Jay-5Flow Bio (@Jay5flow)

Jay-5Flow0OMAR CRAIG FORSYTHE (born August 2, LEO) was born and raised in Jamaica. Known musically as JAY-5Flow, he is a diverse Los Angeles based international reggae and dancehall artist, who believe and breathes the philosophy “Never give up on your dreams…  Keep working hard each day and you will be successful.”

Jay-5 who grew up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, revealed to his mother at a very young age his desire to be an entertainer. Music was so deeply embedded in young Jay-5, that it would eventually led to him getting suspended from High school during his teenage years. Like fire, music burned fervently inside young Jay-5 it forced him to go against school policy and performed in front of his entire classroom which was against school’s policy.  Instead of being deterred, Jay-5 sought out more appropriate avenues to quench his appetite for music.

In the late 1990’s with the support of his good friend dancehall artist Russian, Jay-5 began performing at many local shows in the parishes of St. Mary and St. Ann. Fearlessly Jay-5’s hunger to showcase his versatility, diversity and wit,  grew rapidly which lead to him performing in Tourist sector, providing live entertainment in resorts across Jamaica’s North Coast.

In 2008, Jay-5 met the producer and CEO of Rebel Soulz, through Russian.  Under the guidance of the Rebel Soulz camp, Jay-5 did his first professional recordings which include “Magic (Pearl Riddim)” and “Just Dance (Current Affairs Riddim)”.

After that recording and performing, for Jay-5 music became a career, his dreams were now taking flight.  This led to the alliance with renowned dancehall deejay and actor Spragga Benz and his Red Square Crew.  His musical talents were also recognized by producer, Minto Pierre (MPR) who produced the track “Shake It Señorita” which is on his album The Dancehall Macarena.

In 2003, Jay-5 relocated to Los Angeles, California to further pursue his career in entertainment.

His relationship with Spragga Benz and his Red Square family created platforms that gave him the break to perform in international events sharing the stage with the likes of rapper Foxy Brown, Kymani Marley son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Beenie Man, Gyptian, Warrior King, Konshens, Kranum of curse Spragga Benz and many others. Jay-5 have also tour the US alongside Spragga Benz, He recorded Dancehall Macarena his hit song on his album The Dancehall Macarena for Hot Boxxx Ent. To add Jay-5 performed at the “2014 Sting” which is one of the most anticipated dancehall platforms that takes place in The Parish of Saint Cathrine, Portmore Jamaica.

In 2015 VP Records sign Jay-5 to a 4 year distribution deal.

Action Blaxxs – Biography (@ActionBlaxxs)

ActionSteven Omar Black, more popularly known as Action Blaxxs, is an emerging Dancehall Recording Artist who is currently getting a lot of attention because of his aggressive style and catchy punch lines.

Born and raised in the Melbrook Heights community in Kingston, Jamaica, Steven grew up with his older brother and sister as both his parents left when he was still a child (his Dad relocated to Canada and his Mom, based on differences she had with his father, simply left the family). Growing up in a home with no adult supervision and/or guidance was extremely challenging but he successfully rose to the challenge. He now strongly believes that he’s capable of withstanding any hardship precisely because of all the difficulties he had to endure while growing up without his parents.

He attended St. Benedict Primary and then went on to Donald Quarrie High school. While at Donald Quarrie he got the opportunity to join his father in Canada, which is where he now resides.

While most twelve year old boys were busy playing with toys and/or friends, Steven was focused on writing his first song. He initially got into music because of his cousin, Simon Splinter, who was an aspiring reggae artist at the time. Simon would encourage him to write songs and would even act as a support for young Steven, allowing him to DJ/chant on P.A. systems. Though he penned his first lyrics at age twelve, he did not do any actual studio recording until he was nineteen years old. It was then, in his late teens, that he began to seriously consider a career as a dancehall artist. In his mid-twenties he adopted the name Action Blaxxs; a name given to him by his peers who all saw him as a man of action.

Inspired by artists such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Buju Banton, he eventually released his first official song years later. The track was called “hustle everyday” and it served as the launching point for Action Blaxxs’ entry into the Dancehall Music Industry.

Fast forward to 2017 and Action Blaxxs is now getting a lot of recognition for his recent release, “drink fi drunk,” which many are calling a street anthem. He is also getting ready to share what he hopes will be another catchy tune, this one is entitled “tears.” Both songs were produced by Kevin Thunder from Heart to Heart Records 101.

