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Isiah Mentor believes in a 'Rasta Government' Featured

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Rasta Government is the title of the latest CD from Rastafarian singer, Isiah Mentor. A strong collection of conscious, thought-provoking songs, the CD pays tribute to Rastafari.

Isiah Mentor, who says his mission is to “wake up the walking dead through music”, has been back and forth between Jamaica and the US, promoting the CD and working on a music video project.

“The album was actually released in November 2009 and is available at all major download sites, and is doing reasonably well,” he said.

According to the artiste, his Rasta Government single showed up on the charts in Italy during its first prerelease week.

The singer recently returned from Germany, where he was on tour with Pow Pow, rated among the best reggae sound systems in that European country. Making a decision to give up an upcoming European tour, the reggae artiste says he is placing his focus on getting back in the groove locally.

“Yard is where it all begins, and no matter what, it is important to establish a presence here in Jamaica,” the world-travelled artiste explained. “You cannot go around yard,” he emphasized.

Isiah Mentor was born in Rae Town Kingston and early in his career linked up with the legendary King Tubby, through the studio engineer, Professor, who was very impressed with one of his performances “Professor told me to meet him at the studio in Water House, and I did an audition for King Tubby. He was dressed in his mesh merino and looked very stern. When he gave me the green light, I nearly let out a shout of joy,” recalled the artiste, who at that time went by the name Lilly Melody.

He received that moniker while living at Central Village because he was always singing by the river early mornings with lots of lilies around.

As part of King Tubby’s Firehouse Crew with other acts such as Red Rose, King Kong and Michael Palmer, Isiah Mentor released quite a few singles and started touring the United States. He recalls that his first overseas trip was for radio announcer and promoter Clinton Lindsay.

Isiah later migrated to the US, but he was still doing music. He started his own record label, Village Roots Records and released Reggae Startime Vol.1, with Tanya Stephens, Anthony B, Turbulance, Chuck Fender, Vybes Kartel, George Nooks and Isiah Mentor.

In 2006 , Isiah released one of his biggest hits so far, Fight Fight Fight, which charted in Germany, Italy, and France went to number one in New Mexico, USA.

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