Mario Evon Serenades Listeners on Debut Album: Our Review of Reggae-Soul Vol. 1: M.E. On Love

*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.

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A ‘Sweet Kiss’ from Hawaii: Our Interview with Rebecca Beralas

*Photos courtesy of and provided by Rebecca Beralas 

Hawaii’s Rebecca Beralas’ has certainly come a long way. From her early days in elementary school, humming her favorite songs, to her later days in her adult years, leading underground reggae bands, Rebecca Beralas has finally released her debut EP album as a solo artist. This incredibly gifted songstress showcases her strong, yet soothing vocals with lyrics that touch on love, empowerment, struggle and self-reflection. Rebecca’s signature sound fuses lovers rock reggae, dub, R&B, pop, island and soul that brings joy to everyone’s ears with her uplifting array of original romantic ballads. Strongly influenced by both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae, Beralas’ music truly brings positive vibrations from both islands with the power to evoke the happiest memories of your life. With a powerful EP, we cannot wait to hear her full length LP! We recently sat down with Rebecca to discuss her upcoming album, Hawaiian reggae, future live shows and much more.

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New Zealand’s Romantic Reggae Star: Our Interview with Awa

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Awa

If you already didn’t know, reggae is immensely popular in New Zealand.  The genre was popularized as far back as the 1970s and 1980s by bands such as Herbs and Unity Pacific. In 1979, Bob Marley’s legendary concert, at the country’s Western Springs Stadium, had a tremendous influence on many artists to form their own bands; many believed it was the catalyst for the spread of the genre.  Additionally, some of the island’s Maori people gravitated towards the Rastafarian religion that also contributed to the rise of reggae in New Zealand.

Today, one of the most prominent artists to hit the scene is Awa (a former member of the band Nesian Mystik).  Now as a solo artist, his signature sound that blends romantic reggae and soulful R&B has captivated New Zealand’s listeners.  His debut EP, Native Intel (2011), earned him three Maori Music Awards for Best Maori Songwriter, Best Song and Best Maori Male Artist.  Two years later, Awa’s follow up album, Heartbeat (2013), broke the Top 10 New Zealand Album Chart for his hits “Home”, “Perfect Day” (featuring Hawaii’s Anuhea) and “Back In My Life” (featuring New Zealand’s House of Shem).  Now in 2014, this double platinum artist continues to pen more hit songs, especially on collaborations with CRSB and Pieter T.  Recently, we caught up with Awa to talk about his career, upcoming concert and latest single.

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Conscious Reasoning: Our Interview with Sweden’s Million Stylez

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Million Stylez

Beyoncé, Gentleman and J Boog are just a few names Swedish reggae star, Million Stylez, has collaborated with.  Whether it’s R&B, reggae, dancehall or hip-hop, he injects his signature vocal style that is a combination of singing, rapping and deejaying.  Although, he’s worked with many artists, Million Stylez maintains a strong solo career and has multiple albums under his belt.  His latest EP, Songs About You (2013), showcases his softer side that’s full of positive lover’s rock, one drop riddims.  Recently, we caught up with Million Stylez to chat about his upcoming new music, reggae’s popularity in Sweden and much more!

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Take Flight on a Reggae Jazz Journey: Our Interview with Jaime Hinckson

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Jaime Hinckson

Reggae music has no limits.  Whether he’s blending the genre with jazz, R&B or pop, Jaime Hinckson’s eloquent and passionate piano melodies soothe listeners everywhere.  At the age of 17, this talented young jazz pianist, from Miami, Florida, had the honor of sharing the stage with musical icons John Legend, Shaggy, Patti LaBelle, Al Green and Air Supply at the 2006 Jamaica Jazz Festival.  Now in his 20s, Jaime’s music has evolved into a unique style that appeals to a broad audience.  It can be heard on his debut album (Take Flight) that features both original songs and various cover tunes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Bob Marley and Tarrus Riley.  Recently, we got a chance to talk to Jaime about his new album, career highlights, the story behind “Miss Mac” and much more.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s Your Viewers’ Choice: Top 20 Reggae & Dancehall Love Songs from Around the World

*Photos: Various Sources

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked all of you (the viewers)  to submit your favorite reggae and dancehall love songs from around the world.  Thank you everyone for your excellent song suggestions.  Although we couldn’t include every single video, we included the most requested songs.   In no specific order, here are your top picks for this lovely month of February (which is also National Reggae Month).  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alexus Rose “Left Out” (USA)

Romain Virgo “Soul Provider” (Jamaica)

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Conkarah Fuses Reggae, Dancehall & Dubstep on “Be Mine”

*Photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.

Every so often, there are artists that manage to create their own style; this usually results from the experimentation of combining multiple musical styles outside their comfort zone.  Bob Marley and The Wailers, Shaggy and Sean Paul were bold enough to do so and have gained international acclaim.

Conkarah is no different.  On his new EP, Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy (produced by Ezra), Conkarah fuses dubstep with reggae and dancehall to create a new style that we call “reggae-step”.  On his latest single, “Be Mine”, Conkarah mixes electronic dancehall rhythms, syncopated synth-reggae melodies and dramatic dubstep fader effects to craft this “reggae-step” love anthem.  Like most sing-jays, Conkarah switches between his fiery DJ toasting and sweet singing abilities throughout the song’s verses and choruses.  Both “Be Mine” and his EP prove that experimentation really does pay off.

What do you think of Conkarah’s “Be Mine” music video?  Comment below!  Be sure to follow Conkarah on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  You can also download a FREE copy of his new Loverbwoy/Rudebwoy EP on his Facebook page.

Mario Evon Serenades Us with “Soul Tek”

*Photos courtesy of Mario Evon & Reynaldo Martin

Have you ever experienced a deep, romantic connection with someone you’ve met for the very first time?  Mario Evon sure has; in “Soul Tek”, the reggae-soul singer/songwriter describes his serendipitous encounter with a beautiful girl.  According to Mario, soul tek is “the state of being experienced, when the spiritual or immortal part of a human is captivated by the essence of another human upon first exposure.  It is often categorized by increased heart rate and an overwhelming desire to access and remain in the company of the other human in order to sustain the connection.”

“Soul Tek”, Mario’s first single off his debut album Reggae-Soul M.E. on Love Volume 1, was recorded at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica with a live band.  Evon’s smooth vocals and mollifying melodies create a catchy hook on the chorus:

Mi soul tek, mi soul tek yu baby
Soul tek to yu nah lie
Mi soul tek, mi soul tek to yu baby
Soul tek to yu cyaan hide

Sing along as you watch his new music video.  What do you think of “Soul Tek”?  Comment below!  “Soul Tek” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.  You can follow Mario Evon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Gyptian ft. Angela Hunte “Vixen”

*All photos courtesy of VP Records, Gyptian & Angela Hunte

Check out Gyptian‘s brand new music video for his latest single, “Vixen”, from his upcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records).  The song features songstress, Angela Hunte, who has worked with many reggae artists including Major Lazer and Slightly Stoopid.

What do you think of Gyptian & Angela Hunte’s “Vixen”?  Comment below!