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Featured Artists

Peter Spence - Singer, Songwriter

 

Reggae music has flourished in England like no other place outside Jamaica. 

One such UK artist whose name is on a lot of people's lips right now is Peter Spence; a Birmingham born artist with street credentials to spare, but whose gifts increasingly demand a more international setting.

His story begins in England's second city of Birmingham, where he was taught guitar by his father, who had played with bands in Jamaica before settling in England. His own musical apprenticeship was first served by roles as the drummer and then rhythm guitarist for a group called the Experts during the very early 80s. Inspired by Jamaican harmony groups such as the Heptones and Tamlins, he then turned singer and joined a Sound-System called Imperial Warrior, based in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. The influence of Jamaican sound-system culture was all persuasive at the time, and new UK reggae acts began to emerge at a phenomenal rate, including friends and contemporaries of Peter's such as Pato Banton, Macka B, Tippa Irie, Maxi Priest, and many others. 

His debut track, "Frivolous Woman", was recorded for Birmingham producer G. T. Haynes, who also managed Pato Banton, Tippa Irie and Annette B, in addition to Peter himself. His breakthrough arrived with a hit on Greensleeves called "Don't Leave Me Lonely", for which he received a Best Newcomer award. His next stop was another London based reggae independent label called Fashion, where he recorded a handful of tunes in the lover's rock vein, including "Yesterday's Magic", "I Believe In Love" and "Crazy Feelings". His debut album for G. T, "I'll Be There" was released in to rave reviews and won Best Reggae Album for that year at the Black Music awards, whilst Peter himself was voted Best Male Reggae Singer. He and deejay Tippa Irie, then co-starred on "Girl of My Best Friend" for Island Records. The Tours that followed took them to the US, Japan and Africa. 

Peter Recently Has finished a new gospel album, and is making more time to work with and nurture new talent through his Sidewalk Entertainment & DB Production Company.

 

Stephanie - Singer,Songwriter,Author

Stephanie is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, music producer, model and entrepreneur; born in the parish of St. Catherine on November 15 and raised in the country’s capital, Kingston. Her sound may best be described as reggae fusion; incorporating the undeniable essence of reggae, R&B, soul, dancehall, and pop. 
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 called Steele Force for two years. Stephanie then went on to join the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Company where she trained and toured as a principal singer, dancer, and musical theatre actor. The budding artist delved further into the world of music doing backing vocals and started working for both local and international artists. One of the most impressionable experiences is her six (6) months gig with Basque band singer Fermin Muguruza where she travelled the world singing in the ancient European tongue of Basque, French, English and Spanish. Stephanie started to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology but music kept calling, and after two years studying and touring she answered the call of music full time. The singer-songwriter has also toured and recorded 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 production company Havatio Music. In the same year her debut EP “Real Woman” was released on February 13 and debut album “The Christmas Collection” released November 20 under the Havatio Music label.
In the fast paced life of music the mother of two finds time to organize an annual charity event dubbed Classic Duets; a 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. 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 Ja’. Her career as a model is young but 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.
Stephanie definitely raised the bar in 2015 with the release of her sophomore album ‘Catharsis’; a musically sophisticated project, edgy and sexy, sprinkled with the brilliant contributions from producers such as Collin ‘Bulby’ York and Dynasty Records/Loud City Music from California. Collaborations feature veteran reggae artist Lymie Murray and fast rising Jamaican artist RR. Also big on the 2015 scroll is the collaborative cover of the Heptone’s hit “Baby” with the great Chaka Demus and Lymie Murray.
Stephanie is ready to hit the road as a solo act, spreading the reggae-fusion sound all over the world. She is seasoned and her catalogue is viable.

Shamir - Singer

 

Shamir was born on the 28th of August 1986. Growing up in Kibera and Mombasa, Shamir went to St Mary’s Primary School in Mwea and Shauri Moyo Secondary School. In 2006, he decided to pursue his passion for music. Beginning with his high school church, he begun to sing and composed his own music. 

He went on to become the lead singer in a group called Bad Man College, a band that focused on reggae music. In 2003 while he was in form 3, Shamir was blessed with the opportunity to work with the legendary reggae artist Burning Spear. In 2006 he went solo to pursue his music career.

Shamir finally meet his big break in 2007 with the release of his song “On Fire”, more than a hit in the Kenyan music industry. He worked with some of the biggest producers in Jamaica, namely Dean Fraser, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespear.

