Tibet was one of the few artists from the early days of digital reggae to focus on “conscious” themes in his lyrics. A member of the Twelve tribes of Israel since his youth. He has been described as “the most consistently conscious singer of his age”. Allen described how he got his nickname: “I was going primary school and my cousin, both of us were sitting together looking into an atlas and saw the name ‘Tibet’. My cousin took it as a mockery and seh ‘Tibet! Tibet!’ and it stuck.”
He began performing in Jamaican clubs and with sound systems during his teens, including his local Torpedo system. He made his first recordings when he was in his 20s; a reluctance to move to Kingston played a part in this. He eventually made the move in 1982. In 1985, Tibet made his first recording for producer Sherman Clacher, entitled “Babylon War”. Shortly after this he began recording for Winston Riley, Redman, King Jammy and Bobby Digital. His debut album Come Into the Light was produced by King Jammy and released in 1987. He recorded several more albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He appeared at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1989. He was less prolific in the 1990s but returned with more albums in the 2000s and is still performing in the late 2000s. His hit “Serious Time” was later issued in remixed form with contributions from two-time Grammy winner Shabba Ranks and Ninjaman, signalling a reconciliation between the two deejays who had been bitter rivals for some time. His voice has been described: “at its best has a convincing, vulnerable quality entirely suited to sufferers’ laments.”
Horace Martin was born in Kingston Jamaica where he attended St Andrew Technical School and St Aloysius High School. Already on the path to musical greatness, at age 12 Horace earned a spot on the St Peter Claver and St. Anne’s Jam-Cor. He recorded his first professional songs between 1974 and 1976 on the Big Band Label and for Prince Huntley & The Posse (“Mi Rule” and “Sonia”) alongside reggae legends like Hugh Griffiths. Horace reached number one in several charts worldwide with his singles “Beautiful Dream” and “Wake Jah Jah Children” (still in rotation today). He has 6 albums that have charted worldwide including the “Positive Vibes”, “Mix Up” on Redman Intl., “Watermelon Man”, “Black Bear”, “Musical Ambassador” for Trevor Elliot and albums for legendary Studio One and Linval Thompson. Horace Martin has enjoyed over four decades of success as a mainstay on the scene by continuously reinventing himself. In 2018 Horace is set to release a new album on Tas Jay Productions timely-titled “Arise Black People Arise. Tas Jay Productions is also home to up-and-coming sensation Rad Dixon.
Jade Siress is the type of musician who lives what she writes and sings with her heart. She is the type of artist who attempts to relate to people by saying what they might want to say and understanding how deep some pain can feel. It was the untimely death of her older brother Michael that led Jade Siress to write a critically-acclaimed single called Gone Too Soon in 2013. It was that song that literally set Jade on a new journey in life; away from her previous career in pharmaceutical quality control, and into becoming a full-time touring musician with a promising future. It was a matter of pursuing her passions and now, 5 years later, she is more capable and determined than ever to share her music with a broader international audience.
Jade is currently preparing to release a new, original and high-quality album in May 2019; an LP called Back to the Root. In this new project, Jade explores various Americana and Tropical influences through melody and lyric as she also examines her own Jamaican roots. She believes that the deeper you go into understanding who you are and where you come from, the closer you get to the root of it all; your essence. That is the level of depth that Jade attempts to express in her music. In November of 2018, Jade will take some well needed time away from her production studio to perform with Rastafest in Toronto as well as in Kingston, Jamaica. This will be an excellent opportunity to share Jade’s unique Canadian Jamaican style with a music savvy audience in the land of her roots. By early spring 2019, Jade will be aggressively promoting her new LP online and performing at a host of major international music festivals across the U.S. and Europe. So basically, Jade’s career is expected to be buzzing on an entirely different level by the summer of 2019.
