October 3, 2013
Iba Mahr a trending topic in Europe
Iba Mahr - File
CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer
Reggae artiste Iba Mahr is spreading his musical wings in Europe, following several requests from European promoters to have him their festival line-ups.
The artiste, who recently performed at the record-breaking Rototom Sunsplash in Benicāssim, Spain, is now plotting to produce and release his debut album after coming to the realisation that Europe is calling for one.
Iba Mahr executed a month-long European tour in August called 'Let Jah Lead The Way'. This tour saw him performing from what is now a quickly growing catalogue.
According to the artiste, songs like Great is H.I.M., Will I Wait in Vain, Sound A Alarm, Burning, and Let Jah Lead The Way have compensated for not having an album thus far.
"We don't know what we doing in Europe, but we doing it," Iba Mahr said.
The artiste admits that he was intimidated by the prospect of the tour without an album under his belt. However, he said his angst was unfounded and quickly turned into amazement when he saw how much his music was welcomed by fans in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium and Holland.
"I was quite surprised at times at the songs that people wanted me to perform. Some of these songs were recorded as far back as 2009, when I initially began my musical pursuits," Iba Mahr told The STAR.
The reggae act credits his reception in Europe to the far- reaching impact and influence of Jamaican music on the world stage.
"I beg that we nurture and preserve the positive aspects of our own culture, and as for this Reggae Revival movement from out of Jamaica, it is a blessing to the genre, and I am happy that I am a part of it," Iba Mahr said.
The European experience has spurred on Iba Mahr and he is now working on the production and release of his debut album, a project which he hopes will be completed by the end of 2013, with more zeal.
"It was very clear throughout my whole Europe experience that what fans, promoters, and the media wanted most was the album. So now, it has become my top priority," he revealed.
For the upcoming album, he has joined forces with the iconic Tuff Gong studio and has recorded tracks with Jermaine 'Lenky' Edwards and Roland 'Rollie' McDermot of Born Rollin Productions.
Iba Mahr is expected to leave for the United States leg of the 'Let Jah Lead The Way' tour, starting later this month and ending in November.