Jamaican Roots Revivalist Jah9’s Spiritual, Playful Sides

SALUTE! Sistren
Hail, RASTAFARI!!!!

“Rastafari is the uniting force whenever you see this message come up,” said Jah9 via Skype. “We appreciate that the media is giving us the attention, if that’s how they want to classify it that is fine, as long as we know what we are doing on this mission.”

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“Avocado” singer Jah9 brings her roots revivalism to Hartford–Robert Cooper reports for the Hartford Courant.

In just three short years, a young group of Rastafarian artists have managed to dominate the world of reggae music with a back-to-the-foundations sound that has been dubbed a movement — neo-roots or reggae revivalist — by the Jamaican media. One of those artists, Jah9, a poet turned singer, will be making her Connecticut debut in Hartford July 30 at the Infinity Music Hall.

I think people relate to it because it’s a simple story, it’s a love story, and it’s about simplicity.
– Singer/Songwriter Jah9

Jah9 is one of the more prominent of the ever-growing group of so-called neo-roots artists, which also includes Chronixx, Jah Bouks, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Hempress Sativa, and Kelissa. Although the Jamaican media has labeled this a new movement, Jah9 has lukewarm feelings about any journalistic tags and…

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