NEW MUSIC FROM ISHA BEL
Check out the new songs below
1.DEM GET MI MAAD -Isha bel-PROPHESY RIDDIM - Unrulee Records (UK)
2.BLESSINGS- Isha bel - Conscious Sounds (UK) AVAILABLE ON VINYL AND DOWNLOAD
3.Spiritual Love -Isha bel featuring Wild life- Honour Riddim -Dredda Records (Holland) IN STORES DEC 4TH
Listen riddim preview . Isha Bel song is track 6
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Isha Bel born Natalie Walsh is a dynamic performing artiste / songwriter from East Kingston Jamaica. A woman of many talents, who has worked in various capacities in the Jamaican music industry
Ishabel’s roots reality songs and spitfire performances have been seeping into the consciousness of audiences and listeners locally and internationally. King Unrulee of Unrulee Rockers Intl (UK) dubs her lady lightning. Bongo Herman and Fred Locks describe her energy and vocalizing as raw soul.
Like most Jamaican artistes, Isha bel was raised by Christian parents . She and her 5 siblings attended church religiously while growing up in gritty East Kingston, Jamaica. She didn’t quite fit in. Her mother, describes her as a spirited child who questioned anything that didn’t hold to scrutiny. She was socially conscious from an early age and even recalls bucking heads with one minister after she performed Mi Can’t Believe it by Michael Smith during a church concert. Her father Donald Walsh(deceased ) was a singer, the songs he sung and the cassettes he played, provided her with the inspiration she craved. She found solace in music, the pen and the paper. She performed at competitions and high school concerts.
Isha bel first worked professionally as a member of former girl group 4th Street Sister performing locally and in the Caribbean on the hotel circuit and on shows such as Reggae Sumfest and appearing in several newspapers and advertisements. After the group disbanded she worked and toured as background vocalist with a number of artistes such as Warrior King, Tanya Stephens Iley dred, Sizzla ,Morgan Heritage Family ,Norris man .Jah Bouks Droop Lion. etc
Being a songwriter, she toyed with the idea of releasing her own music for some time. She began working with Hopeton Hibbert (son of Reggae Icon Toots Hibbert) , writing and collaborating on numerous tracks with some of the Road Dog Production’s releases with artiste such as Yellowman. A single Loving Desire was released with South African label Ghetto Sounds .An album Loving desire was released under another moniker Systa Irie. Not much became of it .The collaboration was short lived.
She took a break from the active music scene in a quest to find balance and control of her music and the message. Returning as Isha Bel, she start making music that reflects her outlook on society, life and spirituality . She will quickly tell “you cannot grow up in a community like East Kingston and write only glossy songs “ If I did that, I would be betraying myself and my conscience ”
She began producing her own songs such as Only Jah , Bitter to better and Vanity No Reality ,Duppy stories which will be on her upcoming album which will be release early 2015.. She also collaborated with other Jamaican producers such Alla Lloyd of Chalice, Computer Paul and Everton “Caveman” Moore. She wrote and sang with other artiste such as Wild Life and Fred locks . Alla Lloyd and Computer Paul are producing several tracks for the album.
Caveman invited her in late 2011 to sing harmonies on Sizzla’s, Grammy shortlisted album “The Chant”. She recorded several songs with the label ,Domestic Problems, In My House , African Woman and No Call the Police
. A radio release of No call the Police was the official signal of Isha bel stepping out as a solo act on her own terms .DJ Jacko of Bess Fm heard the track and start playing it immediately. The song steadily became a favourite of listeners and soon started receiving rotation Jamaica and overseas. “No call the Police” won Irish and Chins 45 Sound Clash Competiton in 2013.This cemented in the mind of listeners that a new voice is on the scene.
With a blossoming career as a solo performer, International reggae audiences and producers start paying attention. She began working with several overseas labels from Italy, France Germany. Several songs were released such as One Bag a Reggae” on the Come Back Again compilation - Sud Sound Systems (Italy).This is Love – Yard Art Music (Germany) Watch Over Me -Irie Jam Production (France)
2014 began a brand new chapter with more releases and collaborations. Legendary percussionist and performer Bongo Herman invited to sing harmonies on his production of Dub Poet Fikre Selassie’s album. Impressed with her work ,she harmonized the entire album and collaborated on the single ,Mother. The song was produced by Bongo Herman with Sly and Robbie on drum and bass. Reaching audiences as far as Gambia, Mother was chosen as the official Mothers Day song by Bess 100fm in May 2014.
UK labels, Unrulee Records (Unrulee Rockers International Soundsystem) and deep roots label Conscious Sounds Bush Chemist took particular interest in Isha bel, promoting her music to UK and European audiences. Several songs has been released on vinyls and digital download. Unrulee Records have released the following singlesThey should Know (where the good sensimilla grows) on vinyl and downloads .Rolling Rolling a cover of Roy Shirley’s hit rolling Isha bel’s version peaked at number 4 on itunes reggae chart when it was released on Sept 2014. More releases include DEM GET MI MAD on the prophesy riddim .
Conscious Sound Bus chemist Uk released 2 singles on vinyl and downloads Bless Jah Holy name and Blessings . These releases introduced Isha bel to new audiences and support has been growing world wide.
Ishabel’s appearance and offstage persona belies the determined woman on a mission she is. She is like the calm eye of a hurricane until she has a microphone in her hand . Like her music, her performances are well received. Her soaring vocals reach into the soul of audiences. She performed on several shows including the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration “Trench Town Rock and Peter Tosh Tribute to thunderous applause. Irie Fm ‘s,Marcus Garvey Tribute , Mello fm Road Show ,Gregory Isaac Tribute, Conscious reggae Party.
For Isha Bel music is more than getting on stage and singing a song. For her it is a journey into the young woman who stood quietly observing and absorbing the essence of life around her. It is her way of being the storyteller of the average person in the street . She stated her music is therapy, no bling or pie in the sky living. It is firmly grounded in what real, her take on positivity.
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