Yilmie Williams or Iya Ingi, as he is more popularly known by his fans, hails from the community of Mona Common, St. Andrew Jamaica. It was there he got his first taste of the true Reggae and African music that now captivates and plays such an important role in his life. Iya credits his “Afro-Centric” music and state of mind to his father who is an avid activist in the 12 Tribes Rastafarian Organization. His father exposed him to the melodies, sounds, lyrics and mannerisms that helped to shape the strong, empowering, educational, inspirational, powerful and sometimes controversial lyrics that seek to shake up and unearth the core issues affecting African, Jamaican & Black people.
Iya Ingi breathed, slept and ate music, as discussed in his single Foundation. Inspired by his children to aspire for greatness, in the same way he looked up to his father, he wants to have the same lasting impact on not only his children but the many people of the world. His motivation, drive and eclectic blend of melodies and conscious, positive lyrics in his music has also been influenced by musical icons such as Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley and Freddy McGregor.
It is to no surprise that Iya’s energetic and captivating delivery as well as the musical content has taken roots with many and this has allowed him to tour America, Canada and Europe. Iya has also been afforded the opportunity to perform alongside other talented artistes such as Ken Boothe, Lutan Fyah, Demarco, Protoje and others. Currently, Iya Ingi is meticulously working on his debut album slated to be released in February 2016, titled African Pride, which includes the title track of the same name.
Iya purports that in his music he seeks to convey a message that will help to shape the thought processes of many and have a lasting impact on the future generations. This is not surprising as the name Iya, based on 12 Tribe and Rastafarian culture, means stepping higher and higher. Higher realms, higher heights of awareness, higher levels of consciousness, higher states of reality and life.
SHOW ME LOVE
Conscious Reggae Party
Memories with Ken Booth
* International shows*
Shoot Me Film Festival – Holland
Bob Marley Birthday celebration -Canada (Forum Night Club)
Fyah in Den with Lutan Fyah – Sullivan Hall New York
Woodstock – NY in August & September
Brooklyn, NY – August
Phillip Sherlock lunch hour – October, Kingston, JAMAICA
WATERHOUSE CHARITY EVENT – December, Kingston JAMAICA
Grip Wrench is a veteran singer and song writer from Western Jamaica who has shown much talent over the years. After these long years of toiling to make a chart hit, he is even more resolved today in getting his elusive dream of becoming a headline singer someday soon. Continued perseverance has shown that his ambition is still alive. He has now set up his own recording business Elite Production on which he has made a compact disc with three songs. Track 1 is Nuh Kill Dem by (Grip Wrench) followed by Naah Stop Try by (Nature Slang) and Dem Come Hype Up a collaboration with (Brilliant) . Grip Wrench’s life story began in the parish of St. James (Jamaica, W.I.) where he attended the Granville Basic School from where he went on to Harrison Primary School. His scholastic activities terminated at Catadupa All-Age. Even though singing was the only thing he wanted to do for his life, Grip Wrench realized that he had to get some form of livelihood until his recording ambitions blossomed. He became a radio technician. Screwdriver, the man who shot to the top of the charts in the late 80s with a single called (Sharon A Pregnant Yu Pregnant) was the man who Grip Wrench used to work together with. One day while they were together, a young woman looked at him and said, if him a Screwdriver, then you must be (Grip Wrench).His real name is Garfield Almando Woodstock. the strongest influence that began Grip wrench’s singing career came from Pliers and Pinchers two prominent Jamaican singers both with tool names. His first time in a studio was some time in the late 80s when he recorded (In Your Eyes) on the Top Rank records label. In fact, his next two recordings (Track of My Tears) and (All My Life) were done on that same label which is owned by Mr. Elon Robinson the man who Grip wrench credits for giving him his biggest push in the music business. (Puppy Love) was Grip Wrench’s next effort on the Crazy B Records label and (Knock Knock) on the Jack Scorpio Records label before he took a long hiatus in the music business only to return in 2003 with the right attitude and approach. His biggest show was (All School Jam) after which he toured Canada in 1992 for a series of shows. On his return Grip Wrench records his debut album (Real) on the Victory One Records label and a number of shows. His favorite singer of all time his (Burning Spare), his favorite color yellow, and favorite food Veg, Ackee and Salt fish. In his spare time, he plays some cricket.
My songs are clean and uplifting to the mind.
