Artiste Name: XHAKABWOY
Country of Origin: Nigeria 
Genre/Style: Ragga/Dancehall 
Label Affiliation: Indie


Okafor Chukwuka Tansi is from Anambra state, Nigeria, and fell in love with Jamaican music genre Ragga/Dancehall at an early young age inspired by internationally acclaimed Ghanian artiste Stonebwoy his music idol as well as Jamaican superstars Sean Paul, Mavado, Bounty Killer, King Beenie Man and many more.

The motivation ignited when he performed one of Stonebwoy's songs for Canadian Emily Harts who visited Nigeria in 2017 on a mission to discover talented children in vulnerable communities and fostering their development through a nonprofit organization called WHAIAfrica.

Ms. Emily Harts was moved by Xhakabwoy 's performance and expressed her love for his style of music and intent to record a song when next she visits Nigeria. Mocked, mimicked, and laughed at while practicing his craft, Xhakabwoy never gave up but kept pursuing his dream of becoming a ragga superstar. His emergence on the music entertainment scenes began when he started covering ragga songs by Stonebwoy and Sean Paul then uploading videos on YouTube and Instagram. He became one of Sean Paul's Top 25 fans around the world and was selected to join his Jamaican idol on a video shoot that did not materialize due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

November 2020, Xhakabwoy released his first-ever dancehall single, Bigi Bumbum, produced by Streetsbeatz from Ghana. The song became a hit among fans in Nigeria. It also charted on at least one Caribbean radio channel and continues to get played by DJs across social media including Jamaican DJ Lady Trey on her live streaming show. 

Other artists whom Xhakabwoy impress have reached out to collaborate. The young Nigerian artist has also recorded in other genres like Afro-Beat, Pop, and Hip-Hop. Follow Xhakaboy  Fanlink

Artiste Name: D' East
Country of Origin: Jamaica 
Genre/Style: Contemporary Dancehall 
Label Affiliation: Indie

Emerging dancehall artiste D'East is definitely one to keep your eyes on. Born, Dominic Kris Anthony Murdock September 2, 1992, to parents Stephanie McEachron and Junior Murdock in Kingston, Jamaica. The family has always been the cornerstone for 
D'East and provided him with much-needed support on his musical journey.

The fast-rising star has always had a passion for music. He recorded his first song called "Haterade" at his home with just a microphone and software called Acid Pro. Initially, he went on to work with producer Markus Myrie, son of reggae icon Buju Banton and recorded tracks such as "Grades", "Work and Party" feat. Flexxx, "Quick N Easy", "Dem Strange", "Di Highest" to name a few.

D'East has also worked with producers Dre Day and Kris Beatz and has released  "Di Firey 1" mixtape which subsequently became a fan favorite. The name D'East in reflection means figuratively, the sun that rises in the east, the son whose aim is to rise in splendor to new heights.

For D'East, music is not only about making rhymes it is also a means of educating and instill positivity on young, impressionable minds. With a natural drive to make music coupled with determination, D'East is well on his way to becoming an icon in the Jamaican music industry. His strong vocals and vivacious personality have warmed the hearts of fans all over. As he continues to grow D'East has found his niche and is certainly one of the promising reggae/dancehall artistes to look out for. 

Artiste Name: Krvcial GGod
Country of Origin: Jamaica 
Genre/Style: Non-Traditional Dancehall 
Label Affiliation: Indie

Krvcial GGod
Born May 10th, 1989 to parents Alvin and Hillart Rowe in Duhaney Park, Kingston Jamaica, Germane Rowe is the last of four siblings and attended Edith Dalton James and St. Andrew Technical High schools respectively.

The non-traditional Dancehall/Reggae artist embarked on a musical journey while attending St. Andrew Technical High from 1997 to 2001. The young music lover found himself flipping lyrics from artists like Bounty Killer, Spragga Benz, and Mad Cobra to make songs of his own which caught the attention of people around him. Their encouragement led him to write his own music and even recorded his first song while he was still in high school. Germane's close friend Dino had connections with Cashflow Records located in Coreyville Gardens, which is a few blocks away from his neighborhood so they got together and saved money they would use to buy their lunch at school to pay for studio time every Friday. Then they would record on just about any rhythm they were privy to in an effort to master their craft.

In 1997 Germane made his first professional recording on a hip-hop beat. The track called, "Sign Off " as well as others made Cashflow Records DJ Neil, CD mixes, Neil at the time was working on his own career. 

In 2001 Germane gave up school and opted for a 9-5 job. His hectic work schedule, however, hindered the process of developing his craft so he made another tough decision to make music a full-time career choice. 

Confident and ready to take on the streets, Germane's first objective to find an alias that best suits him, one that stood out. He recalled people telling him, he had some 'crucial' lyrics whenever they listened to his music. The word 'crucial' resonated with him so he decided to call himself 'Krvcial" changing the spelling to be different.

