Reggae emerges in California – Jah Sun on the Rise!
JAH SUN “Battle the Dragon” Promo Mix by DJ CHILD of P.G.M.
From the heart of Humboldt County, California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific, Jah Sun emerges as an artist dedicated to global and social healing. Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae and world music with conscious and uplifting lyrics, he hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others to live to their ultimate potential.
Jah Sun brings his message of love and unity with a variety of vocal styles. From fierce hip-hop explo- sions, to melodic ballads, rootsy anthems and sensual dancehall licks, he brings something for everyone. Re- gardless of style, the common theme throughout all his music is the consistent message of positivity, love and respect, and kindness to all.
Jah Sun has gained great recognition in the reggae industry and other mainstream markets. In 2006, he was nominated for “Hip-Hop Single of the Year” at the ‘LA Music Awards’. In that same year, his single entitled ‘Fyah Dance’ was featured on the fall season premiere of MTV’s hit show, “Laguna Beach”. This momentum continued the following year when FUEL TV’s Vans Downtown Showdown featured singles “The Height of Light” and ‘Nuff a Dem’. To date, “No Bonez No Blood” has received the most international recognition with the highest rotation on radio and television worldwide.
One thing that is for sure about Jah Sun, is that since he appeared on the scene in 2006 he has been one of the fastest rising reggae talent in Northern California, selling thousands of albums and touring some of the most popular festivals in the west coast including: Reggae Rising, Earthdance, Monterey Bay, Seattle Hempfest and Northwest World Reggae Festival. Jah Sun continues to gain new fans every step of the way even in Europe where he has recently captured audiences in major cities in Italy, Sweden and Spain.
His most recent project is the recording of his newest album “Battle the Dragon” which he says was inspi- red by “the state of the world” in this current time. He explains that people are constantly battling with different elements from “the rebellions in the middle east, the riots in London and even our own – Occupy Wallstreet”, the album is an expression of how we should combat these negative situations as “it is evident that the world is ready for a new paradigm.”
Battle ‘the dragon’ can mean different things to different people, but he believes the “the dragon is an illu- sion that we are not all one people, and that we are separate from the earth and each other.” Jah Sun ex- presses great passion in the execution of his work, using personification and imagery to tell his story. In his opinion, the victory in the battle can only be achieved when people realise that that they are in fact connected to the world and each other. “I feel this is the only way to restore harmony to the earth and her children,” he said.
Like his recent records, the current album will feature collaborations with some of the biggest names in reggae including MOBO award winner Alborosie from Italy, Gentleman from Germany, J Boog representing the Pacific Islands, Gappy Ranks out of London and Mr. Perfect from Jamaica – the original home of reggae music. According to the Cali native, the artistes featured were carefully selected and their contribution symbolises the enormity of reggae music’s impact around the world.
“On this album I wanted to show how the music and message from Jamaica has spread all over the world. I wanted to feature guests from all over the world to show the unity in the music,” he explained. This is the fourth album recorded by the artiste since his debut in 2006. “Battle the Dragon” is scheduled to be released in 2012. The newest singles are currently available on itunes including tracks from his pre- vious albums ‘Height of Light’, ‘Stronger’ and ‘GRAVITY’ .