Blessed – Caribbean Music

BLESSED
VARIOUS REGGAE TRACKS FROM THE CARIBBEAN
Zion Roots Music, an affiliate of CRS Music and Media, stands by its mission statement, “To promote reggae artistes from the region who have a conscious and positive message and to expose them locally, regionally and globally”.
After traveling in the region promoting the four album released on the label since its creation in 2006 ( Reggae Baje vol 1 & Reggae is Love compilation, Natural Black “Guardian Angel” and Hotta Flame “Life”) we realized the vast amount of talents in this part of the World and the lack of opportunities to promote their music. We decided to compile a Reggae album featuring Artists from the Eastern Caribbean Region and South America and while unifying as One Caribbean we are joining efforts with Miss World Barbados Leah Marville’s Love Campaign to promote Reggae Music from the region and encourage people not to Judge, just Love.
THE LOVE CAMPAIGN
Founded by Leah Marville in 2009, the Foundation was created with the mission of helping children living with or affected by HIV Aids.
The Love Campaign set out to achieve 3 main targets:
1. Encourage people to Abandon the HIV Stigma
2. Collect food Donations for the HIV Food Bank
3. Create the first ever School Assistance program in Barbados for Children

ARTISTS FEATURED ON THE ALBUM
From Barbados: Buggy, Hotta flames, Daniel, Albert Olton, Ras Al-I, Ayana John, LRG, Orakle, Brimstone, Remoh.
From St Lucia: Meshach
From Trinidad: Queen Omega
From St Vincent: Abuza and Yaphatto
From Guyana: Ras Shem, Little J, Mystic

