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 “African 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. —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 “African 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.