In addition to recording new music for his soon to be released EP, he’s also got some upcoming appearances in the Caribbean. These include several live performances and radio interviews.

Anyone wanting to work with Action Blaxxs should contact his team via any of the following phone numbers: 1.647.781.4537, 1.647.769.9334, 1.876.408.8109 or 1.876.585.1008. His management can also be reached via email: actionblaxxs@gmail.com.

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MACINI – Bio (@macinimusic)

MaciniOne of the most vocally talented artists you are likely to encounter today is Macini, born Kevin Edwards, the youngest of seven brothers who acquired the name ‘Macini’ due to his impeccable collection of Italian wear. Macini has upped his game with the release of, ‘Man A General,’ projecting his personal image as a confident master of musical styles in the streets of his home town Mandeville (Manchester, Jamaica), across Africa and worldwide.

Musical Background and influences: Music featured heavily throughout Macini’s life and was an important part of his childhood, growing up singing. Around the age of thirteen Macini became aware that he was talented and, following traditional musical roots, began singing at his Revivalist church where he was able to express himself through Gospel music. Later Macini contributed to worship services, playing his guitar (aged sixteen.)  Macini’s realised his ability to write songs from quite a young age, fifteen; recently putting together a catalogue of over 35 excellent numbers.

Naturally Macini was influenced by Jamaica’s best and speaks of artists such as the late, great Sanchez, veteran Reggae artist Beres Hammond and contemporary Dancehall artist Bounty Killer. It was Macini’s love of Reggae music which led him to explore Dancehall, Reggae and Lover’s Rock, making these his own personal genres.

Early Career Moves: London became home to Macini in 2001, his musical life taking a serious turn in 2010 when he emerged as a genuine contender in the dancehall arena; an artist with multiple talents. During his career in music Macini has worked with well known producers- Category 5 Jamaica, Jerrymuzik, Frenz 4real production, Standfirm Records, Pure and Natural Records, Dandadda Production and Andrew Robinson which have contributed to his success. As a solo artist Macini has the extraordinary ability to sound like two different artists– when he sings and raps on the same track. This talent has fooled many people in the industry!

Discography to date;

1. ‘Grey Goose Buss ina mi head’ 2013 – with Junior P- a great party song produced by Category 5 Jamaica

2. ‘Bad mind people’ 2013 – Category 5 Jamaica

3. ‘She tell mi dat she love mi’ 2013 – a popular Reggae song produced by Jerrymuzi

4. ‘Lap Dance’ 2014 – Video with a group of six artists known as Project XXX (Triple X)

5. ‘Hold mi Squeeze mi’ 2014 – Reggae song produced by Category 5 Jamaica, video release March 2014.

6. ‘Man A General’ 2014 – Produced by Jnile, Pure and Natural Records. A huge song that quickly became Macini’s signature tune

7. ‘Ringtone’ 2016 – Produced by Naz B. R’n’B collaboration with Nigerian artist Naz B. 40K+ Youtube hits.

8. ‘Bad Gal’ 2016 – Produced by Macini. Dancehall club track that reached worldwide generating great attention from the music fraternity

9. ‘Bloodless Revolution’ 2016 – A major project by Andrew Robinson, Switzerland, involving 18 artists which has excelled in Africa and on Youtube

10. ‘(AH) so we do it’ 2017 – Produced by Macini to a beat by SOS Dynamikz. A great party number.

11. ‘Good Time’ 2017 – Dandadda Productions

Recent Career Moves 2014- Macini was interviewed on internet radio stations including Music Radiofm, VRL radio and appeared on Ben TV. He performed live at many venues including: Fire Friday’s (North London,) Dandadda promotional show with Fire Rankin (New port, Wales) and Hootananny, South London. Macini’s hit Man A General opened the door to Gambia- December 2014 and he toured for two weeks taking in shows and interviews; Macini’s most noteable venue was the National Stadium, performing to a crowd exceeding 20,000. Promoter Nexus was impressed with Man A General and organised performances in Germany- G Town, club, and other venues, on the strength of this song. 2014 was a successful year evident in the increased number of Macini followers.