Shamir specializes in Lovers rock. He chooses this genre of music as he believes it possesses a lot of life. He believes that it draws people to it and does not discriminate as any one can listen and sing along to it. His music is inspired by love, his relationships and his daily life experiences.

Hobbies
Shamir loves to write, sing and produce music. He enjoys interacting with older musicians as he learns a lot from them. He also plays guitar and produces music

Rafeelya - Singer

 

 

It’s been said that her dream is to be the “female answer to Beres Hammond”. Vocally, she has a soft, but commanding voice that as raspy as it is, pulses and touches you with every note.

 Her latest work with well known London based Stingray Records has been the prayer that was finally answered after working with many different producers over the years. ‘Have You Ever’, a big hit originally sang by R&B Songstress, Brandy has been transformed into a new age Lovers Anthem.

As we’ve witnessed in the reggae business, throwbacks are a great way to get out there.  That’s how it began for Boston, USA bred Raphaelia aka Rafeelya. Determination landed her   first job in 1994-95 when she began hanging out in Jr. Rodigan’s  ‘Vibes Records’ shop (Dorchester, MA). There she met DJ Wade, a well known Hip Hop deejay, and soon after recorded specials for him.  Jr. Rodigan’s ‘Mastermind’ record label soon welcomed her with the release of cover tune ‘’Broken Hearted’’, another Brandy hit, in 1996.   After that opportunity, age 15, she took part in  Talent Shows, Stage Shows and recorded in many studios in the Greater Boston Area.  Musicians from Boston always worked together so she drew a lot of her confidence from the Local Talent, Lady Lee, Lavonya Bailey and Waynie Ranks to name a few.

 Doing background vocals became a favourite pastime and gave her the  chance to work with, Singing Sweet, Alpheus, Screechy Dan; more recently, Bunny Lye Lye, and Tenor Star. 
In the earlier part of her career, she’s opened shows for Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder & Mr. Easy, Mr. Vegas, Frisco Kid, Merciless, and shared the same stage with Determine in Boston.

Now a resident of the UK, Rafeelya is recording with the Stingray Records label in London as well as Mellow Vibes production in Birmingham.

In her catalogue of tunes ranging from R&B, Roots, Lover’s Rock and Dance, whatever you fancy, there’s something for your listening pleasure.

 

 

Barbara Naps - Singer, Songwriter, Producer

Naps studied piano as a child and sang in the school choir. On completing her education she became involved in session work providing winsome harmonies at various London-based studios. Her reputation led the highly respected female band Akabu to enrol Naps as their drummer. She toured the globe with the band, earning particular acclaim in Japan and the USA, where the novelty of an all-female reggae band gained them a lot of attention. They resisted major label interest as the contractual stipulations generally involved sexual exploitation and Akabu were determined not to compromise their credibility. When the band was not touring or recording Naps resumed her role as a backing vocalist. She made a notable contribution to Vivian Jones’ highly popular ‘Strong Love’. While performing with Akabu she accompanied UB40 on their Labour Of Love tour. It was at this time that she enjoyed crossover success, when ‘Suffering’ was released on the b-side of UB40’s interpretation of Winston Groovy’s ‘Please Don’t Make Me Cry’. By the early 90s she was finally given the chance to demonstrate her ability as a solo artist. Her debut, the sublime ‘When You’re In Love’, surfaced in 1994. The track was produced by the Ruff Cut Band who released further hits from the singer including, in 1996, a version of Bob Marley And The Wailers’ ‘Hurting Inside’. The band also released several other Naps’ songs, including ‘Sorry’ and the 1997 hit, ‘Slow Whine’. In addition to maintaining a solo career she supported both Janet Lee Davis and Starkey Banton, alongside fellow Akabu member Simmy in session at the ‘A’ Class Studio for Powers Youth. On the live circuit she joined her brother Vincent Nap backing Banton on his celebrated live performances at the Essential concerts in London. She has also worked in session alongside Soul II Soul, Imagination and the Eurythmics. In January 1999 her solo reputation was further enhanced when Ruff Cut released her long awaited debut, defiantly titled No Apologies. Notable tracks included ‘Help Me Lord’, ‘De Herbs’, ‘Mr. Melody’ and a remix of ‘Hurting Inside’.

