Jhaytea impresses with 'Love is Unity'


May 02, 2016
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Reggae music has inspired generations of artistes from all over the world. One such artiste is Jhaytea, who grew up in a small island of Roatan in the central Caribbean, off the coast of Honduras.

He has carved out a decent underground following in international reggae markets with his breakout Love is Unity album, which features Closer Baby and Yu Waan Jug'

"The feedback is tremendous so far, that is why I have come to Jamaica to shoot videos and promote the singles," he said.

Jhaytea was born and raised in a small town by the name of Flowers Bay, where he was heavily influenced by reggae music, its sounds, and the images it conjured up in his head.

"Every Saturday morning, while cleaning up the yard, we would play music all day at home. At the age of eight years old, I began singing in church. I was introduced to lovers rock and dancehall music in Flowers Bay in the early '90s," Jhaytea said.

Some of Jhaytea's inspirations came from local groups and other artistes such as the Rockies, Lucky Dube, R Kelly, Tupac Shakur, Capleton, and Shaggy.

At 12, he started performing around Roatan Island, using his nickname, Jhaytea. "I always dreamed of being a good example to my community and my island," the artiste, whose given name is Justin Brooks, said.

Now, he is in Jamaica to amp up promotions of his popular songs from the album. Jhaytea music can be purchased on iTunes.com and all major download websites.

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