*(Release Date 12/11/10)
Jahdan Blakkamoore is a Guyanese, New York-based artist who has taken it upon himself to produce as diverse a collection of music as possible,
uniting the world music community by building bridges between genres. Rather than riding the well-worn road of branding
one sound, Blakkamoore defies all intuitive marketing methods to create a catalogue of tunes that employ styles from
all corners of the globe. Fusing reggae with hip-hop is just the tip of the iceberg. Blakkamoore’s projects also
draw from the rich fabrics of traditional r&b, afrobeat and latin sounds, folding in contemporary subgenres like
dubstep and grime. His variety is owed to his fearless collaborations as he opts to work with equally bold producers.
Partnerships are never chosen based on the biggest name or the longest list of credentials. Instead, choices are organically
cherry-picked from both the vast bodies of underground and mainstream artists and producers to yield projects like the
dubstep mixtape that took on a life of its own and wound up Blakkamoore’s debut solo album, 'Buzzrock Warrior'.
In light of the impending release of his sophomore solo album 'Babylon Nightmare', Jessica Dore had a chance to
talk to Mr. Blakkamoore in one of his few published interviews about immigration, music education, his existing and
upcoming projects, and a brand new reason to give thanks for the late great Mikey Dread...
Mixtapes by Jahdan
Also featured on many other mixtapes
* Cds Available at Jah
Nigel "Niyorah" Olivacce was born in Dominica but raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands on St. Thomas. Since his early days with Star Lion Family (a
collective of seven V.I. artists including the one Pressure Busspipe), through the releases of his first two albums, a “mixtape”
project with Oakland-based producer DJ Child of Project Groundation Massive and his most recent album, 'Feel Your Presence'
(his first to be produced in Jamaica), Niyorah has shown tremendous promise and progress alike. Boasting the melodic
chanting style characteristic of V.I. roots reggae; unabashed explorations in hip-hop and r&b; conscious spirituality;
and critical social and political commentaries, Niyorah’s music is, as it should be, an open window into what he
knows best: From his upbringing with a renowned Caribbean Bush Doctor father, through a lineage that traces back through
generations of a musical ancestry. In early August, Jessica Dore talked with the artiste via cell phone from Oakland
down to a boat in the Caribbean, from which Niyorah answered a few questions while cruising from one island to another
just before he left the crystal waters for his “Feel Your Presence” tour...
Mixtapes Hosted by Niyorah
Also has apperared
on numerous other mixtapes.