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Zally’s Bio (@ZallyBuff)

ZallyZally was born in Papine (in Kingston, Jamaica). While growing up and going to school he was always surrounded by musicians. At the tender age of sixteen he realized that
music was his calling and he has been chanting and singing ever since. As a youth Zally experienced alot of hardship. He believes this is due in part to growing up in a
poor third world economy. He never knew his mother, and his father lived on the other side of town not having any major impact in his life. His Grandmother and Aunts
raised him as their own son. They ensured that he went to good schools and as a result he graduated an A student.

In his early teenage years he started hanging around several different mobile sound systems in the neighborhood and vibing with the best of the best. In those days it was
Charlie Chaplin, Major Mackerel, Papa San, and Capleton, just to name a few. As we say in Jamaica, “music nice and music sweet.” During that era, there was no violence or animosity among artists and musicians. You could go to almost any session anywhere, get on the mic, and rock the place. And on the real, that’s what Jamaica and Reggae is about, music, peace and love, and that is what Zally is about.

His first major stage show in the United States was the “Bob Marley Festival” in February, 1997. Though he was still young in the business, music was already changing his life. He performed in Santa Barbara, California for the “His Imperial Majesty’s Coronation” concert, also at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, Ca. and at the “Kingston Twelve Reggae Club.” He has opened for Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Jr. Gong, Capleton and Cocoa Tea. And he has performed at various venues in the North East region of the U.S. such as, Philadelphia, New York, Jannus Live, Bob Marley Cafe in Orlando, FL. and many more.

Zally currently reside in South West Florida. He released two albums in 2010 and an EP in March, 2013. All his music is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all other
digital music retailer stores. He’s been creating plenty of new material since 2007. Consequently, he has recorded for some of the best producers over the years; He’s
recorded singles, albums, vintage vinyl’s, collabs, and an ep.

His credits include recordings with the likes of the late Sugar Minott and Anthony Malvo, as well as a few Cross Over Hip-Hop songs with artists like 2 Pistols and Mello Bondz. His first record released was with Winston Riley on Techniques Records; second was with Courtney Cole (Roof International) and the third was a single called, “Love” on Fiesta Label. Additionally, he recorded an album with Kamau Music Kingdom.

As a result of his consistent and aggressive marketing, he has independently sold several CD’s and performed countless times in an effort to build his name in the industry. The single “Tell Me How You Feel” was a mini success; he recorded his first complete album in 2001 called, “Hot and Demanding.” His music has been, and is currently getting plenty of airplay in places such as Jamaica, the United Kingdom, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Ghana, St. Tomas VI, Portugal, The Bahamas, Japan, and Germany.

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Hitman Walle’s Bio (@HitmanWalleProd)

HitmanHitman Walle was born on March 11 in Spanish Town, Jamaica where he was raised by his father and grandmother. He grew up surrounded by music with his father being a singer and his grandmother a leader in her church choir. By the time he was about 8 years old he was already testing out his talents in the church and would soon be Djaying in the streets gathering quite a crowd.

Hitman Walle has been electrifying audiences for over fifteen years now and began his professional career by working with Creation High Power. While working with them, he recorded his songs, “Man ago cuss woman,” “Karate,” “Car Key,” and “Before you lie down.”

After working with Creation High Power, Hitman Walle decided to try his luck at performing live with his first big show being “Reggae Kwanzaa.” It was after this performance that he was asked to join the Kwanzaa Group and recorded “Big heel boot” and “The whole world.” However, this match up was not meant to be and Hitman Walle soon moved on to record such songs as “Love you same way” with other producers.

It was during this time that Hitman Walle was introduced to a producer named Linval Gibbons. Linval helped Hitman Walle to get on stage for Teen Splash and to start building his career and a name for himself. Before he new it, he was getting airtime on such radio stations as Irie Fm, Hits Fm, Zip Fm, Mellow Fm and the Hot 102.

In 1999, Hitman Walle worked with Mallory Williams to produce the song “Reggae cha-cha-cha” which reached number 14 on the reggae charts in Michigan. He also recorded “Don’t hurt the star” and “Cellular a ring” with Shaka Pow. Unfortunately, just as Hitman Walle’s career should have been taking off, tragedy struck. His older brother and manager was tragically taken from him in a car accident that left him devastated.

After a 3 year break from his music, Hitman Walle met his current manager Donovan Carter. Together with Donovan, he began to put his career back on track. He began to perform live again and recorded many songs like “Go away poverty”, Inna di ghetto,” “Wanted man,” “Survival game,” “Good star” and “Garbage truck.”