The instant she steps unto a stage, she commands the attention and respect of the audience, with an uncanny ability to keep all listening as they absorb her every word, every rhyme. Kerida Johnson known as Hempress Sativa was born to Rastafarian parents Doris-Ray Johnson and legendary Jamaican Selector /Musician Albert ‘Ilawi Malawi’ Johnson of the Jah Love Sound System. It was her exposure to music at home that sharpened her skills and has manifested today in her expressive writing and delivery.
Hempress Sativa, who has been performing since the age of 13, with lyrics spiritedly influenced by her Rastafarian culture, as conveyed in her song “Judgement” in which she begins by chanting “No More Illusion, Rastafari is real …. Her music although generally rooted in traditional reggae rhythms, also at times, crosses genres and may reflect traces of Rhythm and Blues, African and even Hip-Hop influences as evident in the Anthem “Jah Have Mi Back”. Singles such as “Get High” and “Children of the Emperor” have been creating a buzz both locally and internationally, exemplifying her musical agility as a melodic singer and a lyrically skilled DJ. Sativa lists her musical favourites as Sade, Sister Carol and Ijahman Levi, to name few.
She has worked with artists such as Micah Shemaiah, Sugarcane and the East village pharmacy, Bread (from Chalice) and producer Jahnoi Nunes. Dubbed “Hempress Sativa: Your Highness”, she intends on premiering her Ep in 2013, then the Album to be titled “UnconqueRebel Lioness” which is already near completion for its debut in the later part of said year.
An artiste to definitely watch, after an electrifying performance at the recently held Revel Salute 2013 earlier this year-listen out for her latest single “Marching Outta Babylon” produced by J.O.E/ Flow factory and her feature in Backayard Magazine for the upcoming issue of 2013.
Hempress Sativa is an extraordinary young talent, propelling Jamaican music into the future while strongly remaining rooted in a traditional foundation that makes her music timeless.
My name is Dennis Hopwood otherwise call Fannah once name Tawrus, my genre of music is Reggae Dancehall. I am from Spanish Town, St Catherine Jamaica W.I. When I just started doing music in the year 1995 the feedback was great, my songs were very inspirational to people. I have been on shows such as Teen Splash and community events.
Since then, the politics which surrounds the music industry in Jamaica has led me to stop singing and deejaying for six years. As it relates to politics, conscious music to make an impact on the lives of people have never gotten airplay, rather, it has been music which degrades society’s people. This has always been negatively influencing current generation and generation to come. Now it’s time to make a change, it’s time to live my dreams.
Currently, I have two singles coming out titled “Journey” and “Gallice Anthem.” My mission is to campaign in the streets, visiting radio station for air play and ensuring that my genre of music is broadcasted over different media worldwide.
My manager Colisa Campbell and road manager Omar Tingling has always been my support. I have discovered that music has been a journey and it will always continue to be a journey in my life.
Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, General Jah Mikey, born Michael Mitchell, has manifested the title, “Lyrical Ambassador” from over two decades of musical experience and vocal talent. Jah Mikey’s alluring sonorous tone and melodic style have expanded his capacity, and he is gifted with more than just Rasta appeal. In addition to his lyrical and rich reggae sound, Jah Mikey has recorded in many musical genres, including Jungle, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Hardcore, and House. His sultry singing style is a colorful combination of dancehall, lover’s rock, hip hop, jazz and R&B.
As early as age eleven Mikey was absorbing the craft of making profound music with a studio apprenticeship with the legendary King Tubby. In 1985, by the age of seventeen, he had his first published recording on Mozziyah Records, and the following year came to America for his first US tour.
General Jah Mikey has performed on numerous sound systems that include, Zodiac, Kilamanjaro, Class One, and King Jammy’s. He has toured coast to coast in the United States, and has made his way into the Virgin Islands. Mikey’s vocals have graced the labels of Jammys, Tappa Records, Adamari Records, Jungle Riddim Records, and his own label, Jah Sky Muzik. Within the last couple years, Jah Mikey has been working with celebrated and diverse artists such as, X Clan, Sammy Dread, The Roots Radics Band, Pinney Woods, Dr. Dre, Winzell Kelly of the Darmatics, Junior Reid, The Scientist and dubstep pioneers Rusko, 12th Planet and Datsik.
Combining his multifarious music styles, his resonant enchanting voice, longevity in the scene, and his charismatic stage presence, General Jah Mikey has enriched, and will continue to contribute a thundering amount of quality to, the music scene. In 2013 is a huge year for General Jah Mikey with the release of his newest studio album, Original Yard Food on Zion High Productions as well singles from Jungle Riddim Records and many more.
Bigga Haitian is known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, tearing down national and cultural walls and paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists.