Our Interview with Mario Evon: Reggae-Soul Fusion at its Best!

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Stevie Face,  AlaineCezar and Benjy Myaz  are just some of the artists Mario Evon has sung backup vocals for during his singing career.  Now, he’s emerged as a solo artist and has performed extensively in both the Caribbean and United States.

As a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Mario Evon’s reggae-soul fusion is nothing short of amazing.  His unique sound earned multiple performances at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (2009, 2010 & 2013), opening for Marion Hall, Jon Secada, Hall & Oates and Gladys Knight.  His hit singles, “You Used 2 Love Me” and “Love In Di Mawnin”, continue to serenade audiences everywhere.  Recently, we got a chance to chat with Mario about his music, the Jazz and Blues Festival and more.

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Intik “Notre Devoir”

*Photos: Various sources

Country/Region: Algeria (North Africa)

Intik [Photo Courtesy of YouTube]

Intik [Photo Courtesy of YouTube]

This Algerian hip-hop & reggae fusion band gets its name from the local slang for “no problem”, but ironically sings about their country’s tense social and political situation.  Intik formed in 1988 when a group of four friends (aged 10-14) bonded over their passion for hip-hop and reggae.  The band’s sound matured with their age and they soon gathered an underground following playing small clubs.  Ten years later in 1998, Intik received an invitation from Imhotep (a popular French Algerian rapper) to perform at a famous hip-hop festival in Marseilles, France.  This was the catalyst to their success and Intik soon released their debut album in 2001.

“Notre Devoir (Our Duty)” is a conscious tune about unity in our trouble world.  “Our duty is to come together/To put our cards on the table/Let’s not tear each other apart/Think for a moment/The future is taking off/You’d be better off thinking of uniting/The last train is about to go by/Expand your vision/Stop looking at the end of your nose.”

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Our Interview with Brick and Lace’s Nyanda: Reggae and Dancehall’s Newest Rising Star

Nyanda Blue with Glasses 2Remember that popular summer hit, “Love is Wicked”, by the sister duo Brick and Lace?  VP Records featured the jam on their Reggae Gold 2009 compilation album.  Now in 2013, Nyanda, (one half of that duo) has gone solo and has been heating up the charts across the world.  Her sexy dancehall remix of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” has spent 6 Weeks on UK’s Urban Club Chart and is not showing any signs of slowing down!  Not only does she cover songs, she writes her own as well.  Her recent hits “Slippery When Wet” and “Boom and Rave” (featuring Mr. Vegas) are blazing the dancehalls.   We got a chance to talk with Nyanda about her music, songwriting and much more.

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Nyanda “Trouble” (Taylor Swift Dancehall Reggae Cover)

Photos courtesy of Eric Christian King, Nyanda and Black Lion Music Group

Check out this wicked dancehall cover of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” by Nyanda.  Her unique dancehall reggae rendition of the pop country hit has spent 6 Weeks on UK’s Urban Club Chart and continues to gain popularity across the world!  “The mere fact that a dancehall version of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” exists makes the heart swell with happiness; the way Nyanda flips the pronouns to make herself the femme fatale is an inspiring touch.”      [Metro UK: Alex Macpherson].

What do you think of Nyanda’s version of “Trouble”?  Which version do you like better?  Comment below! 


 

Majek Fashek “African Unity”

Photos: Various Sources including Tuff Gong International

Country/Region: Nigeria (West Africa)

In “African Unity”, Majek Fashek calls for peace between rival groups; he sings, “when will the Jews and Muslims unite?  When will the Christians and the Muslims come together?”  Majek says, “My dream is to bring two cultures together; the European and the African.  I don’t believe in color.  Who knows the color of God?”  His positive message of world peace reflects Bob Marley’s message of “One Love” and is an inspiration to everyone.

Not only is the message powerful, but so is his music.  Take a listen a see for yourself why Majek Fashek has become one of the most well-known international reggae artists.

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