Over his career, Hitman Walle has had the pleasure to work in Canada, The United States and Jamaica. He has also worked with such artists as Lady Saw, Lady G, Kiprich, Sean Paul, Shaggy, John Holt, Elephant Man, Kartel, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Merciless and many more. And he has been heard at a variety of venues such as Full Black, Fully Loaded, Bling Dawg Summer Bash, Spring Break, Dilla Clash, Reggae Fever, Sting 2011, the Irie Fm Road Shows and the GT Taylor Show.

Currently, Hitman Walle is back in the studio working hard on his new song about what he loves most, Jamaica. And doing what he does best, making music.

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Shanti Force – Biography (@shantiforce)

Shanti Force bioAshan Shanti Force Crosdale, born July 24th, 1995 is a young reggae dancehall artist, signed to the Wyzelife Productions Ltd., who Grew up in Hackney, East London.

He was always a student that was working above national curriculum average. He passed his GCSE’s at Mossbourne Academy with an A grade. He aspires to be a well known artist and as such places a lot of emphasis on the positive messages in his music, and catchy choruses.

He has been performing on shows from a tender age via his father, Lion Wyze, who took
him around to shows and helped publicize the young talent. He performed at shows such as ‘Justice in the East,’ a show with Junior Reid, ‘Oneness Concert,’ ‘UK reggae showcase’ and many others. Shanti Force‘s slogan is: “Front Page Nuh Back Road.” As such, he has songs such as “Do it My Way Girl” and “Thunder Roll” which was written from the age of 7. His talent has not gone unnoticed and has secured collaborations with Jamaica’s Iyara and he was also featured on Gappy Ranks’ new album, Pure Badness, with a song called
“Turf War.”

His career took off on a wider scale in 2016 as he was booked on shows overseas; opening for Kalado in Germany, performing on the Exit Festival in Serbia and the
Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. He has since then continued to master his craft and entertain his supporters with high energized performances. He recently returned from a
promotional tour in Jamaica where he opened for Sizzla at MargaritaVille (Ochi Rios) and performed At Bourbon Beach in Negril alongside Khalilah Rose. He also did several other smaller scale shows.

Since returning to England he has been in the studio working on a reggae project set to be released in The new year. Shanti Force hopes to continue creating his buzz and build up his fan base. Look out for more from the Young Rising Star.

For bookings and/or inquiries, persons are being asked to email johnwyze@hotmail.com or call +447947327520

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The Illest DJ Fou4 – Bio (@DjFou4)

DJ FOU4Andre Antonio Hines A.K.A The Illest DJ Fou4 is a selector who plays a variety of genres: Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-hop, R&B, Soca, Alternative, EDM and Retro.

He hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica, in the parish of St. Thomas, and was born at the Princess Margaret Hospital to mother Evett Davidson, also called Joan, and father Ronald Hines (who use to select music as well). At birth, Andre was four pounds and two ounces, hence the name DJ Fou4. Initially he was called Daddy 4 and then over time, as he began to advance in his craft, he adopted the title: The Illest DJ Fou4.

He grew up with his mother and 6 siblings (3 brothers and 3 sisters) in White Hall, St. Thomas. One by one all his brothers and sisters eventually migrated leaving him with his mother, aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents. The first school he attended was the Flemmings Basic School in Seaforth; he then went on to Seaforth Primary. In the 6th grade, he successfully passed his common entrance for Morant Bay High School. DJ Fou4 was on the track and field team for a short while but all his interest was in music, not just listening and playing it, but also dancing to it. He was an excellent dancer and at lunch break and after school he and his friends would play the Bug Riddim and he would do the bogle and Jerry Springer dance to wow the girls.

According to Fou4, “high school was the best part of growing up.” He was a member of a dance group called Krazy Squad. They entered the JCDC festival and partook in the community’s Unity Vibes Police Youth Club. They were successful by all accounts and were awarded with trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes.

The Illest DJ Fou4 started playing music professionally in 2012. It all started when his friend Gary (also known as Picture Frame) allowed him to play on his sound system. It was then that he learned to mix and blend the right songs, paying attention to things like tempo and BPM (beats per minute). At first, his family was not supportive of his career in music. He recalls both his aunt and mom constantly telling him that, “music should only be a hobby, not a career.” He was not moved by their opinions, instead, he kept on working on his craft and as a result he improved so much so that he is now a resident DJ on Stylz FM, Portland’s #1 radio station. Now his mother is one of his biggest fans. She is always tuning in to his radio show and gives him constructive criticism. The Illest DJ Fou4 is on air every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM and again on Saturday nights on the DETOUR show from 8 PM to midnight.

The sky is the limit and DJ Fou4 is well aware of that fact. As a result, he is currently working on dominating the airwaves, bringing his unique vibe and energy to his audience. Stylz FM airs on the following dials across Portland and surrounding Parishes: 96.1, 96.5 and 96.7 FM. In addition to playing on the radio, DJ Fou4 also does regular mixes (mixtapes) for both street and digital distribution.