2015- Macini appeared at Irie Jam’s 22nd Anniversary in New York, along with popular artists Agent Sasco, Bugle and Mr Vegas

2016- Macini embarked on a promotional tour of Jamaica in April and was interviewed on many of the island’s TV and Radio shows including Hitsfm 92, Sunity Radio, UV Radio, Hot102 and Dwrap CVMTV, RETV, tempo Preedis TV, Hype TV and a live performance on Sunrise CVMTV. Macini’s music had been included on mix tapes produced by DJ’s Don Kingston, DJ.com and B13, alongside artists Alkaline, Popcaan, Movado, Vibes Cartel and more. In addition to musical achievement Macini appeared live at Country Fest in Christiana, Manchester, and made time to sing at Rock River Primary School, St Mary, to inspire the youth. Shortly after his return to the UK  Macini travelled to New York to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Jamaica Jam, giving rise to more radio opportunities in the U.S.A. including: E2 Radio in Brooklyn and Linkage Radio Mount Vernan. Back in Notting Hill, London, Macini appeared at a club with Shaggy, Rayvon and Stylo G at Shaggy’s single launch, ‘Need Your Love.’

2017- will see Macini return to Jamaica where he is scheduled to appear at various shows including Artist Link Up, in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine’s, with some shows resulting from the success of ‘Bad Gal.’ He will also be recording new material for future release.

Aspirations!! Macini’s musical inspiration extends beyond the boundaries of traditional and modern Jamaican music. Aspiring to popular artists Shaggy and Sean Paul, Macini’s love of popular music is calling him towards the R’n’B market. Macini voices political ideals and creates songs based around feelings we all relate to, specifically love, which he expresses through song. With such a wealth of talent and determination there is every reason to believe that Macini will attain the heights he is striving to achieve. Macini has a determined and straightforward attitude to life and music embraced in his own personal mantra, ‘DO IT ONE TIME.’  Macini believes in getting everything right first time and without doubt is set to make his mark in the commercial world.

Videos:
‘Bad Gal’ http://bit.ly/2niKm2x
‘Man A General’ http://bit.ly/2nClGp6
‘Ringtone’ http://bit.ly/2mRA7Ha

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Twitter: http://bit.ly/1LVtFDX

Enquiries/Bookings:
Via: CheX chexent@gmail.com +017184063129
Via: Macini macini7@hotmail.co.uk 07957 671627

Original Bio~ Jaz McKenzie~The Word Magician itsbraap@live.co.uk 074111 99869

Israel Vibration (Biography)

israel-vibrationA living lesson in fortitude, the vocal trio of Cecil “Skeleton” Spence, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin overcame adversity, illness, and poverty to become one of the finest roots groups in Jamaica’s history. All three had been afflicted by polio and first became acquainted, albeit briefly, at Kingston’s Mona Rehabilitation Clinic.

Of the trio, Bulgin appeared least likely to emerge a singing sensation. He spent much of his childhood at a variety of rehabilitation centers and in his teens began working for a tailor. Craig, in contrast, initially did seem destined for a musical career and for a while attended the famed Alpha Cottage School. This illustrious institution, founded in 1880 and run by Catholic nuns, is renowned for its musical training. Many of the island’s greatest stars passed through its doors, including members of the Skatalites and drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace. However, Craig found the tough discipline and rigid atmosphere oppressive and ran away at 14 into a life of homelessness and poverty. After an equally bright start, Spence’s life also took a severe downturn. As a preteen, he played xylophone in a youth band, with whom he appeared on national television. Although physically disabled, he was a gifted athlete and in his teens he was selected for the Jamaican Wheelchair Basketball team. But his conversion to Rastafarianism put an end to all that in 1969; he was dropped from the team and returned to Kingston. It was serendipity that he bumped into Craig soon after, and fate intervened again, to bring the pair back into touch with Bulgin.

The three teens had individually all previously converted to rastafarianism, now their shared faith and childhood experiences helped forge a strong friendship. Leaving behind their old lives, the trio now spent their time hanging out together and busking for money around Kingston. They spent the next six years singing for their suppers and by 1975, Israel Vibration was a vocal force to be reckoned with. However, their initial attempt at recording was abortive as the one track they did cut, the Ernest Hookim-produced “Bad Intention,” never saw release. The following year, an answer to their prayers arrived when members of the Rastafarian religious group the Twelve Tribes of Israel agreed to finance a single by the trio.