Empress Divine is a multi-talented soulful Songstress who is inspired by her love of Reggae and R&B music, which in turn empowers her to write songs that touches her Listeners. At the age of eight she had a passion for music and wasn’t afraid to express her talent. She began to sing at school assemblies and talent show’s and was encouraged by others who recognized her talent to pursue a career in music. From a young age she gravitated to music and knew she wanted to pursue a career, for it was her calling. Her musical influences are inspired by reggae music icons such as The Abbysinians, Burning Spears, Bob Marley, Luciano, Garnett Silk and the I Three just to name a few! This had an impact on her style and vocal ability and has lead to her to sharing the stage with some of the artists that have inspired her along her musical career such as Luciano, Mickey General, Tony Rebel, L.U.S.T, Jazmine Sullivan and Queen Ifrica. Empress Divine’s vocal ability was inspired by sensations such as Aretha Franklin, Garnet Silk, Whitney Houston and Lauren Hill. This talented singer/songwriter has been in the Music Industry for ten years and started off as a background singer for various artists in Toronto. Eventually Empress Divine started working on her own musical career and has become the singing sensation she is today. She is also a DJ and has been selecting music such as reggae, RnB, and dancehall for the past eight years. This Lioness has selected along side sounds such as King Stur Grav, Super Fresh, Kulcha Ites and Rebel Dawta’s just to name a few. Empress Divine is very active within the Rastafari community and as she evolves she shall continue to uplift her community with her positive messages through her music.
Formed in Toronto in 2009, freedubstar is a funk, rock, reggae collective, led by singer/songwriter duo; Michael Cooke (guitar) and Derek Musgrave (drums.) What started out as a “straight-ahead” reggae band, evolved into its own unique fusion of Indie-Rock, Blues, Funk, Ska and Reggae influences, inspired by elements of Jimmy Hendrix, Funkadelic, U2 and The Police, while paying homage to the titans of Reggae like: The Abyssinians, Dennis Brown, and Bob Marley to name a few. Since it’s inception, freedubstar has suffered many pitfalls, including surviving a house fire in 2011 and the loss of co-founder and legendary drummer Raffa Dean in 2014, to whom their first album is livicated. Michael and Derek met for the first time at Raffa’s funeral where they made a pact to keep the dream alive. Since that day, they have been relentless in devoting their lives to their craft, performing as often as possible and growing their audiences in Toronto and Ontario, while constantly making plans for the rest of Canada and the world! In 2016, Michael left the city and moved the studio up north to the Algonquin Park area and built a cabin where the band recorded their first album NEVER GONNA STOP in the winter of 2017. Listen to it now on their website: www.freedubstar.com. Most recently, freedubstar was in Iguana Studios in 2018, recording their latest single with the Trebas crew called NEED A FRIEND, that speaks to our over-reliance on our devices and the web etc, which they will be performing at Rastafest November 2nd 2018.
Tony Prophit engulfs his life around good deeds and maintains his support for the less fortunate persons out there in the world. He also took part in charity events and recently returned to Jamaica in June where he launched his new single and confirmed he will be hosting another Pre-Back to School Treat like he did in 2016 where he presented over 5000+ students from Montego Bay to Negril with thousands of educational items such as bags, books, uniforms, and a wide variety of school supplies. Tony Prophit is now gearing up for his big show back home in Jamaica on August 25th, 2018. Download and enjoy “Your Love” by Tony Prophit. https://madmimi.com/p/b36b7c
Encouraged by family members from the age of 13 Anthony Mellish aka Tony Prophit began to pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry. After migrating to Toronto Canada in his early 20s he dedicated his life completely to music. Early in his career he made his rise quickly to prominence after receiving numerous awards in the early 90s. Reclaiming his mark in the music scene Tony Prophit releases a new single entitled, “Your Love” which was recorded at PHS Entertainment for Dugal International. Since gracing the airwaves of VIBE105 Toronto’s ONLY Urban Alternative Radio Station for its World Radio Premier during the Rebel Vibez show with Carrie Mullings “Your Love” has been a highly requested song.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica Ras Akkurate grew up in Halse Hall and May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica. At the age of 19, his passion for music grew after seeing many artists perform onstage. He was given his stage name Akkurate from a friend who said his flow and lyrics were so perfect and right they were “accurate”. He later added Ras. In 2016, Ras Akkurate moved to the USA to further his career. He recorded his first song, “Ghetto Life” at the age of 20. Several years later, he became part of Ash Tracks Records family out of Clarendon, Jamaica. His music library is filled with many works that include recordings with Ash Tracks/DreSwade, Jamaica, Julie J-Kanz, Ghana, Africa, Ranks Productions, Sweden, and Izaboo Sound, Paris, France. He performed as a feature artist at Sting Jamaica, 2005. He was a contestant on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, 2008. Since that time, he has spent countless hours onstage performing at various functions and venues. He has been frequently invited onstage for feature spot performances for artists such as Sizzla and Mavado. While in the USA, he has performed with Chris Shutters Band, Steve Taylor N Touch Reggae Band, Stonehouse, One Love Reggae Band, and Mollywop.
