May 31

Sound Di Alarm Tour feat. Iba Mahr + Dre Island + High Rollaz + Upsetta Sound

Sound Di Alarm Tour feat. Iba Mahr,

Dre Island,

High Rollaz, Upsetta Sound,
Union Stage All Ages
Doors 10PM | Show 10:30PM

About the event

Iba Mahr

Iba MaHr, the young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/ lover’s rock genre. Born January 21, to Ms. Roselin Embden and Mr. Glendon Greaves, he was given the name Mario Greaves at birth but has emerged with strong African culture, thus granted the name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ African name, meaning Humble and Calm while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning Mario of Harar, Harar which is a small province in Ethiopia.

As a toddler, Iba MaHr was nurtured by his grandparents, Mrs. Joycelyn Greaves and Mr. Vincent Greaves in the Community of Cheesefield. Always being in the centre of attraction, every Sunday evening Iba MaHr would dance to his grandfather’s stereogram, playing hits from the 70’s, while singing to each song as if they were of his era. It was not until he was successful in his Common Entrance Exam to go on to High School that he moved to reside in Linstead with his mother. Being the only child for Ms. Roselin, iba was the main priority, with morality and education as her advocacy, leaving very little things undone if any. Now the youngman chants from a small town in the parish of St. Catherine called Linstead, that is most popular for the famous “Linstead Market” and the Song titled, “carry mi ackee go Linstead Market”.

After completing secondary education at Charlemont High and sixth form at Dinthill Technnical High, Iba went on to study a Bachelors Degree in Computing and Management Studies at the University of Technology. Even though he had the ability to write songs since going to high school, it was only while in University his peers pushed him to perform his own words.

In 2008, Max ‘Romeo’ Smith of CHARMAX MUSIC released his first song, “HAD IT & LOST IT”, for a various artiste album titled, “DEVIL ON DI RUN”. Later, Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell of XTERMINATOR PRODUCTIONS released his second single, “WHERE YOU ARE”. The young sound has also work with great producers and record labels such as, UIM Records, Marlon McCubbin, Bizzarri Records, Jermaine “Lenky” Edwards and more recent Roland “Rollie” McDermot of Rollins Records.

“I take pleasure in doing love songs. Essentially, I am inspired to sing about real life occurrences, but in reality as artiste we create melodies then connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other people’s lives. The energy, mood and my emotion at times may affect how a song might turn out. Feelings, be the sombre, joyful or sorrow also play a part. I now see the music making a paradigm shift from roots and culture, not that it has died but just need to be played more. Regardless of what is being played, the people need redemption songs, especially in these times of division and world crisis. I can only say that Reggae music is a medium through which we connect and touch people in any situation, so I work to preserve its legacy”, said Iba MaHr.

The artiste was able to survive the many dangers and harm of his volatile community through advocating love, peace, righteousness and spiritual consciousness. As his name represent, he is quite humble, and does not let anything or anyone trouble his innate calm. With Rastafari as his inspiration, roots and culture is always what he promotes, along with social commentary and soulful-reggae love songs that speaks out to the hearts of people, those in love or out of love. Iba MaHr’s music ranges from reggae, lovers rock and soulful roots genre. Give heed to the voice, message, and what reggae music has to offer in the future.

Dre Island

Dre Island, born Andre Johnson May 2, 1988, hails from the Red Hills Road section of Kingston, a rougher part of uptown where gunshots and crime are in abundance. At the tender age of three, his father asked him what he wanted to do when he grows up, his answer was one word “Piano!” His grandmother nurtured his interest in music, and encouraged him by bringing him to church to sing in the choir and take piano lessons. By the age of 12 he was already adopting a rebellious spirit, sneaking out of the house at night to attend local stage shows. By the time he attended the elite Calabar high school, he started taking his craft more seriously. His artist name Dre Island came when a friend of his used to refer to him in that way, as he says “I researched the term and discovered that apart from the meaning we all know, a mass of land surrounded by water, there is another definition ‘an isolated place where you go to find yourself’ and in that perspective it became a spiritual term to I&I: the place where Dre goes to be alone with Jah.”

Once introduced to the studio, a young Dre observed keenly the ins and outs of every facet of the recording process, while developing a talent for production using his classical piano training. His professional journey working as a producer in some of Jamaica’s top recording studios led Dre to successfully complete projects and gain notoriety. With the experience garnered as a producer, and an unwavering support from family and friends, Dre Island made the transition to a recording artist, releasing his first single “Reggae Love,” in 2013. His first big performance took place around the same time at Rebel Salute, one of Jamaica’s largest music festivals, known for its focus on roots and conscious music. The local buzz, fueled by live acoustic performances posted on YouTube, garnered an international fan base that demanded more from the young artist. It wasn’t until several years later that Dre penned his first bonafide hit song “We Pray” featuring Popcaan, which has over 27 million views to date on Youtube. In 2018 he headlined Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica, the island’s largest international stage show.

The success and notoriety of international stardom have fueled his mission to complete a full album. The result being ‘NOW I RISE,’ a comprehensive vision of his career so far. Themes of equal rights and justice, rebellion, love, faith, change, and comfort in the face of struggle abound in the interconnected songs on the 14-track album. Armed with life’s struggles and successes, tribulations and victories, Dre Island’s musical journey is ready to be shared and leave its own legacy in the history of reggae music. Despite heavily embracing the spirit of reggae and Rastafari, he tries to remain genre agnostic. He explores the depths of his creativity, and by not allowing his art to be contained nor confined, he has been able to explore many genres.

Revival, Resurgence and Revitalization, all depictions used to describe the new wave of consciousness-raising, spiritually awakened artists evoking a golden era when the foundation reggae artists sang of oppression. Through a steady stream of hit singles he has captured the attention of fans from around the world who are drawn to his inescapable authenticity. His superb musicianship and revolutionary vocals have been shaking sound system speakers for many years now, and a growing anticipation has paved the way for his debut album. For the past 5 years, Dre Island has built an organic following amongst reggae fans and his contemporaries. ‘NOW I RISE’ is scheduled for release May 29th 2020, as a joint venture between Dre Island Music and the Kingston Hills Entertainment label, in partnership with New York based DubShot Records.

This show is at Union Stage

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