Jahmark & the Soulshakers

Jahmark & the Soulshakers

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandWorldReggae

Biography

JAHMARK & The SOULSHAKERS
are an unstoppable force of nature. The group's leader, Jahmark, is a gifted singer/songwriter, dynamic performer and entertainer. He was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and the authenticity of his craft definitely shines through.

His musical talents began to emerge around the legendary Marley family around the late 70s to early 80s when he was introduced to Bob through his sister, Pearl. At the time of Bob's passing Jahmark made a vow to the almighty to not let this classic form of roots reggae music fade away.

From that time on he has shared stages with the likes of The Wailers, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Pato Banton, Eek-A-Mouse, Lucky Dube, Julian Marley, Black Eyed Peas, and more. He has performed on the annual Jamaica Festival Music competition, Reggae Sunsplash, San Diego Street Scene, Japan Song of Lion concert, etc.

Jahmark's reggae / house music crossover collaboration with Polish artist Kris Novy, GIMME THAT SOUL, debuted at the #12 position and climbed up to #9 on Poland's Top 50 DJ Trend Charts where it remained for three weeks as a reflection of the artist's versatility. It was written by Jahmark and producer Alexander Perls, and released in December 2011 by Universal Poland / Magic Records.

CDs include LOVE POWER, LIFE and GAN-JAH-LICIOUS (best songs of the Love Power and Life CDs digitally re-mastered), the latter released in December 2011. According to a review in The Beat magazine their live performance is not to be missed.

Their double album CD, 2012: BOOK OF REDEMPTION I (The Beginning) and 2012: BOOK OF REDEMPTION II (The Rebirth), as advertised in the 2012 issue of reggaes premier magazine the Reggae Festival Guide was released last June to rave reviews.

The title was inspired by Bob Marleys Redemption Song, and it is a vibrant roots rocking collection of some of this versatile groups best recorded work to date. It flaunts a Channel One meets the digital era type of sound and there are special guest appearances by legendary drummer, Style Scott, as well as Norman Grant of the Twinkle Brothers on percussion.

Movie soundtrack credits include two of their grooving up-tempo songs, "Ocean Blue", in the film WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II, and "Rock You Baby" (a.k.a. "I Wanna Rock U Baby"), in MIAMI RHAPSODY.

Jahmark is accompanied by his sizzling Soulshakers band, and together this 8-piece musical ensemble proudly carry the roots reggae music torch forward without any apology. The line-up includes Casey Jones on drums, Tafar Watkis on bass, Mark Tyson on lead guitar, Granville Cayetano on keyboards, Cedric Bravo on sax, and the Phillips sisters, Atara and Ashley a.k.a. The Angelics, on back-up vocals.

The time of revelation is at hand and here comes one of Jamaica's native sons and his well chosen Soulshakers at their very best...classic roots reggae music live and direct, conscious heartfelt and relevant lyrics, inspirational and percussively percolating beats, grooving basslines, a true revival of the golden age of reggae right here in the beginning of the new millennium...Jah live!

Lyrics

Life!

Written By: (M. DaCosta, S. Yamanami)

From coast to coast and town to town
All massive and crew I wanna see you gather 'round
'cause what is a(n) up without you have a down
That's why a smile is sweeter when it replace a frown, hit me!

Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of
Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of...

One day you're up 'til you touch the sky
Next day you're down and you don't know why
One day big mountain to the mountain top, mmm!
Next day big valley, oops! a one drop hey!

Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, listen mi star!
life! li-i-ife! to the rhythm of
Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of...

Life is not a dream, candy and ice-cream everyday
everyday...no way!
We take the bitter with the sweet in the ghetto
in the street everyday, everyday

Boomshot!

What goes up we know it must come down
What goes around I said it comes around
Whatever you do yes it, it comes back to you
You'd better be real and you better be true, yes

Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of
Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of...

Life is not a dream, candy and ice-cream everyday
everyday...no way!
We take the bitter with the sweet in the ghetto
in the street everyday, everyday

SCAT...shock it! rock it!

Mi seh one big road with lots of signs, when
you're riding through the rocks don't complicate your mind
No bother with the hate, deceit and jealousy
The Gong seh fi put you(r) vision to reality, hey!

Whoh the games that some people will play
Each and everyday it's payday
Life got some a dem crying the blues
You've got to live the life, the life you choose,
hey!

