Jah Hero

»After many years of playing in bands and in collaboration with other musi­cians, Jah Hero finally released his highly anticipated debut solo album ›Chants of Freedom‹ on the 16th of March 2016. Recorded in Berlin, where the artist now resides, this album is packed with internatio­nal influences, and describes a courageous journey of a compelling African artist. With an eclectic mix of Roots Reggae meets World-Beat, this album is definitely a milestone in the Gam­bian’s music path thus far, and marks a promising beginning to a successful solo career. The lyrical content is a refreshing balance of political, romantic and Rastafarian views, which makes this album interesting, and meaningful. Although predominately Reggae, one can feel Jah Hero’s African influence through­out the entire album. He has found a brilliant way of incorporating Jah Hero Chants of Freedom Final Artwork BACKAfrican elements and themes into his well-composed Reg­gae beats, and has created a significant and unique album that is not to be missed. One track that definitely stands out is the Dancehall song ›Burn Down Rome‹ at the end of the album. Albeit Dancehall, it is not your regular track with lyrics one would expect. On the contrary, Jah Hero shows that he is a truly versatile artist, who can portray his message of unity amongst all, and bring out the African vibes that he is clearly proud of, no matter the genre. Welcome Jah Hero, we salute you for this engaging, and impressive piece of work!« (jahhero.com)

»Born Joseph Mendy on the 20th of July 1980, Jah Hero grew up in The Gambia, where he started off as a DJ, and later formed The Roots Bongo Band with fellow Gambian musicians. In 2009 he moved to London, where he began learning sound engineering, and recorded an album for the band. The first single ›Leaders of Tomorrow‹ written, and performed by Jah Hero was played on BBC 1 Radio introducing his music in the UK. In the summer of 2012 he temporarily moved to The Gambia together with fellow band singer Nina Beste, to promote the band’s album and to go on a national tour. During his time in The Gambia, Jah Hero appeared on several local TV shows such as ›Starline‹, ›Fatou Show‹, and ›Banjul Night Live‹. He gave interviews, and press conferences about his journey, and the band on local radio shows and for newspapers, and he co-hosted the radio programme ›Around The World With Nina‹ on Paradise FM. He also played for several Charity Organizations, including Open The Gate, to support the education of Gambian youth. Having a German lead singer – Nina Beste – in the band, their message of unity, and respect amongst each other, was one of their greatest missions. Jah Hero has since kept this mission, and message in his music, and even features Nina Beste on several songs of his album, as well as collaborating on making Pop songs into Reggae covers. In 2014 Jah Hero left the band, and moved to Berlin, Germany, where he has been recording his debut solo album. His first single ›Rise‹ was released online by his management / indie label ›Manjago Vibrations‹ in September 2015. He performed with a live band at Reggae shows in Berlin, and across Germany, and plays gigs with the Solid Vibrations Band from Berlin. Solid Vibrations is an international Reggae Band based in Berlin. The band was formed by Jah Hero & Gold-E Locks in 2015, and is currently backing artistes such as Chuck Fenda. In March 2016 Jah Hero embarked on his first Europe Tour as the opening act for Reggae Legend ›Chuck Fenda‹, including several live band shows backed by his band ›Solid Vibrations‹. His first solo album ›Chants of Freedom‹ was released on the 16th of March 2016, and has since been well received by his fans and the Reggae Scene internationally, with airplay all around the globe.« (observer4235.rssing.com/chan-60036278/latest.php)

JAH HEROS KONZERT AUF DEM 1. INTERKULTURELLEN FESTIVAL AFRIKA-FEST 1000 DRUMS AM 27. JULI 2019 IN HALLE D DER KULTURFABRIK WERK 2 ist von Tontechniker*innen unseres Vereines und des Kulturfabrik WERK 2 e.V. in seinen Mikrofon-Gesangsspuren aufgezeichnet worden, die Aufnahmen bedürfen jedoch, ebenso wie die Konzertaufzeichnungen Noma Nkwalis und Bala Ranks’ vom selben Festivaltag noch der Ergänzung um die Begleitspuren seines Bühnen-Soundsystems, um hier angemessen wiedergegeben werden zu können.

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