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With a combination of old school and new school Bahamian artists, the Artist Pages on Island FM’s website seek to educate people about the traditional forms of Bahamian music as well as the new genres explored by the newer artists. Remember … it’s not just good music … it’s OUR music!

 

With a combination of old school and new school Bahamian artists, the Artist Pages on Island FM’s website seek to educate people about the traditional forms of Bahamian music as well as the new genres explored by the newer artists. Remember … it’s not just good music … it’s OUR music!

 

 

MDeez

Living by the motto “seize the moment”, MDeez has always been  passionate about Caribbean music.  At a young age he began spinning records and writing songs, and, with the encouragement and urging of friends, singing. With a style describes as written hip hop and reggae vocals, he has always admired the works of such artists as Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Shabba Ranks and Stevie Wonder.  In the game for over fourteen years, Mdeez has performed at numerous clubs locally and internationally such as the first BET’s Wrap It Up Tour.  He also opened for one of the world’s greatest rappers, NOTORIOUS BIG. MDeez has developed a style of hip hop/reggae that infuses his passion for life and over the years has evolved into an explosive artist.  With his thought provoking metaphors and catchy hooks, he has enough energy to rock the entire Bahamas.

Mericha Rochelle

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Mericha Rochelle Walker was born to sing. Originally from the island of New Providence in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mericha has always had big dreams. As a baby, she would drive her mother crazy making noises, just exercising her vocal chords. As a toddler, she would perform at seasonal concerts held at local malls and institutions. Growing up, she spent the majority of her days at an after school program me at Gray's Music Centre. There she received 8 years of voice training while taking cello lessons as well. During this time she received the Darlene Laramore award for most improved female vocalist. Mericha impressed a very well-known Bahamian artist, Kayla Lockhart-Edwards, who couldn’t wait to see the artist Mericha would become when she got older. All throughout high school Mericha won awards, year after year, in various categories of the National Arts Festival. The most outstanding of these awards was Best Female Gospel Vocalist in the Bahamas 2004. After graduating high school in 2005, Mericha went on to The College of the Bahamas to study Music. While attending COB, God placed the vision of Mericha's very first album into her heart and ever since then Mericha has been ministering all over the country to people from all denominations. Mericha is often referred to as a "young worshipper" by the members of her church. She has always had dreams of singing for the masses. That dream is now unfolding right before her very eyes! In 2009, she was nominated for a Marlin Award in the "Adapted Praise & Worship Recording of the Year" category for the song "All That I Am" from her debut album "The Heart of Worship". In 2010 she was also nominated for two Marlin Awards in the adapted Praise & Worship Recording and Long-Form Video of the Year categories for her album and live DVD “The Heart of Worship Live”. Mericha just recently recorded her third album on July 22nd, 2011 with a release set for July 2012. Mericha is currently pursuing two Bachelors’ Degrees, in Youth Ministry and Worship Ministry, at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada while touring with the school's leadership!

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In 2006 When Margaret Glynatsis (Believe) and Crystal Moncur (Sky) decided to join forces and form NCity, together they made magic. With their pop/hip hop style of music, NCity describes their music as “radio friendly up beat dance music”. They are influenced by international music icons like Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, TLC, Marvin Gaye, Keri Hilson, and SWV as well as Bahamas’ own Ronnie Butler, TADA & KB. This dynamic duo made their way on the stages of “Steppin on the Shores” in 2007, performing their first hit “Mood is Right”.  Since that first performance, they have graced the covers several magazines including “Stylezine Magazine”, “POSH Magazine”, “NU Woman Magazine”, “RAGGA Magazine” (French), “Caribbean Beat Magazine” and  went on to produce other hits such as “Like Me” and “Dancing in the Rain” which also had a remix with Reggae sensation Ding Dong in 2008.

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Nehemiah was born into a musical family in Cooper’s Town, Abaco September 20, 1963. Nehemiah was educated at William Gordon Primary School in Abaco, C. I. Gibson Junior School and R. M. Bailey High School in Nassau. He began his career in the local music scene during his years in high school. At the age of 16, Nehemiah was a bus boy and competing in local shows and nightclubs, playing pianos and performing his own lyrics.  Inspired by his children, Nehemiah is also inspired by other Bahamian artist like Ronnie Butler and Smokey 007.  His success in the music industry has led him to five albums with Baha Men “Junkanoo”, “Kalik”, “Here we go Again”, ‘Don’t Spank”  “2 zero ohoh” and two solo albums “Nehemiah from the Soul” and “Message of Love”.

