After completing a secondary education, Iba MaHr went on to study a Bachelors Degree in Computing and Management Studies at the University of Technology. Even though he had the ability to write songs since going to high school, it was only while in University his peers pushed him to perform his own words.
In 2008, Max “Romeo” Smith of Charmax Music released his first song, Had It And Lost It for a various artists album titled Devil On Di Run. Later, Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell of Xterminator Productions released his second single, Where You Are. The young artist has also work with great producers and record labels such as: UIM Records, Marlon McCubbin, Bizzarri Records, Jermaine “Lenky” Edwards and more recent Roland “Rollie” McDermot of Rollins Records.
“I take pleasure in doing love songs. Essentially, I am inspired to sing about real life occurrences, but in reality as artists, we create melodies then connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other people’s lives. I now see the music making a paradigm shift from roots and culture, not that it has died but just need to be played more. Regardless of what is being played, the people need redemption songs, especially in these times of division and world crisis. I can only say that Reggae music is a medium through which we connect and touch people in any situation, so I work to preserve its legacy”, said Iba MaHr.
The artiste was able to survive the many dangers and harm of his volatile community through advocating love, peace, righteousness and spiritual consciousness. As his name represent- ‘Iba’ is an African name meaning Humble and Calm, while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning Mario of Harar, a small province in Ethiopia- he is quite humble, and does not let anything or anyone trouble his innate calm. With Rastafari as his inspiration, roots and culture is always what he promotes, along with social commentary and soulful-reggae love songs that speaks out to the hearts of people, those in love or out of love.
His new 15 tracks album, Glory To The King should be out sometime this summer, on VP Records.