Kava Jah, born Junior Johnson, in Cumberland, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, is a reggae artist who writes, sings, and chants his own lyrics in his own style. Born into a family with musical roots, Kava Jah’s father Levi Johnson was a teacher of music at the Spalding’s Comprehensive High School and choir master in the church. He was a leader in the community both musically and spiritually. Kava Jah started playing music around the age of ten practicing on his father’s instruments and soon found his love for the guitar.
In 2007 Kava Jah entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Popular Song competition, where he received an award for most disciplined artist, thus creating momentum towards his first national performance in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba performing for the Military in observance of Jamaica’s Independence Day and returning again to Cuba in 2008. Kava Jah began working with Gumption Music Production out of Kingston, Jamaica creating, recording, and preparing to tour. In 2012 Kava Jah joined the I-Kronik band as lead singer and songwriter touring internationally and sharing the stage with artists such as Romain Virgo, Luciano, Protoje, David Hines of Steel Pulse, Junior Reid, I-Wayne, and many more. Kava Jah has performed on stages in the United States such as Reggae on the River (CA), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (CA), Grand Central Park (NY), BB Kings (NY), with many more notable performances across the nation and beyond, reaching as far as Costa Rica, Anguilla, and St. Marten.
Kava Jah has been manifesting his solo career, pushing the limits of his lyrical talents and musical capabilities preparing to release his debut solo album. Recently, Kava Jah released a music video for his new single ‘Danger Zone.’ Kava Jah is a dynamic artist both on and off the stage, spotlighting his unique acoustic performances.
The extremely talented and uniquely humble singer Melame Gange was born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Growing up in a household full of musicians sparked his interest in music early on and led Gange to join his first band at the age of 14. The rising star never looked back and has since graced the stage of countless venues internationally, even sharing the mic with reggae royalty such as Pressure, Eddly Shine of Born Jamericans, Sharise King, Mada Nile, De Apostle, Third World, Echo People and a host of other equally amazing talent. As an artist Gange can be described as energetic, melodic, deeply rooted, conscious, cultured, soulful and spiritual. His drive comes from his sincere love and dedication to his people. Gange aspires to connect the masses through music with messages of truth. “Our existence depends on the works you do…there is no excuse for a lack of greatness” – Melame Gange.
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Born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist – both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message.” Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in the music industry.
Singing as a youth in his hometown church. As his father toured extensively, young Clayton lived with his grandparents in the mystical mountains of Jamaica’s countryside parish St. Mary. As he grew older, he ventured into Kingston to take up residence with his father, living legend Toots Hibbert, of the Toots & The Maytals. While in Kingston, he was witness to the harsh realities of city survival.
After experiencing the daylong rehearsals of his father’s band, the Maytals, young Junior Toots was struck with an insatiable longing to entertain people. Already beginning to develop his voice, his attendance at these rehearsals provided him with a living classroom only few musicians can say they have attended. In High School, Junior Toots migrated to the United States to live with his mother. Other skills he developed were running track and dance/choreography. He appeared regularly on MTV.
Vocally, Junior Toots worked on both his rapping & singing skills, releasing his first single “Praise Jah” (in 1989). Four EP’s soon followed including: “Harder and Harder,” “Dangerous Living,” “Poor People Feel It,” and “Nothing to Gain.” In 1997, Junior Toots recorded with Everton Blender, Mikey Spice and Jack Radics on the acclaimed “Reggae Mood Swingz” compilation. He went on to win NYC’s FM92.3 (The Beat) Home Jams, which gave him the opportunity to open for Biggie Smalls. From 1997 until 2004, Junior Toots toured with Toots and the Maytals, opening shows with his “Holding Firm,” “Jah Give Us Victory,” and other tunes. He continued touring on and off with Toots and the Maytals, as well as working on compilations with various musicians in California and recording Reggae/Hip Hop singles with Toots in Jamaica.
After years of touring, Junior Toots decided to take time to develop and define his own style and launch his solo career. This began with the album “Living Roots” in 2006, which introduces his powerful roots message of righteousness and goodness with upbeat dancehall style original rhythms. The same year, he released the single “Dangerous” with Northern California Hip Hop/Reggae artist Wisdom, which blew up on the underground scene, and the single “Jah is Real,” which went number one on many stations including KLRN in Miami, Florida.
Intent on taking his career to the next level, Junior Toots established his own independent record label, Crown of Fire Records, on which he released the album “Crown of Fire.” For a couple of years he toured on the West Coast & worked on the next album, “Reggae Got Soul,” which was written for Black History Month and includes singles “Herbsman,” “Keep Jah by Your Side,” and “Reggae Got Soul.” Although the album was finished in 2008, it was not released until 2010.
After years of training and then finding his own artistic expression, Junior Toots has now released his latest (and perhaps greatest) album: “A Little Bit of Love” in March of 2012. This album sets into motion the upful message so many are searching for & delivers this positive light with high tempo, conscious, roots Reggae, Ska, and R&B – all together in one package. The music of Junior Toots makes you want to dance, move, be aware, think, and do well for others at the same time.
“Reggae music & music business in general was impacted by the recession. So I was inspired more than ever to reincarnate the spirit & the feeling of good Reggae music and up-tempo Ska and to include lots of crowd participation at live performances. My father’s contribution to Reggae music has been a great inspiration. I want to be an inspiration for the next generation of Hibberts.” – Junior Toots
Reggae recording artist, Ragga Lox is a real expression of lyrical talent. His smooth flow and confident delivery of songs on his music make him a true nowadays ambassador of reggae. His
voice compliments tracks in style resembling none. On stage, Ragga interacts with the audience, while using well organized lyrics and melodic flow to win fans over.
