Xana Romeo performs her debut album Wake Up live in acoustic this Sunday January 29th. Featuring Azizzi Romeo & Addis Pablo, at Devon House Courtyard in Kingston, Jamaica. Starts at 5:00pm Ends 7:00pm. Free show for the people.
"Wake Up" album will be on sale, CD's $1000 JMD.
"Xana Romeo Releases Debut Album Titled: Wake Up"
The ‘Wake Up’ project invigorates the atmoshere with the undilluted essence of Reggae music at a time when it is most needed. These powerfully delivered messages pulsate from speakers, and rest on the heart and mind of the listener.
“Open your ears and get familiar with the word, sound, and power of this conscious daughter of the music,” is Selector Yaadcore’s commentary on the ‘Wake Up’ project; “It is very necessary in this time.”
With six full-length songs and five dub-versions, the 11 track compilation provides a balanced space for Xana to paint a beautiful tapestry with her lyrics and music, and also tunes the senses to the future of Reggae. The project will be available for purchase on all digital media platforms on Friday December 9, 2016. Xana Romeo invites all to join her in awakening humanity to its truest potential by spreading the message of universal love, peace and acceptance.
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Xana Romeo has emerged in this time as a prolific reggae siren with a powerful and distinctive message that resonates strongly among her generation of revolutionary youth. Awakening the senses with the contrast of her soothing melodies and energetic instrumentation, Xana flutters soulfully atop cool dub rhythms and electrifies the beat with potent lyrics that energise hearts and minds.
Born Azana Makeda Smith on August 26, 1994 in the historic Kingston community of Greenwich Town, Xana Romeo is a singer in possession of a voice and alluring presence as captivating as her mythical name.
The young reggae siren’s musical education began at a tender age under the keen eyes and ears of her father, veteran Reggae singer Max Romeo, a wise teacher who encouraged his youngest daughter at every step along her natural progression.
“I look up to my dad as an idol in the music business as he's the one who inspired me to do music for the people”, Xana says. After years of patient development, this child of the music stands poised to share her signature vocal stylings with the world.
Faithfully advancing along her musical path, Xana’s steady rise as a Roots, Dub, and Reggae artiste has been attracting positive attention from music lovers across the globe. Her talents extend beyond singing to also include song writing and the visual arts. This commitment to multi-dimensional creativity and self-sustainment stems from the example set by her father.
“Given what I know of his substantial musical catalogue as well as his way of life, I can say from my heart he lives a life that one can model. His philosophy and ‘livity’ is close to the teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and this gives inspiration along my own journey.”
Having grown in her musical expression as singer, composer, and arranger, and after years of gaining exposure from touring successfully with her family, Xana Romeo is now ready to share her music and message with all corners of the globe.
“The purpose of my music is the message. When someone listens to Xana Romeo's songs I want them to feel inspired and motivated to carry out any personal self-cleansing by the renewal of their minds.”
With a stream of impressive live performances and the release of several standout singles over the years including ‘Rate Rasta’, and ‘Righteous Path (Our Father)’, 2016 saw the release of ‘Mercy Please’, the first single from her debut album.
True to its reggae roots, the powerfully delivered message music from her upcoming ‘Wake Up’ project pulsates from the speakers, and is already creating tremendous excitement for the album’s November 2016 release date.
As we observe Xana Romeo’s steady rise from the pool of rich musical talent found in Jamaica, we can see the increasing momentum of her journey as well as the growth of her gift as a storyteller. Her music stands as testament to the resilience of the divine feminine spirit and the importance for this energy to be shared throughout the world.
There is much to look forward to and many more stories to be told by this enchanting songstress. Journey with her along her musical mission.
I first met this exceptional young lady in Kingston a few months ago, when I happened to interview her brother Azizzi Romeoafter a stunning performance he did at the Nanook. Quietly she sat in the background, and it wasn't until I'd almost finished questioning Azizzi that he introduced his sister to me. Of course I'd heard the singles Righteous Path and Rate Rasta, so I was thrilled to meet the artiste behind these masterpieces. Whatever subjects we didn't get to cover back then, we caught up in an interview following the release of her debut album Wake Up. With inspirational messages, a stand-out voice and appearance as well as a maturity well beyond her age, Xana is ready to take the world by storm. Read on to discover the passions and dreams of this upcoming Reggae Queen, as well as the unbelievable fact that there isn't a single vinyl pressing plant operative in Jamaica at the moment:
Forty years ago Maxwell Livingston Smith, better known as Max Romeo, released his classic album War Inna Babylon on Island Records. The album featured classic hits like “Chase The Devil” (which would later be sampled by Kanye West for Jay Z’s song “Lucifer”). This song sent fans into a frenzy with its balance of spiritual and conscious lyrics over the Lee “Scratch” Perry–produced riddim. Max Romeo “put on his iron shirt” and chased the Devil out of Earth with his lyrical prowess—and he’s still making music to this day. Now, four decades later, it should come as no surprise that his daughter is stepping forward along a similar path. Azana Makeeda Smith, aka Xana Romeo, brings a unique feminine fierceness with her incendiary lyrics. She has a great vocal range and her enunciation is clear and precise, adding to the palpable power of her music. With herdebut album, Wake Upreleasing today, we linked with Xana Romeo, CEO of Charmax Music to discuss her debut album.
