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The world of reggae music is bracing for the performance of Iba Mahr at this weekend's Rebel Salute show. If recent performances are anything to go by, then Iba Mahr is going to, in the local parlance, 'blaze a fire'.


He delivered a warning when he gave an incendiary performance at the GT Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza in Independence Park, St. Elizabeth.

Iba unleashed songs such as Born Free, Sound A Alarm, his chart-burning Will I Wait, and Burningfrom his upcoming debut album. The critics have recognized him as one of  the night’s top performers which included,Prophecy, Droop Lion, I Octane, Mavado, Bounty Killer, John Holt, Khago,and Zamunda.

“The more I perform is the more I see the people loving the music I do.Reggae is taking its place once again and I can see that even after performingat Sting, which is normally ruled by dancehall, there was a balance of bothgenres and the abundant dancehall fans loved all the reggae songs I performed,” Iba Mahr said in a release.

He closed 2011 on an emphatic note with a breakout performance at Jamworld, bringing love to Sting: Rumours of War. Iba set the tone inside of Jamworld for a culturalfeast, with songs from his growing repertoire such as  Love Thy Neighbour, Sound A Alarm, Had it an Lost it and of course,  Will I Wait.

“We know each year what sting is about, but this year it was somewhat different asI said reggae had it’s fare share of pleasure. After getting such greatresponse opening with Born Free, that alone gimmi a energy fi just drop somereggae pon dem,” Iba said in a release.

While on the Jamworld stage, Iba stressed to thepatrons the importance of love amongst all humanity.

 With Rastafari at the helm of his inspiration, Iba journeys with the nation on apath of roots and culture using reggae as his vehicle.  He advocates love and looks to start the New Yearwith these messages of unity. The Rebel Salute stage will again be another mediumto spread these words on January 14, 2012. The new comer will be sharing stagewith the likes of Stephen Marley, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrika, TonyRebel, Luciano, Yami Bolo, Prophecy, Cali P and Max Romeo who he had workedwith Iba in the early stages of his career.

After Rebel Salute, Trelawny will be getting a taste of the young sound when he reggae into thisyear’s staging of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 26th-28th.

"I am looking forward to a productive 2012, and these shows, Rebel Salute and Jazz and Blues, represent a significant opportunity for me to excel and show that I am ready for the world stage, I am going there to blaze a fire so they will remember the name Iba Mahr," he said. 

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