Click to hear samples from this Blessed Album
For more info, please contact Anies on 420 8550/243 3889 or email: anies@crsmusic.com
MORE INFORMATION ON THE ARTISTS
BUGGY NHAKENTE
Born Ryan Chase, Barbados’ Reggae Artist of the Year 2010 – Buggy Nhakente’s road to success is clearly defined and stamped with conscious lyrics, as he demonstrates the true meaning of his name Nhakente – “The Spirit of the people expressed through music”. With phenomenal collaborations with Sizzla included in his repertoire, and the successful release of his debut solo album “NHAKENTE”, he has performed intensively for the past two years with his band Fully Loaded.
HOTTA FLAMES
Singer, Songwriter, Disc Jockey, Producer, Hotta Flames opened Bigg Rock Studio in 2000 and has since produced and written songs for himself including regional Hit “Girls need More” and for other artists in the Caribbean.. His passion for music is driven by his message. “Upliftment, education, love for oneself, for others and for the earth, a spirit of oneness.” Now based in New York he is working on promoting his talents in America while visiting Barbados regularly to perform at all the major shows.
DANIEL
After playing as a keyboardist with various bands in Barbados, Daniel, a songwriter, composer joined reggae band Fully Loaded and completed his first single ‘Come Away’ released on Zion Roots Album “Reggae is Love” Two years later he is still receiving extensive airplay for this track and the other singles he has recorded since.
ALBERT OLTON
Albert Olton decided to dedicate his talent to Reggae Music and performed as a lead singing guitarist with reggae bands such as Mo Lava (directed by James Lovell), Third Stone ( with lead vocalist Melody Man), Fully Loaded ( Buggy and Daniel). He has blessed many major stages in the region and has been very popular on the local circuit since. Albert Olton is now completing his forthcoming album entitled “Rock with me”.
RAS AL-I
Ras Al-I first single “No secret” was nominated for best Reggae single at the Barbados Music Awards 2006, he performed at numerous events and released “ Simplicity” on Zion Roots second album “ Reggae is love” .The Name Ras Al-I originated from the name Naphtali which is the name of one the twelve tribe of Israel, his tribe also. This is after studying the teaching and the works of Haile Selassie that he decided to become a member of the Rastafarian faith and devoted his work to serving the Most High and to spreading the love and happiness of Rastafari wherever the music takes him.
AYANA JOHN
Since she released her debut single in 2007 “Guns and Roses” Ayana John received numerous nominations at the Barbados Music Awards for Best video, Best R&B/Soul Artiste, Best Collaboration and Female Entertainer of the Year. In May 2009, Ayana’s self-entitled debut album was launched, on such she collaborated with Elephant Man and penned radio hit “Pose” which received great media coverage.
LRG
LR-G (Lion Rastafarian Guide) has been performing in Barbados for the past 3 years. His first release “Never Listen” received great rotation on the airwaves. In 2007 he released “Final Warrior” on Zion Roots Music which exposed his music to the rest of the Caribbean and the US. While pursuing writing new songs he continued to perform actively on the local scene. In 2009 he collaborated with Ayana John, together they came up with “Paper Chase” which won the most downloaded tunes in history of the region.
BRIMSTONE
Brimstone has been performing in Barbados for more than a decade, he has opened for artiste such as Sizzla, Junior Gong, Coco Tea, Jah Cure, Movado, Beenie man, Bounty Killa just to name a few. His career has also taken him to Trinidad & Tobago where he performed at the Duali Festival, more recently he has taken a voyage to Jamaica where he recorded music at the Legion Family Studio under the Guerrilla Music Label. While in Jamaica he performed at various shows where he was well accepted by the Jamaican Public. Taking his inspiration from the Most High, he draws on his life experiences to drive his creative process and this adds an earthy appeal to his compositions. His music lends voice to the freedom fighter in him. But Brimstone has a lighter side, evidenced by his foray into the lovers’ rock genre with his song Butterflies.
OR-AKLE
Over the years Or-Akle developed a passion for music His abilities are multifaceted, though his true abilities lie in his creation of scathing lyrics, riveting rhythms and the other elements of great reggae or dancehall music. He has performed on major stages and opened for such acts as Sizzla, Gregory Issacs, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse and many more. Or-Akle strongly opposes injustice, deceit and racial intolerance, and endeavors in some way through his music to contribute to their eventual eradication. His belief is that, “An Oracle must prophesy an end to a mean state of affairs”.
REMOH
Joel Leonard Homer (Remoh) is a Musican, Singer, song writer, producer. He is born in Barbados but has relocated for the past ten years in London where he pursues his dream of producing Artists from the region and exposing them to the UK radios and promoters
MESHACH
Affectionately dubbed “The Voice of the Sufferer.” Meshach hails from the small village of Choiseul in the South of St. Lucia. Meshach and his band Wevolusion have performed extensively in the region. In 2002, he released his first full length CD “Awake.” recorded at Kronic Heights Studio in St Lucia and at Heavy Beat Studio in Miami with assistance from Willie Lindo. It was overdubbed at Majesty Studio in Atlanta. And hit #1 on the local charts and on WLIB in New York. Meshach is presently working on his second CD.
QUEEN OMEGA
Queen Omega hails from Trinidad.. She is part of the movement of young conscious female Reggae artists who refused to brand them selves as sex objects and have earned a high level of respect form the community, resurrecting the status of women to Queens, givers of life and teachers of the youth. Inspired by the teachings of Emperor Haile Selassie I, her writing blossomed with roots and reality themes proclaiming her love of Rastafari and embracing its life style. In 2000 she met Jamaican producer Mickey D, who brought her to London and recorded her debut album, “Queen Omega”. By the time she released her third album in 2004 “Away From Babylon” under Jet Star French Reggae fans had discovered and embraced her sound demanding live performances. Queen Omega was touring steadily and recording with top French production team Bost & Bim under the Special Delivery Music Label.
ABUZA
Abuza was awarded the “King Of Conscious Music” of 2004 and 2005, and went on to sell out all copies of his debut album “Love Til The End” without any major distribution support. To date it is still seen as the most successful locally produced album and the media hail Abuza as the most relevant artist to come out of the island in a long time. Abuza has performed extensively at live shows such as the St. Vincent’s Bluesfest and shared the stage with numerous regional world class entertainers such as Third World, Akon, Maxi Priest, Jah Cure, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse and many more.
YAPHATTO
Yaphatto hails from Murrays Village in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Yaphatto is a husky voiced lyrically conscious musician. He got into the music scene in St.Vincent ten years ago when three friends showed him some chords on a guitar. And with no budget but a lot of charm he has since recorded a string of local songs and as a result he has opened at many gigs for the likes of Third World, Beenie man, Jah Cure and many other reggae icons.
RAS SHEM
Ras Shem kick started his musical career in Barbados when he moved there in 2002, but formed as an artiste in his ancestral home of Guyana. A songwriter for nearly a decade, he recorded a 16 track album titled Hold On Strong, at Hotta Flames’ Big Rock Studio, from which the singles I Need A Touch, Babylon Payday and Jah Love Is Eternal were underground hits. He is currently working on his second album.Jah Will Provide expresses his never fading faith in God the Father, and affirms his Rastafarian beliefs
LITTLE J & MYSTIC FROM BRUTAL TRACKS STUDIO
Despite being unrecognized in the international music industry, Guyana is generating many young, talented artistes. Following the footsteps of Natural Black, Mystic and Little J are becoming rising stars in Guyana. Their music expresses their lifestyle, background and struggles. Mystic laments on how youths should not be suppressed by the current economical state of affairs in Guyana instead he urges youths to look towards a brighter tomorrow, Mystic & Little J always represents Guyana in their songs, which were all produced by the Brutal Tracks Recording Studio.
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