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Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/djfou4

YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheDjfou4

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Hu’manuwah’s Bio (@Humanuwah)

Hu-manuwahHu’manuwah, the singer, song writer, performer, producer and CEO of Soul Journey Universal, was born Prince-Emmanuel Alexander Smith. He grew up in the community of Water House, which is located in Kingston 11 on the beautiful island of Jamaica. As a youth, he attended St. Patrick’s Primary and Trench Town Comprehensive High Schools. After leaving high school he applied himself to a number of potential career paths, yet none resonated with him as much as music did. It was around age 17 that his consciousness became ignited with the fire of knowledge and a quest for truth.

This flame grew within him until his whole being and life was consumed with an unquenchable thirst for spiritual truths, knowledge and development, at its highest level. After much research, his desire for true self- knowledge became a reality. Knowing what he now knows, his purpose and aim is to be a channel of spiritual awakening, enlightenment and inspiration to the world.

Possessing the ability to move you into higher states of spiritual awareness, with only a few lines of any of his songs, Hu’manuwah is considered by many to be a musical, spiritual giant in his own right. His entire body of work to date is centered on the heights and depths of man as a spiritual being.

His songs reaffirms the ageless truth that as spiritual beings (Souls) we are immortal and all powerful by our very essence and nature. His lyrical content speaks to the fact that we are not the minds, emotions or physical bodies we occupy throughout each respective life time; be it on this planet or on any other throughout this boundless universe, filled with an abundant array of life.

According to Hu’manuwah: “Our true purpose in this lower, physical universe is to get all the necessary experiences needed, which serves to refine us as souls (spiritual beings). This refinement then prepares us for our ultimate re-awakening. That we are all, infinite universal creators, here in this universe to learn and master its unique construct which is LIGHT”.  He believes also that as universal creators, we are limitless, all-powerful and eternal, and that we exist beyond this universe in many forms and realities.

Hu’manuwah is currently promoting his latest single; Jamaica’s Cry (Life over bullets). His other recordings are: Rough Road, Earth Is A School, It’s Within, Mankind Must Evolve, Greater Than, Grow Spiritually and that is just to name a few.

His major musical influences includes all the past and present giants of reggae and dancehall. He listens to just about any genre of music that inspires him. He characterizes his musical art as a reflection of the soul’s journey to its inner and higher states of consciousness, and this he endeavors to foster and maintain throughout his career as HU’MAMUWAH aka “The Soul Liberator.”

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Humanuwah

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souljourneyuniversalrecords

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Glen Washington – Bio

Glen-Washington-photo-2The musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and drummer, personifies the cliché; ”The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure.” The triumph of Glen Washington’s endurance has been 25 years in the making.

Like most successful artists, Washington evolved from humble beginnings. Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica he is currently one of the most in demand artist in reggae music; this has come after many years of recording and waiting in the wings. In 1997, he released his debut album ‘Brother To Brother’ and, to date, has released 10 albums. Fans and critics alike say there is not one bad song in his catalog.

Washington began his musical career in the early seventies as the lead singer for the group “Names And Faces.” He later became the lead singer in a band called “35 Incorporated” and learned to play the drums under the guidance of, then drummer, Joseph Hill. When Hill left the band, Washington filled the slot, and became a singing drummer.

There are positive lessons of encouragement and motivation to learn from Washington’s experiences. His musical career is reminiscent of Boris Gardener, singer, bass player and bandleader who after 25 years in the music industry recorded the golden “I Wanna Wake Up With You.” In the same vein, it was thirty years after recording the classic “Black Magic Woman” that Santana went on to sweep the 2000 Grammy awards for the gigantic hit “Maria Maria”.

Similarly, Washington made his first hit record “Rockers Not Crackers” in 1978 for the Joe Gibbs Record label; but he did not grace the charts again until the release of the hit “Kindness For Weakness” in 1998.

Most music industry insiders would say that after 20 years in the business, it’s unlikely that an artist would release his biggest hit, but it has been proven again and again how speculative this business is.

Over the years, Washington has recorded sporadically as a solo singer and extensively as a studio drummer and, has laid tracks for various artists. Simultaneously, Washington was a full-time drummer (sometimes singer) in several different bands, such as: The Avengers, The Titans, and Happiness Unlimited. With Happiness Unlimited he migrated to the USA to work with Stevie Wonder. The other Bands he played with are Calabash and Bands that backed Artists such as Leroy Sibbles, Shinehead, Junior Reid, Gregory Isaacs, Sister Carol and the Meditations.

