A new all-female reggae album featuring more than a dozen of the best female singers in the business was released on Friday.
IRIE and Res Staudenmann came together to produce a new project featuring female reggae and dancehall artists from around the world. The 17-track album, available Friday (21 August), consists of tracks all recorded over an amazing instrumental produced by Swiss music producer Res Staudenmann.
The fantastic selection is suitably dubbed Female reggae voices and includes some extremely talented female singers from Jamaica, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, England and other parts of the world. Some of the women starring in the project are Joby Jay, Rosh Rebel, Samora, Irina Mossi, Zoe Mazah, Chiney Kiki and more.
The all-female riddim selection offers a varied lineup of women bringing something different to each track, but with the same uplifting energy. Urban Islandz has caught up with Jamaican vocal powerhouse Rosh Rebel, who is the voice behind the album’s fourth track “Testimony,” an inspirational ballad about overcoming. The singer told us that the song “tells the story of how I managed to get through some of the toughest times with the sole guidance of the Almighty.”
Speaking of the album itself, Rosh says, “It’s a wonderful initiative and project that I’m honored to be a part of.” This project is the latest effort to promote and provide a global platform for women artists in reggae and dance hall Recently, more women are taking the spotlight and steadily climbing the industry ladder. Protoje is among the artists who have recently made it their mission to advance women in music, supporting singers like Sevanna, Jaz Elise and Lila Iké.
Female reggae voices is currently available on Spotify, and the artists will also be featured in IRIE’s August 2020 issue.
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NOW OUTSIDE! GO CHECK! Link in bio. @femalereggaevoices This is «Female Reggae Voices», one of the very few international riddim selections with exclusively female singers. 17 artists from all over the world sing their song on the same instrumental and the result is just amazing. There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about women being less nurtured in the music industry, being booked less at festivals, receiving less attention and being less rewarded for their art. The aim of “Female Reggae Voices” is to give the participating artists a boost in reach, audience, visibility and recognition, because the music industry is still a very male-dominated world, unfortunately so is the reggae scene of the rise of artists like Koffee and Lila Ike?. So, to make a small contribution to change, here’s this brand new riddim album featuring only female reggae singers! You’ll see «Female Reggae Voices» is more than just another riddim selection. You can feel the passion and commitment of the participants in every second, in every sentence of the lyrics. Each of the songs on this compilation is a real gem, each tune telling its own deep and important story. The artists sing about women’s rights, feminism, the struggle against racism, their self-empowerment, they sing about freedom, love and unity.