Virgin Island Visuals: Watch I-Grade Records’ Songbird Riddim Video

June 21, 2013

Words by Kaya.lahโ€”

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From the center of โ€œKult-JAHโ€ in the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix (aka Cruz), I-Grade Records has just released a class production called the Songbird riddim. The roster for the release is heavy with rootical talents, with artists spanning the USVI (Midnite, Pressure Buss Pipe) as well as Jamaica (Glen Washington, Lutan Fyah), along with NY-via-Guyana’s Jahdan Blakkamoore. A new video, directed shot and edited by Shoury Santana and Ramon Andino, properly mixes some of the 16 tracks, with appealing visuals that take us between St Thomas to St. Croix.

Pressure Buss Pipe intros the video at home on St. Thomas aka Rock City, amongst some of those deep western regions of the island where the Ras Tafari way of life still thrives, with โ€œRain,โ€ a quality addition to his culture music catalog. Also from Rock City, but appearing on Cruzian shores, is Niyorah with โ€œWar is Not the Answer.โ€ Bridging the gap is Misael, of Puerto Ricoโ€™s renowned Da Overground, displaying a soulful effort on โ€œThe Power of Love.โ€ With gripping imagery of St. Croix behind them, Junior P and Dushane are featured comfortably with their messages โ€œTimes ah get Hardโ€ and โ€œHolding on to Freedom,โ€ respectively. Last but not least is โ€œSo Beautiful,โ€ a well-made ballad by veteran of the business Ras Batch.

Watch the video below, and check out the full roster for the riddim release here.