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Upcoming Performance at Respect Jamaica 50th


Catch me live in London on 30th July at indigO2. Performing live along with Mutabaruka, The Lloyd Parks Band, The Abyssinians & Benjamin Zephaniah as part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations.
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Jah9 – New Name (Official Music Video)



A 9mm that brings new life


KINGSTON, JAMAICA – In an era when firearms take away many young lives, there is one calibre that may be eagerly anticipated. A piercing shot from a 9mm could very well feed the youths’ minds rather than spill their blood. That is the likely outcome with Jah9′s new musical project called 9mm - ‘message music.’

As soon as it begins, it is easy to tell that the singer/songwriter is interested in steering her listeners towards a mental posture of self-determination. Throughout the experience, and with a sense of purpose, Jah9 recites words previously uttered by the well-known characters of Haile Selassie I and Marcus Mosiah Garvey as well as those spoken by a much less recognized leader, Walter Rodney, who was banned from Jamaica due to his liberation activities.


Former Marley studio guitarist jams at Red Bones


FORMER Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith led a band of global musicians and jammed to the philosophy of Rastafari at Red Bones Blues Cafe in Kingston, last Thursday night.

Flagged in red, green and gold, Chinna sat with legs crossed and acoustic guitar atop. Relaxed, as if Inna de Yard — the title of his acoustic CD series — he accompanied or sang songs of God, ganja and the ‘gideon’.


Seh Sup’m ‘Bout Unity

The bumper audience which turned up at the Village Blues Bar, Barbican, St Andrew, on Sunday night knew beforehand that something unusual was in store for the August edition of Seh Sup’m, dubbed ‘Omega Vibration’. An all-female cast of performers had been announced for Manifesto Jamaica’s performance at the Root Cause monthly poetry and music show, but what was presented in about two hours (excluding the obligatory intermission) was more remarkable than the gender specificity.

With all four poets – Kai Falconer, Raquel Jones, Yashika Graham and Sabriya Simon – on stage simultaneously with singer and the night’s host Janine ‘Jah9′ Cunningham and the production organised into themes, the unity among the performers topped the manifesto. Added to the quintet was a quartet of photographers – Joanna Francis, Renae Simpson and Tiffany Lue-Yen and Simon, whose work was shown on the screen above the bar area.

DJ Afifa on the turntables made it nine women, but Jah9 pointed out from the early going that three men were involved. “We no believe in separating male from female. We separate enough already,” she said, introducing musicians Jesse Golding (congos), Jason Wharton (guitar) and Stephen Jackson (violin, for a short time).


Trench Town Rock Sparks Hope

Using music to heal the people, musicians in the Trench Town community have come together to host their first annual ‘Trench Town Rock’ festival.

The festival was hosted on Wednesday in Trench Town and saw a day’s worth of events, starting with activities for children, including workshops. The day ended with a stageshow.

‘Trench Town Rock’ was organised by various music production houses in the community. It cost nothing to attend.

Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner on Wednesday while at the festival, singer and a Manifesto Jamaica ambassador, Janine ‘Jah 9′ Cunningham, was excited that done that will be done in the future.

According to Jah9, Trench Town Rock was organised and conceptualised by production houses from the community such as Triple L Music, I-Manu-Manu Production and Trench Town International Music.


Strong Roots Start To Iration Ites Recovery Series

The Uprising Roots Band lost home, studio, and equipment to a fire in late June, but, from the start of Sunday night’s first concert on their road to recovery, it was clear that they have no fear of flames.

Mama G lit a candle before she poured a libation, proclaiming blessing on all before the live music picked up on Gabre Selassie’s good roots-reggae selections. And, nearly six hours at an event that went on far too long, close to the end of their concert-closing set, an inspired Uprising Roots hit a high with the title track of their recently released album Skyfiya.

“What a beautiful day!” Blackush, lead singer and drummer, said between verses as Uprising Roots went into the dub.

Sunday’s concert at The Deck was the first in the Iration Ites Recovery Series for Uprising Roots and was an encouraging display of camaraderie among a resurgent roots and live-band music scene, as well as a common thread of commitment to rockers-style reggae among generations.


Reviving Roots?

The rockers era, distinguished by the innovation of new musical patterns and vocal styles, evolved in the 1970s and is hailed by some as the Golden Age of reggae music. Rockers was recorded at a turbulent time in Jamaica’s history, fraught with chronic unemployment, rising world oil prices and the dissipation of skilled labour and investment capital. The sounds that emerged during the rockers era were reassuring, inspiring and healing … real rebel music.

Four young women, dubbed The Tribal Council – 1980s babies, raised on the music of the ’70s – have made a commitment to reviving the fire for roots rock reggae among their generation.

The next phase of the group’s mission launches on Saturday with ‘Vibes is Right: The Rockers Edition’, a dance party on the shores of Wickie Wackie Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew.


Women Fuse Sight, Sound At Seh Sup’m

Root Cause, organisers of the Seh Sup’m Poetry and Live Music series, has teamed up with Manifesto Jamaica – an NGO devoted to youth empowerment and nation building through art and culture – to introduce a thrilling new concept to the Seh Sup’m audience on August 29.

Seh Sup’m: Omega Vibration will fuse photography, poetry and live music into a dynamic display of seven of Jamaica’s most prolific young female artists. The event, conceptualised by Janine ‘Jah9′ Cunningham, will feature an audio-visual exploration of five distinct themes.


Excellent ‘Womanbition’!

A picture of Empress Menen was on the kick drum and huge images of the late Sandra ‘Sajoya’ Alcott framed the nearly all-female Omega Band (Dale Brown stood in on bass guitar due to the slated player’s illness and Ibo Cooper played keyboard from side stage) during an excellent ‘Womanbition’ on Tuesday night.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-female line-up of mostly singers, with a sprinkling of poetry and ZJ Sparks at the CD players, Womanbition stood out not only because of the generally high standard of the relatively short performances, but also what was not offered to the bumper audience at Redbones Blues Café, New Kingston.

For, although there were naturally several references to women’s strength, it was not a case of overkill. And while there was no denying the intensity of the performers’ emotions, the night did not get overly dramatic.