In 2017, Ras Akkurate formed a band of his own. Their debut performance was at 420 Fest in Toledo, Ohio. It was a big year for him as he was also booked for Boston Sting in June, Toledo Reggae Fest in July, Atlanta’s Reggae in the Park 4 in August, Michigan’s Arts, Beats, & Eats and Columbus Caribbean Festival in September, as headliner for Toledo Reggae Fest 2 in October, featured in the New Artist Spotlight on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise in November and nominated Best of Toledo 2017 by Toledo City Paper! He has started 2018 off with performances at the Kola Lounge in Farmington Hills, Michigan, opening for Mighty Mystic at the Bop Stop in Cleveland, Ohio, and as headliner for Toledo Reggae Fest 3 in Toledo, Ohio. Along with his band, Ras Akkurate also performs Jamaican club style shows with his selector DJ Schoolboy. Ras Akkurate is a finalist in the Toronto RastaFest Showcase. His other upcoming events include performances at the Glass City Get Down, Sacred Harvest Music Festival, Atlanta Reggae in the Park 5, and Columbus Caribbean Festival. He also has a recent single release, “Dear Lord” a collaboration with rapper Glib Golem produced by Top Celeb Entertainment, NYC. A new album is currently in the works with anticipated release in 2019.
COLIN LEVY AKA ILEY DREAD
Colin Levy aka Iley Dread pursued a career in music primarily as a songwriter, although his initial accomplishment was as a performer. His recording debut, ‘Flower In My Garden’, surfaced on Bullseye Records owned by Iley Dread’s guiding mentor and producer, Belvin Jackson. He remained with Jackson until the producer’s demise in 1995 having released four locally successful singles during their partnership. In the same year Iley Dread set up his own Kings Of Kings label and began producing hits with other performers including notable Jamaicans such as Mykal Rose, Spanner Banner, Norris Man and Dennis Brown. Iley Dread’s own label issued a 14-track various artists compilation Every Little Thing, which demonstrated both his song writing skills and vocal talent. He maintained a high profile in Canada through to 2000 when he released ‘A Friend For Life’, that introduced the singer to a wider audience. He recorded the follow-up, ‘Mama’, in direct response to the slack DJ tunes that he considered derogatory to women. By 2001 Iley Dread had toured Europe alongside Christini, Bushman, Fred Locks and Judy Mowatt. While developing his profile as a performer Iley Dread produced the ‘Front Row’ rhythm that dominated the reggae charts in the spring of 2001. The tune featured artists such as Cecile (‘Changez’), Sizzla (‘Give It To Them’), Elephant Man (‘New Application’), and Beenie Man (‘Counteract’).
