Jah Mason

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Jah Mason
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Background information
Birth name Andre Johnson
Also known as Fire Mason
Born 1970 (age 45–46)
Origin Manchester Parish, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Singer/deejay, recording artist
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]

In November 2015 he released his 19th studio album, Love & Wisdom.[5]

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
  • Love & Wisdom (2015), New Creation

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
  5. ^ "Jah Mason Launches New 'Love & Wisdom' Album", Jamaica Gleaner, 28 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015