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Daughter of the famous entertainer Count Bernadino, Anita Ellis says it’s all in the genes when it comes to her love of entertaining. With the encouragement of her father urging her to do something in the field of music, Nita admits she has always been more academically inclined rather than musically. It was when she was introduced by her father to the Ann’s Town Steel Band, Nita enjoyed the steel drums so much, she realized that being a musician was her calling.   When asked if she prefers singing or playing the steel drums, she says she considers herself an entertainer because her focus has always been to make people laugh.  Over the twenty years she has spent in the entertainment industry she had produced a long line of hit singles including: “Stick and Move”, “Letter from Miami”, “No Broke Man”, “Where you Goin’ Nita”, and “Feelin da Feelin”.  Nita has also shown her talent to an array of celebrities including music industry icon Quincy Jones, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, boxing promoter Don King and at super model Cindy Crawford’s wedding.  Never planning to leave her music behind, she desires to become a full time accountant.

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Sonovia Pierre, affectionately called Novie, was born September 20, 1971 in Nassau, Bahamas.  At the age of 17, she entered The College of the Bahamas to begin her studies. There she entered and won the Hal Jackson’s Miss Talented Teen Bahamas Scholarship Competition. After graduating from The College of the Bahamas, she furthered her education at The Florida Atlantic University where she received her teaching certificate and a Bachelor’s degree in Music.  After Novie completed her commitment to the Hal Jackson Competition in 1990, she became a member of popular Bahamian band Visage. Since becoming a part of the Visage family, she has written lyrics for about five of the group’s albums over the years. Her song “Still Need a Man” was a hit in the Caribbean during 2004 and can be found on VP record’s SOCA GOLD 2004. She’s sung with “Tingum Dem Band” and represented The Bahamas as an entertainer and vocalist in the Caribbean, United States and Canada.  Novie has recorded one solo album to date entitled “Nandi Songs”. Nandi means “Strong and Regal Woman.” She is constantly working on singles and her most recent Visage release is called “Six and a Half Dozen” recorded by Jason Ferguson of Buddha Riddims and with Dyson Knight, the song is affectionately known as “Man bad, woman bad”. Novie has also produced hits such as “Profilin”, “Brown Gal”, “When I dead- Oh lo lo” and “Mezanmie Cherie Mwen”.

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Hailing from Freeport, Grand Bahama, from shooting marbles at home to going fishing with his father in his 12 ft. aluminum dingy boat while growing up in Eight Mile Rock as a child, Alvin Simms has always had a real taste of what the Island experience is. Alvin explains that growing up he, along with his two brothers, was made to entertain their mother. However, it wasn’t until he was thirteen that he found a keen interest in music. Listening to music anywhere he could, he listened to cars passing by playing music, at home and from the boom boxes belonging to the high school children , and on ZNS. The songs he heard ranged from Bahamian sensation KB to other artists like Bob Marley and Smokey 007.   Simms gained an interest in different areas of music listening to Hip-Hop, R&B, Soca, Reggae and Dancehall, but it was his performance in Smith’s Point where he finally got his start in the music business. From there he went on to perform at local shows and concerts and shared the stage with numerous international artists. This was the birth of Papa Smurf. He continued with his love for the music industry, working with recording engineers Fritz Bootle, Lester Adderly and Dave Mackey of T-Connection. 2007 was the year he met Terrance Capron and they later formed the rap group Positive Link. With excessive use of Bahamian slang and terminologies in their music they introduced a new style of music that they named “Bahamian Swing “, which was also the title of their debut album. Papa Smurf has since gone solo and is set to release an album late 2012.

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His curiosity about music began in the church when Preston was five years old. He played instruments and sang along with the church and over the years gained a certain respect for all genres of music. In addition to his singing, he also writes and produces for himself as well as other artists. Looking up to artists such as Brian McKnight, Usher, Michael Jackson and Ne-Yo, Puzzle had collaborations including recording remixes at the Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, Florida, working with Matt Knoble, the go to man for International Recording artist Lenny Kravitz for his smash hit “Animal “, as well as Miami hot shot producer Sugar Dip who produced “Hispanic Girls”.

His ultimate goal is to put the Bahamas on the map.  He performed at Carifesta held in Guyana and is the first Bahamian to have his own tv show called “ A Day in the Life of Puzzle”. He has recorded with Johnny Wright on his compound in Orlando, with producers in London England and came up with the single  “ Sour Vibe” which was recorded in Toronto, Canada holding the number one spot for ten weeks.

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