Jermaine Sinclair, know best as his artist name Planky, was born in Montego Bay Jamaica in a place called Tucker on December 13th, 1983. Born as a twin to his mother Angela Moore, he is 4th of 7 children. At the tender age of 13 Planky was inspired by the musical talent of his grand uncle the legendary Lee Scratch Perry, which led him to begin doing music himself. Planky became a dj/singjay/reggae artist picking up pointers and advice from different local talents along the way. Going around the community performing on various local stages led him to places such as The Guinness Road show and Pier 1 in Montego Bay. He did so well that he even made appearances in the Jamaica Mirror Newspaper. In 2006 Planky migrated to Toronto Canada where he later adopted the title “Box dem General” to go along with his artist name. The “Box Dem” is a witty way to explain the way his music will affect you when heard. Since being in Canada, Planky has performed on a number of stages opening for artists such as Kranium and Baby Cham and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to perform at Woodbine fest 2016, a stage that was also blessed by the artist Nesbeth later on the same evening.
Putting in his groundwork Planky has a number of hot mix cds on road, a few of them being, “Open the 6”, mixed by Nitro Sound, “Epic”, mixed by Dj Suparific and most recently, “The Uprising” also mixed by Nitro Sound. This last cd consists of 10 tracks, 7artists including himself and his partner in music and life Empress Leh, one original riddim, which he had made and owns, and a lot of creativity. He and Empress Leh work diligently together under the self-made banner “Strike1 Promo” to push Planky Music as far and wide as they possibly can. Apart from that, concerning the riddim, there are two other artists who have written and recorded songs for him as well, one of them being MustVybz out of Ghana with his song “Jah knows Best”.
Planky has been hard at work trying to build his online fan base with live videos, freestyles and comical skits promoting his music, riddims, cd’s and event appearances. Currently Planky is hitting the streets of Toronto making connections selling mix cds and performing on shows for various tdot elite, his main goal in doing this is to keep current and eventually become a regular household name. He prides himself in making music that the whole family to enjoy but makes sure it’s known that if at any time he has to make a statement he can and will. Planky is also working hard at getting some visuals done for the music he’s already put out and or recorded; that you will have to wait to see. Planky the Box Dem General is constantly learning and evolving musically, striving for bigger and better things in the reggae dancehall industry. He wishes to leave behind a legacy of timeless music and has every intention of reaching this goal, his determination is tangible. You can find the General on social media platforms such as: YouTube, IG, Twitter, Snapchat and fb as Planky Music. Also on FB as Planky Sinclair and IG as Fya_p. Catch him on SoundCloud and or contact him at strike1promo.com. He’s never too busy.
Joyce N’sana, one of the new female voice of Reggae and Afrobluhop, is a songwriter/performer who grew in the Congolese civil war context. She’s marked by that image of her family fleeing the house and her dad grabbing nothing but his guitar and his Bible. That was the foundations of her artistic life. She’s delivering a clear and determined message. As she says herself: “she spreads an art of peace”. Small woman with a huge voice, she settled her Reggae into a Gospel background, adding to it her own mix of Afro, Blues and Hip-hop. “Her stage presence is jaw-dropping’’ says Camuz.ca. If Joyce N’sana won many awards those past years, this is no coincidence. The Congolo-Canadian released her first EP in mars 2016 and it stayed #1 in Canada all summer in the World Music category on Earshot and was called “World album of the year” by CJLO radio. In 2017 she appeared on the French version of “The Voice” and she won the Montreal’s final of Landmark events showcase.”
DAN FIYAH BEATS
Dan Fiyah Beats is part of the high grade of Canadian Reggae. Songwriter, performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, he is without a doubt among the most talented in the country. Born in Montreal of Jamaican parents, he grew up between Canada and Jamaica. His Reggae is always true to the Roots Foundations, mixed with flavors of Soul, RnB and Hip-Hop. He’s a very energetic performer with a powerful and versatile voice. This Rastafarian artist’s message is always positive, talking about social issues, spirituality, and love. In the past 20 years he worked either as producer, live musician, or performer with great reggae icons like The Maytones, Ken Booth, Glen Washington, Luciano, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Protoje, Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, only to name a few.”