After a short hiatus from performing; in 1997, Washington once again pursued his solo singing career by doing some recording sessions for Studio One’s, famed Producer – Clement Dodd. It was dejavu all over again with the release of Washington’s awesome debut album “Brother to Brother”.

It seems the Studio One sound was launching another Artist career. However, it was a year later while recording for Producers Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling, that Washington hit with the classic album “Next To You.” It was marketed by VP Records and featured the hit song “Kindness for Weakness”, all tracks on this album are considered single material.
From the resurgence of Glen Washington’s singing career, his smooth, raspy, bass voice has often been likened to that of Beres Hammond. Washington says, “Beres is one of my favorite entertainers, so I regard it as a compliment to be compared with him.” With the release of over forty singles and eleven albums in four years, Washington has established himself as not only a singer but, also as a gifted songwriter who penned his own songs.

Other albums released by Washington are “Can’t You See” produced by Jah Life Records; “Think About It” for Philip Smart; “Number One Girl” produced by Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling, “Solitary Red Rose” for Ruff Stuff; “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” for Don One; “Wondering Stranger” for Coxone Dodd, “ Reggae Max” for Jet Star, “Free Up The Vibes” for Stingray and “Your Love” Lloyd Campbell & Jason Sterling.

Washington said, “As a drummer backing other artists, I have toured the world, playing in countries like Japan, North, South and Central America, all over Europe and all the Caribbean Islands. Now I am repeating those trips as the featured artist, and it’s a great feeling to see thousands of fans coming out for my performances.”

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IYARA Biography (@iyaraang @iyaradifyara)

00-iyaraStanding at six feet tall, the quintessential rising talent to be heard is Eric Somers known to the world as “Iyara.” A deejay with numerous talents, Somers was crafted within a multicultural country called Jamaica “Land we Love.” Grounded and humble Somers gleams that his hometown is one that has the lowest crime rates, highest rainfall and some of the most well-mannered citizens, known as Portland, Jamaica.

Born to Veronica Layne and Carl Somers, Somers is the fifth of six children. Growing up in a small district called Bellevue District in Rio Grande Valley, Somers was exposed to little or no city life distractions therefore school was definitely his main priority. After attending the Bellevue All Age School, he furthered his education at Port Antonio High School. He owes the utmost respect to two particular teachers for molding and grooming him into the man he is today.

His aspiration for music began when he first saw dancehall veteran Rodney Pryce, known to the dancehall world as ‘Bounty Killa’ performed ‘superfly’ at a school event. Since then, his admiration for the music industry grew. As he matured, Somers sought to make his place in the music industry. As a young man, he became an apprentice in his father’s construction company; however little did his father know that Somers was not made out to be a construction worker resulting in him firing him eight times. Music was obviously his direction even though he was constantly hindered or prevented from writing lyrics. Although Somers grew up hearing his father playing jazz, blues, mento and rock steady, Somers identifies himself with dancehall and reggae.

Somers decided to leave his humble beginnings to seriously pursue his musical journey and headed for Whitehall, Kingston. As he embarked on his new life in the city, a Rastafarian man overheard him deejaying and thought his talent had meaning; “a voice that needed to be heard.” This was the birth of his stage name Iyara. Music is Somers’ escape and he insisted on getting a musical break. “Advance” a friend of Somers happened to be the nephew of Somers musical idol, Bounty Killa. How ironic is that? With a burning desire to showcase his talent, Advance introduced Bounty Killa to Somers at Bounty Killa’s place of residence. Killa was thrilled by his lyrical content, his passion and his humility. On that day, his talent became his ticket to his success when he joined Killa on stage at 2008 Champion in Actions, which was his very first time performing and which he executed well. Immediately after, he was signed to Alliance Next Generation. Somers’ musical talent would not be detained.

Though riding the momentum Iyara nonetheless encountered rocky roads but managed to overcome them, allowing his career to have highlight performances at events such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Champions in Action, and performances in the United Kingdom, Canada, and America. Iyara also give back to his community performing at schools and other local events. His aim within this music industry is to get the entire world to listen to his music and feel his positive expression. But in Iyara’s own words, “Time is the master, you can ask the clock.”

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JLAWREMONE Biography (@jlawremone)

Photo of jlawremoneAndre Remone Whittle, more popularly known as jlawremone, is a pop, reggae and dancehall artist based in New Paltz, New York.

Andre grew up with his grandparents in Kingston, Jamaica, but he spent most of his summer vacations in the UK with relatives. Unfortunately, his biological dad was not in his life and his mother migrated when he was only 3 years old. However, at age 19 he reconnected with his mom, who was then happily married to man who would later become one of Andre’s biggest supporters. Upon arriving in New York, he attended SUNY Orange Community College and then went on to the State University of New York. While in school, he got involved in, and developed a passion for, football (soccer). Andre also earned an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Accounting, and was convinced that this would be the field in which he would make a living.

