Besides talking, reporting from and filming music, actually making it has always been a great desire of mine. Together with my partner Alex Drummie finally our very own label Real People Music is ready to give what we consider real music to real people. With him being the producer, composer and musician, and me doing the PR, marketing and media design work we are excited and eager to create Reggae, Dancehall, Rocksteady and Jamaican sounds, foster and push real talent, and highlight also the works of our fellow musicians and ‘Reggae makers’.
What have Iba MaHr and Patrice in common? More than just the music as what you may think. Find out about their mutual single One World from Iba MaHr’s brand new EP Get Up And Show, the concept behind both song and long player as well as other stunning projects the artists are working on in the latest episode of Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!?. Coming straight from Kingston, Jamaica we are talking not just what is coming up but also look back with Reggaeville’s Yearbook and one of the many songs that premiered with us since the beginning of the year. Also introducing to you a brand new mixtape series entitled the Reggaevival for which Reggaeville joined forces with Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire.
What a year it has been for Jesse Royal: he mastered the challenge of fatherhood, toured the globe not just to present his music but ever so often in support of those in need and released his debut album Lily Of Da Valley. About the ups and downs, the wins but also a tragic loss in his life the singer told me in a comprehensive in-depth interview that is now digitally online and to be read for free in Reggaeville’s Yearbook 2017. Besides our monthly retrospect including photos, videos, releases and news, you can also enjoy some artists’ personal highlights Gardy Stein and I compiled as well as the results of the poll for Album of the Year.
“When you know you are right, don’t be afraid to stand up – Get Up And Show!” demands singer Iba MaHr and presents what is also the title of his brand new eight track EP produced by Oneness Records. In combination with the German production team from Munich the Jamaican artist put together a well-balanced piece of contemporary roots rock reggae with a vintage vibe and a universal message of courage, righteousness and bravery. For the recent issue of Riddim I spoke to Iba Mahr about his ideas, motivation and the collaboration across the Atlantic. The magazine that is out already in Germany also includes the Flashback for 2017 and more fascinating stories on Trettmann, Cham as well as the start of a new series on the history of dancing in Jamaica.