Reggae artist Orthodox Issachar is a Canadian based artist originated in Jamaica. His passion for music was developed from a early childhood. After graduating from school, he was given the opportunity to work for “London Records” company in his early days creating records. He further continued his journey, launching his own record store (Record International) based out of Montreal, selling records as well as accessories. 1981 was the break of his career, by then he was writing his own music and partaking in acts to give his audience a taste of his sound. It all began in 2001 with his very first album, “Great and Marvelous” which was released under the “Orthodox Musik” label in Jamaica, and produced by Sangie Davis, followed by “He Created Everything” released in 2005. These albums were created to give you spiritually, upliftment, gospel and reggae vibrations, covering a wide spectrum of sound from soft and inspirational to up-tempo heart-rocking tunes. In the midst of working on his third album, he created a new record label, “Kidane Music” making his new album titled, “Rasta Man”, the first to be released on the label. The intent of “Rasta Man” was to give off spiritually uplifting and joyful vibrations for the mind, body and soul. Issachar began touring around the world touching the many hearts of the people of Canada, United States of America, Ethiopia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands. He performed with many reggae artists, including Mario, Luciano, Beres Hammond, Louis Culture as well as Marcia Griffiths, Iley Dread (Char David) to name a few, in hopes that his music would also inspire his audience to embrace the gift of life with passion. He is presently working on his fourth album; two singles were released in 2015 titled “Kuch Bel” inspired by the great nation of Ethiopia and in 2018 titled “Praises”. Orthodox Issachar is expected to perform at the upcoming Toronto, RastaFest, the 2nd of November 2018. Issachar is touched and inspired by the speeches and actions of the great leaders Haile Selassie 1st, Prophet Gad (Dr. Vernon Carrington) founder of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and Marcus Garvey in their attempts to elevate humanity. He has been inspired by the talent, achievement and messages of renowned artists including Sam Cook, Bob Marley, Grace Thrillers, Diana Ross, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer and Luciano. Issachar is committed to the spiritual growth of all through music. Give thanks to the Almighty God for the gift of life and grace towards us, The Twelve Tribes of Israel, all media personnel, musician, fans, and family. “For God gave the word, great was the company of those who publish it”.
Reggae recording artist, songwriter and producer, Richard Roberts, hails from the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica and adapted the name “Richie Flo” to signify his unique lyrical flow with rhymes and melodies. Richie Flo grew up in a musical family, where he first got his inspiration to write music. He started out by writing poetry at an early age with dreams of becoming a songwriter. Realizing his potential, Richie Flo nurtured his talent and began singing his own lyrics.
Richie Flo has recorded for various producers in Jamaica and Canada beginning in 2006 and continued over the years. In 2012, Richie Flo released his first independently produced single “She Wants Me”. In the summer of 2014, he released his dynamic EP titled, “Richie Flo”, setting his stage musically. Richie Flo has received recognition locally and internationally with his releases, “Baby” and “Control Me”, which plays on radio stations, such as Toronto’s G98.7FM and VIBE 105.5 FM, in regular rotation. His other releases, “Favourite Kush” and “Chop Dem Off” also are consistently played on the radio in international markets.
Richie Flo demonstrated his versatility with the production of his Dancehall love song “Fall in Love” on the Reggae Romance Riddim. Richie Flo was recognized for his hard work and dedication to reggae music by winning the 2016 award for “New Voice in Reggae”-ReggaeXclusive Awards and “Top Male Newcomer, Recording Artist”-Youth In Progress Talent Awards. Richie Flo has been showcased in multiple newspapers and magazines highlighting his music career. Richie Flo has been featured in numerous musical events including, AfroFest Music Africa, Durham Caribbean Festival, Jambana Music Festival, TD Irie Music Festival, Toronto Jamaica Day and Toronto Redemption Reggae Festival. These opportunities have contributed to his development in interacting with his audience and introducing new fans to his unique sound. Richie Flo is focused and devoted to his craft, which is reflected in the music he produces. Richie Flo aspires to have his music intrigue and positively influence listeners of reggae music worldwide. At present, Richie Flo is managed by Adyktve Entertainment based out of Toronto, Ontario.