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 Inner Views / Interviews

Greetings & Akwaaba Beloved Gabre Selassie! It is a true joy to be exchanging energies with S.I.P.

 A. Where in the world would you live outside of Jamaica and why?

Well right my travels so far, I haven't seen anywhere else that I would rather live than Jamaica...Although I haven't been to alot of places...But so far...I will live in J.A. until Jah seh fi move...

B. I fulljoy immensely the vibration in the hills at your Sunday Night event. What inspired Dub Club?

Kingston Dub Club was inspired from a lack of culture, rootikal, spiritual & Rastafari music in the dance scene in Ja. When I went to London for the first time. I went to the original Dub Club (UK). It was a place that featured only roots soundsystems and artists (popular sounds and upcoming sounds). I said to myself how comes the (Jamaican) roots music is played and loved all over the world, but WE in Jamaica, where the music comes from don't have anywhere to go to fulljoy our rich musical heritage...Hence KDC!{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

C. What are your thoughts about the mindset of the youths in todays world?

Well as Peter Tosh seh "yu can't blame di youths of today...Yu can't fool di yutes"...the youths of today are mostly misguided or unguided for one reason or the other but alot of them are awakening to a brighter light & self consciousness
I have faith that the youths future are secure

. D. Who is Gabre Selassie ?

Gabre Selassie is my baptized Ethiopian Othodox Christian name it means 'Servant of the Holy Trinity or Gift of the Trinity....and that's who I am..nuttin more..nuttin less.

E. I know music is your passion, can't imagine you doing anything else, what keeps you on top all these years?

I don't know if I am on top or on the bottom or in the middle...I jus AM

F. How does it feel to be a Music Ambassador?

I dont consider myself to be an ambassador...I man is jus a musical Servant.

G. Which do you prefer, coffee, juice or tea?

 I like them all...Somtimes coffee..sometimes tea...sometime juice...Sometimes nuttin at all.

H. Do you have any regrets in your life, what would you change?

Of course I have made many mistakes in life, but I try not to live with regrets...Cause if every action has a 'EQUAL' and opposite reaction....then I will always stay with the positive...And turn all my regrets into life lessons.

I. Who is Selassie I to you?

His Imperial Majesty is the ALMIGHTY MAN walking in the true light of the Christ...He is my Father & King and the One who renews my soul.

Greetings & Akwaaba Selecta RasNik! It is with utmost joy to have you share with S.I.P (Seeing Into Peoples) Medasse for your energy!

A. It's quite evident that you are a Reggae Music Lover, what age were you exposed to Reggae?

well being the youngest of five children i was influenced by my  elder siblings taste in music which varied a lot, and most people had and knew Bob Marleys music, I even use to hear my neighbour playing Peter Tosh and Horace Andy E.T.C from a young age, But i really get into Reggae when i was given a cassatte of Reggae Hits Vol 10 when i was about 16 years old

B. How has Reggae impacted your life?

It has made a massive impact for the better without question, At first i was about the music and not grasping the message, Now i am a lyrics man throughout

C. Who is Ras Nik?

Well i like to consider myself as a genuine, considerate, compassionate and loving person with a passion for positive energies.

D. Name 7 of your top best Reggae Artists?

This is a tricky one as i have so many. Justin Hinds, Luciano, Sugar Minott, Garnet Silk, Jah 9, Bushman, Courtney John. 

E. Tell me how long have you been a Selecta and how did become a Selecta on Liberated Radio?

Iv'e been a selecta for four years now on internet radio, A freind from another station ask me if i would like to play on Liberated Radio nearly two years ago. Its a great family on the station from around the world. I love playing positive music to the world.

F. Have you considered the possibility of having your own radio station?

It has been in my thoughts, But im happy with what im doing on Liberated Radio at this time as i am focused on other missions and visions. But who knows one day maybe.

G. What is the most memorable experience you've ever had?

The birth of my Four amazing children without question.

H. Are you happy with the state of the music industry in the UK, what would you change or implement?

I could write a book about this, But in short, Reggae will always get a fight because of its message and lyrical content, And thats anywhere in the world not just the U.K. I would like to see a lot more unity with artists and promoter and producers instead of the ego i see too often. there are too many people not helping the music..