Throughout his career span, Krvcial has recorded tracks such as Have Dis and Man A Gorilla (2014) on the SLock Entertainment label,  G.G.O.D. featuring Bramma (2015) SLock Entertainment. Yuh Life Sort Out, Tek Nuh Talk and Jah Guide (2016) by producers Dalton Leith, Paparazzi and SLock Entertainment respectively; and in 2018, "Kill Dem" featuring X-Files and produced by World A Badness.

Krvcial and Dancehall/Reggae artist Bramma Di Gorilla a.k.a. Bramma GGod became friends back in school from around age 13/14. At some point, they lost contact with each other until they met again in 2009.  life lead them in different directions. Bramma who was working with Big Ship's Steven 'Di Genius' McGregor invited his longtime friend to join him as the music was always their mission. 

A couple years later when Bramma got signed to SLock Entertainment he brought Krvcial along with him. A decision was taken to make "Gorilla" a movement hence "Gorilla Gang Ova Dem" or "G.G.O.D" was formed. In 2017 Bramma GGod ended his contract with SLock Entertainment to focus on the independent GGOD Record label which Krvcial is officially signed. 

At the turn of the year, 2019 Krvcial GGOD has a clear vision as to where he intended to take his career,  "to the highest level until I no longer have to introduce himself anymore" he said. The release of his first track, "Rocket" produced by G3k Music has set the pace for an interesting year. Follow Krvcial GGod on social media @krvcialggodalmighty on Instagram and @ggodrecords Instagram and Facebook.

Artiste Name: Jah Izrehl 
Country of Origin: Jamaica 
Genre/Style: Neo-Roots Reggae
Label Affiliation: Indie

Jah Izrehl is our Artiste "In Tha Spotlight"

Born Lloyd Watson, September 8, 1989, in Kingston, Jamaica. The artist known as Jah Izrehl is the first child of Lloyd Watson and Novelette Fletcher and was raised in the district of Cromarty Grove in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He attended Johnathan Grant High school where he became an avid participant in the sport of Cricket and represented his school at competitions.

Jah Izrehl's musical background aligns with his uncle Little Twitch a popular deejay in the 1980s. He honed his skill as a singer/songwriter during his formative years at school as well as acknowledge and adhere to the Rastafarian faith. A lover of music, Jah Izrehl is an ardent fan of underground rap/hip-hop music as well as the music of Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, and Lee Scratch Perry.

Jah Izrehl toasting experience began on one the founding sound systems of reggae music, Stur Gav. His deep roots and knowledge of genre developed from watching eminent DJ Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry.

In 2014 Jah Izrehl met Navino from popular dancehall artist Aidonia's J.O.P. camp who motivated him and boosted his self-confidence. Jah Izrehl also founded independent label, Astro Music and have worked with producer Jovi Dupree releasing singles, Music A Mad Mi, On My Way and Better Dan That.

In 2015 he met Bredroc Music boss Audley 'Breddie' Allen who manages reggae artist Sophia Squire. He was introduced by his son and producer, Raheem Allen. Jah Izrehl started working with the label and alongside Sophia Squire gaining exposure from performing live on major events, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and The St. Ann Kite Festival.

Bredroc Music formed an alliance with Global Flex Records to undertake the artist managerial responsibilities. This talented reggae singjay is poised for a major break in the reggae/dancehall industry. His aim is to saturate the genres fan bases with motivational and inspiring messages. Jah Izrehl is a street fire-brand who is authentic and musically aligned with the poor and downtrodden. Give him your ears and your mind will follow.

Artist: Sativa D Black1
Country of Origin: Jamaica 
Genre/Style: Reggae/Dancehall 
Label Affiliation: Indie

Born Shaun Damian Smith, February 8, 1982, to parents Delores Anderson and Derrick Smith famously known for its bustling weekly fresh produce market, nestled north-northwest of Spanish Town in the Parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica

Growing up in D-Side District Sativa D Black1's upbringing both humbled and humor him at the same time. His mother, a household helper, and market vendor and father, a bus driver, occupied a one bedroom shack with their five children. Life could not get tougher for the family, Derrick Smith was never home and Sativa's mother was overworked, underpaid and stressed. Sativa, his brothers, and sister faced humiliation almost daily from kids at school. They were mocked for wearing clothes that always seem to draw just too much attention as well as their overall living conditions which made going to school an uphill task.

Linstead All Age (now Primary and Junior High) and Bog Walk Secondary schools would become the most of schooling Sativa D Black1 got with education. At age 15 he intentionally dropped out of Bog Walk Secondary at the end of the first term, yielded by the need to seek employment so he could assist his depressed mother. He took a job at a supermarket in the town where he worked for 10 years.

The 34 years old dread-locked entertainer resisted the temptation to part-take in school football competitions during his formative years due to poverty-stricken conditions but jumped at a second opportunity years later and became known as the skillful Forward, 'Tommy Skunk' in the parish. The name he took on from a joke between him and a friend about an elder who would pay them $10 to run errands before he ended up in prison. The football competitions he played were also fun but he would excel as his passion and skill propelled him in the sport from a minor to national league player.  Tommy Skunk then created a major opportunity for himself but the mental defect of his unfortunate past overrode a once in a lifetime opportunity. After the first training session with National league team Rivioli, Sativa D Black 1 walked away.

