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December 3, 2012
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Iba Mahr - a staple of reggae and dancehall shows

Iba Mahr - File

Rastafarian firebrand Iba Mahr has emerged as one of the leading voices of a new reggae-soul movement in reggae music this year. Known for his breakout hit, 'Will I Wait', and his electric live performances, Iba Mahr has become a staple of reggae and dancehall shows locally.

In October, Iba Mahr completed a whirlwind three-week press junket in the USA, where he did a host of radio interviews on several stations in the US, most notably one of Georgia's best known Internet radio stations, Flava Radio 'Da Vibes' with Rico Vibes. Iba Mahr closed off his three week promotional run through the US with a highly charged performance in Chicago's popular reggae joint - The Underground Wonder Joint.

On his return to Jamaica, he performed at Reggae Evolution at Studio 38 in New Kingston, closing off a memorable night of performances which included the likes of Nadine Sutherland, Ken Boothe, and newcomer Kabaki Pyramid.

On November 17, I & I Worldwide opened their first show 'Live from Kingston' at the Base Kingston and Belle Fashion store, Upper Manor Park Plaza with Iba Mahr performing on the night.

"I am elated to be a part of this movement, I appreciate live music and wherever authentic reggae music is being advocated, I am pleased to be noticed," Iba Mahr said. The show also featured the artiste's super-talented peers such as Chronixx and Keida.

Iba Mahr is also making waves internationally as he gave a great account of himself when he performed alongside Anthony B in Barbados at the jampackedReggae Summer Blast show.

Currently Iba Mahr continues to make strides with Will I Wait moving up on Gusma's top 20 singles chart on TPN Radio in Europe. The chart also features singles from Chino, Morgan Heritage and international star Snoop Lion. Other songs such as Burning peaked in the top ten of the Stampede Reggae chart, while his successful single, Great Is H.I.M, held the No.1 spot on the Bess 100 FM singles chart for three weeks. The song, voiced on a predominantly bass-driven rhythm, reflects the artiste's philosophy of righteousness, spiritual awakening and the tenets of Rastafari.

"The message transcends globally and is not secluded only to the Rastafarian community but in essence, the true inspiration comes from life in itself and the teachings of His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M)," said Iba Mahr.

The singer has also found the mark with singles such as Sound Alarm and Born Free and his powerful brand of roots reggae is having a growing influence on the younger generation of Rastafarians and the wider audience of 'mixed cultures.'

Look out for new songs from this talented reggae artiste which will be released at the end of the year.

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