Israel Vibration went into Treasure Isle studio with producer U- Booth and recorded the single “Why Worry” and a new version of “Bad Intention” for its flip. The group’s exquisite dread sound and militant cultural themes made an instant impression and the trio now found themselves on-stage opening for the likes of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. In 1977, Israel Vibration began work on their follow-up, “The Same Song,” with producer Tommy Cowan. By the time they were done, the group had another hit song and a debut album of stunning proportions, which was titled after the single. A de rigueur dub version, Israel Tafari, accompanied the full-length and was equally powerful. On the strength of these, the trio was signed to the British EMI subsidiary Harvest, who released Same Song in Britain. 1979 brought the Unconquering People album, and another popular single, “Crisis.” And even if this set was not quite as dread as its predecessor, tracks like “Mr. Taxman” and “We a de Rasta” remain classics of cultural roots. Not surprisingly, Israel Vibration went down a storm at that year’s Reggae Sunsplash.

The trio’s deeply devotional songs, cultural themes, inspirational lyrics, and original take on the roots style had struck a chord with reggae fans around the world. Thus, it was a surprising decision that Israel Vibration recorded their next album, 1981’s Why You So Craven, with legendary dancehall producer Junjo Lawes. In many ways, it was a failed venture and the trio was so dissatisfied, they walked out before the sessions were complete. Bringing in the vocal trio the Tamlins, Lawes carried on without them and the resulting album, while not a total disaster, certainly lacked the spirit of its predecessors. Even an avid response at 1982’s Reggae Sunsplash could not convince the trio that their future lay in a Jamaica where dancehall now reigned supreme (Live at Reggae Sunsplash, a split album from Israel Vibrations and the Gladiators, bears witness to their performance). Thus they relocated to New York City, perhaps believing that the large immigrant community could sustain them, or that America was now ready to embrace roots. They were wrong on both counts. A few occasional live appearances aside, the group swiftly disappeared from view. All three attempted solo careers, but only Bulgin made it on to record; his Mr. Sunshine album paired him with the Freedom Fighters Band.

In 1987, the trio decided it was stronger together than apart, re-formed, and approached the RAS label. Although labelhead Doctor Dread had shown no interest in their solo efforts, he was enthusiastic about a reunion and quickly signed them to RAS. Strength of My Life appeared the following year, and aided by the Roots Radics, it found Israel Vibration as vibrant as ever.

The trio now settled down for the long haul, and although their sound was no longer on the scene’s cutting edge, they continued putting out strong sets. 1990 brought three albums, Praises, its dub companion Dub Vibration, and Israel Dub, drawn from the Strength of My Life set. The next year’s Forever found the trio in a surprisingly comic mood, taking aim at themselves, dancehall, as well as contemporary issues. In 1992, a taste of the Vibrations’ live power was delivered up on Vibes Alive, which was recorded at a show in Santa Cruz the previous October. Besides showcasing the trio’s unique vocal styling, the album captures the Roots Radics at their fiercest. 1993’s IV, and its dub companion IV Dub, gave heart to all those who believed that roots was fast becoming little more than a world lovefest. The album’s militancy, notably on “Naw Give Up the Fight,” proved the trio’s own passionate cultural concerns and dread roots were not fading. The equally powerful On the Rock followed two years later and was also accompanied by a dub set.

Then, in 1996, the group released their first single in years, the infectious “Feeling Irie,” taken from their new album, Free to Move. This attempt to push the band’s profile higher into the mainstream came to naught, the trio had already built up a loyal fan base and remained a successful live act, as 1997’s Live Again proved. Unlike its live predecessor, this time around Israel Vibrations packed the album with crowd-pleasing favorites.
It was nine years since the trio had re-formed and signed to RAS; they’d been recording and performing steadily since, but Craig was no longer happy with their current path left the group in 1997 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Another Moses, featured his own backing band, the Zionists.

Continuing on as a duo, Spence and Bulgin reappeared in 1999 with a new studio album, Pay the Piper, and proved that Israel Vibrations would not be defeated by this defection. Jericho following hot on Piper’s heels in the new year, while 2000 also saw the release of the limited-edition Power of the Trinity three-CD box set; Dub Combo appeared in summer 2001. Acknowledging Craig’s longtime contribution to the group, the set is evenly divided between the trio, with each disc devoted to one individual member’s greatest compositions. Israel Vibrations’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity seems assured, and they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.

For more info email Seth Fridae

UZMAN Biography (@UZMAN1)

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Paul Day, better known as UZMAN is a spirited Dancehall/ Hip Hop artist/rapper, whose passion for music and performing can be felt in each track. It’s reflected in his success of the international 2013 single “Night Life” and the 2014 release “Wine and Grind”.

