Toppa Top 20: LargeUp’s Artists to Watch For 2016

Samory I (Jamaica)

international-reggae-day-9-samuraiPhoto: Varun Baker

This 25-year-old Kingston native first graced the scene in 2013, and has been working with likes of Rory Gilligan of Stone Love to create a sound that we just can’t deny. Samory I wrapped up 2015 with his debut video for β€œAfrican Daughter,” the track that opened up Yaadcore’s Roots Dawta mixtape. With a voice as smooth as velvet and a growing catalog, this hybrid of young voice and old soul is definitely one to watch out for in 2016. β€”Jahneen Leslie

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as unusual, soulful, and passionate..

What were the highlights for you in 2015?

Definitely filming my debut video β€œAfrican Daughter,” and the growing support from my listeners, and the media.

What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

I don’t want to give away too much, but you can expect a mixtape release in February/March.

What artists are you watching in 2016?

Jesse Royal, Imaaly, Kristine Alicia, and Racquel Jones.

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