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Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:32:33 Europe/London

Delivers fiery acoustic set to an overwhelming support from music industry

Kingston, Jamaica January 10, 2017: Stone’s Throw Bar on Manning’s Hill Road was on Tuesday night transformed into an unforgettable acoustic experience as reggae artiste Hempress Sativa launched her debut album titled ‘Unconquerebel’ to a star studded audience and members of the local and international media.

Beginning with an opening prayer and blessings from Ras Malecot, then moving into the host Debbie Bissoon explaining the artistes’ journey into music, to a segment titled ‘Conversations with Hempress’ where Sativa was asked questions about her childhood, musical influences and whose music she enjoys and giveaways of her album and other gifts kept the audience engaged and entertained.

The highlight of the launch was the 6 song acoustic performance where Hempress Sativa got the chance to showcase her talent. Performing songs like, Revolution, Heathen Rage, Rock It Ina Dance, Fight for Your Rights, and an encore performance request from the audience for her to perform Black Skin King, Hempress Sativa really astounded many who were seeing her for the first time.

On the line-up was the premiere of the video for Rock it Ina Dance and ode to the old days of a true dancehall jam session.

It was a night of comradie, as she received overwhelming support from members of the music fraternity, in attendance was Beenie Man, Chronixx, legendary sound system selector Ilawi who is also Hempress’s father, Kabaka Pyramid, Jah Over Evil, Jerome Hamilton of Headline Entertainment, living reggae legend Sister Carol, Jah 9, Kellissa and Farenheit, members of the Twelve Tribe of Israel among others.

“First night was such a joy sharing time and space at the launch for Hempress Sativa expressed Kareece Lawrence, Talent Manager and event producer, “I am sooo proud of you” said recording artistes Kellisa. “Brilliant, just brilliant!” shouted Bennie Man who requested a pull up to about two of the songs she performed.

The 13 track album includes collaborations from one of Jamaica's legendary musicians Dj Ranking Joe-it has mixes by Hopeton Overton Brown otherwise known as The Dub 'Scientist' and is produced by Chris Lion for Conquering Lion Records; with Ian 'Beezy' Coleman, Devon 'Abdul' Bradshaw and Brian 'Dub Robot' Wallace as players of instruments and engineers respectively.

 “The obvious inclusion of live instruments in the arrangement of each track, makes this a real expression of reggae roots and rockers, coupled with the stinging lyrics of the artiste, this is a must get.” expressed producer Chris Lion of Conquering Lion Records.

Singles such as Twisted Sheets and Rock It in a Dance have been buzzing locally and internationally, exemplifying her musical agility as a melodic Artist. Other tracks like, Boom (Wah Da Da Den), Heathen Rage and the recently released single with an accompanying video Fight for your rights, Unconquerebel has a great balance of singing and deejaying and presents the prolific lyrical prowess of Hempress Sativa that her fans admire her for.

With musical inspirations by many music greats which include and are not limited to, female reggae artistes like Sister Carol, Sister Nancy and Lady Ann. She lists her musical favourites as Dezarie, Ijahman Levi, Burning Spear, Sade and her father, one of Reggae’s greatest selectors and musicians Ilawi formerly of Jah Love sound system who she states as her greatest musical influence and her very first introduction to the love of music and performing her work

I’m overjoyed and grateful to the ones and ones who put in such passionate work in the album and I’m equally overwhelmed by the show of support from the ones dem.” It’s important for me to speak my truth and in these perilous times, as expressed by the Great Marcus Mosiah Garvey ‘Chance has never satisfied the hope of a suffering people.” “ I give thanks for the opportunity to share my truths via Unconquerebel, my wish is that ones and ones will connect to the truths found in the lyrics that I have so meticulously arranged, laid on some sweet reggae riddims,” she closed.

The album is available online digitally at Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and anywhere music is sold digitally, cds and vinyl are available at and

 Performing since age 13, Hempress Sativa has since been honing her skills as a prolific Artist whose versatility is evident in her lyrical delivery switching styles from singer to Dj in a matter of seconds with her fast chatting rhymes. Her Rastafari upbringing has spiritedly influenced Hempress Sativa to remain rooted in her culture as expressed in her songs on the album.

Image: Hempress Sativa with her Father legendary selector Ilawi

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