*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.
NBC The Voice’s star, Naia Kete
After appearing on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, Naia Kete’s musical career has continued to blossom. This bright, young singer/songwriter from Massachusetts, best known for her signature style of soulful pop-reggae with a hint of jazz, has been working with great artists such as Colbie Caillat and Linda Perry on her brand new EP, Fire Breather (digital version now available). In addition to writing her original music, she also arranges impressive reggae covers of pop songs on her You Tube Channel.
Catch Naia performing live this summer at various festivals!
When she’s not in the studio, you can catch Naia Kete doing what she does best – performing live! Recently, Naia performed the Monterey Bay Reggaefest that featured artists and bands like Rebelution, Slightly Stupid, Collie Buddz and Matisyahu. She’ll be back on tour this summer and will appear at various music festivals.
We caught up with Naia to talk about her experience on The Voice, her new EP and much more!
Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni
Stevie Face, Alaine, Cezar 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.