Sparky Rugged - Singer, Songwriter, Producer

 

Sparky no new comer to the music industry, started out at the tender age of eight, and at the age of thirteen, on sounds systems, but it would be Java sound system that would propel Sparky into the Dancehall Scene.
Collaborations with America's very own, Jin, and ATL, R'n'B group from Atlanta.
Tour support and collaborations and Nationwide Tours, 'Blues And Souls,' for MTV Base, main support act for American Artists like Joe, ATL, Nas, Lil Wayne, Akon, Mario Winans, DJ Premier, Musiq Soulchild, and from Jamaica Beenie Man, Sanchez and Freddy McGregor to mention a few.
Sparky has gained recognition on the drum and bass, garage scene with Radio 1, Jada Flex, never straying from his dancehall roots, his musical resume reads like the Reggae who's who.
Da1Academy founded in 2009, by Sparky, introduced Layla Rose  to the Studio 1 Reggae Scene.
Vastly growing, Da1Academy ventured in collaborating with UK and US Artist, on their very own Mixed Compilations, Volumes 1,2, and 3.
Currently whilst doing all this, Sparky performed and hosted at the Royal Albert Hall, Charity Event for TCT, (Teenage Cancer Trust).
In 2010 Sparky toured in Europe, to do what no other artist has done, working with the two time heavyweight champion of the world, Shannon Briggs, giving him the greatest entrance to his come back fight against Vitali Klitschko, which was aired on ESPN and Sky Sports Worldwide.
From 2011 - 2012 Sparky continued touring the UK, performing live with various artists such as, Mr. Easy, Papa Michigan, and SSL, (Sparky, Savana, Layla Rose). Promoting new material from his album and SSL's No.1 single in Jamaica, for two weeks, 'Keep Your Head Up,' as well as latest single, 'History.' 
On the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's independence, Sparky alongside members from SSL, performed at the celebratory event raising money for charity, to then be invited to sing for the High Commissioner of Jamaica at a prestigious event, celebrating Bob Marley's Birthday.
Not only is Sparky a well renowned Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer, he also has a column in the monthly issue from, The Jamaican Times UK newspaper, keeping reggae music alive in all avenues, giving you the facts and music, interviewing established, to up and coming reggae artists from Jamaica across the UK. 
Sparky is currently finishing his album 'The Book vol.1' which is Reggae Studio 1 and 'The Book Vol.2' Hip-Hop and R'n'B. 
You can check out Sparky's video 'Charismatic,'  'Aka Rugged,' 'Keep Your Head Up,' and 'History,' on YouTube.
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Mandee - Singer, Songwriter

Mandee is an international singer/songwriter based in the UK who has proven her vocal abilities through many different styles of music. She has released three incredible songs which have taken us on a momentous journey as they all bring back sweet memories if you are a true connoisseur of music.

The first song which gave Mandee a lot of recognition was an original track written by the songstress entitled “The Feeling” going back almost a decade ago. This song was a production by Cassell The Beat Maker and recorded at As1 studios engineered by DJ Sb.

In October 2015 Mandee released a superb cover of Love Unlimited’s classic track “If You Want Me…Say It” and the response she still receives via live performances or air play is remarkable. This song came to light with Frederica Tibbs recommending to Derek Fevrier (Nu Lovers Uk) that she thought Mandee would do wonders with covering this timeless classic and so said…so done.

Following through to February 2016 revealed the release of another cover from the songstress but this time we were reminded that “Kisses Don’t Lie” which was originally sung by Miss Evelyn “Champagne” King.  Once again Mandee has revealed her sweet, soulful voice on a very well produced Nu Lovers Uk revamp in a soft, sensual reggae style.

Keep a look out for this songbird as she is on the rise.