“Night Life” features guest collaboration with international Reggae singer Jah Mason, climbing to the #1 spot on Funk Master Flex’s world popular Franchise Record Pool and it peaked at #29 on the Global Reggae Charts. “Night Life” also appeared at #5 on the Bling Ring Show Charts with heavy rotation on Community Links TV in Jamaica. International producer Jahronomo INC, who has covered the gambit of entertainment working on television show scoring, radio commercials and has taken the song “Wine and Grind” under his direction adding a Reggae, Calypso, Funk fusion for the radio. The song quickly got the attention of world renown remix King DJ Power who worked on a remix of the single “Wine and Grind”adding to the collaboration with legendary reggae artist Junior Reid. Both the song and video remix lead to a monumental performance at the Islands national Music Festival in West Kingston the “Jamaica Jamboree 2015”. “Wine and Grind” peaked at #8 on the Top 40 Indie Chart on the award winning Starfleet Record Pool. “Wine and Grind” was featured on Omni TV’s “VMIX show” a national Canadian music television program.

UZMAN started working on music and performing on stage as a child in the early eighties. Fascinated with Grand Master Flash’s music video for the song “The Message”, UZMAN developed his dream of becoming a recording artist. From Mojah’s pre-production Studio in 91’ to Jah Studio in 92’ he studied recording, editing and mixing techniques along with the complete process of songwriting and music distribution. The deep raspy voice singer MC was featured in Hip-Hop Weekly and Coast 2 Coast Mix-tapes Magazines.

UZMAN is also an artist signed to Music Label Beat Charge INC., one of Toronto’s surging entertainment businesses on the rise.

When asked about his goals and ambitions on writing songs and performing on stage UZMAN stated, “The impression I’m trying to give off, is that I’m reaching another level in my music career,” he says, “I’m gonna continue to shine. My diverse style makes fans of many other music genres enjoy my work.” he laughs sincerely.

WWW.UZMANMUSIC.COM | beatchargeinc@gmail.com | Twitter: @uzman1 | 416-919-7286 Facebook: UZMAN | Instagram: uzmanmusic | Reverb Nation: UZMAN | Youtube: megauzman | Sound Cloud: UZMAN

UZMAN’S DISCOGRAPHY INFORMATION
– “Club Fit 2015”

DPNC (group)
– Showdown (1991)

JUNCTION MAYHEM (group)
-Snapping Necks (1992)

PROJECT UNDERGROUND (group)

On The Move of Elevation EP (1992)
– The Project
– Freestyle
– We Shall Overcome
– Funky Bogle

– On Da Move (1993)
-Who Say T.O Cant Rock (1993)

UZI (solo)
-Mix Up [Feat. Mr O] (2000)
-Fever (2000)
-Tuffood (2001)

UZMAN (solo)

Bailout (2009)
Wine And Grind (2010)
Bana Time (2010)
Wine And Grind [Android Riddim) (2011)
Made By Streets (2011)
Stress Less (2011)
Gyal Chat [Blueberry Riddim] (2011)
My Shine (2011)
Big Man Lovin [feat. Keyma [Kush Riddim] (2011)
Tek Time (2011)

Lowe Me (2012)
MIA [Feat. Tay Dizm] (2012)
Party Right (2012)
Night Life [Feat. Jah Mason] 2013
Sexxtra [feat. Kima] (2013)

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN CONNECT WITH UZMAN

WWW.UZMANMUSIC.COM
Facebook – UZMAN
Myspace – uzmaninfo
Reverbnation – UZMAN
Twitter – @UZMAN1
YouTube – Megauzman

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Biography written by www.mjent.net

Thriller U – 2017 Biography (@thriller_u @nyahblessmusic)

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It is often said the race is not to the swift or the strong but for those who endure to the end. The same can be said of Thriller U whose career has withstood the test of time. Arguably one of the Jamaica’s best vocalists, he has faced the challenges of this demanding industry and remain firmly rooted ready to takes his place in the Reggae Music Hall of Fame. His latest single, “In Common“, a captivating and solid tune, provides notice to the world that he is still at the top of his game and remains a force to be reckoned with among the greatest singers of all time.

Produced by Hopeton Brown of Nyah Bless Music, “In Common” is about two people getting to know each other and finding out they both have something in common. “I know we all have something in common”, states Thriller U. “I have not come out with a song for a long time now and this is a song for you all. This song has the potential to be #1 on the Billboard Charts, and I am not talking the reggae charts!!!”.