I.  Any uplifting words for the young artists who are striving to become Reggae Artists?

Yes certainaly i would say that i know its not an easy road doing Reggae music, But stay strong and pursue your dreams and goals. do whats true in your heart if its for the music and not the money.

J.  How many albums do you own, if you are able to count?

Haha. I stoped counting when i got to 100 some years ago, but i think i must have in the region 5000-6000 Albums with many various other songs.  my collection and addictions grows weekly lol.

Many thx Mojiba.the Inner View was a joy to I

Akwaaba Beloved Cashima! S.I.P truly gives thanks for catching up with the I!

A. Tell the world who is Cashima Steele?

Ans: The owner of creation music label which I created in 1972.

B. I know you are a veteran in the music business, how did your career started as a producer and dub poet?

Ans: It started from a tender age. As a young man growing up in the ghetto in those days the only studio we had to use to build ur riddim track was channel one studio that's where I met so many reggae artists and bands. I never started my dub career then. I started to produce songs for well talented artist.

C. Who are some of persons that influenced you musically?

Ans: Bunny Wailer, Sugar Minott Micky White but I also listen to rhythm and blues, soul songs like Billy Paul the Temptation, and load of American artists.

D. Your latest singles Big Fat Cat and Woman a Warrior are profound, what inspired them and who produced them?

Ans. Well Big Fat Cat came about at Kris Kemist studio. I never had that song written down it just come from a reasoning at the reality shock studio with some friends and Kris Kemist say let's do a song name Big Fat Cat and I said to him what you talking about. Anyway we started the beat and we ended up with the song. Woman a Living Warriah, I wrote it in my head for the mothers who really fight hard to keep their family together, not getting any help from the children's fathers. If you listen to the song you can feel the pain and suffering she feels to grow her family. It was produced by Kris Kemist.

E. Where were you born?

Ans: I was born in Jamaica a place call St. Ann

F. What is your most cherished moment in the music business?

Ans: My most cherished moment in the business was picking up my records at the press and heading off to the record shop to sell music. Ooooh that was a nice feeling!

G. Are you satisfied with the state of Reggae currently, what can be done to maintain the standard of the Original Roots Rasta Music?

Ans: I have never been satisfied with the state of reggae music, it never have the right kind of people to set it or place it on the world market so the youths them can make a living from it. The standard of business gone down so it's up to the new generation to set it. People like your father set it and few other artists. All I can say to new artists is write good songs and bring back the music.

H. How do you keep your life balanced?

Ans: To keep my life balanced is my children. They play big roll in my life.

I. How was it collaborating with Mojiba Ase & Countess Genesis on the phenomenal track produced by Kris Khemist, Rastafari Know?

Ans: I was a good experience to work with people who have different ideas towards the business. Countess Genesis I give her my blessing to be a good artist in the future nice song Rastafari Know.

J. Where do you see yourself in another 3 years?

Ans: Doing reggae music just like in the beginning. It never end for me, because itis what I love to do.

Rastafari bless up Mojiba.

