “Bote de bananas” under the watchful eye of Charlie Santana (Banda Recodo) and returned to Jamaica to produce his English album “Journeys”, with Dean Fraser. This album features the original song written by Kass that speaks about his “Journey” in Mexico.

Two years later, in 2015 he did a remake of the classic “Besame Mucho” in reggae and “Room in My Father´s house”, an original by renowned writer and producer Mikie Bennett, that speaks of religious and spiritual inclusion, independent of class , color or race. He later co-wrote and recorded “Pushing You”, with Teacha Dee in English and Spanish; a solid social commentary about how to overcome the nuances of the system; and “Cuando Cuando” with Nateesha Stream. He is the owner of the International Reggaefest in Nayarit Mexico and recently featured an explosive performance with Teacha dee and Nateesha Stream on that show.

With an ever growing concern for the energy imbalance on the planet and particularly in Jamaica, Kass transmits a message of peace and well being through his music and the creation of abundance on all levels of consciousness.

He is the owner and creator of Real de Talpa, a 180 acre holistic reserve being built, close to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has been featured on programs such as Telemundo’s, “Sabado Gigante” with Don Francisco, “Un Nuevo Dia”, “Desayuno Alegre” and CNN latino. He is considered to be one of the most radical holistic teachers who help people remove negative programming and make profound changes by showing them how to unlock the code within the code and create abundance at all levels.

He has shared with people like Jerry Bedlington, Michael Beckwith’s former assistant and founder of Inner Wizdom, Susan Lowe, and thousands of others who have been to his courses or have had private sessions through his “light by kassiano” abundance teachings. He also a pilot and travels constantly worldwide in his own plane, teaching these courses on the art of manifesting by creating financial, emotional, spiritual and physical abundance and harmony.

“…His shows are explosively entertaining and transformational”……..
“We are spiritual beings having human experiences… Be still and know…”

Don Yute’s Biography (@donyute @bridgewayartist)

Don Yute

It only took two weeks for Don Yute, the multi-talented artist, songwriter, actor and producer, to capture the coveted #1 position on the Online Radio Breakout Chart with thousands of airplay for his song “So Much Love.” The Online Radio Breakout Chart is based on actual verified spins from monitored digital stations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The chart is sent to leading magazines, websites, label executives and talent scouts throughout the music industry.

Signed to Capitol Records in 2005, the popular Port Antonio-born, Kingston-raised Don Yute describes his unique singing and deejay style as World Hop – a rhythm with a Dancehall flow but delivered like a rapper.

Some of Don Yute’s most notable production collaborations are: “Who is Dat Girl” and “Stalk a Sensimelia” done with Grammy Award winning producer Jim Jonsin, who also produced for many major artists such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, Akon, Pitbull, Jermaine Dupree and that is just to name a few. Don Yute has also scored placements on NBA and Fifa games with his singles “Dem Gals” and “A Lot Of Girls.” He has done songs with international stars: Sean Paul, a former schoolmate who credits Don Yute as his mentor, as well as Beenie Man, Spragga Benz and Wayne Wonder. His record with Wayne Wonder, “Excess Amount,” is known by reggae and dancehall lovers worldwide as one of the biggest dancehall party songs released in that time period.

Don Yute‘s latest album “Nexx Phase” offers a variety of genres: Dancehall, Conscious, Dance, and Soca. It features special guests Akon, Pitbull and Half Pint, with production credits going to Mo B Dick (Formerly of Beats by the Pound), the production team that sold millions of EP/CDs for Master P’s independent imprint No Limit Records.

IMSTA Festa – An Event Dedicated To Highlighting The Latest Music Technology – Is Set For Oct. 12th In Toronto (@IMSTA_FESTA)

IMSTA FESTA TORONTO will be held on Saturday October 12th, at RTA Ryerson University, located at 350 Victoria Street in the greater Toronto area. With the biggest star-studded line-up yet, music creators are encouraged to show up for another celebration of the newest music technology, which will be on display via countless Exhibits, Master Classes, Workshops and Panels.

IMSTA FESTA is a free event open to everyone in the music making community; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.