The Washington state-based label, Sick Donkey Records released City Streets single & video by Mark Wonder and Micah Shimaiah on May 15, 2018, the dub version and vinyl will follow shortly.
The music of City Streets has a definitive roots reggae feel. Yet the vocal performance evokes old soul, echoing something that was sung in an era long ago. Yet contextually this is a tail that touches on young men decrying corruption in the city of Kingston and the World. Mark Wonder and Micah Shemaiah smoothly and seamlessly trade lines over one of Sick Donkey Records’ finest riddims (rhythms) in their respectable catalog of Roots Reggae and Dancehall. City Streets is built upon the 21 Gun Riddim (rhythm) produced by label founder, Bluejay Hankins aka DJ Sticky. To forge the 21 Gun riddim (rhythm) from strong roots, Bluejay brought together members of Stephen Marley’s band including Squidly Cole (drums/keys) and Rica Newell (harmony vocals). The house band also included Seattle’s multi-instrumentalist Stingshark (bass) and living legend Earl “Chinna” Smith on guitar. The result is a musical bed destined to provide the basis of more positive message songs to come.
Although Jamaica has no shortage of roots singers Mark Wonder is a singular musical force that must be reckoned with. He has been blessed with an awesome musical talent and continues to bless the world with positivity. His powerful and infectious vocal delivery and songcraft are undisputed. One can simply not resist singing or rocking to his quality creations. Mark Wonder’s music has a universal appeal, whether he is praising the Almighty, chanting revolutionary songs laced with social commentary, or keeping the fire of the ancient ones ablaze. His joyful expressions and contagious love songs are also exemplary of the breathtaking quality and range of this amazing and gifted singer.
Micah Shemaiah is a Reggae/Soul singer & songwriter. As a budding promise of reggae talent, and is a keenly aware and motivated performer who encourages the empowerment of youths and disadvantaged people worldwide. His writing style embraces and combines several genres of music, thus, delivering unique sounds that will appeal to any ear.
Micah Shemaiah is within the realm of artistes who are keeping Roots Reggae alive for a new generation. He is becoming a staple in reggae music and a standard bearer in the hearts and minds of reggae lovers.
Sick Donkey Records, spearheaded by CEO/producer Bluejay, is a small town based record label with worldwide connections. They have a distinct focus on linking conscious singers, musicians, and producers, whether known or soon to be known from around the globe. Bearing a unique name and having worked with artists from Jamaica, North & South America, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Italy, UK, New Zealand, and the Virgin Islands and far beyond, Sick Donkey Records have made a positive mark on the vast worldwide music scene, with firm roots in Kingston, Jamaica.
A shortlist of other artists Bluejay has produced and released on Sick Donkey includes: Anthony B, Sly & Robbie, Junior Reid, Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, Mykal Rose, Chezidek, Dubtonic Kru, Essential I, Half Pint, Jah Sun and Gavinchi Brown Be on the lookout for more great music coming from this label in weeks, months, and years to come.
Source: Sick Donkey Records