IBA MAHR, the
young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/ lover’s rock genre. Born
January 21, to Ms. Roselin Embden and Mr. Glendon Greaves, he was given
the name Mario Greaves at birth but has emerged with strong African
culture, thus granted the name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ African name,
meaning Humble and Calm while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning
Mario of Harar, Harar which is a small province in Ethiopia.
toddler, Iba MaHr was nurtured by his grandparents, Mrs. Joycelyn
Greaves and Mr. Vincent Greaves in the Community of Cheesefield. Always
being in the centre of attraction, every Sunday evening Iba MaHr would
dance to his grandfather’s stereogram, playing hits from the 70’s, while
singing to each song as if they were of his era. It was not until he
was successful in his Common Entrance Exam to go on to High School that
he moved to reside in Linstead with his mother. Being the only child for
Ms. Roselin, iba was the main priority, with morality and education as
her advocacy, leaving very little things undone if any. Now the youngman
chants from a small town in the parish of St. Catherine called
Linstead, that is most popular for the famous “Linstead Market” and the
Song titled, “carry mi ackee go Linstead Market”.
completing secondary education at Charlemont High and sixth form at
Dinthill Technnical High, Iba 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
In 2008, Max ‘Romeo’ Smith of CHARMAX MUSIC released his
first song, “HAD IT & LOST IT”, for a various artiste album titled,
“DEVIL ON DI RUN”. Later, Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell of XTERMINATOR
PRODUCTIONS released his second single, “WHERE YOU ARE”. The young sound
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.
pleasure in doing love songs. Essentially, I am inspired to sing about
real life occurrences, but in reality as artiste we create melodies then
connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other people’s
lives. The energy, mood and my emotion at times may affect how a song
might turn out. Feelings, be the sombre, joyful or sorrow also play a
part. 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.
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, 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. Iba MaHr’s music ranges
from reggae, lovers rock and soulful roots genre.
Give heed to the voice, message, and what reggae music has to offer in the future.