Jah Mason

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Jah Mason
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Background information
Birth name Andre Johnson
Born 1970
Origin Manchester Parish, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 1991–present
Labels Jah Warrior, VP, Greensleeves

Andre Johnson (born 1970), better known by his stage name Jah Mason, also known as Fire Mason, is a reggae singer/deejay from Jamaica, active as a recording artist since 1991.

Biography[edit]

Jah Mason was born in Jamaica's Manchester Parish, and grew up in a Christian family.[1][2] During his childhood, he was nicknamed Perry Mason for his ability to resolve disputes, and it was under this name that his debut single "Selassie I Call We" was released in 1991 on Junior Reid's JR record label.[1] In 1995 he joined the Bobo Ashanti order of the Rastafari movement, and began performing and recording as Jah Mason after linking up with the David House group.[1][2] He had hits in Jamaica with "My Princess Gone" and "Lion Look", and also made guest appearances on singles by his friend Jah Cure.[1] His first albums came in 2002 with Keep Your Joy and Working So Hard. Since then he has released albums at a rate of more than one a year, including Wheat and Tears and Princess Gone...The Saga Bed, both released in 2006 on Greensleeves Records and VP Records respectively, and the latter distributed by Warners.[3] The Jamaica Gleaner, reviewing Wheat and Tears, commented on a lack of originality in Jah Mason's work but went on to say "clichés notwithstanding, the album is musical, and for hardcore reggae fans, the disc should provide enough of a vibe to chill with."[4] David Jeffries of Allmusic described him as "an effortlessly agile artist able to communicate love, pathos, revolution, spirituality, and even sensuality on equal terms."[3]

Discography[edit]

  • Keep Your Joy (2002), Ghetto Technology
  • Working So Hard (2002), KJ
  • Unlimited (2003), Reggae Vibes
  • Never Give Up (2003), On The Corner
  • Surprise Dem (2004), Vikingsd
  • Most Royal (2004), Jah Warrior
  • Rise (2005), On The Corner
  • Princess Gone...The Saga Bed (2006), VP
  • Wheat and Tears (2006), Greensleeves
  • Life Is Just a Journey (2007), Maximum Sound/Corner Shop
  • The Pow Pow Triology (2008), Pow Pow - with Anthony B and Turbulence
  • No Matter The Time (2008), Vikings
  • Ruff & Tuff Riddim (2008), Pow Pow
  • Work Off Selection (2008), IrieVibrations
  • Keep Ya Head Up (2010), Rastar

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jeffries, David "Jah Mason Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 2 January 2010
  2. ^ a b "Jah Mason Biography", VP Records, retrieved 2 January 2020
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David "Princess Gone...The Saga Bed Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 2 January 2010
  4. ^ "No new tales here!", Jamaica Gleaner, 6 October 2006, retrieved 2 January 2010