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*Live performance photos courtesy of Michael Daley. Press photos courtesy of Randy Richards. Album artwork courtesy of Taj Francis. Full list of album credits on Mario Evon’s Bandcamp page.
“What is love?” asks Mario Evon on his debut full-length LP album, Reggae-Soul Vol. 1: M.E. On Love, that tells a classic “boy-meets-girl” love story. As Evon embarks on a romantic journey of his own, you can’t help but join him on this emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Filled with heart-felt, genuine lyrics, each song expresses Evon’s experience during different stages of a relationship.
Photos courtesy of Messenjah
Have you ever had enough of the constant barrage of negative news stories in the world? From corrupt governments, police brutality and other horrible events, there doesn’t seem to be much good news. One band, in particular, is tired of all of this and they have something to say about it …
“We’ve had it!
With all the games you’re playing,
while the system is failing now.
We’ve had it!
With all the lies you’re telling
my heart is rebelling.
We’ve had it!
Babylon is falling,
now the people are leaving town.”
These powerful lyrics by Canada’s legendary reggae pioneers, Messenjah, have returned with their brand new music video, “We’ve Had It”. The current band members consists of Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey (Lead vocals and guitar), Carl ” Carlos Bandana” Harvey (Lead guitar and vocals – lead guitar player of Toots and the Maytals for over two decades), Charles ” Tower” Sinclair (Bass), Hailie ” Slyly” Yeates (Percussion and Keyboards), Orville ” Wiz” Malcolm (Keyboards and Vocals) and Robert “Hagar” Stephenson (Drums and Vocals).
What’s your story? Everyone has one and we’ve all experienced difficult times in our lives. Although the details of our stories may differ, we can all relate to the lyrics of Golden Chyld’s “Uphill Battle”. This uplifting new single speaks of his own personal journey of overcoming adversity, despite life’s many obstacles.
It’s a stark contrast to his previous releases, “Joanna Wine” and Rise Up”, that are firmly rooted in dancehall. “Uphill Battle” is a softer ballad with gospel and reggae influences. Golden Chyld sets a strong spiritual atmosphere with heavenly strings and soothing saxophones for this soulful single as he sings, “never let the rest of us forget, we have a duty to [help] the less fortunate”. This isn’t just a lyric in the song; he is taking social action as well.