Iba MaHr and his Harar Band shared their positive vibes at P60, an intimate concert venue in Amstelveen, Netherlands on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The small venue gives you the opportunity to really interact and get close to the artists.
The curtain went up around 10:30 pm and the show began with the talented Harar Band playing the “Glory of the King” instrumental from the new Diamond Sox album. Iba MaHr soon hit the stage and sang the chorus before quickly jumping into “Traveling Home” which really got the crowd “to a place where love is home.” The venue was lit up with lighters and open phones as the crowd sang the lyrics to “Burning”. Iba MaHr also made a small tribute to Bob Marley’s Burnin’ and Lootin’ during this performance. Watching the crowd’s excitement as they sang along lyrics to songs like “Great is H.I.M.” and “Let Jah Lead The Way” really highlighted the meaningfulness and substance in Iba MaHr’s music.
After about 45 minutes into the show Iba MaHr let the crowd know how special Amsterdam was to him. The remainder of the show highlighted some of the newer songs off his album starting with “You Give Me Joy”. Iba MaHr asked the crowd if they were ready to dance again, and soon had everyone dancing and “Having Fun” with this new hit! Iba MaHr put his foot on a monitor and rolled up his pants to make sure the crowd could see his socks before performing “Diamond Sox”. The energy for this song was intense. The entire building was jumping up and down with Iba MaHr for this one. During this song Iba MaHr did a few tributes to several artists such as Shaggy & Toots, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Dr. Evil, Barrington Levy and Shabba Ranks. Iba MaHr went on to sing Mama Rosie and conclude with Sweet Mama Africa.
As soon as Iba MaHr left the stage, the crowd began to chant, "we want more!" Iba MaHr did not disappoint, and stepped back on stage to entertain the crowd for about 15 more minutes.
At a time where society views bad as good and good as bad it is refreshing to see an artist like Iba MaHr continue to promote good clean reggae music. Iba MaHr has a very distinct voice, which pulls you in; and lyrics that create a spiritual connection full of pure love, positivity, peace and consciousness. If you haven’t already checked out the Diamond Sox Tour, it is a must! I’m hoping to see more dates added so I can attend again and take a journey back to that peaceful place!
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Taj Weekes & Adowa celebrated the release of their latest album, "Love, Herb and Reggae" on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. "Love, Herb and Reggae" is the highly anticipated 5th studio album from Taj Weekes and his band Adowa which recently debuted at #29 on the Billboard Reggae Chart just one week after its release. The album, distributed by VPAL Music, has received critical acclaim, garnering praise and reviews from across the globe.
Scenes: Love, Herb & Reggae Album Release
Taj Weekes Meet and Greet with Fans
Love Herb and Reggae Debuts at #29 on the Reggae Billboard Chart
Morgan Heritage recently received their first Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 15th in Los Angeles, California. The billboard-chart topping and Grammy award winning album, Strictly Roots is the band's 10th studio album, which was released in April of 2015. Last year was a momentous year for Morgan Heritage as they toured extensively in support of Strictly Roots and then joined Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, and Tarrus Riley on the successful US nation-wide Catch a Fire tour before capping off the year with their first grammy nomination!
Continuing their upward momentum for 2016, Morgan Heritage just wrapped up their Keep It Jammin East Coast tour that kicked off in Atlanta on February 18th, including a stop in Washington, D.C. Reggae fans packed the Howard Theatre to catch a wonderful performance of Morgan Heritage, along with special guests Jemere Morgan, Laza Morgan and opening act hip-hop duo, Blackilicious. Look out for more Morgan Heritage tour dates being announced.
Morgan Heritage Keeps it Jammin!
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The annual 9 Mile Music Festival is definitely the type of festival you will come back and visit year after year. This year the festival celebrated its 23rd year on February 27, 2016 at Virginia Key Beach in Miami, FL. Reggae is peace, love and vibes and Virginia Key Beach perfectly set that mood. After scanning my ticket I walked up the path decorated in red gold and green and came upon a view of the peaceful beach as I entered.
The Festival was full of every type of specialty vendor you could imagine. There was a large variety of food from the basic hot dogs and fries served at every festival, to Caribbean dishes such as stewed chicken, rice and peas and even vegan options. Marley Beverage Co. also offered a tasting of their new drink
At 8:00pm Capelton delivered more fyah! He really knows how to hype the crowd up. Capelton’s performance is not normal. He gives an exuberant production and literally flys across the stage, jumps up and down without missing a beat.
Queensbridge rapper Nas was next on stage around 9:00pm. The crowd was definitely excited for his performance as he took the crowd on a journey through his albums starting with Illmatic to Life is Good. The only thing the crowd was missing was a collaborative performance with Damian Marley from the Distant Relatives album. Mr. Cheeks of Lost Boyz was unable to perform earlier in the day but was able to grace the stage and share a few of his hits before the Marley brothers hit the stage. Mr. Cheeks also distributed some copies of his album, “Raised” to the crowd during his performance.
A Marley Finale at 9 Mile Music Festival
As soon as Damian, Stephen and Julian walked on stage everyone was on their feet and the entire audience moved in to get as close to the stage as possible. After performing a few of their hits we got to see more of the Marley family when Skip Marley stepped out and performed a few songs. The crowd was surprised again when the Marleys brought out Spragga Benz and Determine to perform. The Marleys went on to perform several Bob Marley tribute songs which really had the crowd singing and dancing along.
We had one more treat when Elijah Marley, son of Damian Marley, came out to join the performance. This young man came out center stage had one foot on the monitor and hands up really engaging and singing to the crowd. Hearing this young man sing Bob Marley’s One Love was so special. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the coming years!
9 Mile Music Festival was not only a great musical experience but a great cause as they fulfill their philanthropic work by collecting canned goods for distribution to homeless shelters and domestic centers throughout the Miami area. I am counting down the days to the next 9 Mile Music Festival. Until next year, peace love and vibes!
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