Akwaaba and Greetings FARI! S.I.P is thankful for this opportunity to vibe with the I. {cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201595%20%2D%2D%3EA. I see you have been Soul Searching, any progress/discoveries with that mission?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201599%20%2D%2D%3EAns. Lots a progress/growth along the path of soul{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201602%20%2D%2D%3Esearchin..introspection.. Maturing into the best version of myself.. Still more growth needed though..{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201606%20%2D%2D%3EB. How is it for you as an upcoming artist, why did you choose Reggae?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201610%20%2D%2D%3EAns: To b honest I'd say music choose me..had no idea tht I'd be involved with music..despite my love for it as a child growing was after high school that I decided to try it out as a profession. Challenges yes, lots of them. Mostly the business/music industry. Not so much with making or recording music.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201614%20%2D%2D%3EC. Did you naturally evolve as a singer or were you schooled?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201618%20%2D%2D%3EAns: To answer tht question, I did have some formal training at the School of Music/Edna Manley College. But only the fundamentals. I had to work on my craft over a time. Funny enough I started out writing poetry and evolved into song writing. Which led me into the whole solo artist moment.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201623%20%2D%2D%3ED. Describe your highest moment as a recording artist, what inspired your hit single, Soul Searching?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201627%20%2D%2D%3EAns: Interesting Question. Most memorable experience along the journey, quite a few of them.Get back to that one at a later date. Soul Searching was inspired by true to life experiences. Ups and down in the music business. Not living up to my own expectations of self, knowing how gifted I am & wanting to live up to that level. Almost got killed in a robbery just prior to recording that song, but still finding the will power to see it thru to the end.. Only love could have kept me on this path of music for such a long time. Not money but love for music itself. My Heart belongs to music.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201631%20%2D%2D%3EE. What is your biggest challenge in life and your saving grace?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201635%20%2D%2D%3EAns: Biggest challenge. Working with people, differences of opinions. Getting music out to the people, media e.t.c. Lots of money spending. Lots more I could say on that topic, lol.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201639%20%2D%2D%3EF. Who are your mentors and why?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201643%20%2D%2D%3EAns: Who are my mentors? To b honest I'm self motivated.. Apart from my parents. Can't really think of anyone right this moment..{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201647%20%2D%2D%3EG. How do you keep wombmen at a distant considering you are so friendly, intellectual and gifted nature?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201651%20%2D%2D%3EAns: Lol...Interesting Questions Queen{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E [👑] {cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201653%20%2D%2D%3E. I'm not a womanizer, not a player either. So I don't have an issue with females. Just really focused on talking my music to the next level.. If a woman isn't inspiring me to achieve that goal, then she's a distraction.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201658%20%2D%2D%3EH. What is the title of your first album and why?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201662%20%2D%2D%3EAns: It would have to be Soul Searching hands down.. Y? Becoz its a timely message/song, the world needs that msge right now.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201666%20%2D%2D%3EI. Are you prepared for the responsibility of setting a positive example for the youths, what are your intentions?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201670%20%2D%2D%3EAns: Well my work speaks for it self.. The message will always be a positive one.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201674%20%2D%2D%3EJ. In one sentence, what do you want the world to know about you?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201678%20%2D%2D%3EAns: The world should know that a noble spirit such as myself came with a simple message like the greats before me and that is Divine Love. we the human Race will cease to exist without it..Jah is Real. One god, One Aim One destiny!

Direction Of Reggae

Foremost, What is Reggae? Reggae is a music genre that gave birth in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues. It became known worldwide by the Reggae Ambassadors such as Count Ossie, Folkes Brothers, Bob Marley,Jimmy Cliff and the Wailers. Reggae today is not how it use to be. Though there is alot of potential in the ‘premature minds’ of today in the music business, it is definitely no way close to the originality of Reggae. I strongly believe that there are only a very few genuine reggae artists out there. The reason for this is that reggae today and music in general is literally being used by most as a way to only earn money or for egotistical reäsons. As a result the intentions of artists actually comes out in the music and this is clearly oblivious to the artists. The Soul is presently almost non existence in most of what is being produced lyrically today. From my observation it is evident that the ingredients being used in Reggae lacks spice and natural flavoring. To like and admire something is quite different to doing it. The state of Reggae has inspired the idea of. ‘The Soul of Reggae,’ it is a book currently being written by Count Ossie Pickney, which goes into more details and facts about The Soul of Reggae.

My conversation with an elder named Joseph Russell, best known as Bragga, has been living at the Bob Marley since 1978. He shared his views as it related to Reggäe today. He is one of Bob Marley’s oldest, dearest friends. When asked his opinion about Reggae, he said, ‘

A follow fashion ting a gwaan, it is now a hustling ground, some doing dem best as young youths, but dem best is not good enough. Music needs to be like a school or a church to teach or protest so as to fight against oppression and help people from the babylon system. But instead dem a use the music as a competition ting. Wi muss use di music to unite and link up wid Africa. There needs to be music and artists radio stations, so that there’s no limitations with the music. The artists dem using the money for selfish reasons, instead dem can build entertainment centers, with accomodations and food, so dem can have dem own festivals and invite people from all bout.’