That being said, in 2013 something happened that would change Andre’s life forever. Sadly, that year he lost his older brother, someone he had a very a close relationship with. As a result, he made some significant changes. He decided then and there to get into music as a way of honoring his brother who was, according to Andre, the real singer in the family. He also began calling himself jlawremone, which is basically his brother’s initials (jlaw) and his middle name (remone) combined. With this, he insist on having the j at the beginning of his name always in lower case as it represents the humility his brother usually displayed.

To jump start his music career, jlawremone used his natural song writing ability along with his people skills to score a couple of noteworthy collaborations. The first was with Jamaican dancehall artist Tajji on a single called “Girls World” and the second was with popular emerging artist Javon J on “Temporary Love.” The reaction from members of the public to the release of both tracks is proof positive that though jlawremone got into the music business as a result of a tragedy, this is definitely where he belongs.

As he continues to push forward, he is now working on a possible record with popular dancehall artist Kranium. Additionally, he has just released the official video for “Temporary Love” and is working with his team on the song’s promotion.

Anyone wanting to work with jlawremone, in any capacity, may do so by sending an email to him at andrejlawmusic@gmail.com. Persons are also encouraged to follow him on all his social media sites: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jlaw.remone), Twitter (https://twitter.com/jlawremone) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/Jlawremone).

 

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RASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE (Bio)

OMEGARISINGRASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY (WORLD) TO EMPOWER THE NATION OF RASTAFARI

In Service to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie for over 45 years proven by the fact that all her 4 birth youths were born to a Rasta Mother.
Born in Jamaica and growing in the UK since she was 10 years old, Mama Askale began her working career as a Music Publisher at VIRGIN RECORDS with Richard Branson. Here as the 1st Black employee, she was promoted to Publishing and Promotions Manager and instrumental in the establishment of The FRONTLINE Label, which produced a range of Jamaican Artistes and Producers. This brought Mama Askale in the frontline of Radio & Media Promotions in the UK (1972-1974).

As soon as Bob Marley met Mama Askale in a discussion on Publishing Rights, he invited her to Jamaica, to TUFF GONG to establish Bob Marley Music in Jamaica. Rastafari calling took a major role and accepting this invitation began a journey in Rastafari by moving to the Hills of Jamaica and working with Bob Marley at Tuff Gong until he transcended in 1981. Then travelling throughout the Caribbean Islands promoting TUFF GONG MUSIC.

As Bob Marley used to tell anyone who challenged my work, “she nuh work for Tuff Gong unuh, she work for JAH.” This is Mama Askale, working for JAH, journeying to share and spread HIM message of Love and Unity. From Jamaica and The Caribbean, to the USA establishing the Press and Publicity Dept. for RAS RECORDS (1982-1988).

The Call for Repatriation brought Mama Askale and Family back to the UK, where she re-trained as Social worker and later gaining an essential Degree in Education,” in order to monitor her children’s Education ina Babylon.” The next 2 decades were focussed on Education and travel inside Europe. In Educating the World Community, to Empower the Nation of Rastafari, Mama Askale established strong Media and PR Links worldwide. Travelling to establish the Mission of The EMPRESS MENEN FOUNDATION became a natural duty from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie Mama will testify. Jah honoured her to travel in HIM Footsteps and meet HIM Creations.”

The Elders of Rastafari ARE the fulfilment of The Creed, according to Mama. The ANCIENTS be Fed: The ANCIENTS be clothed: The ANCIENTS be nourished: The ANCIENTS be PROTECTED and CARED FOR. Duty before they leave I and I.”

In Europe, Directors of The EMF were to be found in France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, UK, Croatia, Finland and Denmark (when Ras Chiozo was present). The Annual EMF Ethiopian Calendar became the vehicle for the Promotion of RASTAFARI WORLDWIDE. This continues as Mama, Empress Askale Selassie returned to the Roots, The Motherland AETHIOPIA, where the mission to Educate the Ethiopian Community has become crucial as most Ethiopians have no knowledge of their great King and Emperor as DIVINE. Mama Askale has a solution. Education. Never ceasing to educate, she has now produced the 2nd Editon of the All Amharic RASWORLD Calendar for Ethiopians at Home and Abroad.
Mama Askale, is eager to SHARE and is honoured by The Promoter and Organiser of The Aarhus Reggae Festival in Denmark to come and share her experiences and indeed Ethiopian Souvenirs and much more with Reggae Lovers from a solid and welcoming Source.