Nonetheless, the multi-talented dread-locked entertainers' suffering and tribulations made him compassionate coupled with the warmth of the people in and around his community, nightlife activities such as a 'penny concert', clubbing and amenities the busy town of Lindstead offers positively impacted his life. Music and entertainment overshadowed the difficult times so he alluded to it.

He formed an alliance with friends who were also relentless in their efforts to get heard and started selecting on a sound system called Upsetta. From there Sativa D Black1 gained experience mixing deejays as they toasted live.  The move would become a launch pad for his own career as one fateful Friday night he was coaxed into showing off his own talent and came to realize his true potential.

Influenced by the likes of Capleton, Sizzla and Bounty Killer, Sativa D Black1 strong vocals, playful lyrics, and charisma quickly captured the hearts of his 'parishioners'.  The name Tommy Skunk stuck with him only for a while as it was deemed 'inappropriate' when he entered the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition in 2012. He renamed himself, Sativa which was used to describe 'high energy marijuana' and added 'D Black1' to distinguish himself from a female artiste also of the same name. Sativa D Black1 did not make it as a finalist in the highly publicized Magnum competition but would have benefited from its massive exposure across the island.

In 2015 Sativa D Black1 released his first recording, "No AK" and 'Elders' produced by Hungry Mouth Production. He then went on to record and release another track entitled 'Know Jah' on the Wade Wade Productions label. But it was his signing with New York-based CharmB Productions label that made a positive impact on his career. In 2016 he released a single called, "Petty Thief" on the YGF Recording label which created quite a stir before releasing his first official single "Ungrateful" off his 2017 EP of the same title produced by CharmB Productions. 

This St. Catherine native Shaun 'Sativa D Black1' Smith has truly made his mark. His impressive stagecraft, clarity, high energy, and witty lyrics set him apart from his peers and proves he's definitely here to stay!. 

Artiste Name: Papi Kat 
Country of Origin: Jamaica 
Genre/Style: Reggae/Dancehall 
Label Affiliation: Indie

Born August 12, 1989, to parents Lurline Barnett and Roman Simmonds, reggae recording sing-jay Anthony Ricardo Simmonds a.k.a. Papi Kat, grew up in Mavis Banks, a rural coffee farming community about 10 miles northeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Papi Kat is one of seven siblings he was born in Content Valley district. 

Papi Kat recalls coming to a realization that he would likely pursue a music career, he won another of several intense musical clashes held often at school.                       As the crowd gathered his competitors were seemingly brave and skillful but he was determined to win so he always triumphed over them all. They had lunch, his only hope of having lunch was winning so he emerged a winner.

Papi Kat was always prepared to go after what he wanted or whatever it takes to elevate himself.  He would also hustle in the streets selling bag juice, clothing, and fruits in Half Way Tree, Kingston just to get by. This lifestyle he adopted due to financial constraints his parents experienced. By age 18 Papi Kat was a seasoned street vendor and having accepted such way of life, he wasted no time feeling sorry about his situation.  

In 2014 Papi Kat recorded 5 singles in the studio in between his day job working as a Gardener. He subsequently released two of the songs entitled, 'Black Woman' and 'Ghetto Youth Rise Up' inspired by real-life experiences. The 25-year-old sing-jay eager to succeed performed at the annual Kite Festival in Ocho Rios in April 2015 and the Taylor Hall Cultural Show Concert in February of the same year at the University of the West Indies to exciting applause.

In an interview on NewsTalk 93 FM radio station in Kingston, Papi Kat when asked how he sees himself in another 5 years said, "I see myself as a household name in Jamaica and the reggae/dancehall music industry on a whole."  Check out this single, 'Hush Mama'  independently produced by Papi Kat and featuring a singer known as Renzo. The song which he independently produced is inspired by real-life experience, the death of his brother. Click Soundcloud player above.

Introducing King Jazzy, a real Jamerican, dancehall, hip-hop, and electronic artiste. King Jazzy, was born in New York City and raised in the quiet fishing town of Oracabessa located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He often credits the universality of his music with having a diverse environment, and with the introduction, he was given at a young age to reggae music at Black Love Studio, a family run business. 

Bursting with energy, Jazzy wears many hats in the music world, including singer, songwriter, producer (sound and video), promoter, and fan. Officially, he currently holds the title of Creative Director at SMG Productions, which was recently signed to Shady Universal under a publishing contract. 

To date, he released numerous singles, some of which have gained prominence in the dancehall scene, like "Plainclothes" and the album Jazzifrass, which features an eclectic mix of dancehall, hip-hop, and reggae. Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with artists such as Maxi Priest, Capelton, Luciano, and the legendary Sugar Minot. His most recent collaboration "Ride In" with Ding Dong, recorded at Gargamel Studio in Kingston, Jamaica is sure to be the next big summer anthem. To hear and download Jazzy's music, check out

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