Mojiba S.I.P. Seeing Into Peoples welcomes YOU gladly! Sara Sage The Unexpected One.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201798%20%2D%2D%3EGive thanks to Diamond Reggae for giving I a spotlight.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201802%20%2D%2D%3EA. For those who don’t know, Who is Sara Sage/The Unexpected One?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201806%20%2D%2D%3EI am Sara SaGe Gentis. An artist, musician, singer /songwriter, producer, painter, photographer, designer, probiotics educator and entrepreneur. I am an activist and a rebel with a big heart.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201810%20%2D%2D%3EB. How long have you been a musician, poetess and singer?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201814%20%2D%2D%3EI was born into a family of music enthusiasts. My mother used to say that “I sang before I spoke”. I grew around my father playing acoustic guitar and singing folk tunes in the backyard. Everyone in the family dabbled at the piano but my sister was very accomplished in her studies of piano when we were young. From a child I played piano, mostly by ear and played the oboe for some years, there was a yuk allele in the house which was my grandfathers, a Leslie organ in the living room, flute, and accordion. I was involved in voice lessons in my young teens, and sang in competitive choirs growing up. I learned guitar on my father’s old 1963 Gibson and from there began writing songs of my own.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201818%20%2D%2D%3EC. Your style is quite unique and classy, what or who inspires you?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201822%20%2D%2D%3EReality inspires me…{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201825%20%2D%2D%3EPolitricks, love, struggle, blessings, accomplishments and disappointments.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201828%20%2D%2D%3Eactivists inspire me…{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201831%20%2D%2D%3ERebels with a cause. Outspoken people who are ready to stand up for what’s right.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201834%20%2D%2D%3Egreat leaders inspire me. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Haile Selassie I, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama…to just name a few of our great leaders and thinkers.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201837%20%2D%2D%3EVoices that have influenced me. The great Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Sade, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, The Last Poets, dead prez, Guru, Tupac, India Arie. No list could be long enough for the vocal artists that have inspired me. Great artists near and far. I know I missed someone real important to me.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201840%20%2D%2D%3EI love music, I celebrate the diversity of music that is being made worldwide from soul, jazz, ballads, hip hop, deep house, reggae, tribal fusion to rnb. I feel honored to be a singer and player of instrument in this time.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201844%20%2D%2D%3ED. Do you have a favorite color and how would you describe your vibration as a creative being?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201848%20%2D%2D%3EAs an artist I have come to appreciate all the shades and tones of the spectrum. I do however shine an electric blue and vibrate with the number seven as a creative being.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201851%20%2D%2D%3EI am here to grow spiritually. Music is my life work. I want to be a voice to the voiceless. This isn’t a competition for me, this is life. I am here to heal and be healed through word, sound, power.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201855%20%2D%2D%3EE. Any plans on doing any albums, if so when?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201859%20%2D%2D%3EI have been producing my own album for some time now. It’s been a journey. I am producing the tracks, engineering, mixing, voicing. So it’s very close to completion and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with Jamaica and the world.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201862%20%2D%2D%3EI do have some singles that can be heard at {cke_protected}{C}%3C!{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201865%20%2D%2D%3E Show me your love, I produced in southern Cali and Walking on Air, I produced in Chicago.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201869%20%2D%2D%3EF. What are your thoughts about the state of the world and your vision?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201873%20%2D%2D%3EThe state of the world?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201876%20%2D%2D%3EI feel like there is eminent danger if we don’t wake up to the truth, wake up from the matrix, not just seek truth but once we find it, we must accept it and find solutions to move into harmony with the divine of the world, the Divine Designers plan.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201879%20%2D%2D%3EI’m here to unlearn all the nonsense and remember the anciency and honor it to the greatest of my potential.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201883%20%2D%2D%3EG. If you were able to change anything about the mind of humanity what would it be?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201887%20%2D%2D%3ELove is the only solution.{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201891%20%2D%2D%3EH. Tell us something no one would believe about you?{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%2Freact-text%20%2D%2D%3E

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{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20react-text%3A%201911%20%2D%2D%3EThe reggae music industry is the healing vibration in the music industry as a whole. It’s some of the cleanest music out there. Yet, it’s also an industry that gets under marketed, undervalued, under publicized worldwide. Comparatively reggae is still considered a bit underground to the larger musical genres. Yet its impact on the world is undeniable. Big up all the reggae soldiers out on the front line.