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Joseph Blue Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool” Bio

Joseph Blue GrantJoseph “Blue” Grant a.k.a. “Still Cool,” singer, songwriter, producer and musician, was born in Jamaica and is known as one of the most talented entertainers from the island. Joseph “Blue” Grant has been in the reggae music business since the early seventies and while working in Jamaica has shared the stage with veterans like Burning Spear, Denis Brown, Bob Marley, Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes (Bob Marley’s backing vocalists), Sophia George, Tiger, Brigadier Jerry, Freddy McGregor, Sugar Minott, Cornell Campbell, Tony Rebel, Eddie Fitzroy and many more top reggae artists. Joseph Blue gives credit also to working with some of Jamaica’s finest musicians like Pablo Black and Jah Privy (Studio One), Earl “Bagga” Walker, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Tyrone Downie, Robbie Shakespeare, Noel “Sowel” Bailey, Junior Dan, and many more. Joseph Blue founded the name and the popular reggae group “Still Cool” in the seventies. Group members alongside him were Louie Campbell, Steven Hylton, and Frank Dimond. This Jamaican reggae group graced the stage of many shows promoted by the Twelve Tribes of Israel Organization and Band, creating the anthem of Rastafarians and poor people all over the world with the number one hit “To Be Poor Is A Crime” (1981), written by Joseph Blue Grant. This song was later covered by Freddie McGregor and again it became a number one hit in (1992), even being awarded “The number two reggae song of the year 1992” in Great Britain.

When the group took a rest from the music scene, Joseph “Blue” Grant migrated to Europe, but while working in Europe kept the Still Cool vibes alive by referring to his backing band – consisting of musicians from Jamaica, Germany, Africa and other Carribean countries – as the “Still Cool Band.” During this time, Joseph Blue Grant released a number of singles, which were distributed by Tuff Gong International Jamaica, and Jet Star Phonographics in Great Britain, among them the original “To Be Poor Is A Crime,” “Poverty Is Wicked” and “Partytime.” Albums released in Europe initially are “Distance Makes No Barriers” (1996) and “Digital Jockey – 8 Studies in Dub” (2000) which includes the single remix of “To Be Poor Is A Crime” and from which the video clip earned “Pick of the week” on MTV Nordic Europe.

In 2001 Still Cool sent his plea to the decision makers of this world with his album “Save the Planet,” released in England and other European countries. For the launch in England he worked together with artists like Lerry Lions (bass), Barry Prince (drums), Simeon (keyboard) and Gilli Dread (guitarist), featured by David Rodigan at Club Subterranea in London. Many concerts followed, taking the tunes around England, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Germany to clubs and festivals like Reggae Sundance, Reggae Geel, Reggae Jam and SummerJam. Summer of 2008 saw Still Cool releasing his new album “Can’t stop this music.” Presented at Rototom Showcase stage in Italy, Joseph has since been taking these songs and their vibes mainly to city festivals and towns around Germany, among them Bremen, Kassel, Haltern am See, Oberhausen and Essen, as well as the Reggae Meeting in Tocnik, Czech Republic. In July 2017, the new acoustic album “Voice & Steel” was finally released. With its meditative qualities, it presents Mr. Grant at his best in his element as original singer, songwriter and steel drum player. Joseph “Blue” Grant is truly a defender and an advocate of reggae music as can be seen in the lyrical contents of his songs. “To Be Poor Is A Crime” – ‘Still Cool’ Joseph Blue Grant – is carrying on the longevity of the reggae music, determined and steadfast in his quest to spread his message of peace and love, equal rights and justice to a worldwide audience.

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Teacha Dee’s Bio (@TeachaDeeMusic)

Teacha Dee - Side Profile ( Black Back Ground ) (Feb 2016)Damion Darrel Warren (born 21 September 1980), best known as Teacha Dee, is a Jamaican reggae singer and former educator. He is best known for his hit singles “Smoke and Fly,” “Reggae Souljahs” and “Smuggling Weed.” He was a full-time employee for the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture in Jamaica when he recorded all three songs. His stage name was derived from the Jamaican creole for “teacher” and a shortening of his childhood nickname “Demus.”

Warren was born on September 21, 1980 in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He grew up in a little district called Bath where he attended the Unity Primary School. Being successful in his Common Entrance Exams, he was rewarded a place at the prestigious Manning’s School from which he graduated in 1997 before relocating to Montego Bay to live with his mother. Warren then attended the Sam Sharpe Teachers College secondary programme to pursue his teaching career.

In September 2000, Warren was employed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture to teach Mathematics, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology. He worked at the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School located in Montego Bay, up until his resignation in May 2012, to pursue his dream of being an entertainer.

