The “Country Girl” is still making waves in music! Lila Ike has been blessing many with her unique sound in the past few years, and with new music being released, she’ll be capturing many more hearts. Today, she kicks off “Lila Ike SZN” with “Where I’m Coming From“! Produced by Kasadie “Caspa” Jones/Easy Star Records, Lila lets us in on her background, where she’s headed, and giving thanks and praises to The Most High for the strength, determination, and support that she has. Of course we’re treated to her lovely but powerful vocals, and if you’re new to her music, today you’ll be a fan! From Christiana, Manchester, to every stage in the world, and every speaker in existence!
The Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation (D.E.A.F.) has selected DJ Hear No Evil from Mount Vernon, New York as their keynote speaker in Kingston and Knockpatrick (Manchester) Jamaica. On March 15th and 16th, he will be touring several schools in Jamaica, sharing the art of DJing, overcoming obstacles, and his story as a Deaf/hearing impaired DJ.
The Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation aims to inspire, affirm, and motivate the youth in the Deaf community. The moves made will assist in breaking down the beliefs in Jamaican society that Deaf = Dumb, and Deaf = Can Not. These attitudes are also prominent in most Deaf children’s homes, resulting in negative stigmas, non-acceptance, and loss of self-worth. The camp affirms Deafness as a culture and aims to empower Deaf youth with the knowledge of Deaf Can!
“Stepping outside of my zone, I let my hands tell the story to express myself on a deeper level through the set to
raise the bar to obtaining the huge opportunities whether if i’m Deaf/hard of hearing or not.”
– DJ Hear No Evil “The Silent Assassin”
While she stands at 5 ft something, she makes a gigantic scene when she lets her notes fly! Lila Ike is an Artist you should be familiar with. While she has been showcasing her talents for a while, the spotlight got a bit bigger when it was announced that she’ll be joining the good folks at Reggae Artist Protoje’s In.digg.nation Collective. You’ve heard her on tracks with Protoje, Koro Fyah, and Royal Blu, but 13th Street Promotions caught up with her recently for a quick “Innerview”! Straight outta Manchester, Jamaica, get to know Lila Ike!
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
Photos By: Nickii Kane & Gerrard Harvey
13thStreetPromo: Hey Lila! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to rock with us. Many have heard you on tracks like Protoje’s “Flight Plans“, and on your debut single, “Biggest Fan“, but who is the Artist named Lila Ike?
Lila Ike: Thanks for having me. To keep it simple and sweet, Lila Iké is a chill person who just enjoys creating and vibing.
13thSP: When did you discover that you could sing, and when did you decide that you want to pursue a music career?
LI: I discovered I could really sing during my years in Primary School (Elementary School). Realizing how good I was, I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career during my time in University.
This goes out to all the Stoners, Steamers, and connoisseurs of the herb! Mandeville based Recording Artist DaSupreme wants us all to burn Babylon, one steam at a time on “How Yuh Mean“! Produced by DJ Crooks, DaSupreme speaks on the meaning of “steaming the herb” to him, being able to take his steam sessions anywhere, and chasing away those with a dirty heart and those who take hard drugs over a wondeful slow paced Reggae production that brings a vibe with every puff. The track appears on his debut self titled EP, and he promises that listeners will fully enjoy what he brings to the Reggae scene as he’ll cover an array of topics backed with amazing production. Check out the track after DaSupreme’s statement.
DaSupreme on “Steaming”
Steaming is the act of consuming Marijuana in one of its purest form; by inhaling the vapor. It has been around for many years but I was only introduced to it about seven years ago when one of my close friends started making steam chalices but in a modern and unique way. I started helping him to sell these creations by posting videos and images of these items on Instagram, and now his creations are used all over the world. Even rising Reggae star Keznamdi posted one of these one-of-a-kind steam chalices that was made specially for him on his social media. Therefore, doing the track “How Yuh Mean” was very organic to me because it has been such an impactful part of my life. As a Rastafarian, the act of steaming for me has a personal spiritual connection with a plant that is sacred to me and therefore is seen as a holy sacrament. Also, the instrumental was provided by frequent collaborator, DJ Crooks, who produced my previous 2 singles, and is also a Rastafarian, which gave the energy of the track a whole different layer. The song was written by me and recorded at my home studio in Manchester, Jamaica, while DJ Crooks mixed and mastered it.
Recently, the Boom Energy Drink team made Junction, St. Elizabeth, and Mandeville, Manchester their two stops on their “Badda Dan All Island Road Show“. Hosted by Chi Ching Ching, Snoop Rok, and the Boom Divas, residents came out and enjoyed what Boom had to offer including participating in a few of the events. They were also treated to performances from Tanto Blacks, Omari, Ikaya, Mr. Lexx, Chi Ching Ching, Laden, Vanessa Bling, and Tifa. Check out the fun highlights below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Voicemail definitely made some noise this year with their single, “I Wanna Dance“. Now, Mandeville based Producer SOS Dynamikz wanted to up the ante by adding his own production to the single. If you’re familiar with the Producer, you know you’re in for a treat. Get ready to dance all over again by checking out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.