Greetings Beloved Makonnen! S.I.P is more than honored to be doing this innerview with the I. Thank You so much for your NRG! 

A. You are considered a genius, what do you have to say about that?

So I have been told, I am just thankful to be blessed by the most high. I am only a vessel and I just try to set an example for the youths of the future, to see what is possible if we use our minds and that it is possible to rise from nothing to something in life and in whatever we choose to do.

B. You were home schooled by your mother, how was that experience?

I give thanks to my mother for being strong and daring enough to home school me at a time when it was nearly unheard-of in the mainstream world and where it was looked down upon and nonexistent in our country Jamaica. It taught me that learning never stops no matter what and that we can learn in every situation, whether it be while on a nature walk or watching discovery Channel. I was also taught the fundamental lesson that the key to knowledge is reading and overstanding. I was not only home schooled but also un-schooled, which is a different approach altogether. I am still learning everyday.

C. At what age did you realise that music was your destiny?

Well first of all I come from a musical family in many directions, my mother used to work with Chris Blackwell island records at the time he signed Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley. Doing public relations for “The Harder They Come” movie and other things like that. My father and uncle operated a very popular studio complex in the 90s – 2000’s as well. I’m related to the legendary sound system pioneers Monte and Winston Blake the late great. So it’s in my blood. Long story short, I created my first song at age 7 for a movie called “Kids Paradise” after being given a keyboard by Errol Omeally, the husband of Reggae singer JC Lodge, the song ended up being produced by Tyrone Downie of the legendary Wailers band and sung by Jamaican songstress Susan Couch. That sparked an interest in music for me after that whole experience.

D. What are your philosophies?

My philosophy is: Put God first, do unto others and you would like them to do unto you. Very simple and easy, in everything have integrity and keep your word. As above so below.

E. Do you think the school systems in Jamaica needs a facelift, if yes why and how?

Well I believe that all present forms of schooling need to be revamped especially in jamaica. There needs to be more focus on technology and also there should be more emphasis on finding what individual students are good at from an early age so they can be put in the right direction and given attention. The major problem so far is that there’s not enough teachers in ratio to students. So it’s hard to give attention to everyone and many students fall through the cracks because of that. Many feel left out even and they end up not applying themselves correctly. So there is lots to be done.

F. Who/what inspires you daily to want to live?

My daily inspiration comes from being thankful for the gift of life and love for life Itself. It gives me strength to continue even on the days I might feel like giving up. Knowing that life is a blessing and that we must be thankful and show that we appreciate our gifts from the Creator.

G. What would you change about the world of reggae?

Well reggae is about peace and love and unity that’s all I want to see more of on the world. We as artists from Jamaica, who do this art must always realize where we come from. And also we must realize the sacrifices of our elders not just in music, but the elders of Rasta who were looked down upon and beaten and had their locs trimmed, they made it possible for us to be here today. They struggled with hatred and resistance, but they returned all that hate with peace and love. That’s why we can be here today and I actually feel that many take it too lightly cause we are so accepted now.

H. What is your favorite animal and color?

Well of course my favorite animal is the lion, king of the jungle. King of the animals. My favorite color is gold, white and red. Can’t just have one you know.

I.Where do you see your career as a performer and producer 3 years from today?

Well I give thanks for the success and great things I have achieved so far as a producer working with many people I look up to and have dreamed to work with and I will continue to do so. As an artist I am blessed and honored to see the response and how well received my music is, especially since I have only been doing this for a very short time so I give thank and will continue to give you great music to listen and relate to and to have fun and to think deeply about. I only aim to grow and become better than I was the day before. There’s a saying about having 365 days in a year to improve everyday so in a few years I can only imagine the growth.