In May 2005, Teacha Dee began his professional recordings with The Mighty Powpow Productions a major German production label. He recorded “Life Goes on” which is a reggae song sung in the melody of The Beatles hit “[Ob La Di]”. This song was released in 2006 as part of a compilation CD titled “First Sight Riddim”. However, “life goes on” was not published as “Teacha Dee” but as “Damian Warren”. This resulted in the song been listed on many reggae database sites as belonging to a separate artiste.

In late 2006, he recorded a song titled “Them A Play” for Dasvibes Productions. This was released on a riddim compilation called “Gloria Riddim”. The single was the first song on which he was officially recognized as “Teacha Dee”. All songs recorded after this date were released as Teacha Dee and not his given name.

In 2007, he recorded “Smuggling Weed” for Powpow Movements which became his first popular song within the European scene. However, his most successful song at that time was “Smoke and Fly.” This was recorded as a sound system dub on the “Kingston Town” instrumental made popular by an Italian reggae superstar Alberto Dascola aka Alborosie. This song quickly became a sound system’s favorite and a huge hit within the reggae clubs.

Teacha Dee - Calabash Smile ( Black Background ) (Feb 2016)Early 2008, Teacha Dee recorded “Blaming Game” for Master J Productions. This was a record label based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “Blaming Game” was the first single that was in circulation on the radio stations in Jamaica. Prior to this, his music was gaining a lot of attention outside of Jamaica without the knowledge of many Jamaicans and the Ministry of Education. Teacha Dee also recorded “Reggae Souljahs” later that same year that quickly became a popular reggae anthem in Germany. This song was produced by Rootdown Records and released on a various artiste compilation called “Ilove Riddim”. In August 2008, Teacha Dee started his own label called “Tenfloor Records”.
After some years of study, Teacha Dee accepted the Ras Tafari way of life in June 2010. This brought about a remarkable change in the messages in his music as well as his overall image. In August 2010, he began to focus on his own production company and produced his first collaboration titled “what i pray.” This song features ‘Determine’, an artiste famous for a massive hit with Beenie Man. Teacha Dee released two various artiste compilations quickly after on his label. These were “Hot Box Riddim” and “Thirteen Riddim” both released in late 2010 and early 2011 respectively.

In the summer of 2011, Teacha Dee embarked on his first European tour during his vacation leave from teaching. This tour gave a strong boost to his career on the international scene. The people who loved his songs, could now put a face to his music. His first tour included appearances at Yaam and Insel Clubs in Berlin, Faust in Hannover, Magnapop in Krefeld, Petit Prince and Lüxor in Köln, Rude 7 in Mannheim, Kulturfabrik in Hildeshiem, Wagen Bau in Hamburg and U-club in Wupertal. The highlight of his tour was his performance at the prestigious Reggaejam Festival in Bersenbrück, Germany.

During this trip Teacha Dee recorded for several producers. “Symbiz Productions” based in Germany, “Catchy Grezzly” based in Italy and “Soul Force Music” also based in Germany. In October 2011 immediately after his first tour, Teacha Dee released his debut album entitled “Reggae Souljahs: Beating Babylon With Music”. This album was released on his own independent record label.

In April 2012, Teacha Dee returned to Europe for a mini tour. On this trip, he performed in Cantu Italy, Bern Switzerland and Oldenburg Germany. He also did repeated performances in Osnabruck and Mannheim. It was during this time he recorded a collaboration with ‘Skarra Mucci’ entitled “Summer Time” for “Weedy G SoundForce” a Swiss-based label. This was how his affiliation with Weedy G Soundforce for whom he recorded many singles began. In May 2012, Teacha Dee recorded “Sound System” for Reggaeville/Oneness Productions both based in Germany. He also worked with producers such as “Catchy Greezly” based in Italy, Jugglers Music and Deebuzz Music both based in Germany. A total of 12 singles were released that same year for various producers including his own record label.

In August 2013, Teacha Dee and Utan Green collaborated on a single entitled “Reggae Show” on the “Reggae Jam Riddim” which was released at the 19th staging of the Reggae Jam festival held in Bersenbruck, Germany. Teacha Dee was a headliner for this festival.

On July 4th 2014, “Party Day” recorded for Germany-based upcoming producers “Dancehallrulerz” made it to the number one spot on the official German reggae charts. This chart presented by Jugglerz radio and Riddim Magazine, was the official Reggae chart of Germany. “Party Day” held the number one spot on two separate occasions. It went down the charts for a short time before returning to number one spot a few days later. These charts numbered 30/2014 and 33/2014 were posted on 26 August and 22 September respectively.

