One Million Views – ‘Da MastaPeace’


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IYAH GIFT, an Jamaican artist just starting his career, has gained more than One Million views of his first music video “Da MastaPeace” on the Vube website. The song is a plea for peace while exposing injustice in the African Diaspora, and was first posted to the popular website at the end of June with little or no promotion. Yet it has caught the attention of thousands of viewers, leading to its unprecedented popularity. On Vube’s website weekly highlights of the videos with the most views, “Da MastaPeace” has been on the front page for the past 3 weeks — unprecedented attention for an unknown artist .

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Now the song has finally been released on YouTube.

Iyah Gift is the performance name of Seun Wilson, whose Jamaican/Nigerian parentage and US university education have given him a wide range of experiences from which to source his explosive lyrics. He has been co-producing music for young artists of the new generation of reggae for the past 5 years, then started recording his own songs in 2012, working with producer Makonnen ‘MakiB’ Hanna who composed the riddim on ‘MastaPeace’.

Rseenal & Iyah Gift
Rseenal & Iyah Gift

For “Da MastaPeace” he invested in production of a music video and promoted the song himself with appearances on HYPE-TV, as well as live performances at venues around Kingston. These included the first Pay Attention showcase in New Kingston with Rseenal D’Artillery and Kabaka Pyramid in May, and the Acoustic Lounge show starring Dre Island, Kelissa and Keznamdi McDonald and Mystic Revelation of Rastafari in July. Iyah Gift is also one of the artists on the new song “Set It Off” produced by Orange Hill music collaboration in a black-and-white video that has drawn attention to the song even before its official release.

When not recording, IYAH GIFT is an active member of the Rastafari Youth Initiative Council which mentors students at Haile Selassie School, runs a rural organic farm and hosts an annual event honouring Rastafari Empresses. He has also performed on the Peace Mobile operated by the Community Service Justice programme run by the Police which travels around the island promoting peace in communities. Look forward to new music from IYAH GIFT including his new single “Blazing Fiya”featuring Kabaka Pymarid, and “Whenever” featuring former Miss Jamaica Regina Beavers, a.k.a.Gina Starz. “Da MastaPeace” and “Set It Off” are both available on Itunes.

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Stepping out, Stepping UP – Maki-B

Mak FoundationStepping out from behind the producer’s console, where he made hits for Capelton, Jr. Reid and Teflon — to name a few, Makonnen Blake-Hanna a.k.a. ‘Maki-B’ shows his musical and lyrical style in a sampler of singles from the New Generation of Reggae. From growing up around producers like Computer Paul Henton, Scatta Burrell, Don Corleone and more, and with more than a decade as a composer and producer of beats for a number of young reggae artists, Makonnen Blake-Hanna is fulfilling his lifelong ambition to bring his own music and lyrics to the world.

Alone, and in combination with his musical friends IyahGift, Rseenal D’Artillery, Whisky Baggio, Mc Chita, and in alliance with Orange Hill Records, he is now releasing his music in singles and videos that give him a chance to express himself musically and lyrically. The songs have a uptempo throwback to the old school style of roots dub/reggae and dancehall vibez from the great sounds we are used to hearing from the heart of Jamaica, with clean messages and uplifting riddims that inspire and educate through JAH Love. These tracks speak to and for the youths of ghetto all over the world right now.

LISTEN TO ‘RED EYE’ from his new EPK

Maki-B says “Red Eye” is a lyrical look into the life of a young Rasta man living in Babylon in this day and age, and how he uses the teachings of Rastafari to conquer the bad=minded people. “We are the new generation of real Jamaican Rastafari Reggae Artists & musicans” he says,  “so we face many things in our musical life’s journey. My style is blended from the great elders like Bob Marley, Supercat, Briadeer Jerry, U-Roy with some new vibez like Damian Jr Gong, Ky-Mani Marley, Sean Paul and Colibudz.”

Iyah Gift, Whisky Baggio, 77 Klash,Maki-B & Orange Hill Mgr. Scur Lowe
Iyah Gift, Whisky Baggio, 77 Klash,Maki-B & Orange Hill Mgr. Scur Lowe

Maki-B is bringing Orange Hill Music back into the limelight after so many years, by introducing to the label a new breed of artists he has beenn working with who are unique and already making names in the reggae music industry: Jamaican/Nigerian Iyah Gift, Rseenal D’artillery – a Heiniken DJ contest winner;MC Chita – Zimbabwean music award winner, and ‘star of the West’ Whisky Baggio.

For certain, they will surely be next year’s reggae music talking points. Their first release “Set It Off” has attracted national attention on social media and already has more than half a million views in less than one month of release.

Following hard on the heels of that hit, the team produced “Pressure Is On” featuring Whisky Bagio, produced at Flex RichStudio in Sav-la-Mar, Westmoreland. The video was so hot, the group was featured and interviewed on HYPE-TV’s popular UP & LIVE Friday show. Much more is expected and much more is promised from Maki-B and his team.