Born Eustace Hamilton, he started singing at the tender age of ten. He had no idea that playing tunes from the jukebox with his friends every Sunday in Sligoville would lead to a life changing endeavor and eventually a musical career. He explains, “I was just doing it as a hobby, we were just out there with friends trying to be happy. Those times I never saw music as a career.”

Thriller U‘s UK debut album, Waiting for You, released in 1988, reflected his tremendous talents. The title track was a #1 hit on the United Kingdom Album charts and remained at #1 for eight consecutive weeks. During that time his vibrant single Juggling surged to #1 on the Jamaican Top 40 charts, spending over five weeks. Other #1 hits followed, to include Young and She Green (featuring Johnny P) and I’ll Prove It to You, both represented by Technique Label.

In 1988 Thriller U linked with Donavan Germain and began a collaboration would eventually span over 20 years. He became one of the major singers of Penthouse Records, recording more than 20 singles and an album for the label. The album, Crazy was released in 1989, the same year he was honored Best New Singer of the Year by the Jammy Annual Awards. Since then, he worked with a number of producers, locally and internationally, including Ossie Hibbert, Bobby Digital, King Jammy, Overheat Records Avex Tracks, Sly & Robbie and Rap artist Krs 1.

While enjoying a successful solo career, he joined the vocal group L.U.S.T. (Love, Understanding, Sensitivity and Trust), alongside Singing Melody, Tony Curtis and Lukie D. The combined performers stated that the group was going to put the ‘flava back into reggae’. The group shot to stardom in 2007 thanks to their debut single Sweetness of Your Love which spent multiple weeks atop local charts. They found themselves back into the spotlight in 2009 with their impressive rendition of Air Supply’s 1985 hit, Just As I Am.

Thriller U‘s style is similar to that of Frankie Paul who he considers to be an influence on his musical career. Others include his sister Peaches, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Pinchers and international stars such as James Ingram, Dionne Warwick, Teddy Pendergrass and Michael Jackson. The silky smooth singing style enabled him to obtain an international recognition and he credits the voice for his artist name. He explains, “Originally my name was Baby U, as my father name Big U. When I was singing, people said it thrill them, so they started to call me Thriller U.”

Thriller U remain steadfast in his desire to prove the critics wrong. He has accepted the fact that the reggae music industry has changed a lot. However, he firmly believes reggae is not dancehall, reggae is reggae. His latest single, “In Common” released on the Nyah Bless Music label is solid proof there is hope for the music. And he adds, “Back in the days when we made music it was good music to play to global audiences. This single may be instrumental in putting the industry back on track.”

Thriller U‘s depth and quality of his songs is the driving force that has kept him at the top his game. If he continues to deliver classics such as “In Common“, he will definitely continue to be a major force within the reggae music industry.

JiJi Seven’s Bio (@jijisevenmusic)

jiji-seven-bio-picJean-Claude Irakoze, popularly known as Jiji Seven, is a Sweden-based Burundian songwriter and composer who performs gospel reggae. He has been a successful performing artist in Burundi with over a decade experience in his relocation in 2015. He has released two albums; I AM A SOLDIER, and HE KNOWS ME.

First Steps in Music

Jiji Seven grew up in a Christian family where his father was a reverend pastor in Free Methodist Church. As a little kid in Sunday School, he sang with other children.

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Lucky Dube inspired him to build dreams of changing the world through his songs to fight against cruel injustice like the one that his family and his neighbourhood faced.

In 2003, he began his musical career in a secular music group called ”REMESHA BAND” at Centre Jeune Kamenge.

Born Again

In 2005 he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and was born again. From that time on, he realised that the best way to bring others on the track would be to spread an exemplary behaviour.

GMP

Co-founder of GMP (God’s Master Piece), on September 23rd, 2005, Jiji Seven became the leader of this group. Together with GMP he writes and sings a lot of gospel songs.

They are among the first generation of Burundian gospel artists who introduced urban music in the church, something which was not easy at that time. Together with GMP, they have inspired many young people in the country, and a lot of people get to know Christ because of their songs.

Solo Career

Jiji Seven began his solo career at the beginning of the year 2012 and released his first DVD titled: «I AM A SOLDIER». During his concerts within and outside the country and through his songs, he made reggae and dancehall widely appreciated by people. Those styles became his gospel musical ID.

In April 2015, he released the album HE KNOWS ME.