In July 2015, Teacha Dee released his first artiste mix-tape titled “Rasta Ting”. It consisted of 26 tracks which were released within the European market and was presented by Europe’s female sound sensation, Big Mama Sound. In that same month at the 21st staging of the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbruck, Teacha Dee’s performance was reviewed as “one of the most reviting” by irieites.de. Their list of highlights also included David Rodigan, Anthony B, Alpheus, Ken Boothe, Winston Francis and Bitty McLean.

In 2016, Teacha Dee released a total of ten singles. The most successful of these were; “Jah Jah is calling” on the Pac Man Riddim, “Concrete Grave” on the After Berlin Wall Riddim and “Rastafari Way” on the Horn Of Africa Riddim. Teacha Dee’s major hit of 2016 was “Rastafari Way” which spent 14 days on Beatport’s top 100 reggae/dub chart peaking at 44. Another solid performer was “Concrete Grave” which was selected in the top 100 reggae hits of 2016 by Zonareggae.ro based in Romania.

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Cali P – Bio (@CaliPmusic)

cali-pWith locks stretching from the crown of his head almost to the sole of his feet, the artis CALI P bears an aura of spirituality often identified with those whose sacred mission it is to take the message of Reggae and Rastafari to the diverse parts of the earth. His easy manner comports with ones expectation of a life dedicated to a mission of peace and love. His delivery and passion certainly remind his audience that while the lyrical fire of Rastafari burns brightly within his soul he is keenly aware that the message must be delivered in a contemporary manner. CALI P expresses the eternal truth of Rastafari with a youthful freshness that is so appealing.

One is able to discern strains of his multicultural heritage in his music. Born Pierre Nanon to a mother from Switzerland and a Rastafarian father from the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe, CALI P seemed destined for the assignment of transcending racial and ethnic challenges in the promotion of his music. He describes himself as a singer, songwriter, rapper and one could add a lyrical firebrand who has been devoted to the playing of the drums since the age of three. While still a teenager Pierre would join AKIYO, his father’s band, and take the unmistakable step in fulfilling his destiny.

Nanon would have his first real embrace of Jamaican Dancehall through the GIDEON SOLDIERS sound system at the close of the Twentieth Century. He would release his first single “Forward” in 2005 which was followed by a number of other singles. He was soon in demand across Europe bearing the banners of Reggae and Rastafari on his youthful and slender shoulders.

His 2008 debut album ”Lyrical Faya” would follow and the world would begin to take notice of the young Rastafarian who was delivering a traditional message in a fresh and exciting manner 2010 would be a pivotal year for CALI P as not only did it mark his move from Switzerland to Jamaica but the release of his critically acclaimed ”Like a Lion – Hotsteppa” which was part of the soundtrack of a documentary of the same name attracting, positive international reviews. CALI P confidently asserts that Jamaica is his base – the world is his stage. He speaks fondly of performing in Europe and looks forward to performing there each year. He points out that when he tours he loves being accompanied by his Jamaican band which he notes brings a certain energy to his performance.

2011 would see the release of “Unstoppable” (HEMP HIGHER) seems a reflection of his musical destiny. The album includes the spiritually assertive single ”Jah Rule the World”. The video for this single has attracted much attention for the outstanding images which it has captured.”Unstoppable” climbed to top ten positions on the ITunes charts in a number of territories including the USA and Canada.

In 2014 he released the “Healing of The Nation” EP (HEMP HIGHER), which also topped itunes reggae charts all over Europe and saw the artist embark on a massive “Healing Of The Nation” world tour in 2015, including performances at REBEL SALUTE (Jamaica), SUMMERJAM (Germany), REGGAEJAM (Germany), FESTIVAL DE L’ETE (Canada), REEDS FESTIVAL (Switzerland) , performances in Costa Rica and Malta and many more…

2 years after, in 2016, he followed up with “Ithoughts” – a full album featuring productions from MANUDIGITAL, FLASH HIT RECORDS, SEANI B, TEKA & EQUINOXX MUSIC which went straight to the top of the reggae charts and also entered the notorious US BILLBOARD CHARTS (Reggae). The first single featuring CAPLETON rapidly racked up over 1 MILLION VUES on youtube – Following that Cali P went back to what he does best: Touring the 4 corners of the world – and his “Ithoughts” tour saw him travel far and wide to new destinations including the Ivory Coast (Africa), India, Dubai and well as a full fledged 12 date UK tour with UK reggae artist NATTY. The summer of 2017 will see him perform all over europe, gracing it’s biggest stages.. make sure you catch him live on the Main Stage at SUMMERJAM, at ROTOTOM FESTIVAL’s Lion stage or at one of the many other stops of his tour.

CALI P definitely has a lot in store for his fans so make sure you look out for his new releases soon. Yes the expectations are high but he clearly has what is required, spiritually and musically speaking.