Canada is home to many hard working and emerging hip-hop and reggae acts. Montreal has produced many great talents including singjay, IJah Iba, known to be one of the cities hardest working reggae artists.
The release of his third mixtape, Forever Blaze is bound to capture the attention of the reggae masses worldwide. The mixtape was mixed and hosted by the renowned Hot 97 DJ, Bobby Konders out of “Massive B” sound and released just in time for summer giving IJah enough time to prep for his debut album, The Signature, which is expected to drop this fall.
This isn’t the first time the IJah has made an impression on the Jamaican market his video, World Inna Stress successfully landed him features in The Jamaica Star and heavy rotation on Hype TV.
Before immigrating to Canada in the early 2000’s, IJah was raised in Westmoreland in Jamaica’s countryside. The young ‘Tati’ (his former nickname) was pursuing his career as a professional footballer when he was scouted to try out for the 1998 World Cup. His father, being a Rastaman, always encouraged IJah to keep in touch with his music, commenting how it helps to keep in touch with your inner self.
Shortly after moving to Canada and immersing himself in his new surroundings in Montreal, IJah found himself drawn to the music culminating with him signing with the record label, “DPC Movements” in August of 2008.