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February 10, 2014
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JahJah, Ashea bring the vibes with 'Young Star'

JahJah (left) and Ashea

Singer JahJah and his brother, deejay Ashea, have been creating musical waves in the Portmore community for some time now. Both are the sons of legendary musician Earl 'Chinna' Smith.

The duo has been the recipient of the Portmore Award for Best Newcomer. Their efforts have paid off with the release of their debut album, Young Star.

According to JahJah (real name Jahmai Smith), the intention of the album is to bring back real dancehall vibes to the party. "We wanted to recapture and bring back the real dancehall vibes with this album. We worked with Canadian reggae artiste Gisto and dancehall queen Sher on the album," said JahJah.

Ashea, real name is Itayi Smith, is 32. He and JahJah, 25, have been a duo for less than four years. They have released songs including Money Fi Turn, Broad Out and Stoop Dung.

JahJah, who works as an engineer at radio station Suncity 104.9 FM, said that growing up with parents who were professionals in music, helped to mould him and his brother as soulful artistes.

"Our parents gave us the necessary ingredients to create good music. We work tirelessly in the recording studio to produce an impressive catalogue of songs. We have also performed on television and stage shows and we have a growing fan base and support. We ask that the fans continue to support us on this journey," he said.

The duo describes their sound as a mix of reggae, rhythm and blues and dancehall with their own unique style. Young Star contains 18 tracks and is available at all online stores.

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