Rohan Robinson, more popularly known as Ragga Lox, was born on August 13th, in Jamaica. He grew up in the community of Georges Valley, a small district on the out skirts of Mandeville, in the parish Manchester.
His debut release came in 1995; with three songs on a compilation CD for Rhythm One Records. His single, “Ghetto Youths”, was a favorite. Other releases, “Chocolates and Roses” and “Bright Light Big City”, were done from his production, Rtist4Rtist Ent.
To date, Ragga Lox has three studio albums, and is getting ready to release his fourth. The first Album “LIFE”, a demo album, was produce by Blackmind Records. The others, produced by Rtist4rtist Ent. “MUSIC IS MY LIFE”, Ragga Lox Tenth Anniversary Collection, is a collection of songs recorded for various producers, over Ragga’s first ten years of recording, and features appearances by Natty Remo, Jango Thriller, Ken Serious and Lee Kelly.
The other album, “STEPPA INNA BABYLON”, was produced in-conjunction with Undeniable Records, and features guest appearances from Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah, Mikey General and Ethiopian singer Jah Lude. Top single “ON DI CORNER”, was an instant success, and received enough airplay, to secure Ragga’s first number one song, on Clinton Lindsey’s reggae charts for New York, and the album also did well making it to the number 2 position on the album charts.
On a recent tour of California, Ragga Lox performed at Ashkenaz in Berkeley and Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, to name a few. He has also performed on numerous shows, including Reggae In The Valley, in Jamaica; Irie Jamboree, in NYC; One Love Africa, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia; and other shows, including performances in Shashamane Ethiopia , Nairobi Kenya, Atlanta, Miami and more. Ragga Lox has also performed on shows featuring reggae greats such as Luciano, Gregory Isaacs, Bob Andy, Jr. Gong, Mykal Rose, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa and more. Ragga was inspired by Bob Marley and Dennis Brown for their creativity, and the level of importance they brought to Reggae, but was more influenced by the early Charlie Chaplin, Josie Whales, Professor Nuts to name a few.
With the message of love, unity and consciousness embedded in his music, St. Croix born Ras Attitude is a musical force to be reckoned with.
Independent Artist M. Goodwin “RAS ATTITUDE” was born on the “twin city “island of St. Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands to renowned gospel singer, Harrella Goodwin.
At 7 years old he was introduced to the stage and by traveling with his mother and appearing on in several concerts, he was able to develop his musical skills by learning the play the keyboard, read musical notes, and harnessing his performance skills in becoming a consummate artist.
by the age of 15 years old while attending the Caribbean Community School, Ras Attitude found a joy in Beating on the desk and singing in the class room Dubbed the LUNCH ROOM SESSION as a way to practice his craft. It became the place where students would come to show off their talent. Still in High school, Ras Attitude became a founding member of “Tek-9 Sounds” with some friends & Family in the Community , That move became his launching pad to the top.
In between sets and the sound system, Ras Attitude would do his own little show using rhythms from 45 Vinyl Records. Which was a success for him and encouraged him to pursue a career in music? After high school Ras Attitude went on to Becker College, where the name Attitude was given to him by Tippa Lee of the group “Tippa Lee & Rappa Roberts.” While taking classes he was able to do little gigs at clubs, which gave him recognition on a small scale. During this time his path crossed a former artist known a Ras Batch. Batch previously plays in the band for Harrella Goodwin (Attitude’s mom) who at the time was playing with “Motion Band.” Upon meeting with Batch and voicing several tunes in the studio and together the two began the creation of SoundVizion Records.
His debut album “Happiness” in 2001 paved the way for this soulful roots reggae star. His harmonic sound is even more evident with follow up albums such as: “Love Life” in 2004 and “Holding Firm” in 2005. These albums included such hits as: “War to Win”, “All We Need is Love”, , “Wrath of Jah” featuring Batch. And “Warrior Status” The hit tune that HIT #1 on the Tashai Real Music Charts In record time !
With his magnetic personality and harmonic voice, this singer has been in demand worldwide. Even with his busy touring schedule in the United States and in Europe, this talented performer managed to deliver two more explosive albums which showcased his unique versatility and further proved his staying power in this industry—“Trodding Home” and “HOLD THE VIBES”
Without and doubt, this MUSICAL EXTRAORDINARE’S aura and style yells ARTISTIC! It is truly the epitome of a genuine artist. This is evident from his trail-blazing tunes, to his trend-setting style, and then to his charismatic, and most times, jovial personality. With his vibrancy and RESILIENT ENERGY, this “Show Stopping Crowd-pleaser” is sure to leave you captivated along with his harmonious lines reflecting love, unity, and positivity.
This MUSICAL GENIUS has proven that he can handle it all, from R&B, to Pop, to Hip-Hop and certainly his native home’s most popular musical genre; Reggae. This humble brethren, hailing from the island of seven (7) flags, St. Croix, has performed with great musicians and singers such as – Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, Lutan Fyah, Batch, Pato Banton, Luciano Capleton, Sizzla, the LOST BoyZ, Kardinal Offishall, Nichole Ray and many more.
Ras Attitude has great things in store and is sure to rock a stage near you as he continues on his world-wide tour extending his fan base, and continues to obtain the love of people of all cultures from this cosmopolitan society we, “The American Paradise.”
King Kanashi I hails from St.Croix in the Virgin Islands. Known for his wordsmith talents, Kanashi doesn’t disappoint with this Dub anthem titled “Mystery Babylon”. The bass driven “I-Draw” riddim from ‘Rally Up Music’ is the perfect vehicle for his fiery chants and melodies. ‘King Kanashi I’ uses his words as a powerful weapon to combat the corrupt one percent that fight against the people.
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