Queen Ifrica, born Ventrice Morgan, began her career in 1995 after entering and winning a local talent contest in her hometown Montego Bay, Jamaica. As a self-taught musician, Queen Ifrica, who is the daughter of renowned ska legend, Derick Morgan, was inspired by the positive music of; Nyabinghi, Jazz, Reggae and a variety of genres. Her hard work in the music industry led to a record deal with VP Records in 2009, continuing her musical rise.
Ikaya and her ability to connect with the depths of an audience’s soul, is likened to be Jamaica's Mary J Blige. . Her lyrics revere an emotional realism that comes from her upbringing in the volatile urban community of Waterhouse, Kingston. Ikaya quickly learned to escape the chaotic political, social, and economic upheaval of her surroundings through music.
A spectacular member of the Star Lion Family and native son of Dominica. Niyorah has shared the stage with such artists as Bunny Wailer, Marcia Griffiths, Erika Badu, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capleton, Junior Reid, Junior Kelly, Eve, Glen Washington and Midnite Band.
Sharing the stage with some of the strongest on the reggae scene such as Tony Rebel, Spragga Benz, Bushman, Buju Banton, Capleton, Anthony B, Determine Louie Culture to name a few.
Ras Attitude is both a singer and a chanter. Originating from the Sound VIZion stable, he combines some sweet vocals (that remind many of Dennis Brown) along with some wicked chants to create a sound that has something to please all listeners.
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Since their debut album Orit in 2001, the Nazarenes have brought forth some of the most refreshing sounds in reggae music. Brothers and lead singers Mehdane Tewolde and Noah Isaac Tewolde possess two of the most distinguished voices in contemporary reggae. Their soulful, wailing, haunting voices pay homage to reggae’s youth, a time when its artists drew heavily from the best of America’s soul singers, and evoke memories of the brothers’ childhood days in Ethiopia where they listened to reggae and R&B.
Marcia Griffiths is the undisputed Queen of Reggae. For over half a century, she has soundtracked Jamaica with her tell-tale timbre - in truth, you are more likely to hear Griffiths in Jamaica than Bob Marley, and she's still recording and performing today. Griffiths is also well-known as a member of the I Threes, the all-important backing vocalists for Bob Marley on record and live, which she formed with Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt in 1974 and performed with until 1981. Griffiths, however, was recording solo all the while.
I Grade Dub is a live dub mixing sound system based in St. Croix, VI. Dub mixer Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred performs live dub mixing of songs and riddims from his and his vast catalog of productions. Since launching I Grade Records in 2001, Tippy I has produced, recorded or mixed over 50 albums with a range of roots reggae artists including Akae Beka / Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie, Niyorah, Perfect Giddimani, Glen Washington, the Nazarenes, Cornel Campbell, Toussaint, Danny I, Army, Abja and many others.
Leaving a group and transitioning to a solo artiste, while still surviving the obstacles is a remarkable achievement for any artiste. You might remember Dann-I from the popular boy group Q. They competed and claimed the fifth place spot in the 2005 season of Digicel Rising Stars. Nine years after, he has managed to maintain himself as figure in the entertainment industry. Though still fairly new in the industry, Dann-I has gained solo recognition through his chart-topping hits such as Uncle Come and Time. For this reason, he has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
Blessed with a smooth, melodic voice and an impressive innate writing ability that captures a story like no other, Pressure is poised to dominate the Reggae audiences of the world. Called “Pressure” by virtue of the hard times and daily struggle we all face, Pressure is an artist dedicated to consistently delivering conscious messages to teach and unite the masses through his musical talents.
Known as the "Black Cinderella" and "Mother Culture," Sister Carol has led the way for women in reggae. Her music is rich with cultural heritage and infused with a vital social consciousness that permeates every aspect of life in the new illennium. Many were introduced to Sister Carol through the Jonathan Demme movies Something Wild and Married to the Mob, but she has also had a prolific music career during the past 20 years, that has included over 8 albums , a Grammy nomination, several world tours, and network television appearances. Her music carries a social message for people all over the world.
The Gaylads were formed in the early sixties. The founding member was B.B. Seaton. He is one of the premier song writers in the history of Jamaican music. His career began in the late fifties, growing up listening to US based groups such as The Platters, The Drifters, The Tempations and The Four Tops. In the early sixties he teamed up with Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts to form The Gaylads.