Wake Up, so the title of the musical revelation, is a carefully crafted joint family venture of Xana herself, her equally talented brother Azizzi Romeo (who produced tracks 1, 2 and 5) as well as her uncle Lindy Lambert, who has produced Mercy Please together with Romax Romeo, yet another son of daddy Max. Released under the family label Charmax Music, the album not only brings to the fore the technical genius of Jamaican producer and mixer Jallanzo, but also highlights the lyrical and vocal prowess of the singer thus presented to the world.
It might surprise some of you, but there's not a single lovers tune on 'Wake Up' (even though the cover photo might perhaps suggest otherwise). For Xana it's all about the content of her songs, or as she puts it in 'Glitter Ain't Gold': "I am my father's daughter, I got a lot to say, my music is the answer, I know no other way." Title song 'Wake Up', 'Righteous Path' and 'Rate Rasta' were all already released as singles, and on 'Wake Up' they are now supplemented with the excellent opener 'King Of Zion', a hymn to the Most High, Emperor Haile Selassie, the dubby 'Mercy Please' with the ear-catching refrain: "Dem lock up di ganjaman, dem never lock up di pedophile...", and the aforementioned 'Glitter Ain't Gold'. 'Wake Up' is also an album in classic showcase style, because in addition to the six vocal cuts, you'll also get 5 heavy dubs (only opener 'King Of Zion' didn't get a dub counterpart for some reason).
Reggae veterans send out their offspring part... 'Wake Up' is the highly anticipated long player debut of Azana Makeda Smith aka Xana Romeo, daughter of Max. With the title of the album, Xana wants to give her peers a wakeup call: "It is time for my generation to rise from their slumber and face the world our children will inherit. My aim on this musical mission is to spread this message throughout the globe, one soul at a time." Xana made the production of 'Wake Up' a real family affair: her brother Azizzi was responsible for 3 of the 6 tracks on the album, and with her uncle Lindy Lambert and other brother Romax, she recorded 'Mercy Please'.
Xana is the manager of her father’s business, Charmax Music Enterprise, which includes the Red Ark Recording Studio and Charmax Music label. This is where all her tracks are recorded, mixed, mastered and produced. Working alongside her dad, Max Romeo, Omar Johnson, otherwise known as Jallanzo the multi-talented from the group, DubTonic Kru, and Calvin Bennion of Firsteye Production from London England, Xana is currently in the process of working on her first project set to release soon. The project will be a Dub Treatment, the genre of reggae that Xana is focused on.
Meet Xana Romeo, self-proclaimed dub empress and daughter of the legendary Max Romeo. Being born into a musical family, it was only a matter of time before Xana picked up the mic. Last summer she released her first single “Rate Rasta,” and earned herself two slots on Yaadcore’s Roots Dawta mixtape. She is in no rush to create music merely for the hype; Xana aims to create music that will stand the test of time. We agree — you can’t rush perfection. Keep an eye out for this empress as we patiently wait for more from this rising star in 2016. —Jahneen Leslie
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Xana is the Daughter of Reggae Veteran Max Romeo – who’s song Kanye West sampled ‘I Chase The Devil’ helped to bring his expansive catalog and unique sound to the ears of a new generation. Xana has released a series of songs in the last year all to rave review in the reggae roots community. ‘Rate Rasta’ is one of the favorites that plays in Roots and Culture events all around Kingston and beyond.
Xana Romeo (21) currently is the most prominent of the Romeo offspring when it comes to output, reception and media exposure. With two singles out (Righteous Path and Rate Rasta), she is taking Jamaican audiences by storm, and also internationally she knows how to make her voice be heard, as we will see later.
YAADCORE RADIO AND XANA ROMEO
DEBUT MIXTAPE, "MERCY PLEASE"
Brand new music from one of our favorite selectors, Yaadcore, and upcoming artist, Xana Romeo. This one is for all the herbalists. Light one and enjoy this steady, medy mix.