Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s Day; with this we introduce four Lionesses on The Rise. Eager to take some time to relax and catch up together, the House of Marley team took a trip to St. Thomas, Jamaica to meet at The Longboarder Bar just outside of Yallahs. Aside from good food and a beautiful sunset, we spent the evenining vibing with the singing sirens representing Jamaica’s fruitful pool of musical talent. Marla, Xana, Zia & Jane MacGizmo are each in their own lane pushing through with musical work that ranges from roots reggae sounds to dub & ‘dubtronic’ vibrations.
Daughter of the late Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown, Marla Brown is one of Jamaica’s top up and coming talents. Her recent EP Deliverance has helped catapult her music career while still managing to oversee her Father’s estate with the help of her mom & siblings. Her songs ‘Better Days’ and ‘Superstar’ play on radio in Jamaica and abroad. A new tribute album for father with VP records is forthcoming along with her own new singles set to release before the reggae princess will be keeping busy in front the mic & behind the scenes.
Xana Romeo is the Daughter of Reggae Veteran Max Romeo – who’s song Kanye West sampled ‘I Chase The Devil’ helped to bring his expansive catalog and unique sound to the ears of a new generation. Xana has released a series of songs in the last year all to rave review in the reggae roots community. ‘Rate Rasta’ is one of the favorites that plays in Roots and Culture events all around Kingston and beyond.
Her musical career is just beginning but with a soothing tone and potent lyrics we have high expectations. Next up is a mixtape with DJ and Roots Ambassador, Yaadcore along with touring Europe this Summer with her Dad & brother Azzizi Romeo.
Jane MacGizmo FREE FROM BABYLON! Is the track that brought our attention to Jane Macgizmo with an atmospheric reggae dub sound. This young siren is presently working with famed Chronixx Producer Teflon, together they are developing a sound that enhances Jane’s natural vocal texture, thematically speaks to the conscious minds of her fans, while fusing hard hitting bass heavy rhythms to make you move. Her follow up single ‘Black Skin’ is the perfect update to reggae dub music library.
From Television host, Model, & Fashionista, Zia Benjamin embodies creativity. Her musical journey is a longtime coming; her song ‘NO FAME’ produced by the legendary Rory Stone Love has gotten our ears in tune. A jazzy reggae vibe with a classic Sly & Robbie like kick we are looking forward to her next releases.
words: Jason Panton // visuals: Nile Saulter @Nilus1xx