J. What do you want the world to know about you?

Well I just want the WHOLE world to know about me, Makonnen (Maki-B) the SpaceAgeRasta, The Prodigy. That’s my aim, to make great music and share it with the entire world and leave my mark coming from this island of Jamaica, being Rasta and doing music. You are free to big up your loved ones! I want to bless up my all my family, friends and fans all over the globe. My brothers the musical team and label Natural High Music – Jordan Armond & Blaise Davis. My N.R.G brothers, Rseenal The DonRasta amd Iyah Gift. Just everyone who supports me and my musical movements big up you self zeen! And most of all big up My blessed beloved mother Empress Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah who brought me here and made all this possible!!
Nuff love to you Moje my blessed sister.

In the rich and diverse musical culture of Jamaica a voice that carries the heart and soul of anything it sings; with power, presence and diversity can be heard. Stephanie; a singer and songwriter whose sound may best be described as reggae fusion incorporates the essence of reggae, R&B, soul, dancehall, and pop; essentially reflecting an interesting blend of the music that she grew up on and is still being inspired by. Stephanie has graced various avenues of music and the performing arts in her journey thus far which has enriched her mind and nurtured her craft. Having completed high school (The Queen’s School) where she sang on both school choir and The Performing Arts Society Chorale, she led a cabaret band Steele Force for two years then went on to the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Company where she trained and toured as a singer, dancer, and musical theatre actor. Thereafter Stephanie delved into the world of backing vocals and started working for both local and international artists. One of the most impressionable experiences is her six (6) months tenure with Basque Band singer Fermin Muguruza where she travelled the world singing in the ancient European tongue of Basque, French, English and Spanish. Stephanie has also toured with international reggae band Groundation, Cherine Anderson, Coco Tea, Chaka Demus & Pliers and Mr. Vegas. In 2009 Stephanie was invited to be a part of a group to record what turned out to be two studio albums with Sly & Robbie for Sony Music Japan. Along with her group members Chantelle Ernandez and Scantana they made up the multifaceted UNITZz. With two albums “J Paradise” and “J Lovers”, UNITZz has gained tremendous success in Japan. “J Paradise” received a Grammy mention in the 2010 Grammy nominations in the category of “best pop vocals”; appearing in field one of the potential nominees. UNITZz also, with Stephanie on lead vocals was a part of the 53rd (2011) Grammy nominations in the reggae category; with a Lady Antebellum cover “Need You Now” on the compilation album “Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang – One Pop Reggae”. A seasoned songwriter, Stephanie is signed to Rebel America Inc (production and publishing company in Dallas, Texas) where she writes and records songs for placements on television shows, movies, international ad campaigns, labels, etc. Since the start of this exciting journey with Rebel America in 2010, she has managed to land several song placements. Three of these placements include a collaboration (done with rapper E.T) named ” Have You Ever” that was picked up by UK reality show “Jeremy Kyle Show” for their Intranet Web Ad, “If This Is Real” was picked up by Lifetime TV‟s “Dance Moms Miami” for episode 5 of their first season and “Together”was placed with the MTV reality series MADE. In February of 2013 Stephanie founded the indie record label Havatio Music. This label is the official representation and management for Stephanie. Her debut EP “Real Woman” was released on February 13, 2013 and debut album “The Christmas Collection” released November 20 of the same year under the Havatio Music label have gotten rave reviews and marked the next level of the young singer’s career. Stephanie’s portfolio also boasts that of music producer, event producer, host and model. She has etched herself in the live music community in Jamaica as a major player with products such as „Musixology‟ and „Soul Sessions‟. Her career as a model is young but thriving along with her success as a recording artist; her natural gift of being in front of the camera has definitely poised her for great success in this field. In the fast paced life of music the mother of two finds time to run two charities; Books for Change; a book drive and Classic Duets; an annual live show that raises funds for select causes. Additionally, along with a group of music industry professionals, Stephanie is a Director for the Gungo Walk World Alternative Music and Arts Festival in Jamaica. A natural beauty; Stephanie epitomizes expressions of love, determination and passion which is reflected in her life, a driven attitude toward her goals, and the obvious results her hard word produces. Stephanie now prepares to release her sophomore album Catharsis‟ on June 25, 2015.

