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December 24, 2012
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Khalilah Rose on a musical mission

Khalilah Rose - Contributed

For reggae singer Khalilah Rose, being in the music business is not about the pursuit of fortune and fame. This talented Rastafarian empress has no time to be caught up in the hype of the music biz, as she is more concerned about setting the standards for roots reggae music on a global level.

She is on a serious musical mission in the name of Rastafari to restore the genre to its past glory.

Rose joined the Rastafari faith in 2009, the following year she moved back to Jamaica, where she was discovered by Tanya Thelwell of UMI Records. Since then, her career has been growing from strength to strength.

To date, she has recorded a number of popular singles, most notable are her collaborations with other cultural reggae acts such as Unite and Be Strong, done with Turbulence, and Jah Is Living, featuring Lutan Fyah. Both songs are featured on her debut album titled Zion's Lullaby, which was released on the Ackee & Dumplin imprint earlier this year. The 14-track album features production work from a number of top-flight musicians and producers, including Dean Fraser, Ed Robinson, Fifth Element Crew and Carl James.

Although Rose is not yet a household name in Jamaica, her music has spread far beyond the shores of her island home. As a result, she has made numerous appearances on events in Europe, Africa, Brazil, Israel and North America. The music video for her single titled Hail Him is currently enjoying strong rotation in South Africa.

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In addition, she has also won the New York Reggae Awards in the category for Best Roots and Culture Female Artiste earlier this year. She also recently graced the cover of the popular Canadian magazine, L3 Magazine.

Next year, Rose plans to release a number of new projects, including the music video for her single titled Unite and Be Strong. She's also looking forward to the relearap star Jadakiss titled Stop Talking. The track, which was produced by Kid Capri, is slated to be released early next year.

Rose was born in Portland, Jamaica, and moved to live in the United States of America at the age of five. She lived in the US for 20 years and returned to live in Jamaica after graduating from Hofstra University with a master's degree in education.

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