Iya Chant aims to broaden fan base
Dub poet Iya Chant hopes to differentiate himself from the pack with conscious messages. With his lyrical capabilities focusing on spirituality and social issues, he aims to broaden his growing fan base.
One of his songs, Africa, which features singer Terry Linen, is an attempt to capture a different demographic.
The song, which pays tribute to the motherland, was produced by Roland McDermot.
Iya Chant, whose real name is Michael Reid, is from the Whitehall Avenue area of Kingston. From an early age, he honed his craft on sound systems such as Crystal Disco, Inna City and Silver Hawk. During that time, he developed a unique style of mixing reggae with dub poetry.
A few years ago, he linked up with producer and engineer Roland McDermot, who has played an important role in the development of his career.
"Iya Chant is an artiste with a unique musical message. I am on a mission to re-educate and reform the minds of a people who have been deceived and misguided. My musical chants echo the words of our ancestors as a guiding light through the wilderness," Iya Chant said.
Iya Chant's next single is titled Man a Cry, Man a Bawl.