With two albums to his credit, Jiji Seven has seen the need for art as the healer of nations for which reason he was in Ethiopia for two weeks to attend the Artist as Peacebuilder program organised by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in April 2014. This passion for music has made Jiji Seven’s songs amazing tools for evangelisation and education in addition to entertainment.

RougHHouse – Bio (@Roughhousetweet @LNicolebrown)

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From Manchester, Jamaica to Dortmund, Germany, Keith ‘Roughhouse’ Powell has emerged a dynamic, multi-talented performer in the music industry. His father, Keith Powell Snr, played guitar for reggae legends Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown and with Lloyd Parks & We The People Band. The young Powell was literally born into music, his first instrument was the bass, which his father taught him and over the years he learnt on his own to mastery level, the percussions and the guitar.

In 2000 Roughhouse journeyed to Germany on vacation, where he met Sierra Leonean-German singer-songwriter, Patrice, who recognized his talents and soon offered him a contract. Settling in the city of Dortmund, Roughhouse through collaboration with Patrice had an opportunity to work with other musicians- forming and leading the bands ‘Rhaatid’ and ‘Tsunami’ and also producing music with recording artists from Germany like D-Flame (“Unaufhaltsam“, 2003), Uwe Banton (“Jah Roots“, 2006), Nosliw (“Mittendrin“, 2007), Gentleman (“Another Intensity“, 2007), Samy Deluxe (“TNT, 2008 / “Dis wo ich herkomm“, 2009 / “Bis die Sonne rauskommt“, 2009 / “Dis wo ich herkomm LIVE“, 2010 / “Schwarzweiss“, 2011), Max Herre (“Max Herre“, 2009), Die Fantastischen Vier (“Vier“, 2009).

Roughhouse had provided musical support over the years for touring Jamaican Acts in Europe such as Tarrus Riley, Junior Kelly, Ken Boothe, and President Brown. As the musical director touring with Jamaican artiste, Andru Donalds Roughhouse is afforded the experience of performing at festivals like Summer Jam, Chiemsee Reggae, Splash Hip-Hop-Festival, Rock am Ring, Rock am Park and many more famous events in Europe and Russia.

Roughhouse has released 3 albums: 2006 [“My Intention “with 18 tracks, showcasing his versatility of style and subject matter], “Love Divine” in 2012 and an acoustic album “Take a Look” released in 2015. Always the entrepreneur, Roughhouse became co-CEO of the independent record label “MPerium Records” in 2013, under which he and the founder Michael Peukert aka“MicRoyal” produced and released hip-hop/rap, reggae, acoustic and pop music genre.

Ever true to the words ‘Our Past, Present and Future are all happening at once’ Roughhouse lives in each moment. This freedom allows his charismatic, creative and artistic abilities to always be his drivers for success.

Meet International Soul Singer PEARL (@Pearlsound)

dcs_8370ver2Her unique sound and warm voice is seductive, captivating and intense. With a mixed ethnic background from Africa, India and Europe, she has learned to incorporate different cultures and traditions. Something you can feel and hear through her music which is evocative and contains both depth and lightness.

She is the writer of both melodies and lyrics, and though the music she makes is deeply rooted in the rhythm and blues tradition and stems out of black musical roots, she has been able to maintain her own expression and to add to the music her personal touch. In essence, there is a spirituality to her expression, which is quite unique when one considers the down to earth essence in the music genre it is embodied through. Her songs revolve around themes of love and longing, of male/female relationships, of being a woman, and you sense how Pearl’s music is founded in her own being and rooted in her own femininity.

Pearl is born in Botswana and she moved to Denmark when she was 14 years old.  She has performed in several places in Europe, including Moscow where she received radio airplay with a song she featured on by Moscow based Trip-hop/Elctro Jazz band VFSixPearl has collaborated with producers and songwriters from different parts of the world.

Her previous Album ‘The Fall and Rise of a Woman’ was recorded in Denmark in collaboration with the Reggae band ReCulture. It is a cross-over project between different musical genres, namely Reggae, Soul, and Pop.