Honoring Queen Mama Elise Kelly! In discovering who we are our purpose is revealed. Mama Elise Kelly proves that she is ordained to serve mankind musically and soulfully. The Queen of Irie started out in media from she was a teenager. And she hasn’t looked back since. It is an absolute joy and privilege to show appreciation and gratitude to a Wombman of such Humilty and Strength. It is of great significance to take the time out to acknowledge a committed Reggae Lover such as the inspirational, vibrant and intellectual Queen of irie, Mama Elise is more than deserving of the title QUEEN IRIE. Her live radio show is hosted in Ochi Rios, the glorious land of Jamaica, popularly known as Easy Skanking is Irie FM’s top program. The show airs on weekdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Her upful interview program is called Heart, Mind n Soul2Soul, aired on107.9. Mama Elise is definitely a pioneer who continues to elevate and preserve Reggae Music. You are guaranteed exciting interviews, albums reviews, motivation, knowledge and acknowledgments. Expect the best of the best when you tune into HER positivity of another kind. A Mother to all who knows her. Destined for the Reggae Musical journey. Her presence must be honored, as we would great men and women who have travelled the Earthly plane. For she is indeed faithful and amazingly great! Mama Elise’s genuine love for the music is highly respected, admirable and priceless infact. Let us remember that it is Music that molds our reality and has immense influence over our daily lives. Reggae without a doubt nourishes and heals when humanity grieves. It is the eternal soother, medicine and healer. Therefore it is only natural to show gratitude to ones such as Beloved Elise who is evidently One With Music. Mama Queen Elise Kelly we love you, we cherish you, we honor you. Reggae wouldn’t be the same without you. Words may not be adequate to express the fullness of our thankfulness. Blissfully we claim for Thee a life full of absolute sweetness, success and an overflow of soulfulness. Let the sounds of guitars, drums, tambourines, shakers, horns and such divine instruments permeate the space in Thy heart for eternity. A treasure to the Spirit of Music. Mother of creation, loved by the world locally and globally. Passion flows through Thy veins, Thy voice is as sincere as the coolest breeze. Ordained essence, Heart, Mind Soul2Soul the present. May the grace of Light be with Thee For Ever and A Day. Let the Reggae play always.


Greetings Viva! Such a joy to connect with you. Give thanks for your energy!

Who is Viva?

Viva is a highly regarded person, well known both a yaad and abroad.

How long have you been a natural juice maker?

About 28 years, gone a decade.I spend more time with my juices than anything else.

What laws would you implement in Jamaica?

I would like to make a Law of Peace.

What made you decide to nurture humanity?

Simple,because I am one.A simple question is very strong.

What are your life’s principles?

My life’s principle is to rest myself, that’s the best principle in my life. It is not the eating of food, it is about the resting of the body.

What advice do you have to give to the people about their eating habits ?

Everybody have 5 sense,but some have nonsense! Too much over eating.You can’t force people what they must eat or drink. It is only a fool who don’t know how to take care of himself Everyone should know how and what to eat.

Who is Selassie I to you?

My Father! Oh Oh Oh Come On! I am no begotten son! I am one of the goodly chosen one.

Where else would you live outside of Jamaica?

No where else but Africa. Jamaica is the capital of the world. Africa is our descent. The world want to come to Jamaica. Jamaica must be the capital of the world.

Who and what inspires you the most in your life?

I would say Bob Marley with his music inspires me the most.

What rubs you the wrong way?

I don’t have a wrong way, I have a right way continually in my life. I am straight more than an arrow.

Viva who are your top customers ?

Artists, celebrities and musicians. The Marley Family, Chronixx, Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul, Spragga Benz, Wayne Marshall, Kiprich, Shelly ann Fraser are some of my top customers.