Friday 7 August, 2020

Mangasha releases debut album, 'Songs of Mangasha'

Reggae artiste Mangasha will be launching his debut album, 'Songs of Mangasha' on Saturday, August 24 at the Kingston 10 Sports Bar and Grill on Hillview Avenue off Eastwood Park road in Half Way Tree. 

The event begins at 8:00 p.m.

Mangasha has been in the music business for three decades, but the 47-year-old journeyman has never released an album. This work marks a significant, landmark achievement in his life. 

"It has been a long time in coming," the artiste whose real name is Hopeton Lawrence, said. "I feel really proud about this body of work." 

The album, 'Songs of Mangasha' contains 19 tracks, mostly reggae tracks with a few dancehall tracks peppered in between to provide variety.

The executive producer of the 'Songs of Mangasha' album is Garfield 'Sampalue' Phillips, who will release the song on his Kingston 10 Records. 

"I did a lot of albums in the past, in fact, I have done four full-length projects, one for Cocoa Tea which was never released, I did one for Sampalue, but this is the first one which will be officially released, it has the right mix to make an impression on the world stage," he said.

Mangasha is known for the single 'Red, Gold and Green', a cult song among Rastafarians that did well on the stage show circuit in the late 1990s. He has performed at several shows, notably IRIE FM Reggae Bash and recently performed at the Appleton Signature Nights show at Tracks and Records and Club 100 during the set of reggae artiste I Wayne. 

Mangasha grew up in Westmoreland and attended Mannings Hill High school. 

"I used to perform at events in the community and at Mannings Hill high school. In 1989, I was the one who brought Lady Patra to perform there before she met Bagga Brown and went on to international stardom," he said.

Once he graduated, he migrated to live in the Corporate Area where he has remained for the last 30 years, performing and writing songs. The album launch will mark an exciting climax for him.

"This is a big moment for me, albums are still important to show that one is an artiste of substance," he said. 

The event begins at 8 p.m.

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