Pearls new Project/Album which will be due in 2017 will have its focus mainly on Soul, Jazz, AfroSoul/beat and AfroJazz. She has recently become part of the Drinkard Music Group, which is founded by family members of the legendary Drinkard  and Robinson family members which includes great singers such as Cissy Drinkard now known as Cissy Houston. Pearls Album will be released and mostly produced by the Drinkard Music Group in 2017. For more info visit: http://pearlsoul.com/

Kingseyes Bio (@kingseyes_music)

kingseyes20160105cMany international artistes struggle to find their space and musical identity. There are those who experiment with various musical styles and others who use their own culture to define their ultimate sound. For emerging reggae artiste “Kingseyes”, musical identity came from his exposure to a potpourri of cultures and backgrounds throughout his lifetime. His first single “Mamacita Bonita” demonstrates the arrival of a fresh new talent, with the energy that capitivates his audience, but strikes out in its own territory. The “Kingseyes” sound is appealing to reggae and soca followers, but can easily be identified with those who are soothed by smooth Lover’s Rock, Dancehall, Pop or House music. He defines his sound as Reggaeton – a blend of Jamaican dancehall, Trinidadian soca, Latin American salsa and electronica.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Kingeyes is no stranger to music having started his career at the age of 10, singing on school and church choirs back in his childhood hometown. With numerous opportunities available to his parents in Europe, he left Nigeria in 1993 and moved to Stuttgart, Germany where he has been residing since. While in Europe, Kingseyes explored many professional fields and currently holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a Master of Arts degree in International Business Management and Strategy. With his many years of experience in Law and Business Management, Kingseyes soon realized that his true passion was with music. Finding balance with maintaining a day job and pursuing your true passion had not always been easy for this artiste, and found his solace recording and performing with a pop band called “E- Connection” in 1996. The group gained some recognition with hit single “Dreaming of You”, which was used as a soundtrack on of Germany’s leading soap opera series – “Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten”. The group changed its name to “Dream Beat” in 1998 and later recorded a cover version of Whitelion’s “When the Children Cry”, released on the Bravo hit compilation album in 1998.

He continued to tour and record singles with the group until 2000 when he embarked on his solo project. In that same year, Kingseyes teamed with the producers of Magic
Affairs to record pop single “Oh Lalala”. The song was never released because the parties could not settle on a satisfactory deal. Kingseyes recorded his last pop song in 2003 titled “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, the track was released by Universal Records and Digidance in the Netherlands.

By 2007, Kingseyes had perfected his craft as a “pop” musician and recording artiste, shared stage with top reggae performers including Luciano, Ziggy Marley, Inner Circle, I Threes, Linkon Kwesi Johnson, Gramps and Peter Morgan of Morgan Heritage, top pop acts of the 90’s – Funfactory, Pharaoh as well as Master Boy. Despite varied success and exposure as a pop artiste, his reggae inspiration forced him to experiment with the Jamaican rooted genre. Influenced by the sounds of veteran reggae stalwarts Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, King Yellow Man, Freddy McGregor, Josey Wales, Shabba Ranks and the lengendary Bob Marley; Kingseyes created an infusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady as the frontman for “No Sports” – one of Germany’s best known Ska and Rocksteady bands. He led the band between 1999 and 2003.

Boasting over fifteen years in reggae and reggaeton music, Kingseyes delivers a unique concert experience during his performances, whether on a large open air reggae festival or in the typical European nightclub scene. He has performed in numerous cities in Germany and was featured on the annual Cologne Summerjam Reggae Festival in 2005 and 2007. Kingseyes has also toured major cities in Switzerland, Spain, Austria and France. Kingseyes also recently returned from the Gambia, where he had a successful ten days tour.

He is currently signed to independent label Nicbay Records/Juggler Records and worked with various international music producers to deliver his first 17-track reggaeton album, released early last year. Christopher Birch (Birch Records), Javier and Julian Montilla from Columbia produced tracks on the debut, along with German-based producers Royal Commanders, Jimmy Love from Harlem New York (USA), German producer and singer Ganjaman, Roger “Sunlounger” Shah, House of Riddim as well as Jugglerz.

Indeed, his passion for reggae music is based on the positive messages and the life it brings to its listeners. Kingseyes explains, “Reggae music has soul, and it is the soul of the music that never leaves your ears and your heart.” Though the album is a combination of reggae, dancehall and reggaeton flavours, it promises to be a captivating and moving debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted multicultural talent; one whose sound is familiar, yet inspiring to many. The album “Curiosity” is available for online downloads on iTunes, Musicload, Rhapsody, Play, Medion and Juno Download.

Kingseyes is hungry for success and is ready to take on the world. “ I am in this to stay, I want to take my music worldwide, I am here to inspire, revolutionize and break all barriers. The most high sees everything (Kingseyes).”

For bookings, further information and to schedule interviews contact: ckingseyes@googlemail.com or info@jugglerz.de

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Music Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/curiosity/id952329268
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