Life! li-i-ife! let's dance...yes I!
life! li-i-ife! to the rhythm of...big it up!
big it up!
Life! li-i-ife! let's dance, life! li-i-ife! to
the rhythm of...

Life, life, life, life, sweet life! Life, life,
life, life, oh what a life!
Life, life, life, life, sweet life! Life, life,
life, life, oh what a life!
Life, life, life, life, oh sweet sweet, oh what
a sweet life, oh what a sweet life
Life, life, life, oh now now, oh what a sweet sweet
Oh what a sweet sweet...

Love Power

Written By: (M. DaCosta)

Stop the separation in our Father's sacred land
One world, one nation, one-a, one-a rainbow kindgdom
I wish that you could see what a beautiful world this could be
If we could only realize that the captives must be free
Stop holding down the youths Mr. Babylon, oo-oo-ooh
Cause everyone's entitled
And everyone JAH chosen, let it shine

Love power, let it shine on
Love power, love power is what the
The little children need

Where's your dreadlock crown
All you Nazarene kings and queens
Two thousand years of brainwash education
Led us captive in American dream
Where I see the barber-man, yes I see the barber-man
Cutting down the living trees everyday
Trying to cover up the Nazarene kingdom
Where there is

Repeat Chorus - "Love power, let it shine on…"

No matter where you come from
Take my hand, together we are going
Our triumphant return
Into the heart of the garden
Time Magazine, flying machine, a wise man say
Stop leading the youths away mister tricky man
From this magical garden

Love power, each and every hour
Love power, seh it sweet not sour
Love power, starving children get dem supper
Love power, JAH-JAH rainbow shower

The eagle and the bear they are stumbling
The conquering lion stretching and yawning arising
The eagle and the bear still recruiting
Our little sons and daughters
The conquering lion arise in this time I-tecting
And he's a-coming with that

Repeat Chorus - "Love power, let it shine on…"

Black man, please don't you hate the white man
White man, how could you hate the black man?
When will you begin to overstand
We're all coming from the very same one
JAH put man and woman in the middle of the garden
Not your nuclear bomb
So if you're talking to me about power
You'd better come good man
And are you coming with that

Repeat Chorus - "Love power, let it shine on…"
Repeat Rap Section - "Love power, each and every hour…"

Love power, when you(r) vibes get feeble
Love power, dis a good over evil
Love power, 'nuff food deh 'pon the table
Love power, are you willing and able?

Dancehall

Written By: (M. DaCosta)

Ram we a ram, jam we a jam
Ram we a ram, jam we a jam

We come fi ram dancehall
Ram-up the dance-a-hall
We come fi ram dancehall
Ram-up the dance-a-hall

Dancehall music rule the area tonight
Dancehall not the place to get uptight
Dancehall dance away your troubles tonight
Dancehall dancing 'til a morning light

Repeat Chorus - "We come fi ram dancehall…"

Dancehall music rule the area tonight
Dancehall not the place to fuss an' fight
Dancehall dance away your worries tonight
Dancehall dancing 'til a morning light

Repeat Chorus - "We come fi ram dancehall…"

Dem mek the gun, the ammunition
Dem mek the bomb fi oppress everyone
The Rastaman do what he can
Inna dancehall and the dancehall ram
We gi(ve) you the rhythm, gi(ve) you the rhyme
And everyone a-just a-rockin in time
Gi(ve) you the rhythm, gi(ve) you the rhyme
And everyone a-just a-rockin in time

Repeat Chorus - "We come fi ram dancehall…"
Dancehall healer, JAH a mi guide
All deceiver(s) seh mi naw tek no bribe
Must be strong, try to get along
No one no better than the next one
So we join hand(s) and heart(s) in the dancehall tonight
Say a little prayer before we turn down the light(s)
Join hand(s) and heart(s) in the dancehall tonight
Say a little prayer before we turn down the light(s)

Repeat Chorus - "We come fi ram dancehall…"

Dancehall ram, ram we a ram
Session jam, jam we a jam
Dancehall ram, ram we a ram
Session jam, jam we a jam
Dancehall ram, ram we a ram
Session jam, jam we a jam
Dancehall ram, ram we a ram
Session jam, a jam, a jam
A jam, a jam, a jam
Ugh! Fla-la-la-la!