Jah Device - Singer, Songwriter,Musician

Vincent Nyam a.k.a. Jah Device is a Nigerian Reggae Musician, songwriter, and producer who is currently based in Lagos (Nigeria). His rise to prominence came with the critically acclaimed Revive Justice which was well received by the general public. This drew the attention of Germany’s Goethe Institute prompting his involvement in its Ten Cities Project. This collaborative effort gave birth to another hit song Work which featured renowned Nigerian percussionist Wura Samba and produced by legendary British producer Rob Smith. His versatility and crossover appeal was quite evident when the song became an instant hit in Europe and featured prominently on various European Dance Music charts, in particular the British Dance Chart where it spent several weeks, climbing to as high as number 7. 
Jah Device’s style of reggae is often compared to that of the late great reggae music icon, Dennis Emanuel Brown and perhaps the song that encapsulate that feel the most is "Enough Is Enough". This classic in the making marked the coming of age of Jah Device. The song’s thought provoking lyrical content mixed with melodic,harmonious lines, laced over pulsating live beats showcased what many have optimistically welcomed as the dawning of a new era for reggae music on the continent. It is also the lead song to the sound track of the Chibok Girls adoption documentary. 
Jah Device most recent performances include the 2014 Democracy Day Event where he quite fittingly ushered in the Nigerian president, Good Luck Jonathan who addressed the nation in a live broadcast viewed by tens of millions of Nigerians, it was the first time reggae music was officially recognized via this medium.This was followed up by a string of electrifying performances with his band, Fire Zone, in which he further illustrated his naturally gifted musical talent particularly in their live on stage performance where his seniority amongst his contemporaries was quite evident to see for fans and cynics alike.He also made a brief appearance in Dutch Wields 2014 world cup special and is currently undergoing work on his highly anticipated second studio album which promises to firmly cement him in the consciousness of reggae music lovers the world over. 
A member of the Performance Music Artists Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Jah Device is a graduate of Accounting and Finance from the Plateau State Polytechnic and a Student of Sound Engineering and Acoustics. 
He is a great lover of all sports, particularly Football and Judo. 
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YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN RIDDIM 2017

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Stingray Showcase Vol.12

Release date: 1st Dec 2017

Various Artists

Features tracks from Bunny Lye Lye, Jah Wiz, Freddie Mcgregor, Tenna Star, Luciano, Sandra Cross, Daddy West, Jah Device, Emeterians, Leroy Mafia, Chardel Rhoden, LA Gray, Leanna, Sarjant D, Yashema Mcleod, Patrick Tenyue

 

 

Stingray Records drops 123 Riddim!

Featuring songs from Abelwell Foundation,Askala Selassie,Daddy West, Delly Ranks,Jah Wiz, Jah Device,King Mas & Nikesha Lindo,Rafeelya, Richie Davis,Tashala Opal,Tasonia,Tenna Star,Yashema Mcleod,Brian Edwards.

01. King Max - Come Again
02. Delly Ranks - Reggaelution
03. Tenna Star - When We Were Young
04. Jah Device - One Finger In The Air
05. Jah Wiz - Remember Your Roots
06. Abelwel Foundation - Come Over
07. Brian Edwards - Good Numbers
08. Tashala Opal - When Your Wrong
09. Daddy West - My World
10. Rafeelya - Always Be My Baby
11. Richie Davis - Addicted To Your Love
12. Tasonia - Real Love
13. Askala Selassie - One Love
14. Yashema Mcleod - I Do Love You

 

INTRODUCING JAH DEVICE

EP Review; Device The EP

By: ZigeDub

09/05/16

Device the EP is a soulful reggae album that epitomises how real authentic reggae music should sound. With a variety of unique styles and abundance of excellent production and musical talent.

Jah Device has a powerful voice which overflows with emotion and truth. Rebirth starts the EP with a bang, with rifts reminiscent of Majek Fashek back in the early 90s.

Next up is Black People (why) which gives that rootsy vibe, showcasing Jah Device’s vocal abilities with a rhythm track that compliments his laid back style.

The third track of the EP Give Praises makes good use of the “Blind To You” Rhythm made popular by Collie Buddz in 2007. Arguably a contender for the best track on the EP.

Enough Is Enough is a solid inclusion with a rhythm track which is subtle but effective laced with a groove that can get you bopping your head and tapping your feet.

I love the message on the next track Never Let You Down showing Jah Device’s faith in the most high. Overflowing with kindness and good energy, the kind of song you start the day with.

Then comes in Wok Nimoshis Mot (Have Mercy)with a powerful rhythm track, sung in his native tongue (Berom from Jos, Plateau State in Nigeria).

The song captures the real essence of Africa and gives you a real insight to what Jah Device is all about.

A personal favourite comes up next Smile For Me which makes good use of Jetstar’s version of the Columbus Rhythm originally made popular by Burning Spear back in the day.

Exquisite tunes on this EP, each possessing its own unique expression of talent which I truly endorse.

Go get your copy now!

 

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